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Pleased to Dwell: The Perfect Preparation for Christmas

In the busyness of December – gifts to be bought, decorations to go up, Christmas dinner to organise  – it is easy to lose sight of the wonder of Christmas. 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 please 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

“Through a clear and accessible explanation of the profound miracle of the incarnation… An ideal introduction to a profound theme – and a great Christmas present!”

 Jonathan Lamb, Keswick Ministries, CEO and minister-at-large

About | Peter Mead

Peter MeadPeter Mead is a mentor with Cor Deo, a small ministry that exists to multiply ministry that shares God’s heart.  He is also on the leadership team of Trinity Chippenham, a new church launched in 2014. Peter leads the Bible Teachers & Preachers Networks at the European Leadership Forum.

Where to Buy:
Pleased to Dwell 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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“The Frank and Manly Mr. Ryle” — The Value of a Masculine Ministry

At the 2012 Desiring God Conference for Pastors, John Piper presented a biographical study of J. C. Ryle, the bishop of Liverpool titled: “The Frank and Manly Mr. Ryle” – The Value of a Masculine Ministry. The title of the talk and many of the the quotations used throughout were taken from J. C. Ryle: That Man of Granite by Eric Russell, a volume in our History Maker series. In this video below, pastor John offers a brief overview of the talk.

All of the messages presented during the Desiring God 2012 Conference for Pastors, including the biographical study of J. C. Ryle are available to watch or download at DesiringGod.org.

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Books to Note – The Trials of Theology: Becoming a ‘Proven Worker’ in a Dangerous Business

The study of theology can at times feel like a perilous journey as students struggle to find unity amongst the academic, spiritual, and practical aspects of their studies.  Drawing on voices past and present, Rosner and Cameron offer guidance for this journey, showing how theological students can be both strengthened and renewed as they navigate the trials they will most certainly encounter while studying for and eventually engaging in Christian ministry.  Theological voices represented in the book include:

  • Augustine – Time out to Pray, Read and Weep
  • Martin Luther – Experience Makes the Theologian
  • C. H. Spurgeon – Frailty and the Grace of God
  • B. B. Warfield – The Spiritual Life of Theological Students
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Becoming Real Theologians
  • C. S. Lewis – Inner Circles and True Inclusion
  • John W. Woodhouse – The Trials of Theological College
  • D. A. Carson – The Trials of Biblical Studies
  • Carl R. Trueman – The Trials of Church History
  • Gerald L. Bray – The Trials of Systematic Theology
  • Dennis P. Hollinger – The Trials of Christian Ethics

For more information, visit the book detail page at ChristianFocus.com.

About the Editors:
Brian Rosner teaches New Testament and Ethics at Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia.  You can learn more about Brian on his Moore Theological College staff profile page:  LINK.

Andrew Cameron teaches Ethics, Social Ethics & Philosophy at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia.  You can learn more about Andrew on his Moore Theological College staff profile page:  LINK.

Praise for The Trials of Theology:

“Without the “trials of theology” we remain on the surface of the statutes of God. May the Spirit of truth make this book a means of true thinking about God, deep affections for God, and beautiful obedience to God, through Jesus Christ who is God.”
John Piper ~ Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“This is the book that so many of us have been waiting for, a book that will be sure to grace the lives of students and pastors and their teachers in the years to come.”
R. Kent Hughes ~ Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

“Teachers of the Scriptures need mentors so that we are refreshed by God’s presence and power in our studies. I was consoled, convicted, instructed, and even ushered into God’s presence by this book.”
Thomas R. Schreiner ~ James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

 

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Books to Note – Created for Worship by Noel Due

Noel Due has produced a hugely important work into the biblical theme of worship, demonstrating the centrality of worship for human existence. He traces the theology of worship in the Bible and shows its significance for all the people of God. There is a comprehensive analysis of ‘Worship’ from Genesis to Revelation, investigating captivating areas from worship in the letters of Paul and Peter to Jesus and the transformation of worship.

As Christians we should aspire to worship God with all of our being, and Noel Due reveals to us the intensity of the battle for true worship and sheds invaluable light on the issues informing our understanding of worship.

For more information, visit the book detail page at ChristianFocus.com.

About the Author:
The Rev Noel Due is a Baptist minister and is a native of South Australia. He holds the degree of BTh and the Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Studies from Flinders University of South Australia. Noel was previously the Pastoral Theology Lecturer at the Highland Theological College.  He gained his Doctor of Ministry from Highland Theological College in 2003.  He was Senior Pastor of Coromandel Baptist Church, Blackwood, South Australia until 2009.

Praise for Created for Worship:

“Dr. Noel Due’s work …provides a thorough account, especially, of the worship of the patriarchs and that of the temple era. It does an excellent job of showing how Jesus fulfills Israel’s worship. I have on a number of occasions wanted to have a book like this to assign to my seminary students in classes on worship, and I’m very grateful to Dr. Due for meeting that need in an excellent way.”

John M. Frame ~ Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Florida

“Here, at last is a book about worship which truly honors and uplifts the Lord Jesus Christ as its central theme and object. Moving systematically through the whole of the Scriptures, Dr Due shows how worship provides both the fulfillment of our humanity and the focus of our sinful rebellion. Here is close scholarly observation, blended with sharp, contemporary relevance. It is a treasure-trove of insightful analysis of major themes, central doctrines and even whole or part books of the Bible, as they relate to ‘the chief end of man’. This tour de force of Biblical theology is a gale of fresh spiritual air: it is brilliant.”

David Jackman ~ engages in a worldwide ministry for Proclamation Trust, London

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