Monthly Archives: June 2011

Announcing the Reformation Blog Tour – July 25-29

Dr. Trueman examines the origins of contemporary Reformed theology in the Reformation world of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. After tracing how this heritage shaped and transformed the intervening period, he then describes some of the major challenges being faced by the evangelical church at the present time and suggests ways of responding which remain faithful to the Scriptures and the theology of the Reformers drawn from it and points towards a future that embraces and disseminates these wonderful doctrines of grace.

About Carl Trueman:
Carl Trueman is Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has contributed to the Dictionary of Historical Theology, the Dictionary of National Biography, The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology and the Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology.

A complete list of all Christian Focus titles by Carl Trueman is available here:  LINK

The Reformation blog tour will run July 25th through July 29th. Participants must be willing to post a review of the book on their personal blog and an internet retailer of their choice such as

A limited number of entries will be selected via the form below:

This blog tour is now full. Thank you for your interest.

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New Release — Faith on Trial: Studies in Psalm 73 by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Why do good people suffer unjustly – and yet others get away with it? Asaph, close confidant of King David, dealt with this very problem in Psalm 73 – it’s a conundrum that has often perplexed and discouraged God’s people.

The psalmist reveals his own no-holds-barred feelings and leads us step-by-step from near-despair to final assurance. For this reason it has always appealed to preachers and counsellors. This is an excellent book for those struggling with, or wondering about, injustice.

Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote this book back in 1965, and it remains relevant for today. This study of Psalm 73 consists of meditations, thoughts and applications culled from each verse of this classic psalm. It will make for excellent devotional reading and also serve well in group settings.

Click here to read Kevin DeYoung’s foreword for the book. Be sure to visit the book detail page at for ordering information and more about this book.

About the Author:
Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was born in Wales. He was a dairyman’s assistant, a political enthusiast, debator, and chief clinical assistant to Sir Thomas Harder, the King of England’s Physician. But at the age of 27 he gave up a most promising medical career to become a preacher….

When a spiritual history of the 20th Century comes to be written, it will be bound to include mention not only of the far-reaching influence of Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ ministry at Westminster Chapel in London, England from 1938-68, but of the remarkable fact that his published volumes of expository sermons have had an unprecedented circulation for such material, selling in the millions of copies.

Praise for Faith on Trial:
“…take advantage of this new book of old sermons. If you haven’t read Martyn Lloyd-Jones before, this is as a good place to start as any. Faith on Trial makes for wonderful devotional reading. It can also be a supplement to your study of Psalm 73. It’s also an engaging, honest look at Christianity perfect for an inquiring non-Christian. The truths are deep, but the approach is accessible. Lloyd-Jones gives you meat, but he cuts it up first.” ~ Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan

“When this book first appeared in 1965, I was an undergraduate reading chemistry and mathematics. I recall thinking as I read the book that this Lloyd-Jones chap (whom at that point I still had not met) had a God-given ability to meditate on a text, and ponder it within the framework of the entire Bible. I have not changed my mind, but I would now add as well that his exposition of Psalm 73 is saturated with spiritual wisdom designed to help Christians face trials and temptations of many sorts. I am very thankful to God to see this book come back into print.” ~ D.A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois


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Feminine Threads Blog Tour

This week we have several bloggers participating in a blog tour for Feminine Threads: Women in the Tapestry of Christian History by Diana Lynn Severance. Links to the reviews are below:

Mandy Johnson –
Hannah Reardon –
Kim Shay –
Elizabeth Hankins –
Lisa Spence –
Jennifer Ekstrand –
Trisha Ramos –

(Reviews will be linked to above as they go live on the respective blogger’s web sites.)

If you’d like to learn more about Feminine Threads, please visit the book detail page at

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New Release: Feminine Threads: Women in the Tapestry of Christian History by Diana Lynn Severance

Feminine Threads:  Women in the Tapestry of Christian History shares the stories of women who embraced the freedom and power of the Gospel in making their unique contributions to the unfolding of history. Wherever possible, the women here speak for themselves, from their letters, diaries or published works. Stories are ordered chronologically, beginning with women in the new testament era and early church and concluding with the stories of many dear saints who are with us yet today.  A suitable read for both men and women, readers will be challenged and inspired by the grace of God demonstrated in these true stories from Christian history.

For ordering and other related information about Feminine Threads, visit the book detail page at

About the author:
Diana Lynn Severance (PhD, Rice University) is Director of the Dunham Bible Museum at Houston Baptist University and adjunct professor at Southwestern Baptist Seminary. She has been a frequent writer on Christian history and both a writer and consultant for Christian History Institute, which produces Christian history films and study material.

