Monthly Archives: October 2012

Today in Church History – October 31, 1517

Martin Luther On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. While many of us are familiar with this story, I’m willing to bet most of us haven’t taken the time to read what concerns and objections Luther was raising. You can read Luther’s 95 theses here:  LINK. If you’d rather listen to Luther’s 95 theses, you can download a free copy of Martin Luther: In His Own Words from ChristianAudio.com.

If reading the 95 theses piques your interest in Martin Luther, you may want to dig deeper into his life with one of the books shown below:

Martin Luther: The Man who started the Reformation by Thomas Lindsay Martin Luther: What Should I Do? by Catherine MackenzieMartin Luther's Tabletalk

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Christian Focus Booknotes Week in Review – October 27, 2012

Catch up on the blog posts you might have missed earlier in the week on the Christian Focus Booknotes Blog:

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Christian Focus Across the Web – October 26, 2012

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

The Life of God in the Soul of the Church by Thabiti AnyabwileThabiti Anyabwile on The Janet Mefferd Show – Earlier this week, Thabiti Anyabwile spoke with Janet Mefferd about his new book The Life of God in the Soul of the Church. You can listen to the interview here:  LINK.

 Martin Luther's TabletalkWin a copy of TableTalk by Martin Luther – Be sure to pay a visit to the contest page for our October Book Giveaway on the Christian Focus Booknotes blog. We’re giving away a copy of TableTalk: Luther’s Comments on Life, the Church, and the Bible. Entries will be accepted through Reformation Day (October 31).

Martin Luther: What Should I Do? by Catherine MackenzieWin a copy of Martin Luther: What  Should I Do? by Catherine Mackenzie – We’re also giving away a copy of Martin Luther: What Should I Do? from our Little Lights series on the Christian Focus 4 Kids blog. Entries will be accepted through Reformation Day (October 31).

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October Book Giveaway – TableTalk: Luther’s Comments on Life, the Church and the Bible

Martin Luther's TabletalkWith Reformation Day (October 31) just around the corner, we thought it’d be fitting to feature Martin Luther’s TableTalk in the October Book Giveaway on the Christian Focus Booknotes Blog.

About the Book:
Luther’s ‘Divine Discourses’ (as this book was known) stirred up so much anger in the Roman Catholic Church that all copies were ordered to be burnt under an edict by Pope Gregory XIII. One copy was found by Casparus Van Sparr in 1626, whilst building on a house once owned by his grandfather in Germany. The book was wrapped in a linen cloth treated with beeswax and buried in the ground – it was perfectly preserved.

An English friend of Casparus, Captain Henry Bell, brought the book back to Britain and began the work of translation several times but never completed it. He received a vision of an old man who told him he would complete the translation. Two weeks later he was arrested and spent the next 10 years in jail during which time he completed the work and produced what we now know as ‘Tabletalk’.

This collection of informal comments was gathered together by Antony Lauterbach and John Aurifaber, who were very close to Luther towards the end of his life.

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Author Profile – Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of two daughters, Afiya and Eden, and son, Titus. He began serving as elder/senior pastor in August 2006. He served previously as an elder/assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC) and as an elder at Church on the Rock (Raleigh, NC). Thabiti is a council member of The Gospel Coalition. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, he enjoys preaching, reading, and sports.

Thabiti is active in social media. You can follow him on his Pure Church blog and on Twitter (@ThabitiAnyabwil).

(Biographical profile adapted from www.fbc.org.ky/our_people/staff)

Books by Thabiti Anyabwile:
The Life of God in the Soul of the Church by Thabiti Anyabwile

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Hear Thabiti Anyabwile Live on The Janet Mefferd Show – 10/23/2012 @ 3:00 PM CT

Thabiti AnyabwileChristian Focus author Thabiti Anyabwile will be interviewed live Tuesday October 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM CT on The Janet Mefferd Show to discuss his book The Life of God in the Soul of the Church. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.thewordfm.com.

The archive of this interview is now available: LINK.

About the Book:
In this transformational book, trusted pastor Thabiti Anyabwile repositions our thinking about spiritual fellowship. Extending the concept of Divine life presented in Henry Scougal’s classic The Life of God in the Soul of Man, Anyabwile contends that union with Christ is not individualistic, but is discerned in the soul of the local church. This vision of spiritual fellowship is not centred on external activities and programs, but on our shared life in Christ, as we share one another’s sufferings, use our spiritual gifts for the good of the body, partner in spreading the gospel and grow spiritually together. The Life of God in the Soul of the Church- Experienced personally by believing the truth; shared relationally in the church…leads to great joy and holiness.

About the Author:
Thabiti Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. He is a council member of The Gospel Coalition, and his internationally regarded blog, Pure Church, is hosted by The Gospel Coalition.

