Monthly Archives: November 2012

Christian Focus Across the Web – November 30, 2012

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

Uprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians by Rebecca VandoodewaardRebecca VanDoodewaard Interviewed on the Gentle Reformation Blog – Many thanks to Barry York for interviewing Rebecca VanDoodewaard about her new book Uprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians. You can read the interview here:  LINK.
How God Changes People: Conversion Stories From The Bible by Carine MacKenzieDanika Cooley reviews How God Changes People by Carine Mackenzie – Be sure to check out Danika’s great review of Carine Mackenzie’s latest book – How God Changes People: Conversion Stories from the Bible. Here’s a bit of what Danika had to say:

“I am so excited to report this book comes from a confessional theology rather than a decisional theology. There are no instances of the ‘salvation prayer’ – just an explanation of how Christ changes our lives, and what that looks like.”

Danika’s review is available in its entirety at her Thinking Kids blog.

Puritan Portraits by J. I. PackerLast day to enter November book giveaways on the Christian Focus Booknotes and Christian Focus 4 Kids Blogs – Today is the last day to enter the November book giveaways on both of our blogs. Visit the Christian Focus 4 Kids blog for a chance to win Nate Saint: Operation Auca by Nancy Drummond and the Christian Focus Booknotes blog for a chance to win Puritan Portraits by J. I. Packer.

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Author Profile – Richard P. Belcher, Jr.

Richard P. Belcher, Jr.Dr. Richard P. Belcher, Jr., author of Genesis: The Beginning of God’s Plan of Salvation (Focus on the Bible) teaches Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the PCA and pastored an urban nondenominational church in Rochester, NY for ten years before pursuing the Ph. D. This pastoral experience in an unusual and challenging setting gives him great insight into the practical, modern issues that will be faced by future pastors studying with him at RTS. He graduated from Covenant College and received his M. Div from Covenant Seminary. He also received an S.T.M. from Concordia Theological Seminary, and his Ph. D. is from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has served as stated supply for numerous churches in the area since coming to RTS Charlotte in 1995. Dr. Belcher was recently appointed as academic dean for RTS/Charlotte.

Books by Richard P. Belcher, Jr.:
Genesis: The Beginning of God's Plan of Salvation (Focus on the Bible) by Richard P. Belcher, Jr.Messiah & the Psalms: Preaching Christ from all the Psalms by Richard P. Belcher, Jr.

 

*Dr. Belcher’s bio was adapted from his faculty page at www.rts.edu.

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Christian Focus Booknotes Week in Review – November 24, 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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November Book Giveaway – Puritan Portraits by J. I. Packer

About the Book:
Here one of the leading authorities on the Puritans, J. I. Packer introduces us to their rich theology and deep spirituality. Packer gives us profiles of John Flavel, Thomas Boston, John Bunyan, Matthew Henry, Henry Scougal, John Owen and Stephen Charnock and two closer portraits of William Perkins and Richard Baxter. The writings of the Puritans continue to profoundly reward readers and here J. I. Packer brings them alive in an inspiring way to encourage a new generation to experience their delights.

J. I. PackerAbout the Author:
Jim Packer is named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals alive. He is the Board of Governor’s Professor of Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Terms and Conditions:
The giveaway is limited to residents of the continental United States and the United Kingdom.

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Christian Focus Across the Web – November 23, 2012

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

Puritan Portraits by J. I. PackerPuritan Portraits on Kindle and NookPuritan Portraits by J. I. Packer is now available for both the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook. Get the e-book edition today for over 30% off the print list price.

An Exposition on the Shorter Catechism: What is the Chief End of Man? by  Alexander Whyte Resources to help you learn the Westminster Shorter Catechism – Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is just around the corner. Before too long, we’ll all be thinking about setting goals and making resolutions for the new year. If you’ve ever thought you’d like to get a better handle on your theology, 2013 could be the year to do it. A good place to start is the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Here are three great resources to consider for making that goal a reality:

In addition to the resources mentioned above, you may also want to take a look at the Westminster Shorter Catechism in 90 Days iPhone app, which is free from our friends at Reformed Theological Seminary.

