Monthly Archives: March 2014

Win It Before You Can Buy It – Systematic Theology (Volume 2) by Douglas F. Kelly

The long awaited second volume of Douglas F. Kelly’s Systematic Theology will be releasing early next month. Enter below for a chance to win it before you can even buy it.


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Systematic Theology (Volume 2): The Beauty of Christ - a Trinitarian Vision by Douglas F. KellyAbout the Book:
Douglas F. Kelly returns to the writings of saints and scholars to exemplify the beauty and the wonder of Christ, the Son of God, in this highly-anticipated second volume of systematic theology. Kelly delves through a treasure trove of Patristics, Scholastics, Reformers, Puritans, and Moderns to recover an Augustinian reverence for the beauty of Christ, to illustrate that the Father and the Spirit are most fully revealed through Him, and to make clear that His coming is the restoration of the universe.

Praise for Systematic Theology (Volume 2): The Beauty of Christ – a Trinitarian Vision:

“One of those rare books that will shape both scholarly and pastoral theology for generations to come.”
-Richard Pratt ~ President, Third Millenium Ministries, Orlando, Florida

“Nothing less than remarkable.”
-William Edgar ~ Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“A joy to witness… a model to which others should aspire.”
-Carl R. Trueman ~ Paul Woolley Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Striking indeed… Reminds us of Jonathan Edwards, Augustine, and many other great writers of the church.”
-John M. Frame ~ Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Florida

“In the forest of recent and not-so recent systematic theologies… this tree stands out.”
-Paul Wells ~ Adjunct dean of the Faculté Jean Calvin in Aix-en- Provence France

“Impressive and invaluable.”
-George Dion Dragas ~ Protopresbyter, General Editor of the Patristic and Ecclesiastical Texts and Translations, Orthodox Research Institute

“There is no other book of this magnitude.”
-Joseph Chien ~ Director, Calvin Publications, Pastor, Chinese Reformed Congregation of Taipei

About the Author:
Douglas F. Kelly is the Richard Jordan Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Monday Meditations: He Was Heard In That He Feared

Monday Meditations Spurgeon

‘He was heard in that he feared’

Hebrews 5:7

Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that he was utterly forsaken? There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken?‘See,’ said Satan,‘thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of his compassion against thee. Not an angel in His courts will stretch out his hand to help thee. All heaven is alienated from Thee; Thou art left alone. See the companions with whom Thou hast taken sweet counsel, what are they worth? Son of Mary, see there thy brother James, see there Thy loved disciple John, and Thy bold apostle Peter, how the cowards sleep when Thou art in Thy sufferings! Lo! Thou hast no friend left in heaven or earth. All hell is against Thee. I have stirred up mine infernal den. I have sent my missive throughout all regions summoning every prince of darkness to set upon Thee this night, and we will spare no arrows, we will use all our infernal might to overwhelm Thee: and what wilt Thou do, Thou solitary one?’ It may be, this was the temptation; we think it was, because the appearance of an angel unto Him strengthening Him removed that fear. He was heard in that He feared; He was no more alone, but heaven was with Him. It may be that this is the reason of His coming three times to His disciples – as Hart puts it:

‘Backwards and forwards thrice He ran, As if He sought some help from man.’

He would see for Himself whether it were really true that all men had forsaken Him; He found them all asleep; but perhaps He gained some faint comfort from the thought that they were sleeping, not from treachery, but from sorrow, the spirit indeed was willing, but the flesh was weak. At any rate He was heard in that he feared. Jesus was heard in His deepest woe; my soul, thou shalt be heard also.

*Excerpted from Morning and Evening: Daily Readings by C. H. Spurgeon (Christian Heritage, 2009).

