1. Prophet, Priest, and King: The Roles of Christ in the Bible and Our Roles Today by Richard P. Belcher Jr.
224 pages | List Price: $16.99 | Paperback
The Bible tells us that Christ has three “offices”—those of Prophet, Priest, and King. Viewed alongside his humiliation and exaltation, they provide a fully rounded understanding of his work and insight into the ongoing roles of the church.
In this biblical theology, Richard Belcher explores and defines the basic functions of prophets, priests, and kings through an analysis of key Old Testament texts before discussing their fulfillment in Christ and how they are carried out today by the church, its leaders, and individual believers.
“Belcher’s impressive treatment of these offices in their biblical- theological setting is essential reading in understanding their comprehensive nature. This book deftly combines biblical and pastoral insight that is most welcome in furthering our understanding of Scripture and the person and work of Christ.”
—Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia
“With wisdom, clarity, and grace, Belcher guides the reader to a richer and fuller vision of Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King.”
—Michael J. Kruger, President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte
“Belcher’s work points us all toward the importance of keeping the centrality of Christ in view as we address the manifold challenges that Christians face as we long for his return in glory.”
—Richard L. Pratt Jr., President, Third Millennium Ministries
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard P. Belcher Jr. is Professor of Old Testament and Academic Dean at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. He is author of The Messiah and the Psalms and commentaries on Genesis and Ecclesiastes and has a decade of pastoral experience.
2. How Should We Treat Detainees?: An Examination of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” under the Light of Scripture and the Just War Tradition by J. Porter Harlow
184 pages | List Price: $39.99 | Paperback | Reformed Academic Dissertations series
During the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the American government authorized “enhanced interrogation techniques” to obtain answers for potentially life-threatening situations from those in custody of U.S. forces. Harlow argues that this policy was contrary to Scripture and the just war tradition established by Augustine, Calvin, Murray, and Ramsey. Here Harlow:
– explains the background of “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on detainees.
– details how historical prohibitions against torture, violence, and sexual and religious humiliation during interrogations were violated.
– demonstrates how those prohibitions are consistent with Scripture and the just war tradition.
– shows how the support of these interrogation techniques by prominent theologians conflicts with the just war tradition.
– encourages Christians to use the same criteria for decisions about national security policy that they use for other moral issues.
“Brings a sharp and analytical legal and theological perspective to a difficult and contested topic. Offering a biblical critique of enhanced interrogation techniques and working within the centuries-old framework of the just war tradition, Harlow shows that hard questions can be answered and that, in a world of gray, black and white does exist.”
—Timothy J. Demy, Professor of Military Ethics, U.S. Naval War College
“Porter Harlow has written a richly informed, morally compelling treatise on one of the signal ethical issues of our day. The treatment of the weak and the outcast is a sure test of a nation’s character—and who has less status than a prisoner of war?”
—Daniel M. Doriani, Vice President of Strategic Academic Initiatives and Professor of Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J. Porter Harlow (J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law; LL.M., U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School; M.A.R., Reformed Theological Seminary) recently retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as an operational law attorney—including serving as an associate professor of international and operational law at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
3. John Bunyan and the Grace of Fearing God by Paul M. Smalley & Joel R. Beeke
160 pages | List Price: $14.99 | Paperback
He was the author of the best-selling Christian book of all time. His Bible-saturated works have inspired generations of believers all over the world. And yet, as influential as it is, John Bunyan’s theology contains a unifying thread that is sorely neglected in the modern church: the vital importance of the fear of God.
Fearing God is seen by many as psychologically harmful—at odds with belief in a God of love. But Bunyan knew personally that the only freedom from a guilty fear of God’s wrath is a joyful, childlike fear of his holiness. Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley guide us through Bunyan’s life before exploring his writings to illuminate the true grace of fearing God.
“Wisdom requires it, Jesus emphasized it, the apostles encouraged it—and yet few things are more feared in contemporary Christianity than . . . the fear of God. This timely book . . . shows how the fear of God was, in contrast, the heartbeat of one of the most loved and admired of all Christians.”
—Sinclair B. Ferguson, Dean of the Doctor of Ministry program, Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies
“We today need to read and treasure Bunyan. . . . Beeke and Smalley take the reader through the core of Bunyan’s corpus and whet the reader’s appetite to plunge afresh into Bunyan’s works.”
—Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, where he also serves as professor of systematic theology and homiletics. He is a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the author of several books, including Truth That Frees, The Quest for Full Assurance, and A Reader’s Guide to Reformed Literature.
Paul M. Smalley is a teaching assistant to Dr. Beeke at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and a bivocational pastor at Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
4. Hungry: Learning to Feed Your Soul with Christ by Rondi Lauterbach
256 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback
Hunger: it drives our bodies, shapes our day, and affects our choices.
We are all too familiar with our physical hunger and the guilt it often inspires. But God designed us to hunger—our hunger is good! It shows we are meant to depend on something outside ourselves for satisfaction.
But what about the hunger we feel in our souls?
While also from God, our spiritual hunger is corrupted—leaving us binging on “junk food” like our idols and cravings. Where do we find true satisfaction for our hungry souls?
It comes when our souls feast on the Word of God—and on Jesus himself. Rondi shows us how to prepare a Bible study like a recipe for a spiritual banquet that will truly fill us.
Learn how to consume the Bible instead of just reading it—and then how to share this meal with the hungry around you.
“Some meals require an appetite, and others create one. This book is of the latter type. As the Prayer Book puts it, “Let us learn, mark and inwardly digest the Word of God.” And I think you’ll find, as I have, that Rondi Lauterbach is a masterful chef.”
—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“Its blend of fresh ingredients—personal story, biblical theology, keen insight, and practical application—makes it highly recommended.”
—Nancy Guthrie, author of the Bible study series Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament
“Frazzled exhaustion [for serious Bible study] is symptomatic of spiritual malnutrition. Hungry will whet your appetite to delve deeply into the Scriptures.”
—Dennis E. Johnson, author, Walking with Jesus through His Word
ABOUT THE AUTHOR