Praise for Feminine Threads: Women in the Tapestry of Christian History:

“ with lively prose and scholarly care she has given us an excellent overview of the various ways in which Christian women have sought to live for Christ.”
Michael A. G. Haykin
Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, KY

“I recommend every woman read and study and keep within reach for reference and inspiration!” Dorothy Kelley Patterson
Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Fort Worth, Texas

“Well researched and well written, this study of “feminine threads” in Christian history makes for a tapestry of inspiration and instruction for all who love the Lord and his church – men and women alike.”
Timothy George
Founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
General editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture

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Announcing the John Calvin Blog Tour – July 18-22

“…despite his stern Calvinist upbringing” – Why is it that in the modern media the word ‘Calvinist’ is always accompanied by ‘stern’, ‘dour’ or ‘strict’? Most of the people who use the terms together have next to no knowledge of what Calvinism is – and know even less about who Calvin was. An old-style reactionary? A hard-line ayatollah, raging at the world without any thought? – or is there more to this man than uninformed contemporary critics would have us believe?

Robert Reymond brings us John Calvin the man. A reality quite different from the caricature often painted today. Here is a man of deep spirituality with a real love for his fellow man and God. A man also with tremendous intellectual abilities. Whether the moniker ‘stern Calvinist’ is applicable or not – his life has much to teach us.

“…tells the story of Calvin’s life and thought in a compact and compelling way that will serve to acquaint readers with the warm human character of Calvin… His description of Calvin’s masterful statement at the Lausanne Disputation of 1536 is by itself worth the price of the book.”

-William Barker ~ Professor of Church History, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Reymond’s book is succinct and comprehensive, appreciative and probing, historical and theological, scholarly and pastoral. Especially valuable is Reymond’s treatment of the burning of Servetus…that ameliorates to some degree Calvin’s involvement in the tragedy.”

-David Calhoun ~ Professor of Church History, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

“…sheds new light on a famous and familiar name. His writing style is scholarly and authoritative… intensely interesting reading.”

-D. James Kennedy ~ Late Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A full list of Christian Focus titles from Robert Reymond can be found here: LINK.

The John Calvin blog tour will run July 18th through July 22nd. Participants must be willing to post a review of the book on their personal blog and an internet retailer of their choice such as

A limited number of entries will be selected via the form below:

The blog tour is now full. Thank you for your interest.

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June Book Giveaway – David Brainerd: A Love for the Lost

The end of June is just around the corner and we’re ready to host our next giveaway on the Christian Focus BookNotes blog. This month we are giving away David Brainerd:  A Love for the Lost by Brian Cosby.

Life on the American frontier in the early 1700s was very difficult – continually threatened by disease, attack, and brutally cold winters. The English and Native Americans lived side by side, which often led to conflict. David Brainerd arose as a compassionate and fearless missionary to the various Indian tribes in America. Riding on his horse across rivers, over mountains, and through towns, Brainerd carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost, the hurting, and the broken. Notable pastors and missionaries like John Wesley, William Carey, Adoniram Judson and Jim Elliot were all influenced by the life, passion, and dedication of David Brainerd. In this book, Brian Cosby takes the reader on a journey from Brainerd’s teenage years on the farm to his expulsion from Yale; from preaching on the frontier to his death in his late 20s. The reader will be encouraged, inspired, and challenged by the perseverance and single-minded devotion of the early American missionary to the Indians, David Brainerd.

Contest Details:

To enter the contest, answer the following questions in the “Leave a Comment” section for this post:

  • Which historic figure from Christian history inspires and influences you most?  What is it about their life that you find so compelling?

Terms and Conditions:

  • This contest is limited to residents of the 48 state continental United States and the UK.
  • Contestants may submit one entry as outlined under contest details.
  • We are awarding two prizes in the June book giveaway.  Each winner will receive 1 copy of the book.
  • The contest will run through end of day June 30, 2011.
  • Winners will be announced July 1, 2011.

This giveaway is now closed.  The Winners are:


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Christian Focus Across the Web – June 24, 2011

Christian Focus Across the Web highlights important news and blog posts related to our books. This week’s highlights are below:

Win a copy of The Marrow of Modern Divinity at – Enter for your chance to win a copy of Edward Fisher’s The Marrow of Modern Divinity at  Contest entries will be accepted through June 30, 2011.  You can learn more about The Marrow of Modern Divinity at  Contest entries can be submitted here:  LINK.

From the Finger of God Blog Tour Wrap Up – We just wrapped up a blog tour for Philip S. Ross’ From the Finger of God.  In case you missed it, here are links to the reviews and interviews that were a part of the tour.


You can learn more about From the Finger of God:  The Biblical and Theological Basis for the Threefold Division of the Law at

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Author Profile: Dr. John Woodhouse

Dr Woodhouse is a distinguished theologian and Bible expositor whose gifts are widely recognized. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New South Wales, and then worked as a geologist for two years before entering Moore College to study theology. He later earned a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of London and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Victoria University of Manchester. For nearly thirty years he has lectured at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia, where he has been Principal since 2002. Prior to his position as Principal, he also pastored Christ Church St Ives (Anglican) for more than 10 years.

While his academic focus is on the Old Testament, he has recently published a commentary on Colossians and Philemon with Christian Focus Publications. Other works by Woodhouse include commentaries on 1 and 2 Samuel, as well as numerous published articles on both the Old and New Testaments. He is also a contributor to the Reformation Study Bible.

At Moore Theoogical College’s website, you can view his faculty page which lists his published articles. You can also listen to or download any of his more than 700 sermons and lectures, accessible here. For Simeon Trust, Dr. Woodhouse contributed a six part lecture series on Preaching Old Testament Narrative. That is also available for free MP3 download, here.

Dr. Woodhouse’s recent commentary on Colossians and Philemon was birthed from a series of sermons he preached on those books. Those sermons are available via on video: see the Colossians sermons here, and the Philemon sermons here.

Christian Focus Book by John Woodhouse:


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New Release: Colossians & Philemon (Focus on the Bible Commentary Series) by John Woodhouse

Come and hear a wonderful story of evangelism, church planting and Christian growth. Colossians was a letter, which would have first been read by Tychicus in Philemon’s house in Colossae. People who were to read that letter had been converted as a result of Paul’s teaching in Ephesus (Acts 19). As they read, they are about to understand better the reality of life in Christ and reading it years later we can understand better too. Discover too, the power of fellowship at work in Philemon as a formerly useless slave and his aggrieved master come together to work as brothers in the Lord.

Dr. John Woodhouse offers his commentary on the exciting books of Colossians and Philemon in the latest addition to the Focus on the Bible commentary series. Like other Focus on the Bible titles, Colossians & Philemon: So Walk in Him couples a rich devotional style with an eye for the exegetical details there in the text. Written in a simple and direct format, the book aims to unpack the meaning of the text in an understandable way. Study questions and chapter divisions make the book perfect for a small group study or Sunday School class.

For ordering information, and more information about this book, view the book detail page at Christian Focus. You can also preview the commentary’s Table of Contents, and Introduction. For an excerpt from the commentary on Col. 2:6, see this blog post. Click here to see the listing of all 39 (so far) titles in the Focus on the Bible commentary series.

About the Author:
John Woodhouse is the principal of Moore Theological College, Syndey and lectures there in doctrine and Old Testament. As well as writing a commentary on 1 Samuel, he has written various articles based on the New and Old Testaments.

About the Focus on the Bible commentary series:
Focus on the Bible commentaries are popular level commentaries especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are also useful for personal devotions and spiritual growth. Many of the authors of the commentaries are leading expositors of God’s Word on their speciality subjects. The series holds to the inerrancy of scripture and the uniqueness of Christ in salvation.

Praise for Colossians & Philemon: So Walk in Him:
“Over a period of several months at Moore College, Dr. John Woodhouse preached a series of expository sermons on Paul’s letters to the Colossians and Philemon which were clear, insightful and wonderfully refreshing. The publication and expansion of these fine messages in the Focus on the Bible commentary series will now benefit a much wider audience. Honest readers will be challenged by the gospel of God’s gracious saving plan for the world, the place of the Lord Jesus within it, and how those who have been united with Christ are to live. May the God who is the Author of these two powerful letters use John’s rich exposition to challenge and encourage us in the twenty-first century.” ~ Peter O’Brien, author of several commentaries, including the Word Biblical Commentary on Colossians-Philemon, and Emeritus Faculty Member, Moore Theological College, Syndney

“This commentary by John Woodhouse is a rich source of biblical insight on the texts of Colossians and Philemon. This volume is a great resource for the pastor as he prepares to feed his flock, but it is equally helpful for students of the Bible who desire to understand better these magnificent letters. Maybe even more importantly, the text reflects the author’s own love for the Savior. I can gladly commend it.” ~ Bill Cook, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

Praise for the Focus on the Bible commentary series:
“They will not only help you to more effectively minister to God’s people, but they will also minister to your own soul. I commend them to anyone who is called to preach God’s Word.” ~ Anthony T. Selvaggio, preacher, author and Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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From the Finger of God Blog Tour

This week we have several bloggers participating in a blog tour for Philip S. Ross’ From the Finger of God:  The Biblical & Theological Basis for the Threefold Division of the Law. Links to the reviews are below:

G.A. Dietrich –
Craig Hurst –
Kevin Fiske –

(Reviews will be linked to above as they go live on the respective blogger’s web sites.)

If you’d like to learn more about From the Finger of God, please visit the book detail page at


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