Monthly Archives: April 2014

Hear David Robertson Live on In the Market with Janet Parshall – 4/14/2014 @ 6 PM ET

David Robertson

David Robertson

Christian Focus author David Robertson will be interviewed live Monday April 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM ET on In the Market with Janet Parshall to discuss his book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great. You can tune in to the live broadcast at

The archive of this interview is available at

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: Burning Love

Monday Meditations - Daily Readings: The Puritans

Burning Love
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” -Deuteronomy 6:5

Love is an affection, but will any Christian say, men ought not to love God and Jesus Christ in a high degree? And will any say that we ought not to have a very great hatred of sin, and a very deep sorrow for it? Or that we ought not to exercise a high degree of gratitude to God for the mercies we receive of Him, and the great things He has done for the salvation of fallen men? Or that we should not have very great and strong desires after God and holiness? Is there any who will profess, that his affections in religion are great enough; and will say, “I have no cause to be humbled that I am no more affected with the things of religion than I am; I have no reason to be ashamed that I have no greater exercises of love to God and sorrow for sin, and gratitude for the mercies which I have received”? Who is there that will bless God that he is affected enough with what he has read and heard of the wonderful love of God to worms and rebels, in giving His only begotten Son to die for them, and of the dying love of Christ; and will pray that he may not be affected with them in any higher degree, because high affections are improper and very unlovely in Christians, being enthusiastical, and ruinous to true religion? But the Scriptures say we are to be “rejoicing with joy unspeakable, and full of glory” (1 Pet. 1:8).

*Excerpted from Daily Readings – The Puritans (Christian Heritage, 2012).

Where to Buy:
Daily Readings – The Puritans by Randall Pederson (editor) 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 11, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

Review & Giveaway for Return of the White Book – Many thanks to Danika Cooley for sharing her recent review of Return of the White Book (Hidden Heroes #4). Here’s a bit of what Danika had to say in her review:

Return of the White Book is another moving and worthwhile work of significance added to the Hidden Heroes series.  I highly recommend both the book and the series.  This is a great book to add to your homeschool read-alouds, your evening devotions, or your bedtime readings.”

Read Danika’s full review and enter the giveaway at

Available For Review: Great Kings of the Bible by Deepak Reju – If you like to review Christian books for children, you’ll want to head over to our Christian Focus 4 Kids blog and sign up for the Great Kings of the Bible book reivew blog tour. Learn more at

Get Volumes 1 & 2 of Douglas Kelly’s Systematic Theology for 50% off – You still have a few more days to order the 2-volume set of Systematic Theology by Douglas F. Kelley at 50% off. This offer ends 4/15/2014. Order yours today at
Systematic Theology Sale

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New From Rebecca VanDoodewaard: Your Future ‘Other Half’

Your Future Other Half

The reality of marriage is a far cry from the pop-culture fantasy of two independent people happily living independent lives together, because God designed the world so that your spouse would affect you spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, and relationally. Your spouse will change your life now and in the future, and will change the lives of your children and grandchildren.

This is a beautiful truth when you are wedded to a man of God’s own heart. But how do you know before committing yourself whether he is Mr. Right or Mr. Wrong?

Praise For Your Future ‘Other Half’:

“Finally, a book for the woman wondering if she has found the right man for a life-long commitment… This book is a must read for any woman thinking about marriage, in a marriage now, or helping others towards a life-long biblical romance that echoes the love of Christ for His Bride and her joyous “Yes!” to Him. Buy it! Read it! Use it! I know I will.” -Jani Ortlund ~ Author of ‘Fearlessly Feminine’ and other books, speaker, wife of Ray Ortlund, Executive Vice President, Renewal Ministries, Franklin, Tennessee

“With kindness and truth woven together, she unpacks the long-term mental, emotional, physical and spiritual impact of marriage. This book is a valuable and much needed resource for women.” -Melissa B. Kruger ~ Author, The Envy of Eve

“If you are a single woman, this may be the most important book you read this year… Heed the warnings in this book, be fortified by its encouragements, and give an ear to its sound biblical advice. As a pastor in a university church, I would place this book in the hands of every single young woman I could. And as a father, this is a book that I will ask my daughter to prayerfully read from cover to cover.” -Jason Helopoulos ~ Assistant pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan

About The Author: Rebecca VanDoodewaard is a freelance editor. Her husband William VanDoodewaard is ordained in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They blog together at

Books by Rebecca VanDoodewaard:
Your Future Other HalfUprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians by Rebecca Vandoodewaard

Where to Buy: Your Future ‘Other Half’: It Matters Whom You Marry  by Rebecca Vandoodewaard 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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Salvation By Crucifixion Blog Tour

Salvation By CrucifixionThis week we have a number of reviewers participating in a book review blog tour for Salvation By Crucifixion  by Philip G. Ryken. Excerpts from their reviews follow below:

“For the believer this book will fill the soul with joy and thankfulness. For the lost, this book, with the Holy Spirit’s power, will open their eyes to the wonder of Christ and their need for a Savior. This is an excellent resource for the church. I highly recommend it!”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (
Rating: 5 Stars

“It is something you can read over and over and sit in His glory as you ponder how great a Savior we have in Christ. The chapters are about the necessity, offense, peace, power, triumph, humility, and boast of the cross. You should get this one!”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley (
Rating: 5 Stars

“Jesus dying on the cross represents him taking the curse of sin on our behalf and the offense of sin. Something to think deeply on that we may see his humanity, deity and humble ourselves to who he is. That is what you find in this short little book. You see Jesus, the cross and the cost of our salvation. May it never become too familiar.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman (
Rating: 5 Stars

“How is that for a theme? You could hardly think of one more significant! In this slim, yet powerful volume published by Christian Focus, we find a treasure trove of thoughts. Based on sermons from a weekly evangelistic lunchtime outreach in the city of Philadelphia, we can only imagine how special those meetings must have been.”
Reviewer: Jimmy Reagan (
Rating: 5 Stars

I give this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it. Go buy this book and read it this year for Holy Week. It will give you a new appreciation for what happened on that cross nearly 2000 years ago.
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts (
Rating: 5 Stars

Salvation by Crucifixion is a wonderful little book. It’s helpful for preachers and teachers in that it shows what an evangelistic, cross-focused sermon is supposed to look like. It’s an encouragement to Christians everywhere because the gospel is laid bare and the doctrines of salvation are clearly explained. And since the content is evangelistic, it is an excellent resource for outreach. The book is small and short, so one could very easily hand them out while witnessing to others. I recommend having a few on hand for the purpose of distribution.
Reviewer: Timothy Harris (
Rating: 4 Stars

“Beautifully written and biblically faithful, Dr. Ryken has given us a wonderful book on the cross as a means to understand our glorious salvation. May this book be read by many.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I loved the emphasis on the cross. Every page had something to say about the cross, and clearly defends the idea that the cross is central to Christian life and Christian thinking.”
Reviewer: Jeremy Myers (
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is another great resource for believers to engage with non-believers. This is also good for churches to hand during their Easter service. This book will also be a good small group study to go through not just for Easter but any time of the year. I was blessed by this book and highly recommended.”
Reviewer: Chris Land (
Rating: 5 Stars

This is an excellent book. It’s biblical, serious and helpful, but gives short chapters that remain deep and interesting, quoting Chamberlain, Cicero, Chrysostom and … Bertrand Russell among many others… Here we have a well-written and serious book which is of excellent quality but easy to read, just the kind of thing to give to unconvinced friends who need something more than a leaflet to read. Of course, for that you’ll have to buy them a printed copy.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey (
Rating: 5 Stars

Salvation of Crucifixion is a great book that will stick with you well beyond the last page!”
Reviewer: Mike Tiede (
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Salvation By Crucifixion  by Philip Graham Ryken 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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Systematic Theology (Volume 2) Giveaway Winner

Systematic Theology (Volume 2): The Beauty of Christ - a Trinitarian Vision by Douglas F. KellyCongratulations to Matthew Johnson, who won a copy of Systematic Theology (Volume 2): The Beauty of Christ – a Trinitarian Vision by Douglas F. Kelly in our recent giveaway hosted here on the Christian Focus Booknotes blog.

