July Book Giveaway – Carl Trueman 3 Pack

Our July book giveaway features the Carl Trueman 3 pack, which includes Reformation (Christian Focus, 2011), Minority Report (Mentor, 2007) and The Wages of Spin (Mentor, 2005).

In Reformation;  Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow 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.

Theological essays are dusty, humourless affairs aren’t they? Well, they don’t have to be! This is the second collection of essays by Carl Trueman. His first collection was received with the enthusiasm. This time Chick Lit, Adolf Eichman, the i-pod, Roger Beckwith, the Blues, Watership Down, American Idol, Nietzsche, zen-calvinism, Augustine and ferrets(!) all get a mention.

If you want to inform your mind and chuckle at the same time – Carl’s your man!

Do you have an opinion? There is an increasing tendency in Evangelical circles to regard disagreement in our allegedly post-modern world as inherently oppressive. Too many people sit on the fence and ignore, or are unaware of, the fact that Christianity is an historical religion. As Laurence Peter once said “History repeats itself because nobody listens.” The point of having a debate is not to have a debate and then agree to differ (sitting around in a mutually affirming love-fest) – the point of debate, as the Apostle Paul clearly demonstrates time and again in the book of Acts, is to establish which position is best.
Carl Trueman’s intends to provoke you with this collection of essays into thinking for yourself and to have an opinion on THINGS THAT MATTER!

Contest Details:

There are five ways to enter the contest. Completing all five of the items listed below will give you five entries into the contest.

  1. Fill out the form at the bottom of this post (Required)
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  4. Write a post about the giveaway on your blog, helping to promote the contest.
  5. Leave a comment on this blog post answering the following question: How can the challenges of the protestant reformation equip us to deal with the challenges we face in the church today?

Terms and Conditions:

  • This contest is limited to residents of the 48 state continental United States and the UK.
  • Contestants may submit five entries as outlined under contest details.
  • We are awarding one prize that includes the three books by Carl Trueman noted above.
  • The contest will run through end of day July 31, 2011.
  • The winner will be announced August 1, 2011.

This contest is now closed. We will be announcing a winner shortly.

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  • http://Www.theoldguys.org Bentley

    An unswerving commitment to the free grace found in the gospel of Jesus as revealed in Scripture and everything else found therein will always be found to triumph and endure in the end!

  • http://gadietrich.com G. A. Dietrich

    Christ was central to the Reformation and we can still today learn that we must keep Christ the central part of any of our ministries. He is central to the grand story of the Bible and He should be central to the work of the gospel.

  • http://herimpressions.blogspot.com/ Hannah

    A better understanding of church history and the reformers can make us appreciate our freedom and our faith even more. It can also open our eyes to the unnecessary rituals that are so easily added to religion.

  • http://www.pursuingthefruit.blogspot.com Timothy

    How can the challenges of the protestant reformation equip us to deal with the challenges we face in the church today?

    The doctrine of Scripture is just as important now as it was then; we must hold fast to the pattern of sound teaching and submit to the authority of Scripture just as the Reformers did. We also need to be firmly grounded in the supremacy of Christ and orthodox Christology; there are many sects and cults in our current context that pervert the biblical Christ and we need to evangelize them and give a defense of His person and work. The gospel of grace through faith is also still under attack from Roman Catholics and others. Much like the Reformers’ counter-action to the papal perversion of God and biblical doctrine , we must labor in the gospel in order to combat heterodoxy. If we keep the glory of God central in our lives, by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can continue to Reform; we must always consider our Reformation heritage… we have to be mindful of church history.

  • http://www.aaronsellars.com Aaron Sellars

    I think we can remember that we must keep the main thing the main thing (the five solas of the reformation I’m thinking) and teach others likewise.

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  • http://kevinfiske.wordpress.com Kevin Fiske

    The Reformers’ unswerving commitment to the authority of the Scriptures and their testimony to the centrality of God’s revelation in the person and work of Christ must be emphasized in the church today, even in the midst of push-back.

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  • http://www.wired4truth.info Doug

    The resolve of the Reformers to speak plainly, pointedly and Biblically into the culture in which they found themselves must be emphasised in a day when we are prone to search for ways to edit down the message and make it “easier to swallow”.

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  • http://www.craighurst.wordpress.com Craig Hurst

    The solas of the Reformation were not just timely in order to help regain the heart of the Gospel. The truths they embody are timeless for every generation of Christians.

  • Jeffrey C

    We always make the same mistakes — if we don’t learn from our past.

    P.S. Christian Focus, please delete my last comment. Thanks!

  • Cliff VanNostrand

    Sola Scriptura!

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  • http://nauvoopastor.blogspot.com Martin Pitcher

    We have come to rest upon our laurels in the last 40 years or so. Although our course is clearly laid out before us in Scripture, we have found our success a potent drug that keeps our eyes on grandeur instead of our focus on Christ. We need to forget our celebrity and give people what they need, the Gospel; instead of the entertainment they want. A renewed hunger for the WORD IN THE STUDY; will always lead to a renewed PASSION FROM THE PULPIT. Where are the fires that burned so brightly five hundred years ago? They have become embers on our dusty bookshelves. And right next to them sits the neglected truth of the Reformation, swaddled with care, lest we disturb the sacredness of the printed page.

    Oh we have been warned to “quench not the Spirit.” (1 Thes. 5:19) Instead, we drown Him out with bright lights and amps. The Americanization of not only the world, but in particular, the church has lead us down the path of falsely called revivals and sexually defrocked ministers. Emotions and feelings have replaced, Holy Spirit moves on the condemned and convicted. Many are praying for revival, but what is dearly needed is resurrection of a dead church that just can’t stop being socially acceptable. Stop scratching your ears (see 2 Tim 4:3-4) and admit that you are so shallow a gnat couldn’t drown in your knowledge of Biblical doctrine. People are buying fire insurance from Satan, instead of investing in the full assurance of the Gospel.

    Some here will say that I am being harsh, unkind, unloving…. Yet I say, NO. I am being honest about how we ALL are. Instead of asking, “what would the reformers do?” We should be DOING WHAT THE REFORMERS DID! Taking up the cross of Christ and beating the dead horse with it until resurrection happened, at all cost. Life..Limb..and Liberty are nothing compared to total surrender to the Sovereign Who gave His all for us.

    Gave me the Christ!!! Give them the Christ!!!

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  • http://www.takecourage.net Bill Mazey

    They can encourage us to know doctrine, to count the cost and to make excellent decisions. Change is never easy and healthy change within a church will always encounter Satanic opposition.

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  • http://www.christiansincontext.com Jared

    A willingness to challenge the status quo in an effort to be more biblically faithful.

  • Taj Eaton

    Reminds us of the necessity of letting the Word of God loose upon God’s people. There must be a continued resolve to preach and teach the Word of God. The Reformers remind us of the effort and sacrifice required as well. Problem has always been, “Did God indeed say…”

  • Eric in Phoenix

    The Five Solas are ever under attack from without and from within because they express truths that are uncomfortable both to sinners and to the persevering saints. They direct us to the Word of God, which ever reforms us. Because we drift, we to constantly check and correct our course.

  • http://www.ianhughclary.com/ Ian Hugh Clary

    The Protestant Reformation helps us by grounding us in the truth of biblical revelation that orients both how we think and act.

  • http://mudlarktales.wordpress.com Kathy

    The reformers give us fantastic examples of people were willing to bear the cost of discipleship. They were obedient to God, regardless of how difficult it was, and they prioritized their faith rightly, not letting other things dissuade them from following Him wholeheartedly.