Author Interview with Bryan Gregory

This week’s author inter­view is with Bryan Gre­gory. He is the author of Long­ing for God in an Age of Dis­cour­age­ment: The Gospel Accord­ing to Zechariah and Incon­spic­u­ous Prov­i­dence: The Gospel Accord­ing to Esther. Both of these books are part of the Gospel Accord­ing to the Old Tes­ta­ment series.

Gregory, Bryan

 

  • Ques­tion #1 — Tell us a lit­tle bit about your­self: where you’re from, fam­ily, job, per­sonal inter­ests, unique hob­bies, what you do in your spare time, etc.

I’m orig­i­nally from Vir­ginia but live in Mis­souri now. I have a wife, Christy, who is from Cal­i­for­nia. We met in Yel­low­stone National Park and have a “hobby” of going to a national park every fall to hike. We have two boys, Joshua and Noah.

 

  • Ques­tion #2 — What inspired you to write this book, about this topic? 

My book on Zechariah (Long­ing for God in an Age of Dis­cour­age­ment) grew out of an Advent ser­mon series. Sev­eral of the GAOT books were already out and the book of Zechariah seemed to hold real promise for what the series was try­ing to accom­plish. My book on Esther (Incon­spic­u­ous Prov­i­dence) also grew out of a ser­mon series, though sev­eral years after the series was preached. Sev­eral peo­ple kept encour­ag­ing me to rework the ser­mon man­u­scripts into a book.

 

  • Ques­tion #3 — Other than the Bible, do you have a favorite book?

Among fic­tion books, my favorites are My Name is Asher Lev (Chaim Potok), The Power and the Glory (Gra­ham Greene), and The Diary of a Coun­try Priest (Georges Bernanos). As for non-fiction books, it would be too hard to nar­row down.

 

  • Ques­tion #4 — Do you have a favorite quote? What is it and why?

Karl Barth once said, “Only God can preach.” By that he meant that preach­ing really only hap­pens when God speaks into a heart. As preach­ers, we preach but it only becomes preach­ing when God him­self accom­pa­nies the words to make them effec­tive within peo­ple. As some­one who is pri­mar­ily a pas­tor that per­spec­tive is both empow­er­ing and liberating.

 


Visit his church’s web­site: http://www.brookdalechurch.com/


 

Upcoming April and May Releases

Here is the list of our upcom­ing books that will be released in April and May.


APRIL

Give Them Truth: Teach­ing Eter­nal Truths to Young Minds by Starr Meade

224 pages | List Price: $14.99 | Paperback

Sum­mary: How do you pre­pare your kids for life’s ups and downs? How do you push back the harm­ful mes­sages of our cul­ture? How do you help your kids get to know God?

Starr Meade encour­ages par­ents to impart a robust the­ol­ogy to their chil­dren, a firm knowl­edge of God that will pre­pare them for what­ever life has in store. When we impart the eter­nal truths of Scrip­ture to our chil­dren, we give them some­thing to love and live by.

Like math and sci­ence, read­ing and gram­mar, piano lessons and soc­cer prac­tice, God’s Word takes time to learn and under­stand. Where do par­ents and teach­ers begin? Here is a resource that will guide you and your chil­dren into the core doc­trines of the Chris­t­ian faith. Along the way, you will find that teach­ing your kids about God deep­ens your own under­stand­ing. It’s never to late to learn, so jump with them head­first into the bib­li­cal and doc­tri­nal knowl­edge they need.

The New Man: Becom­ing a Man After God’s Heart by Daniel M. Doriani

320 pages | List Price: $14.99 Paper­back

Sum­mary: Dan Dori­ani under­stands the chal­lenges of being a man, and he knows you don’t need more man-made lists to excel as a hus­band, father, or leader. The new man in Christ is shaped by know­ing God through his Word, because the way of a godly man is the way of his God.

With a focus on hon­ing char­ac­ter rather than fol­low­ing tech­niques, Dori­ani seeks out the bib­li­cal pat­tern for mas­culin­ity that tran­scends cul­ture. Dis­cover how you can reflect God’s char­ac­ter in mar­riage, friend­ships, wealth, work, fit­ness, play, and more. You won’t find check­lists for self-improvement (or three ways to grill a steak), but you will find clar­ity, insight, hon­esty, encour­age­ment, and free­dom in the Man who is ulti­mately our Sav­ior, not just our exam­ple. You’ll even find ideas for games to play with your kids!