Krista Horning’s Testimony – Here’s a video of Krista Horning sharing her testimony at The Works of God Conference: God’s Good Design in Disability, hosted by Desiring God. All of the conference messages are available for free download here:  LINK. Krista’s book Just the Way I Am: God’s Good Design in Disability is available wherever good Christian Books are sold.

Krista Horning: Testimony of God’s Good Design from Desiring God on Vimeo.

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Wishing all of our readers a blessed Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers. In honor of this special day, we wanted to share this quote from Stephen Charnock. It reminds us of the love and thankfulness due God for our crucified Redeemer.

Evidence of His Love

We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Let us be thankful to God for a crucified Redeemer. There is nothing in heaven or earth which is such an amazing wonder as this; nothing can vie with it for excellence. All love and thankfulness is due to God, who has given us His Son, not only to live, but to die for us a death so shameful, a death so accursed, a death so sharp, that we might be repossessed of the happiness we had lost. All love and thankfulness is due to Christ, who did not only pay a small sum for us as our surety, but bowed His soul to death, to raise us to life, was numbered among transgressors, that we might have a room among the blessed. Our crimes merited our sufferings, but His own mercy made Him a sufferer for us; for us He sweat those drops of blood, for us He trod the wine-press alone, for us He assuaged the rigor of divine justice, for us, who were not only miserable, but offending creatures, and overwhelmed with more sins to be hated, than with misery to be pitied. He was crucified for us by His love, who deserved to die by His power, and laid the highest obligation upon us, who had laid the highest offenses upon Him. This death is the ground of all our good; whatever we have, is a fruit that grew upon the cross…Nothing is such an evidence of His love as His cross; the miracles He wrought, and the cures He performed in the time of His life, were nothing to the kindness of His death, wherein He was willing to be accounted worse than a murderer in His punishment, that He might thereby effect our deliverance.

Daily Readings - the Puritans - Edited by Randall PedersonExcerpted from Daily Readings – The Puritans (Christian Focus, 2012), p. 77. This book allows to you draw daily from the wisdom of the Puritans, where you’ll find renewed joy for your daily service. This beautifully presented gift edition has 12 months of readings from Richard Baxter; John Bunyan; Stephen Charnock; Jonathan Edwards; John Flavel; William Gurnall; William Guthrie; Matthew Mead; John Owen; Samuel Rutherford; Thomas Watson; and Thomas Vincent.

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Rebels Rescued: A Student’s Guide to Reformed Theology by Brian Cosby

Rebels Rescued: A Student's Guide to Reformed Theology by Brian CosbyHave you ever had a shopping cart with a broken wheel? You push it around and all it wants to do is run into the sides of the aisle. If you were to let the cart go on its own, it would immediately turn and smash into that case of pickles up ahead! You are like that shopping cart! The bad wheel is your heart. It’s always veering off, leading you away from what you were created to be. You were created for God’s love and glory, but instead, your heart pulls you away from Jesus and into something much worse than a case of pickles. Being a rebel at heart means that you do not have the ability to choose God or even to respond to God on your own because you are spiritually dead; we all are. Reformed theology teaches that, because we are more sinful than we could ever imagine, it can only be God who takes that broken shopping cart wheel (our sinful heart) and replaces it with one that has both the ability and the desire to seek him and to follow him. By faith in Christ, you are no longer set to smash into the aisles of sinful destruction. No, he promises to carry us in his grip of grace.

About the Author:
Brian H. Cosby is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He has written several books including John Bunyan: The Journey of a Pilgrim and David Brainerd: A Love for the Lost in the Trailblazers series.

