Monthly Archives: June 2012

Christian Focus Across the Web – June 29, 2012

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

Philippians - Focus on the Bible: Rejoicing And Thanksgiving by David ChapmanWin a copy of Philippians: Rejoicing And Thanksgiving By David Chapman – Be sure to visit the Christian Focus Booknotes Blog and enter our June book giveaway for a chance to win Philippians: Rejoicing and Thanksgiving by David Chapman.

 

Joshua's Desert Diary by Ros WoodmanWin a copy of Joshua’s Desert Diary by Ros Woodman – Be sure to visit the Christian Focus 4 Kids Blog and enter our June book giveaway for a chance to win Joshua’s Desert Diary by Ros Woodman.

 

John Stott: The Humble Leader by Julia CameronFinishing up the John Stott: The Humble Leader Blog Tour – This week we’ve had a number of reviewers participating in a book review blog tour for John Stott: The Humble Leader by Julia Cameron. Below are a few highlights from some of the reviews:

“My boys are 8 and 9. Their take-away from the book was an increased knowledge of who John Stott was, and a respect for his godly character. I have no doubt that God will use this example of biblical living in their lives. We will plan to read the book again in two years when we study the 20th Century.”
-Danika Cooley (thinkingkids.wordpress.com)

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this humble leader, who was incredibly intelligent and godly, yet gracious, loving and thoughtful. This was a man with an attractive character, which comes through the pages of the book strongly. The Humble Leader is part of the Christian Focus Trailblazers series. This is a superb book and I highly recommend it.”

-Mandy Baker Johnson (mandybakerjohnson.com)

The complete list of reviews is available here:  LINK.

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Hear John Keddie on Lifeline with Kurt Goff – 6/29/2012 – 3:20 PM ET

Eric Liddell Finish the Race by John KeddieChristian Focus author John Keddie will be interviewed live Friday June 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM ET on Lifeline with Kurt Goff to discuss his book Eric Liddell: Finish the Race. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.wdcxfm.com.

The archive of this interview is now available:  John Keddie Interview – Lifeline with Kurt Goff.

About the Book:
As a young child Eric Liddell lived in the exotic climate of China. His parents worked there as missionaries, teaching the good news of Jesus. Eric’s life from then on brought him to boarding school in England, university in Edinburgh and the fame of Olympic Stardom in Paris. But with that fame came trouble as he struggled to stand up for his Christian faith. Eric’s strong belief in keeping the Lord’s Day as a day of worship was challenged when his 100 metres race was scheduled for the Sunday. Eric’s strength of conviction and his subsequent win in the 400 metres have made him a hero and a role model for many young men and women. But his life was so much more than winning tapes and starters’ orders – his whole life was a race for God. This race took him back to the country of his birth – China. This country became the country of his death in a Prisoner of War camp. The man who became known affectionately as the ‘Flying Scotsman’ in the end lived and died in China – thousands of miles from his native land and his athletic conquests.

About the Author:
John Keddie is a Christian minister and writer. His previous works include a highly-regarded centenary history of Scottish Athletics. His connection to Eric Liddell comes through an advisory position that he held for the movie Chariots of Fire. He has also written a biography of Eric Liddell, Running the Race, published by EP. Rev. John W. Keddie is the Minister of the Bracadale congregation of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

 

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June Book Giveaway – Philippians: Rejoicing and Thanksgiving by David Chapman


(If you’re unable to see the entry form click here: LINK.)

Philippians - Focus on the Bible: Rejoicing And Thanksgiving by David ChapmanAbout the Book:
The Apostle Paul has a deep-seated joy in Christ. He is content whether he is in want or plenty and yes even in the face of great suffering and persecution. His life exemplifies what it means to live a Christ-like life full of devotion and joy. There is no better place to go to find an autobiography and indeed the theology of Paul than the book of Philippians. It is here we see his focus on Christ and his pastoral concern and spiritual feeling for the people at Philippi. David Chapman skilfully unpacks the book of Philippians and provides us with some personal reflection questions which help us to apply it to our lives.

About the Author:
David Chapman is Associate Professor of New Testament and Archaeology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, Missouri. His interests include running and hiking.

Terms and Conditions:
*This contest is limited to residents of the 48 state continental United States and the UK..
*The contest will run through end of day June 30, 2012.
*After the contest closes, we will choose 1 winner, who will receive a copy of the book.

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Robert Murray McCheyne on the Song of Solomon

Royal Company: A Devotional on Song of Solomon by Malcolm MacLean

On 14 August 1836, a young man, who was later to have a remarkable ministry, preached a sermon as a candidate for the position of minister in a new congregation. He chose to expound a passage from the Song of Solomon (2: 8-17). His opening words may have startled his audience. Here is what he said: There is no book of the Bible which affords a better test of the depth of a man’s Christianity than the Song of Solomon.