Each chap­ter includes ques­tions for group study or dis­cus­sion with spouses. This is a revised and expanded edi­tion of The Life of a God-Made Man (Cross­way, 2001).

Piety: The Heart­beat of Reformed The­ol­ogy by Joel R. Beeke

40 pages | List Price: $4.99 | Book­let

Sum­mary: When was the last time you thought about being pious? The word tends to make us think of hav­ing a “holier-than-thou” atti­tude. But this neg­a­tive view strays far from piety’s begin­nings. Joel Beeke reclaims the Reform­ers’ vision for an attrac­tive piety rooted in the knowl­edge of God and our union with Christ. Focus­ing on both mind and soul, he offers prac­ti­cal ways to cul­ti­vate a vibrant piety, help­ing you grow in Christ­like­ness and in your rev­er­ence and love for God. Bring har­mony between your doc­trine and prac­tice, and bring glory to God as he cul­ti­vates the fruit of the Spirit in your life.

The Heart of the Gospel: God’s Son Given for You by Sin­clair B. Ferguson

24 pages | List Price: $4.99 | Book­let

Sum­mary: How do we know that God always does what is best for us? Focus­ing on Romans 8:32, Sin­clair Fer­gu­son points us to the heav­enly Father who refused to spare his own Son—and the Son who was obe­di­ent in aton­ing in our place for our sins. If this is who God is, we can con­fi­dently say he is for us.

No Adam, No Gospel: Adam and the His­tory of Redemp­tion
by Richard B. Gaf­fin Jr.

32 pages | List Price: $4.99 | Booklet

Sum­mary: Doubts and denials swarm the bib­li­cal teach­ing that humans descend from an his­tor­i­cal pair, Adam and Eve. Chris­tians who enter­tain these doubts also claim they are com­pat­i­ble with Chris­t­ian com­mit­ment. But is that pos­si­ble? Richard Gaf­fin shows how these denials actu­ally under­mine the entire his­tory of redemp­tion taught in Scrip­ture. With no Adam, there is no gospel.

MAY

George White­field: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought by James L. Schwenk

224 pages (esti­mate) | List Price: $14.99 | Paper­back |
Series: Guided Tour of Church History

 

Sum­mary: James L. Schwenk writes on the life of the most sig­nif­i­cant trav­el­ing preacher in North America’s Great Awak­en­ing and one of the most impor­tant in Britain’s eighteenth-century revival, George White­field. This is a con­cise biog­ra­phy on Whitefield’s life from his early child­hood in Glouces­ter, Eng­land, to his con­ver­sion at Oxford Uni­ver­sity through the influ­ence of Charles Wes­ley, to his many mis­sion­ary trav­els through­out the Amer­i­can colonies, to his death in New­bury­port, Mass­a­chu­setts. Schwenk com­pletes the pic­ture with writ­ings from orig­i­nal sources—including Whitefield’s friends and con­tem­po­raries such as John Wes­ley and Ben­jamin Franklin—and excerpts from Whitefield’s writ­ings. Includes cor­re­spon­dence with John Wes­ley and three full-length sermons.

Walk­ing with Jesus through His Word: Dis­cov­er­ing Christ in All the Scrip­tures
by Den­nis E. Johnson

320 pages (esti­mate) | List Price: $16.99 | Paperback

Sum­mary: What con­nects the whole Bible into one pur­pose­ful story?

Den­nis John­son takes read­ers of the Bible on a jour­ney of dis­cov­ery through the Old and New Tes­ta­ments, point­ing out a net­work of trails in the text. These are recur­ring themes that link dif­fer­ent parts of the Bible to Jesus the Christ, the ful­filler of God’s promises and redeemer of God’s people.

Den­nis empha­sizes how each bib­li­cal pas­sage must be read in its close and canon­i­cal con­texts, reveal­ing the Bible’s iden­tity as a book about a relationship—the covenant between God and his peo­ple. This helps us to see Christ and his mis­sion as a pat­tern that emerges nat­u­rally through­out the tapes­try of Scripture.

God embed­ded in Israel’s his­tory events, indi­vid­u­als, insti­tu­tions, and offices that fore­shad­owed Christ, his sav­ing work, and his church. Those land­marks point the way to Jesus, who reveals the Father, rec­on­ciles us by his sac­ri­fice, and rules us by his Word and Spirit.