Systematic Theology (Volume 2) releases in the US this week. Order your own copy from one of the online retailers listed below:

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On Location – Together 4 The Gospel – April 8-10, 2014

T4G 2014
The 2014 Together 4 the Gospel conference begins today, which means many of you may still be on your way to Louisville, KY. May God bless each of you with safe travel.

If you’re attending the Band of Bloggers event this morning, you’ll find a copy of David Robertson’s latest apologetics book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great in your book bag.

Once you get checked in for the conference, be sure to visit Christian Focus Publications in the the conference bookstore. Here are a few of our recent releases to you’ll want to be on the lookout for:

Systematic Theology (Volume 2): The Beauty of Christ - a Trinitarian Vision by Douglas F. KellySalvation By CrucifixionSlogging Along in the Paths of Righteousness

Living By Revealed Truth The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom NettlesPreaching?: Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching by Alec MotyerMagnificent Obsession

Find these and many other Christian Focus titles at great conference only prices…and don’t forget we have children’s & women’s books too, so you can take something back for your family!

If you aren’t able to make it to T4G in person this year, you can always watch the live stream at

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Monday Meditations: The Father’s Love

Monday Meditations - George Whitefield

The Father’s Love

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” -1 John 4:9

Who can hear the story of Abraham preparing to offer his son Isaac and not have his heart affected? But … If you admire Abraham offering up Isaac, how much more ought you to extol, magnify, and adore the love of God, who so loved the world as to give his only begotten Son Christ Jesus our Lord, “that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)! May we not cry out, “Now know we, O Lord, that thou hast loved us, since thou hast not withheld thy Son, your only Son, from us?” Abraham was God’s creature, and therefore under the highest obligation to surrender up Isaac. But O stupendous love! While we were his enemies, “God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law” (Gal. 4:4). O the freeness and infinity of the love of God our Father! It is unsearchable. Think, O believers, of the love of God in giving Jesus Christ to be a propitiation for our sins. And when you hear how Abraham built an altar, laid the wood in order, bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood, think how your heavenly Father bound Jesus Christ his only Son, offered him upon the altar of his justice, and laid upon him the iniquities of us all (Isa. 53:6). When you read of Abraham’s stretching forth his hand to slay his son, think of how God actually suffered his Son to be slain, that we might live for evermore.

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 101 (Christian Heritage, 2010).

Where to Buy:
George Whitefield Daily Readings by Randall J. Pederson (editor) 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 4, 2014

This week’s highlights are below:

David Robertson shares about Magnificent Obsession – Check out episode 34 of Fleabytes, where David Robertson shares about his new book Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great.

Enter to Win Systematic Theology (Volume 2) – You still have a few days left to enter to win a copy of Douglas Kelly’s brand new Systematic Theology (Volume 2): The Beauty of Christ – a Trinitarian Vision, which is releasing next week in the US. Submit your contest entries here: LINK

Evangelicals Now Reviews C. S. Lewis: Can You Imagine? (Little Lights) – Earlier this week Evangelicals Now shared a review of Catherine Mackenzie’s wonderful little book C. S. Lewis: Can You Imagine? from our Little Lights series. Here’s a bit of what Jacki had to say in her review:

“Many children and adults will have read some of C.S.Lewis’s books and even seen films made about the stories he wrote. It is really good to learn about the man himself in this book, written in such an easy style.”

Read the full review at

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Mission Partners: Indonesia


We received another book in the post this morning from Andi Publishing in Indonesia. We’re excited to announce that Timeless Stories by Vance Christie has been translated into the Indonesian language. Find out more about Andi Publishing at their website: If you want to look at Timeless Stories in the English edition, follow this link:  LINK.

Vance Christie is a pastor and author best known for vivid retelling of missionary stories. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska. You can follow Vance online on Facebook and at

Books by Vance Christie:
Women of Faith And Courage by Vance Christie Timeless Stories by Vance Christie John And Betty Stam Missionary Martyrs by Vance Christie

Adoniram Judson: Devoted For Life by Vance ChristieDavid Brainerd: A Flame for God by Vance Christie

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