Where to Buy:
Morning and Evening: Daily Readings by C. H. Spurgeon 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 – March 21, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

Joey Parker reviews Kelly’s Systematic Theology (Volume 1) – We’re looking forward to volume 2 of Dr. Kelly’s Systematic Theology, which will be available in the US next month. As we look forward to that release, we were pleased to read Joey Parker’s recent review of Systematic Theology (Volume 1). Here’s a bit of what Joey had to say in his review:

“From the start of this volume it is clear that Kelly is intent on helping his readers to see that God’s desire to make himself known has always been both individual and corporate. We miss a big part of knowing God if we fail to be incorporated and active in His Body.”

Read Joey’s full review at parkerjreviews.blogspot.com.

Grab a copy of Envy of Eve by Melissa Kruger for 50% off – Head over to Westminster Bookstore and pick up a copy of Melissa Kruger’s book Envy of Eve for 50% off.

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E-Book Sale:  Don’t forget to take advantage of our current e-book sale. Sale prices are good through March 24th:

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Available For Review: Salvation By Crucifixion by Philip Graham Ryken

Salvation By CrucifixionJoin us April 7-11, 2014 for the Salvation By Crucifixion book review blog tour.

About the Book:
In Salvation By Crucifixion, Ryken celebrates Easter with a thoughtful guidebook to understanding the cross. Seven answers to seven questions explain the why and the wherefore of the cross for a Biblical faith and a Christian life.

Praise For Salvation By Crucifixion:

“Perfect for a thoughtful person who wants to know Christ and discover what it means to trust in Him.”
-Colin S. Smith ~ Senior Pastor, The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, Arlington, Illinois & President of Unlocking the Bible

“Read this book slowly, prayerfully, meditatively, and let its amazing truths penetrate the depth of your soul.”
-Joel R. Beeke ~ President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Artful, but simple; compact, but loaded; sound, but fresh. This book is a jewel. Some passages sing. It well repays the time it takes to read it.”
-Mark Dever ~ Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and President of 9Marks.org, Washington, DC

Philip RykenAbout The Author:
Dr Ryken became President of Wheaton College in July 2010. Prior to that he was Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a prolific author and a member of the council of The Gospel Coalition.

Blog Tour Details:
The Salvation By Crucifixion Book Review Blog Tour will run April 7-11, 2014. Participants must be willing to post a review of the book on their personal blog and at least one internet retailer of their choice such as Amazon.com.

A limited number of participants will be selected via the form below:

The Salvation By Crucifixion blog tour is now full. Thank you for your interest.

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E-Books On Sale Through March 24th

The following e-books are on sale through March 24th:

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Monday Meditations: Election

Monday Meditations

Election
March 17

“And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath …” -Luke 4:28

How bitterly human nature dislikes the doctrine of the sovereignty of God.

We see this in the conduct of the men of Nazareth, when our Lord reminded them that God was under no obligation to work miracles among them. Were there not many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah? No doubt there were. Yet to none of them was the prophet sent. All were passed over in favour of a Gentile widow at Sarepta. Were there not many lepers in Israel in the days of Elisha? No doubt there were. Yet to none of them was the privilege of healing granted. Naaman the Syrian was the only one who was cleansed. Such doctrine as this was intolerable to the men of Nazareth. It wounded their pride and self-conceit. It taught them that God was no man’s debtor, and that if they themselves were passed over in the distribution of His mercies, they had no right to find fault. They could not bear it. They were ‘filled with wrath’. They thrust our Lord out of their city, and had it not been for an exercise of miraculous power on His part, they would doubtless have put Him to a violent death.

Of all the doctrines of the Bible, none is so offensive to human nature as the doctrine of God’s sovereignty. To be told that God is great, and just, and holy, and pure, man can bear. But to be told that ‘He hath mercy on whom He will have mercy’ – that He ‘giveth no account of His matters’ – that it is ‘not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy’ – these are truths that the natural man cannot stand; they often call forth all his enmity against God, and fill him with wrath. Nothing, in short, will make him submit to them but the humbling teaching of the Holy Ghost.

Let us settle it in our minds that, whether we like it or not, the sovereignty of God is a doctrine clearly revealed in the Bible, and a fact clearly to be seen in the world.