Ham­mer of the Huguenots by Dou­glas Bond

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240 pages (esti­mate) | List Price: $11.99 | Paper­back | Series: Heroes & History

Sum­mary: Philippe, an orphan ship­wright appren­tice in sixteenth-century France, is per­plexed by the intense reli­gious con­flict rag­ing about him. While his friends Mau­rice and Sophie cling to the good news pro­claimed by the church Reform­ers, Philippe has not yet been per­suaded to aban­don the teach­ings of the state church in which he was raised. The gospel sounds lib­er­at­ing at times, but can he risk believ­ing when per­se­cu­tion and blood­shed inevitably fol­low? As Huguenot com­mu­ni­ties are mas­sa­cred and full-scale war­fare breaks over France, Philippe must decide once and for all where his loy­al­ties lie. The choices he and his friends make in these vio­lent times may cost them everything.

The­o­log­i­cal Fit­ness: Why We Need a Fight­ing Faith by Aimee Byrd

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192 pages (esti­mate) | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback

Sum­mary: Your spir­i­tual life should be a bat­tle! The writer of Hebrews tells us to “hold fast to the con­fes­sion of our hope with­out waver­ing” (10:23 ESV). What (and whom) do we need to meet this chal­lenge? How does sim­ply “hold­ing fast” turn into such a work­out of faith? Author and blog­ger Aimee Byrd invites us to join her in some “the­o­log­i­cal fit­ness” train­ing as she unpacks our call to per­se­ver­ance and explores the great metaphor that phys­i­cal fit­ness lends to the­ol­ogy. Learn about the “fight­ing grace” God has given us, and dis­cover how we are equipped to live lives of obe­di­ence even amidst the suf­fer­ing and irri­ta­tions of ordi­nary life.

The Flow of the Psalms: Dis­cov­er­ing Their Struc­ture and The­ol­ogy
by O. Palmer Robertson

304 pages (esti­mate) | List Price: $21.99 | Paperback

Sum­mary: For cen­turies the book of Psalms has been read as a ran­dom col­lec­tion of indi­vid­ual poems with no dis­cernible pat­tern of inten­tional arrange­ment.  Augus­tine referred to the orga­ni­za­tion of the psalms as a “mighty mys­tery”. Recent Old Tes­ta­ment stud­ies insist that each psalm is not to be inter­preted in view of its posi­tion in the over­all book or by the psalms that bor­der it. Yet O. Palmer Robert­son shows that there is a clear redemptive-historical pro­gres­sion that devel­ops through­out the five books of the psalms. In addi­tion, struc­tural ele­ments such as the place­ment of acros­tic psalms, strate­gic cou­plings of a Mes­sianic psalm with a Torah psalm, and the group­ing of psalms by top­ics indi­cate an inten­tional struc­tur­ing. The uncov­er­ing of these var­i­ous ele­ments enables the lover of the psalms to get a grasp on the whole of the Psalter along with a fuller appre­ci­a­tion of each indi­vid­ual psalm.

BOOK HIGHLIGHT — The Pauline Eschatology by Geerhardus Vos

The Pauline Escha­tol­ogy by Geer­hardus Vos

384 pages | Direct Price: $19.99 $15.00 | Paper­back | First Pub­lished by Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity Press in 1930 | Reprinted by P&R in 1994

Sum­mary: The fore­word describes this book as “a clas­sic of unprece­dented insight into the struc­ture of Paul’s the­ol­ogy.” Vos’s basic the­sis is that to unfold Paul’s escha­tol­ogy is to set forth his the­ol­ogy as a whole, not just his teach­ing on Christ’s return. The author dis­cusses the struc­ture of Paul’s escha­tol­ogy, the inter­ac­tion between his escha­tol­ogy and his sote­ri­ol­ogy, and the reli­gious and eth­i­cal moti­va­tion of his escha­tol­ogy. This vol­ume also dis­cusses the com­ing of the Lord and its pre­cur­sors, the man of sin, the res­ur­rec­tion, chil­iasm, the judg­ment, and the eter­nal state. The Pauline Escha­tol­ogy, orig­i­nally pub­lished in 1930, includes a bib­li­og­ra­phy and an appen­dix on the escha­tol­ogy of the Psalter.