(1) If a man’s religion be all in his head – a well-set form of doctrines, built like mason-work, stone above stone, – but exercising no influence upon his heart, this book cannot but offend him; for there are no stiff statements of doctrine here upon which his heartless religion may be built.

(2) Or, if a man’s religion be all in his fancy – if, like Pliable in the Pilgrim’s Progress, he be taken with the outward beauty of Christianity –if, like the seed sown upon the rocky ground, his religion is fixed only in the surface faculties of the mind, while the heart remains rocky and unmoved; though he will relish this book much more than the first man, still there is a mysterious breathing of intimate affection in it, which cannot but stumble and offend him.

(3) But if a man’s religion be heart religion – if he hath not only doctrines in his head, but love to Jesus in his heart – if he hath not only heard and read of the Lord Jesus, but hath felt his need of Him, and been brought to cleave unto Him, as the chiefest among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely, then this book will be inestimably precious to his soul; for it contains the tenderest breathings of the believer’s heart towards the Saviour, and the tenderest breathings of the Saviour’s heart again towards the believer.’

Who was the young candidate for the ministry and where was the new church? The preacher was Robert Murray McCheyne and the church was St. Peter’s in Dundee, Scotland. In fact, during his ministry, which was not very long in terms of years, he would preach from almost every verse in the Song of Solomon.

Excerpted from the introduction to  Royal Company: A Devotional on the Song of Solomon by Malcolm Maclean (Christian Focus, 2012)

 

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New Release – Pastoring the Pastor by Tim Cooper and Kelvin Gardiner

Pastoring the Pastor by Tim Cooper & Kelvin GardinerPastor Daniel is excited, filled with big dreams, anticipating a bright future for him and his first church, Broadfield Community Church. Opposition and obstacles lie ahead, but amidst his trials and disasters, Daniel’s godly Uncle Eldon is able to offer wise and timely advice.

This carefully crafted collection of emails offers us a penetrating insight into the highs and lows of faithful pastoral ministry, helping the pastor and his people to grow in grace and love for one another.

From: daniel@ hubris.com
Sent: Monday 14 October, 6: 14 a.m.
To: eldon@ charis.net
Subject: Help!

Dear Uncle Eldon,

Church is miserable! I’ve been here three months now and things are not what I expected! Do you remember offering to send me advice whenever I needed it? Well, I need it now! Can you help????

Dan

Praise for Pastoring the Pastor:

“Convicting, compelling and ultimately uplifting; this insightful probing of the realities of pastoral ministry will make you smile, lead you to pray, and encourage you to persevere.”
Colin S. Smith ~ Senior Pastor, The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, Arlington, Illinois & President of Unlocking the Bible

“In this earthy and attractive page-turner of a book, we are exposed to the whole fascinating range of church Life and Christian ministry, joys, scandals and all’
Richard Bewes ~ OBE, Author & retired rector of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London

“I plan to commend this book to our students here at Beeson Divinity School and to pastors everywhere who are called to the burdensome joy of shepherding the flock of God.”
Timothy George ~ Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

About the Authors:
Tim Cooper lives with his wife Kate and their four sons in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. Before taking up this post he was the pastor of LifeSwitch, a church in the Hutt Valley on the outskirts of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.

Kelvin Gardiner has pastored churches in New Zealand, the Philippines and the US. For ten years he led a ministry leadership organization overseeing one hundred US churches and providing pastoral support for overseas mission teams. He and his wife Jill currently offer pastoral care for mission agencies in Asia and Europe.

Where to Buy:
 Pastoring the Pastor: Emails of a Journey Through Ministry 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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Hear Carrie Sandom Live on The Janet Mefferd Show – 6/22/2012 – 2:30 PM CT

Different By Design God's: Blueprint for Men and Women by Carrie SandomChristian Focus author Carrie Sandom will be interviewed live Friday June 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM CT on the Janet Mefferd Show to discuss her book Different By Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.thewordfm.com.

About the Book:
Created in the image of God, man and woman are designed to reflect God’s own nature and being. At the very heart of the Godhead-Father, Son and Spirit-we see the qualities that form the basis of our design as men and women. In the Godhead, there is perfect equality, diversity, unity and order, and it is these characteristics that shape our differences as well.

Carrie Sandom, along with a rising tide of like-minded Christians, is concerned about the growth of feminism in our society, our families and our churches-and the detriment this poses to all three. She clearly presents the problem and leads readers along the path to restore God’s design to its rightful place.