*Excerpted from Day By Day With J.C. Ryle: A New Daily Devotional of Ryle’s Writings by J.C. Ryle (Christian Heritage, 2011).

Where to Buy:
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Christian Focus Across The Web – March 14, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

What is the power of the cross in your life? This video is inspired by the message of Dr. Ryken’s new book Salvation by Crucifixion. Wheaton College hosted a community art project in the Beamer Center and asked students that same question. Their answers came together to create this profound visual Lenten meditation.

David Robertson on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling – Don’t miss out on David Robertson’s recent interview on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling, discussing his new book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great. The interview is available to stream or download here:  LINK

Christian Renewal Reviews How Prayer Impacts Lives – Here’s a brief review of How Prayer Impacts Lives by Catherine Mackenzie (editor) that will appear in an upcoming edition of Christian Renewal:

“Forty-one people contributed to this book on prayer – people as varied as housewives, doctors, pastors, missionaries, columnists and former atheists. Anecdotes, testimonies, heartfelt cries and calloused knees, all testify to the fact that there is a universal church praying to God. Encouraging small chapters are well suited for daily readings, whether out loud to family members or privately alongside morning devotions. We can learn a lot from each other, as well as praise God for His faithfulness to His beloved bride. Recommended!”

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Listen to an interview with David Robertson on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling

David Robertson

David Robertson

Christian Focus author David Robertson was recently a guest on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling. The interview focuses on David’s recent book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great. You can stream the interview here:  LINK

About the Book:
David Robertson, author of The Dawkins Letters, was told by the leader of an atheist society: “Okay, I admit that you have destroyed my atheism, but what do you believe?” His answer was “I believe in and because of Jesus.” This book shows us why Jesus is the reason to believe. In response to the shout of “God is not Great” by the late Christopher Hitchens, David shows us why Jesus is God and is Great.

About the Author:
David Robertson is pastor of St Peter’s Free Church of Scotland. Robertson is a trustee of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and works to fulfill the Centre’s mission to engage culture with the message of Christ.

Where to Buy:
Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great by David Robertson 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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Monday Meditations: Broken Cisterns

Monday Meditations - Gird and Serve

Broken Cisterns

“They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jer. 2:13).

“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (John 7:37).

What an infinite mistake to miss the fountain freely flowing to quench our thirst, and to hew out broken cisterns, in which is disappointment and despair. Many such may read these words – each with soul-thirst craving satisfaction; each within reach of God, whose nature is as rock- water for those that are athirst, but they are attempting the impossible task of satisfying the craving for the infinite and divine, with men and the things of sense.

There is the cistern of pleasure, engraved with fruits and flowers, wrought at the cost of health and peace; the cistern of wealth, gilded and inlaid with costly gems; the cistern of human love, which, however fair and beautiful, can never satisfy the soul that rests in it alone – all these, erected at infinite cost of time and strength, are treacherous and disappointing.

At our feet the fountain of God’s love is flowing through the channel of Jesus Christ, the divine Man. He says to each of us: ‘Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst’. We must descend to the level of the stream, if its waters are to flow over our parched lips to slake our thirst. We must come back to Calvary, take our stand at the foot of the cross, hear again the words of him who died there for us, saying, ‘I thirst’, that he might be able to give the water of life freely to all who come to him.

You who are weary of your toil, drop your tools, and come back to God. Forsake the alliances, the friendships, the idolatries, the sins which have alienated you from your best Friend. Open your heart, that he may create in you the fountain of living water, leaping up to eternal life. ‘ The Spirit and the Bride say, Come! And let him that heareth say, Come! And let him that is athirst, Come! And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.’

‘I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that Life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in him.’

Prayer: Teach us, O Lord, the art of so living in fellowship with thyself that every act may be a psalm, every meal a sacrament, every room a sanctuary, every thought a prayer. Amen.

*Excerpted from Our Daily Walk: Daily Readings by F. B. Meyer (Christian Heritage, 2010).

Where to Buy:
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