About the Author:

Geer­hardus Vos (1862–1949) was born in the Nether­lands and emi­grated to the USA in 1881. He earned degrees from Calvin The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, Prince­ton The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, and the Uni­ver­sity of Stras­bourg (PhD in Ara­bic). In 1894 he was ordained as a min­is­ter in the Pres­by­ter­ian Church in the USA. Before begin­ning a thirty-nine year tenure on Princeton’s fac­ulty, he was pro­fes­sor of sys­tem­atic and exeget­i­cal the­ol­ogy at Calvin for five years.

Other Books by this Author:

596 pages | Direct Price: $39.99 $25.50 | Hard­cover

302 pages | Direct Price: $14.99 $11.50 | Paper­back

280 pages | Direct Price: $29.99 $22.50 | Hard­cover

186 pages | Direct Price: $12.99 $10.00 | Paper­back

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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NEW RELEASE — Living in the Grip of Relentless Grace, Second Edition by Iain M. Duguid

Liv­ing in the Grip of Relent­less Grace, Sec­ond Edi­tion: The Gospel in the Lives of Isaac & Jacob by Iain M. Duguid

192 page | List Price: $14.99 | Series: Gospel Accord­ing to the Old Testament

Sum­mary: Isaac and Jacob’s lives were sin­ful and messy—but God still used them. This encour­ag­ing study shows us that the gospel is vic­to­ri­ous through God’s grace, not our flawed efforts.

About the Author:

Duguid_IainIain M. Duguid (PhD, Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge) is pro­fes­sor of Old Tes­ta­ment at West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, Philadel­phia. He has writ­ten numer­ous works of bib­li­cal expo­si­tion, includ­ing Daniel and Esther & Ruth in the Reformed Expos­i­tory Com­men­tary series, Ezekiel in the NIV Appli­ca­tion Com­men­tary series, and Num­bers in the Preach­ing the Word series.

About the Series:

The Gospel Accord­ing to the Old Tes­ta­ment series illu­mi­nates the good news of our Sav­ior in the Old Tes­ta­ment books. Here you will find thought­ful, Christ-focused the­ol­ogy at an acces­si­ble level. These vol­umes are writ­ten pri­mar­ily for pas­tors and laypeo­ple, not schol­ars. They are designed in the first instance to serve the church, not the academy.

What Others Say About This Series: 

Writ­ten at a thought­ful but pop­u­lar level.” — D. A. Carson

Like manna in the desert.” Sin­clair Ferguson

A tremen­dous resource.” Tim Keller

An impor­tant series.” Philip Gra­ham Ryken

Other Books in The Gospel According to the Old Testament Series:

Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.


NEW RELEASE — Computer Science by Jonathan R. Stoddard

Com­puter Sci­ence: Dis­cov­er­ing God’s Glory in Ones and Zeros
by Jonathan R. Stoddard

32 pages | List Price: $4.99 | Book­let

Sum­mary: What does com­puter pro­gram­ming have to do with God? Jonathan Stod­dard shows how com­put­ing tran­scends com­put­ers them­selves and finds its source in the God who speaks the world into exis­tence. The way pro­gram­mers write code gives them a unique insight into God’s all-powerful word. In fact, pro­gram­mers image God when they use words to accom­plish spe­cific tasks in an orderly fash­ion. Like God, they can make their code beau­ti­ful in how effec­tively it car­ries out the task (and avoids crash­ing!). Many books deal­ing with reli­gion and com­puter sci­ence start with com­put­ers and make the jump to God, infer­ring that God is like a com­puter. Stod­dard argues that com­puter sci­ence is only pos­si­ble because of a covenan­tal God, and that God’s attrib­utes are what inform the nature of com­puter pro­gram­ming. Dis­cover how con­struct­ing soft­ware can glo­rify God and unveil more of his character.

About the Author:

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Jonathan R. Stod­dard is Assis­tant Pas­tor at Jor­dan Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Utah. He received his B.A. in Infor­ma­tion and Com­puter Sci­ence from Covenant Col­lege and his M.Div from West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Seminary.

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What Others Say About This Booklet:

Com­puter sci­ence and infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy have become more and more impor­tant in our world, and we greatly need the dis­tinc­tively Chris­t­ian vision of the sub­ject that Mr. Stod­dard offers. Highly recommended.”

Vern Poythress, Pro­fes­sor of New Tes­ta­ment Inter­pre­ta­tion and Edi­tor of the West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Jour­nal, West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Seminary


Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.