Just as relationships in the Godhead are equal yet diverse, working together in unity and order, so are these characteristics to be reflected in the way men and women relate to one another. Scripturally grounded, Different by Design presents a biblical context for roles of men and women in marriage, the church and the workplace, with present-day implications for each.

About the Author:
Carrie SandomCarrie Sandom is Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care at St John’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, UK. She has served in women’s and student ministry for almost 20 years and is a speaker at this month’s The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 National Women’s Conference.

Where to Buy:
 Different by Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women 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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On Location – The Gospel Coalition National Women’s Conference – June 22-24

The Gospel Coalition National Women's Conference

Today, Christian Focus Publications will be on hand at the first ever Gospel Coalition National Women’s Conference. Nearly 4,000 women from across the globe will be attending this first time event in Orlando, Florida. We’re very excited that Christian Focus author Carrie Sandom is one of the speakers for this year’s conference. Carrie is Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care at St John’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, UK. She has served in women’s and student ministry for almost 20 years. Carrie’s book Different By Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women released in May 2012.

If you’re going to be in attendance at the conference, be sure to pay Christian Focus Publications a visit in the conference bookstore to take advantage of some conference-only special offers. Also, if you’re unable to attend the event, you can still watch the conference sessions via live stream:  LINK.

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Christian Focus Author Michael Ross Elected Moderator of 40th PCA General Assembly

“Dr. Ross is an author with a particular interest in church revitalization. He has authored two books Preaching for Revitalization and The Light of the Psalms: Deepening Your Faith with Every Psalm. And since 2002 when it began, Ross has authored the Bible studies for the PCA’s 50 Days of Prayer booklet.

At its opening session on Tuesday, June 19, the 40th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America elected TE Michael Ross as moderator by acclamation. The PCA General Assembly is holding its annual meeting in the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky., through June 22. Dr. Ross is Pastor of Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church in Matthews, N.C., a suburb of Charlotte.”

Read more of this article on The Aquila Report

Books by Michael Ross:

Preaching for Revitalization: How to revitalise your church through your pulpit by Michael RossThe Light of the Psalms: Deepening your faith with every Psalm by Michael Ross

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On Location – PCA General Assembly – June 19-21

Christian Focus Publications will be on hand at the 2012 PCA General Assembly being held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, June 19-21. Books will be discounted 30% and more. Below are some photos of our booth, all ready to receive attendees. If you’re in attendance this week, be sure to stop by and pay us a visit.

PCA General Assembly Booth 1

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PCA General Assembly Booth 3

 

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Happy Father’s Day

 

Happy Father's Day

We wanted to take a moment to wish all of our readers a blessed Father’s Day. Below are some words of encouragement from scripture, as well as a story from Timeless Stories by Vance Christie..

“And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
-Malachi 4:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
-Joshua 1:9

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.”
-Psalm 103:13

“My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”
-Proverbs 3:11-12

“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
-Luke 11:11-13

All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001)

Praying for a Hankie
ONE morning while a prisoner at Ravensbruck, Corrie ten Boom awoke with a bad cold. Back in her homeland, with a hankie to use for blowing her nose, she would have easily adjusted to the infirmity. But in the concentration camp, without so much as a hankie, she felt she could not bear her cold and runny nose.
“Well, why don’t you pray for a hankie?” suggested her sister, Betsie.
Corrie wanted to laugh. There they were imprisoned in a camp where thousands of people each week were being executed or put through unbearable suffering. ‘And Betsie suggests I pray for a hankie!’ she thought. ‘If I were to pray for anything, it would be for something big, not something little like that.’
Betsie, however, immediately and simply prayed: ‘Father, in the name of Jesus I now pray for a hankie for Corrie, because she has a bad cold.’

Corrie shook her head and walked away. A short while later she was standing by the window of her barracks when she heard someone call her name. Looking out, she spotted a friend and fellow-prisoner who worked in the camps hospital approaching her.

‘Here you are’, the woman said to Corrie in a matter-of-fact tone as she extended a small package to her. ‘Take it. I bring you a little present.’
Corrie could hardly believe her eyes when she opened the small parcel it contained a handkerchief! ‘How did you know?’ she queried. ‘Did Betsie tell you? Did you know I had a cold?’
The woman shrugged, then revealed,’ I know nothing. I was busy sewing handkerchiefs out of an old piece of sheet, and there was a voice in my heart saying, “Take a hankie to Corrie ten Boom.” So, there is your gift, from God.’

Later Corrie commented: ‘That pocket handkerchief, made from an old piece of sheet, was a message from heaven for me. It told me that there is a heavenly Father who hears, even if one of His children on this little planet prays for a tiny little thing like a hankie. Not only does He hear, but He speaks to another of His children and says, “Bring a hankie to Corrie ten Boom.”’

-Excerpted from Timeless Stories by Vance Christie

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