Category Archives: Theology

New From Peter Mead: Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation

Pleased to DwellAt 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

Peter MeadAbout 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:

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New from Tope Koleoso & Adrian Warnock – Hope Reborn: How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus

Hope RebornEveryone is looking for hope and meaning in life. Are you sure that you really are a Christian and will live forever with Jesus? If you have drifted away, this book encourages you to come back and find certain hope.

Praise for Hope Reborn:

“If you are a Christian, this book will help you know and share your faith. And, if you’re not, it’s a great guide to understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus. I commend them and Hope Reborn to you.”
-Ed Stetzer ~ President, LifeWay Research, Nashville, Tennessee

“An amazing book which will help you follow our amazing saviour.”
-R. T. Kendall ~ Previous minister of Westminster Chapel, London

“Don’t make the mistake of thinking this book is for the new Christian only. You will find your love for the gospel growing afresh as you read its pages.”
-Jack Hayford ~ Founding Pastor – The Church On The Way/Los Angeles, and Founder The Kings University

Hope Reborn – How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus from Adrian Warnock on Vimeo.

About Tope Koleoso:
Tope Koleoso is the lead pastor of Jubilee Church, London. Tope is also involved in planting and supporting other churches internationally.

About Adrian Warnock:
Adrian Warnock serves on Jubilee’s leadership team, and is also author of Raised With Christ. He is a medical doctor, currently working in clinical research. Adrian blogs at adrianwarnock.com.

Where to Buy:
Hope Reborn: How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus by Tope Koleoso & Adrian Warnock 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 Chris Sinkinson: Backchat: Answering Christianity’s Critics

Backchat: Answering Christianity's CriticsYou 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

Chris SinkinsonAbout 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:

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New from Orlando Saer – Big God

Big God by Orlando SaerKnowing a God with his hands well and truly on the steering wheel should bring great comfort to believers. But often it just leaves us scratching our heads in confusion. Why then do bad things happen? Where does that leave ‘free will’? Does God choose us or do we choose God? What’s the point of praying if God already knows what he’s going to do?

Orlando Saer tackles these questions – and more – in a straightforward and engaging way. If you sometimes struggle to understand the way God works in the world, or to explain it to others, you will find light here. You’ll also be left with a new appreciation of just how big the God of the Bible really is.

Praise for Big God:

“If God has seemed absent, He might start appearing for you in surprising places if you take on board Saer’s words here. Accurate, biblical, clear, short, serious and practical… thinking meets life.”
-Mark Dever ~ Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and President of 9Marks.org, Washington, DC

“Cosmic practicality… he peels off the cultural shrink-wrap from this massive doctrine and thus gives wings to Christian living – and mission. Here is medicine for the soul!”
-R. Kent Hughes ~ Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

About the Author:
Orlando Saer is the Senior Pastor of Christ Church Southampton where he is involved in training and discipling university students. He has previously served churches in Sydney, London and Surrey. He is married to Libby and they have four children.

Other Books by Orlando Saer:
Iron Sharpens Iron by Orland Saer

Where to Buy:
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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.


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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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New From David Robertson: Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great

Magnificent Obsession by David RobertsonDavid 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.

Praise for Magnificent Obsession:

“Engaging and insightful… This book is useful no matter what your experience and where you stand on matters of faith.”
-Tim Keller ~ Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, New York

“We will share this ‘Magnificent Obsession’ so that … friends may discover not only what it means but why it matters.”
-Alistair Begg ~ Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

“I love this book! It’s an excellent, conversational introduction to Christianity for non-Christians and new Christians who are wrestling with questions.”
-Jon Bloom ~ President, Desiring God, Minneapolis, Minnesota

David RobertsonAbout 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.

Other Books by David Robertson:
The Dawkins Letters by David RobertsonAwakening: The Life and Ministry of Robert Murray McCheyne by David Robertson

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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