Where to Buy:
 The Life of God in the Soul of the Church 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:

The Life of God in the Soul of the Church by Thabiti Anyabwile Buy Now:

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Christian Focus Booknotes Week in Review – October 20, 2012

Catch up on the blog posts you might have missed earlier in the week on the Christian Focus Booknotes Blog:

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What God Starts, God Completes by Michael Milton

What God Starts God Completes by Michael MiltonMichael Milston shares in his own words, what readers can expect to find in What God Starts, God Completes:

“I was supposed to have been aborted… but that is not my identity. I was abandoned, abused, and kidnapped – all before I was five years old… but that is not my identity. I hear folks talk about their identity in terms of their heredity – I am English or I am a Choctaw Indian. I am both of those things… but that is not my identity. Some say, “I was adopted” or “I was orphaned” or “My father was a drunk and my mother insane,” and that is their identity. I could, myself, use those phrases to describe my life… but that is not my identity. “I was divorced” and “I lost my kids” and “I made some terrible choices” are all monikers that some use to describe their essential personhood… but not me, even though I could utter those hard confessions to you now. “I was a successful businessman, a ‘golden-haired fast tracker,’ grooming for the vice-presidency of a major corporation. That is who I am.” I was that, too… but that is not who I am…

“My identity is, quite simply, completely related to Jesus Christ. Some reading this will not like my saying that. They will want more. They will want “depth.” They will want “irony.” But He is all there is to me. I am as deep as this: I have only Him. There is no mystery, irony, or feature about me that is amazing or even interesting but that He chose me and I am His. That is the story of stories as far as I can tell. You need to know that I am not a religious man, as one might think of that term, even though I am an ordained Presbyterian minister. I am simply a disciple, a follower of Jesus of Nazareth. Sometimes I follow him closely and sometimes I don’t, to my own hurt and my own shame. But I am His. And He is mine-in the sense that He has given His life to me.”

Praise: for What God Starts, God Completes:

“In this self-disclosing autobiography, Dr. Mike Milton embraces the paradox of strength in weakness. The one who reads this volume runs the risk of finding freedom in captivity to Christ and power in the declaration of dependence on Christ.”
-Robert Smith, Jr. ~ Assoc Professor, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

“The key word I would use to describe this book is ‘encouragement’. Mike Milton’s story is challenging, stimulating but above all an encouragement which enables us to see the grace of God in the life of one individual. It is open, warm and realistic. Read and be encouraged.”
David Robertson ~ Pastor of St Peter’s Free Church of Scotland, Dundee

“Mike Milton has taken the risk to tell us his story, all of it. The parable of his life, like yours and mine, was composed by the creator and is only understandable in His light. It is a story of grace, gracefully told.”
-Michael Card ~ musician and author

Michael MiltonAbout the Author:
Michael Milton is President and Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also a chaplain in United States Army Reserve and adjunct Professor of Knox Theological Seminary. Prior to moving to Charlotte, Michael was the Senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga.

Where to Buy:
What God Starts, God Completes 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:

What God Starts God Completes by Michael Milton Buy Now:

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Christian Focus Across the Web – October 19, 2012

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

Churches, Revolutions And Empires by Ian J ShawGreat Reviews for Churches, Revolutions & Empires – Here are a few excerpts from some of the reviews that have come in this week for the Churches, Revolutions & Empires book review blog tour being held at Cross Focused Reviews:

Churches, Revolutions, & Empires is a fascinating study. It clearly represents fine historical scholarship and shows the development of the church through a very turbulent period in history. Readers who want to see how the modern world has been shaped into what it is now will find very suggestive analysis throughout Shaw’s work.”
Nate Claiborne (nathanielclaiborne.com)

“I highly recommend [Churches, Revolutions & Empires] for those who are interested in history. It is not light reading, but it is good reading.”
-Roger Leonhardt (reformedreader.blogspot.com)

Oxford eBooks Gets Written Up in The Oxford Times – If you’ve read the front matter in many of our e-books, you’ve likely noticed that they were converted by Oxford eBooks Ltd. We were excited to see an article about them this week in The Oxford Times. The article gives background on owner Andy Serven and tells the story of how he got in to the e-book business. Christian Focus even gets a mention in the article. You can read the full article here:  LINK. If you’d like to learn more about Oxford eBooks, visit oxford-ebooks.com.

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Author Profile – Michael Milton

Michael MiltonMichael Milton is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He is the Chancellor/CEO Elect of Reformed Theological Seminary where he also holds the James M. Baird Jr. Chair of Pastoral Theology. Prior to that appointment on September 2, 2010, he served the seminary as the President at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina.

A seminary leader, preacher, pastor, Army Reserve chaplain, singer-songwriter and author, he refers to himself as “a blasphemer and shameful prodigal saved by grace and called to preach the unsearchable riches I once blasphemed. I have but one identity and that is it.”

Dr. and Mrs. Milton live with their son in the Charlotte area.

Michael blogs at MichaelMilton.org, where he shares random thoughts on theology, life, and more.

(Biographical profile adapted from  MichaelMilton.org/about)

Books by Michael Milton:

What God Starts God Completes by Michael Milton

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