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Monthly Archives: November 2014
Christian Focus author Chris Sinkinson recently appeared on In the Market with Janet Parshall to share about his book Backchat: Answering Christianity’s Critics. The interview is available to stream or download at MoodyRadio.org.
About the Book:
You wish you had an answer, now you do. Sinkinson tackles dodgy science and Christian urban myths whilst reminding us that Christians are not called to win arguments but hearts.
- Darwin’s death bed conversion – truth or myth?
- Is God a moral monster?
- Is this really the God particle?
- Is the Bible an immoral book?
- Who was Jesus?
Praise for Backchat:
“When Richard Dawkins came on my radio show, I immediately knew who I wanted him to debate it with… Sinkinson, I can think of none better to provide it.”
-Justin Brierley ~ Journalist and host of Premier Radio ‘Unbelievable’ Show
“Provides us with a helpful selection of thoughts and responses,from items in the news, to the big questions of life.”
-Amy Orr-Ewing ~ UK Director, RZIM Zacharias Trust
“Direct, informed, crisp, Biblical, and all with a dash of humour! A great collection of apologetic snapshots.”
-Jonathan Lamb ~ Keswick Ministries, CEO and minister-at-large
About Chris Sinkinson:
Chris Sinkinson is lecturer in Old testament and Apologetics at Moorlands College, Christchurch, England and one of the pastors of Alderholt Chapel.
Where to Buy:
Backchat: Answering Christianity’s Critics by Chris Sinkinson 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:
Abandoned by my mother, I was often clueless about my father’s whereabouts, while his girlfriend-a cruel, angry, and violent woman ‘looked after us’. She wasn’t nice and would get angry with us kids and hit us. She would get angry a lot”
You might think that this is just another harrowing story about an excruciating childhood but the difference is that Mez discovered a hope that transformed his life.
About Mez McConnell:
Mez McConnell is the pastor for Niddrie Community Church, near Edinburgh. He is also the Director of 20schemes which is dedicated to revitalising and planting gospel churches in Scotland’s poorest communities. Previously he was a missionary with street kids in Brazil. He is married and has two children.
Where to Buy:
What’s the Point of Life? by Mez McConell 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:
‘To whom be glory for ever. Amen’
‘To whom be glory for ever.’This should be the single desire of the Christian. All other wishes must be subservient and tributary to this one. The Christian may wish for prosperity in his business, but only so far as it may help him to promote this – ‘To Him be glory for ever’. He may desire to attain more gifts and more graces, but it should only be that ‘To Him may be glory for ever’. You are not acting as you ought to do when you are moved by any other motive than a single eye to your Lord’s glory. As a Christian, you are ‘of God, and through God’, then live ‘to God’. Let nothing ever set your heart beating so mightily as love to Him. Let this ambition fire your soul; be this the foundation of every enterprise upon which you enter, and this your sustaining motive whenever your zeal would grow chill; make God your only object. Depend upon it, where self begins sorrow begins; but if God be my supreme delight and only object,
‘To me ’tis equal whether love ordain
My life or death – appoint me ease or pain.’
Let your desire for God’s glory be a growing desire.You blessed Him in your youth, do not be content with such praises as you gave Him then. Has God prospered you in business? Give Him more as He has given you more. Has God given you experience? Praise Him by stronger faith than you exercised at first. Does your knowledge grow? Then sing more sweetly. Do you enjoy happier times than you once had? Have you been restored from sickness, and has your sorrow been turned into peace and joy? Then give Him more music; put more coals and more sweet frankincense into the censer of your praise. Practically in your life give Him honour, putting the ‘Amen’ to this doxology to your great and gracious Lord, by your own individual service and increasing holiness.
*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:
If you’re heading to the 66th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Diego, be sure to pay a visit to the Christian Focus Publications booth. Here are a few of our recent titles that you’ll want to pick up at the conference.
At the centre of heaven is Christ, lovingly adored as the forever Lord of all. At the centre of Christmas is Christ, frail and cradled in the tender arms of a young mother. How can the two be put together? Heavenly glory and human frailty? That is the real wonder of Christmas. Pleased to Dwell is an energetic biblical introduction to Christmas. It is an invitation to ponder the Incarnation, and a God who was pleased to dwell with us.
Building anticipation with the great themes of the Old Testament, enjoying the remarkably distinct birth narratives of Matthew, then Luke, before surveying some great New Testament passages, Pleased to Dwell is an engaging introduction to the wonder of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. This book offers a wealth of ideas for preachers, an easy access mini-reference tool for Bible students, and an enjoyable cover-to-cover read for everyone. Twenty-four short chapters would make a great advent devotional, but this book is not just for Christmas. God’s Son stepped into our world and that changes every day of the year!
Praise for Pleased to Dwell:
“This book is perfect food for the heart for all of us who long for a richer understanding of the birth of The King!”
-Joseph M. Stowell ~ President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“What a really useful resource! As I read through it, I found that ideas for carol service talks just kept leaping off its pages.”
-Rico Tice ~ Author, Christianity Explored & Associate Minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London
About Peter Mead:
Peter Mead is director of Cor Deo, a mentored ministry training programme based in Chippenham, England. He is on the leadership team of a church plant and leads the Bible Teachers & Preachers Networks at the European Leadership Forum. He studied at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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Where to Buy:
Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation by Peter Mead 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:
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Matthew 23:37
Those who are lost for ever, are lost through their own fault.
The words of our Lord Jesus Christ are very remarkable. He says, I would ‘have gathered thy children together … and ye would not’.
There is something peculiarly deserving of notice in this expression: it throws light on a mysterious subject, and one which is often darkened by human explanations. It shows that Christ has feelings of pity and mercy for many who are not saved, and that the grand secret of man’s ruin is his want of will. Impotent as man is by nature, unable to think a good thought of himself, without power to turn himself to faith and calling upon God – he still appears to have a mighty ability to ruin his own soul. Powerless as he is to good, he is still powerful to evil. We say rightly that a man can do nothing of himself, but we must always remember that the seat of impotence is his will. A will to repent and believe no man can give himself, but a will to reject Christ and have his own way, every man possesses by nature, and if not saved at last, that will shall prove to have been his destruction. ‘And ye will not come to me,’ says Christ, ‘that ye might have life’ (John 5:40).
Let us leave the subject with the comfortable reflection that with Christ nothing is impossible. The hardest heart can be made willing in the day of His power. Grace beyond doubt is irresistible, but never let us forget that the Bible speaks of man as a responsible being, and that it says of some, ‘ye do always resist the Holy Ghost’ (Acts 7:51). Let us understand that the ruin of those who are lost, is not because Christ was not willing to save them, nor yet because they wanted to be saved, but could not, but because they would not come to Christ.
*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:
Day By Day With J.C. Ryle: A New Daily Devotional of Ryle’s Writings by J.C. Ryle 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: