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Get Amos: A Mentor Commentary Free on Logos Bible Software

Get Amos Free on Logos Bible Software
During the month of September, Amos: A Mentor Commentary by Gary V. Smith is free on Logos Bible Software. Get your free download at logos.com.

Don’t miss out on a special bonus opportunity to get the Joel & Obadiah volume by Irvin A. Busenitz for only $1.99. Find out more at logos.com.

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Preaching With Spiritual Power by Ralph Cunnington

Preaching With Spiritual PowerThe nature of the relationship between the Spirit of God and the Word of God has been debated among believers for centuries. Is the Spirit present wherever and whenever the Word is preached?

Ralph Cunnington explores this and in particular the narrow historical theological question of what the Protestant Reformers, in particular John Calvin, actually taught on this topic. With careful and
incisive scholarship, and writing that is both clear and cogent, we travel through this question.

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Praise For Preaching With Spiritual Power:

“… the first book-length treatment of an important issue that has been simmering just under the surface of British Evangelicalism for a number of years… I hope this will not lead to a full-blown controversy, but to a closer examination of the Scriptures.”
-Sinclair B. Ferguson, Associate Preacher, St Peter’s Free Church, Dundee, Scotland

“… stimulating, challenging and timely. It is of great importance that our doctrine of preaching is robust and biblical and I found this volume’s careful assessment of Calvin a great help in achieving these aims.”
-Adrian Reynolds, Director of Ministry, The Proclamation Trust

Ralph CunningtonAbout Ralph Cunnington:
Ralph Cunnington is co-pastor of City Church Manchester. He is a member of the Theological Teams of FIEC and Affinity and editor of Affinity’s theological journal Foundations.

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Where to Buy:
Preaching With Spiritual Power 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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New From Matthew Harmon: Philippians: A Mentor Commentary

Philippians: A Mentor Commentary by Matthew HarmonChristians throughout the centuries have loved Paul’s letter to the Philippians for its call to rejoice in the gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of life’s circumstances. But our familiarity with the letter can cause us to neglect or overlook Paul’s message to the Philippians. Dr. Matthew Harmon in this uplifting and inspiring work brings context and application to this wonderful book.

See the full list of Mentor Commentaries here:  LINK

Praise for Philippians: A Mentor Commentary:

“… a model of good commentary writing…I commend his work to students, teachers, and preachers who seek better to understand this important letter of Paul.”
-Douglas Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

“Matthew Harmon has given us a fresh and faithful reading of Philippians that will be a powerful help to all who preach and teach the Word.”
-James M. Hamilton Jr., Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“Matt Harmon explains Paul’s letter clause by clause, traces Paul’s argument, reads Paul’s argument in light of the rest of the Bible, and applies the letter to people today.”
-Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Matthew HarmonAbout Matthew Harmon:
Dr. Matthew Harmon serves as Professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He also serves on the preaching team of Christ’s Covenant Church.

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Where to Buy:
Philippians: A Mentor Commentary 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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US New Releases – March 2015

Here are all of our March 2015 US new releases at a glance. Click any of the cover images below to learn more.

Christian Focus:
Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin S. Smith full size image Tough Topics 2: Biblical answers to 25 challenging questions by Sam Storms In Defense of the Fatherless: Redeeming International Adoption and Orphan Care by Amanda Bennett & Sara Brinton
Mea Culpa: Learning from Mistakes in the Ministry by Kyle McClellan A Little Bird Told Me: Everyday Expressions from Scripture by Timothy Cross

Mentor:
Philippians: A Mentor Commentary by Matthew Harmon

CF4K:
The Easter Story: The Bible Version by Carine MacKenzie Children's Stories By J.C. Ryle The Bible Is God's Word by Catherine MacKenzie

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New from Mentor: Unashamed Workmen: How Expositors Prepare and Preach by Rhett Dodson (Editor)

Unashamed WorkmenUnashamed Workman brings together some of the finest preachers of our day,  focusing on the methods they use to prepare their sermons. You will find a variety of approaches and styles but they all share a passion for the Word of God to be explained and applied clearly.

Contributors include:

  • Peter Adam
  • Rhett Dodson
  • Iain Duguid
  • Ajith Fernando
  • David Jackman
  • Simon Manchester
  • David Meredith
  • Josh Moody
  • Douglas Sean O’Donnell
  • Richard D. Phillips.

Praise for Unashamed Workmen:

“…a tour of the workshops of talented preachers, enabling us to look over the shoulders of these master craftsmen of proclaimed truth in order to learn how we might produce messages reflecting the beauty and utility of their sermons.”
-Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

“This is a great book. It brings together diverse and complementary voices from experienced expository preachers who are thoroughly committed to the Gospel. It is not a textbook. Its strength and freshness depend on the sweep of voices.”
-D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois

“…remarkably helpful and practical. Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and exhorted.”
-Jason Helopoulos, Assistant Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan

Rhett DodsonAbout Rhett Dodson:
Rhett Dodson is pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, Hudson, Ohio.

Where to Buy:
Unashamed Workmen: How Expositors Prepare and Preach by Rhett Dodson (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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May 2014 New Releases

Take a look at our lineup of May 2014 new releases, all available now in the US. Click the book covers for more information.

Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact by Michael A. G. Haykin  Basil of Caesarea: His Life and Impact by Marvin Jones  Systematic Theology (Volume 2): The Beauty of Christ - a Trinitarian Vision by Douglas F. Kelly

The First Chapters of Everything by Alasdair Paine  Big God by Orlando Saer

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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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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.


*If you are unable to see the contest widget in your RSS Reader or e-mail client, Click Here to view this article on the Christian Focus Booknotes Blog.

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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New From A. Donald MacLeod: A Kirk Disrupted

A Kirk Disrupted by A. Donald MacLeodCharles Cowan, advocate of science, art, and social science, spent thirteen years as a Member of Parliament and over thirty years as a founding member and advocate of the Sustention Fund Committee of the newly formed Free Church of Scotland. Within fifty years the fledgling denomination had built 730 new churches, 400 manses, 500 schools and a new theological college, in addition to paying the salaries of all its clergy through its Sustentation Fund. Cowan’s legacy is deeply felt in the country of Scotland and the church today.

Praise For A Kirk Disrupted:

“Readers of biography are in for a treat, and students of church history will see the Disruption for what it was: a church crisis that absorbed and impacted the lives of real people.”
-Iain D. Campbell ~ Minister, Point Free Church of Scotland, Isle of Lewis

“In telling this tale, Macleod has vividly brought to life the story of a man who was gregarious and generous. This book is a splendid example of the best kind of history.”
-Sandy Finlayson ~ Director of Library Services & Professor of Theological Bibliography, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“This book, with its detailed yet highly readable story, sets the pattern for others to follow. It is high-class biography, accurate and broad in scope, yet immensely interesting and informative.”
-Allan Harman ~ Research Professor of Old Testament, Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne, Australia

About the Author:
A. Donald MacLeod is Research Professor of Church History at Tyndale Theological Seminary, Toronto, Ontario. He is married to Judith and they have two sons and 5 grandchildren. To learn more about Donald and his writing, visit his website at adonaldmacleod.com.

Where to Buy:
A Kirk Disrupted: Charles Cowan MP and the Free Church of Scotland by A. Donald MacLeod 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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Hear Albert N. Martin Live on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling – 02/11/2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges by Albert N. MartinChristian Focus author Albert N. Martin will be interviewed live Tuesday February 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM ET on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling to discuss his book You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges. You can tune in to the live broadcast at knowingthetruth.org.

The archive of this interview is available here: LINK

About the Book:
It happens little by little. . . Even in the context of a very faithful ministry, a pastor may be at risk of a gradual-but ultimately debilitating-downfall. Al Martin speaks from years of experience as he guides pastors to identify warning signs of dangerous paths:

  • Backsliding-a spiritual decline manifested first in the prayer closet.
  • Burnout-erosion of one’s mental, emotional, psychological, and physical resiliency and buoyancy.
  • Washout-the loss of credibility among the people.

About the Author:
Albert N. Martin served as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, New Jersey, for more than forty years and he taught Pastoral Theology in the Trinity Ministerial Academy for twenty years. Esteemed by leading theologians and pastors, his preaching is the subject of a book, My Heart for Thy Cause.

Where to Buy:
You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges by Albert N. Martin 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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