Monthly Archives: April 2012

April Book Giveaway – Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical by Robert Duncan Culver

Our April Book Giveaway features Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical by Robert Duncan Culver.

About the Book:
Robert Culver says this is not a book of general interest to casual readers but it is for those who read well. There is no previous knowledge of theology demanded, but a serious intention to learn is required. Students in seminary classes, Bible colleges and mission schools will find it of great value. This is a guide, which aims to meet minds where they are now and focus them on biblical and historical matters essential to the subjects covered in a uniquely attractive and readable way. Subjects included are The doctrine of God, the doctrine of man as created, the doctrine of man as fallen, Christ – His person and work, the doctrine of salvation, the doctrine of last things.

About the Author:
Robert Duncan Culver is a retired Professor of Theology who taught at Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has preached twice on most Sundays since 1937. He enjoys being a ‘hobby farmer’ of 120 acres.

How to Enter:

This contest is now closed. Thank you for your interest.


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Christian Focus Across the Web – April 27, 2012

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

The Last Word by Wallace BennThe Last Word Blog Tour – We had a number of reviewers participating in a blog tour this week for The Last Word by Wallace Benn. Links to their reviews are below:

Different By Design: God's Blueprint for men and women by Carrie SandomWord-Filled Women (The gospel Coalition Blog)Different by Design and Feminine Threads are both mentioned in Kathleen Nielson’s recent article titled ‘Word-Filled Women’ on The Gospel Coalition Blog. Here’s a bit of what Kathleen had to say:

“This is only a small smattering of the cultural and global diversity for which we long, as God’s people. But it’s encouraging. It’s women’s voices. It’s women’s voices from a few different countries and continents, and with quite different sets of experiences. It’s a good addition to the mixed chorus of voices in the church.”

You can read the rest of this great article here: LINK.

Recent Interviews with Christian Focus Authors – Below are links to several recent interviews with some of our authors:

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From the Editor’s Desk – How Prayer Impacts Lives

Next year we’re hoping to publish a sequel to What the Bible Means to Me – entitled How Prayer Impacts Lives. I’ve just had one of the first contributors getting back to me and had to share this short extract from his article. So this is something that Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes says about prayer:

When I look back on my life as a committed Christian (now over 50 years), I am not only thankful for the many prayers wonderfully answered in so many ways but also for some key prayers God did not answer – He had kinder, better or more helpful things in mind for me and my family than I knew or asked for! And even in the hard times we can trust that in the end “all things work together for good” for those who love God (Rom 8:28 ESV). I have had to learn the hard way that what I think is good (the gift of a Ferrari!) is not necessarily in my best interest “to be conformed to the image of His Son” which is God’s ultimate purpose for His redeemed children! (Rom 8:29 ESV).

What the Bible Means to Me: Testimonies of How God’s Word impacts Lives is currently available in both print and e-book formats.

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Hear Colin Smith Live on 180 with Karl Clauson – 4/25/2012 – 4:15 PM CT

Jonah: Navigating a God-centred by Life Colin S SmithChristian Focus author Colin Smith will be interviewed live Wednesday April 25, 2012 at 4:15PM CT to discuss his book Jonah: Navigating a God-Centered Life on 180 with Karl Clauson. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.kc180.com.

The archive of this broadcast is now available for download:  LINK.

About the Book:
Facing an assignment equivalent to being sent to warn notorious terrorists of God’s anger with them, perhaps it was no wonder that Jonah ran away – certainly portrayed in Scripture as no “super saint”, he avoided God and His call on his life. Yet God turned the situation around as pagan sailors encountered the living God who made the land and sea and the entire population of a city realized that although they deserved to be wiped off the face of the earth, there was a God of compassion and mercy who forgave them. God’s mercy is greater than our failures and through adverse circumstances and pain, a character of Christ-like compassion is chiseled out.

About the Author:
Colin Smith serves as Senior Pastor of the Orchard Evangelical Free Church. Colin is the author of several books including Jonah: Navigating a God-Centered Life (Christian Focus, 2012). He can be heard daily on the Unlocking the Bible radio broadcast (unlockingthebible.org).

Where to Buy:
Jonah: Navigating a God-Centered Life is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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The Last Word Blog Tour

The Last Word by Wallace BennThis week we have a several of bloggers participating in a book review blog tour for The Last Word: Jesus’ Teaching in the Upper Room by Wallace Benn. Links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

About the Book:
When someone respected and well known dies we consider their final words to be important and significant, even a distillation of that person’s wisdom throughout their life. The most important last words ever spoken were spoken by Jesus to the disciples who were to be his witnesses, taking the gospel to the whole world. Of course, Jesus’ teaching and example investigated here are not strictly his very last words but his meeting in the upper room was the last time he saw his disciples together before he was arrested and put to death.
The wonder is that Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen and so carefully prepared his church for what was going to come. Although we are separated by two thousand years from this event, there is a real sense in which we are also in that room, listening to the saviour and able to learn so much from these last words to his disciples.

Wallace BennAbout the Author:
Wallace Benn is the Bishop of Lewes in the Church of England. Previously he was the pastor of a large Anglican Church and is in demand as a conference speaker at events such as New Word Alive and New Horizons.

Where to Buy:
 The Last Word: Jesus’ Teaching in the Upper Room is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Author Profile – Wallace Benn

Wallace BennWallace Benn is married to Lindsay and they have two grown up children. He is now Bishop of Lewes, having previously been viacar of St Peter’s Church, Harold Wood, Essex. He is a former chairman of Word Alive and founding chairman of Bible by the Beach in Eastbourne. He is president of the Church of England Evangelical Council and a council member of ‘Reform’. He is chairman of the Advisory Board to the GAFCON primates. His interests include supporting the Irish Rugby Union team and watching any kind of motorsport.

Books by Wallace Benn:

The Last Word by Wallace BennLearning About True Spirituality by Wallace Benn

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New Release – The Last Word: Jesus’ Teaching in the Upper Room by Wallace Benn

The Last Word by Wallace Benn

The Farewell Discourse of our Lord, as recorded in John chapters thirteen through seventeen, shines with a pulsing incandescence because it contains Jesus’ intimate instruction to his twelve apostles on the night of his crucifixion.

In the flickering candlelight of the upper room, as the twelve reclined at the Passover table, Jesus clothed himself in a servant’s towel and midst an astonished silence washed each of the disciples’ feet. The result was a memorable exchange and mighty discourse brimming with essential truth and crucial theology for the Apostles and, indeed, all who would follow. Jesus crowned the evening with a prayer for himself, his apostles and all future believers, and then stepped out into the night and onto the cross.

The tone of The Last Word is pastoral and evangelistic and this is in keeping with the author’s long ministry as Vicar of St. Peter’s Harold Wood and, most recently, as Bishop of Lewes. The Gospel is preeminent throughout this book. Thus The last Word will not only be of great benefit for those who follow Christ, but also for those in need of his saving grace. Those who preach and teach the Word will find the author’s exegetical insights and practiced homiletics extremely helpful, as well as his wise pastoral insights and applications.

Adapted from R. Kent Hughes’ foreword to The Last Word: Jesus’ Teaching in the Upper Room by Wallace Benn (Christian Focus 2012).

Wallace BennAbout the Author:
Wallace Benn is the Bishop of Lewes in the Church of England. Previously he was the pastor of a large Anglican Church and is in demand as a conference speaker at events such as New Word Alive and New Horizons.

Praise for The Last Word: Jesus’ Teaching in the Upper Room:

“When the head and the heart and the passions of the expositor are fully engaged in opening the biblical text, a fine commentary will result. That is what this book is.”
R. Kent Hughes ~ Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

“Simply but faithfully explained; warmly but carefully applied; Wallace’s book based on Jesus’ farewell teaching in John’s gospel is devotional reading at its best, tasty food for the soul and enriching nourishment for the heart.”
Adrian Reynolds ~ Director of Ministry, The Proclamation Trust & Associate Minister, East London Tabernacle.

Where to Buy:
 The Last Word: Jesus’ Teaching in the Upper Room is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Christian Focus Across the Web – April 20, 2012

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

Titanic: The Ship of Dreams by Robert PlantWrapping up the Titanic: The Ship of Dreams Blog Tour – This week we had a number of book review bloggers share their thoughts about Titanic: The Ship of Dreams by Robert Plant. Links to their reviews are below:

Isaiah by the Day reviewed by Kevin Fiske – Here’s a bit of what Kevin said in his review:

“Sometimes you just have to lay your cards out on the table to begin with, and I’m going to do that now…Motyer’s Isaiah By The Day: A New Devotional Translation is fantastic! Here we have a first-rate Old Testament scholar bringing together his gifts as a commentator, translator, and exegete into a Christ-centered devotional tool that applies the text responsibly and practically while guiding the reader through digestible portions God’s Word each day.”

Kevin’s full review can be found at:  kevinfiske.com.

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On Location – Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology – April 20-22, 2012

PCRT 2012

Christian Focus Publications is excited to be a part of the 2012 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. Be sure to visit with us at the conference bookstore. Below are a few of our resources you can expect to find there.

Joseph: The Hidden Hand of God by Liam GoligherJonah: Navigating a God-centred by Life Colin S SmithFear Not!Table Grace: The role of hospitality in the Christian Life by Douglas WebsterPsalms Volume 1 by Allan HarmanFinding God in the Darkness by Irene HowatThe Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World by Melissa B. KrugerLove Oliver by Andy & Jennifer Gill
And many many more all at great conference prices…and don’t forget we have children’s books too so you can take something back for your family!!

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Books Change Lives – Morning and Evening: Daily Readings by C. H. Spurgeon

Morning and Evening by C. H. SpurgeonIt is amazing how God provides for his people – and one of the most important means of provision is his word. A humble book on a bedside cabinet; a well-known verse of scripture learned in a Sunday school classroom; a thought for the day on a kitchen calendar… they can all be used by God to comfort and strengthen just when we need it most.

This last Christmas there was a family in Perthshire, Scotland struggling with the final illness of a much loved mother. The Christian fellowship and support they had was wonderful. When the time came for the funeral, stories were shared about their mother’s faith and love. Sometimes when words couldn’t cut it a hug was all that was required. And then life went back to normal… if that’s ever possible. One morning, as the grieving widower opened his Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon a verse of scripture was there waiting for him. For the first time in four decades he was about to leave on a business trip without the loving support of his wife. The question that often skulks around after bereavement had been raising its head again, ‘Why? Why her?’ And then this is what he read, written by another believer over a hundred years ago, spoken by Christ two thousand years ago.

“Many times Jesus and his people pull against one another in prayer. You bend your knee in prayer and say, “Father, I will that thy saints be with me where I am”; Christ says, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am”. Thus the disciple is at cross purposes with his Lord. The soul cannot be in both places; the beloved one cannot be with Christ and with you too. Now, which pleader shall win the day? If you had your choice; if the King should step from his throne and say, ‘Here are two supplicants praying in opposition to one another, which shall be answered?’ Oh! I am sure, though it were agony, you would start from your feet, and say, ‘Jesus, not my will, but thine be done.’ … Lord thou shalt have them. By faith we let them go.

Knowing that we would be encouraged to hear how he had been strengthened this man emailed us at Christian Focus Publications to tell us how one of our books had helped him, and how God’s word again had been there, ready and prepared for just the right moment.

Where to Buy:
Morning and Evening: Daily Readings is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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