Praise for Rebels Rescued:

“Brian Cosby has written a wonderful little book – simple, clear, and deep all at once – setting forth the essentials of Reformed theology. A helpful primer for students, and for anyone else who has ever wondered, “What’s all this fuss about?”
Timothy George ~ Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Rebels Rescued turns to the beautiful old truths of the Reformation and perfectly targets them at a whole new generation. As a Reformed theology primer it is a joy to read.”
Tim Challies ~ Blogger at www.challies.com

Where to Buy:
Rebels Rescued: A Student’s Guide to Reformed Theology by Brian Cosby 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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Genesis: The Beginning of God’s Plan of Salvation by Richard P. Belcher, Jr.

Genesis: The Beginning of God's Plan of Salvation (Focus on the Bible) by Richard P. Belcher, Jr.Genesis provides us with a foundation for correctly understanding the world. Within Genesis, the character and the role of human beings within the world God has created is revealed. In reading Genesis we find on every occasion, in his dealings with mankind, God steps in by his grace and demonstrates that he is in control.

Commentaries in the Focus on the Bible series are popular level commentaries especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are 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.

Richard P. Belcher, Jr.About the Author:
Richard Belcher, Jr. is the Professor of Old Testament and academic dean at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC. His previous books include The Messiah and the Psalms.

Praise for Genesis: The Beginning of God’s Plan of Salvation:

“The meaning of creation (and/or evolution) has taken its place at the front of the intellectual/cultural stage for over a century and a half, and shows no sign of moving from the center of discussion and debate. Secularists and Christians – both liberal and conservative – instinctively understand the high significance of the issue, and hence, the intensity of the continuing debate. Whether God is real and Scripture is true are both tied up in the foundational text of the Bible: Genesis chapters one to three. Richard Belcher’s Genesis is a clearly written and judiciously researched guide to the entire question of the meaning of the book of Genesis (not just to its first three chapters, pivotal though these are).”
Douglas F. Kelly ~ Richard Jordan Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina

“It is hard to think that more material was ever packed into a brief compass, or with greater clarity, helpfulness and ease of reading than Dr. Belcher has managed in this commentary. The words ‘thoroughness’, ‘fairness’ and ‘lucidity’ spring to mind to describe the whole work. Indeed, I cannot think of an important ‘stone left unturned’! The treatment, for example, of the creation narrative ranks among the fullest and fairest I have ever read, but, without exaggeration every page has its quota of good things, problems solved, and truths illuminated. In a word, I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and warmly commend it.”
Alec Motyer ~ Well known Bible expositor and commentary writer

“Richard Belcher’s commentary focuses on the big picture of Genesis, tracing God’s story of redemption through the biblical narrative. His careful exposition shows how Genesis reveals God’s intentions for his creation and his unstoppable purpose to bless his people and redeem them out of slavery, bringing good out of evil. God’s people can live with confidence that God will be faithful to his promises to redeem and restore the broken and the suffering. He is able to take what people mean for evil and turn it into good. This commentary deserves a wide appreciation, as it will help pastors, leaders, and Christians see how Genesis proclaims the deepest message of the Bible: the grace of God for sinners and those who suffer.”
Justin Holcomb ~ Executive director of the Resurgence, lead pastor of Mars Hill Church | U-District, Seattle, Washington, & adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary

Where to Buy:
 Genesis: The Beginning of God’s Plan of Salvation 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 Booknotes Week in Review – November 17, 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 – November 16, 2012

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

Genesis: The Beginning of God's Plan of Salvation (Focus on the Bible) by Richard P. Belcher, Jr.Dr. Richard Belcher, Jr. Named Academic Dean at RTS/Charlotte – Congratulations to Christian Focus author Richard Belcher, Jr. on his recent appointment as academic dean for RTS/Charlotte. Dr. Belcher’s brand new book Genesis: The Beginning of God’s Plan of Salvation (Focus on the Bible) is now available worldwide.

ETS 2012 – Many thanks to all of you who stopped by the Christian Focus Publications booth at the 64th annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society. We always enjoy spending time with both our customers and authors at these events. We’re already looking forward to seeing you again at ETS next year.

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