BOOK HIGHLIGHT – The Huddle by Shawn Brower

The Huddle: Becoming a Champion for Life by Shawn Brower

Page Count: 224 | Direct Price: $14.99 $7.50 | Published: 2013 | SAMPLE CHAPTER

Summary: Nothing can motivate, challenge, and inspire a team to greatness more than teammates who are fully dedicated to each other. But this relationship doesn’t happen on its own.

Shawn Brower calls on his twenty years of high school and club coaching experience to demonstrate the secrets to training and building better performance as a team. In this guidebook, teams will find:

  • True accounts and quotes from famous Christian athletes
  • Personal evaluation questions to help players focus on both their individual and team performance
  • Scripture quotations that have inspired real athletes
  • Examples from a wide variety of sports, applying the lessons to any team

Learn from Coach Brower how to develop the discipline you will need to succeed both as an athlete and in the rest of life.

About the Author:

Brower_ShawnShawn Brower has a doctorate in educational leadership and is a multiple state-championship-winning soccer coach. He is the high school principal of Chattanooga Christian School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Shawn is also the author of We Became Men: The Journey into Manhood.

 

 

What Others Say About This Book:

“Its lessons don’t just apply to the pursuit of winning trophies, but more importantly assist us through the journey of life.”

Gary Kirsten, 2011 Cricket World Cup Winner as Coach of India

“An excellent combination of biblical truth and practical insights on how to maximize your performance on and off the field, developing the deep character issues that will benefit you all the days of your life.”

Rod Handley, Founder and President, Character That Counts


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


Recap of the 3 New Releases from June

Here is a recap of the 3 new releases from June.


Ministries of Mercy Third

Ministries of Mercy, Third Edition: The Call of the Jericho Road
by Timothy Keller
256 pages
List Price: $14.99 | Direct Price: $11.50
Paperback 
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Subject: Church Ministry / Missions & Outreach
Summary: Tim Keller shows that caring for people in need—whether they need shelter, assistance, medical care, or even friendship—is as fundamental to Christian living as evangelism, discipleship, and worship. But he doesn’t stop there. He tackles thorny issues as he shows how we can carry out this vital ministry as individuals, families, and churches. Retypeset third edition. Includes discussion questions.

 

Endorsement:
“There was a point in my pastoral ministry when I looked for a steady hand on mine as I tried to navigate the swirling waters of mercy ministries in an urban setting while remaining deeply committed to heralding God’s Word through the exposition of Scripture. Not surprisingly, I found it in Tim Keller’s Ministries of Mercy.”
—John Piper, Founder and Teacher, www.desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary

 


Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief
by John M. Frame edited by Joseph E. Torres
384 pages
List Price: $19.99 | Direct Price: $15.00
Paperback
SAMPLE CHAPTER
Subject: Apologetics & Evangelism
Summary: John Frame sheds needed light on the message and method of genuinely Christian apologetics. In this landmark book, he insightfully examines apologetics in three categories—proof, defense, and offense. He also clarifies the relationships of reason, proofs, and evidences to faith, biblical authority, and the lordship of Christ. Frame includes a fresh look at probability arguments and gives special attention to the problem of evil.

 

Endorsement:
“John Frame manages to tackle the most difficult problems facing a Christian who endeavors to defend the faith: the nature of evil, world religions, the use of evidences, and much more. And he does so with grace, theological acumen, and an enviable straightforwardness. . . . [An] extraordinarily profitable volume.”
William Edgar, Westminster Theological Seminary

 


The Message of the General Epistles in the History of Redemption: Wisdom from James, Peter, John, and Jude by Brandon Crowe
240 pages
List Price: $16.99 | Direct Price: $13.00
Paperback
SAMPLE CHAPTER
Subject: Biblical Reference / New Testament
Summary: Considers the theological richness (indicative) and practical relevance (imperative) of the New Testament General Epistles—James, 1–2 Peter, 1–3 John, and Jude—within a redemptive-historical framework. Part One (“Scallywags”) focuses on 1 Peter; Part Two (“Scoffers”) looks at 2 Peter and Jude; Part Three (“Schisms”) gives attention to the Johannine epistles; and Part Four (“Wisdom”) considers the book of James.

 

Endorsement:
“The General Epistles continue to be relatively ignored, to the church’s detriment. This book seeks to remedy that neglect and does so in a winsome and very helpful fashion. Written for a broader audience, it . . . will make an excellent resource for personal and group Bible study.”
Richard B. Gaffin Jr.Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary

 


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


 

BOOK HIGHLIGHT – Growing Up Christian by Karl Graustein

Growing Up Christian by Karl Graustein with Mark Jacobsen

240 pages | Direct Price: $14.99 $11.50 | Published: 2005

Summary: Many teens are active in church youth programs, yet drop out of church later in life and never return. Other young adults rest on the merits of their parents’ faith without ever experiencing their own relationship with Jesus Christ.

In this book, the authors seek to help teenagers who have grown up in Christian homes by reminding them of the blessings of growing up in a Christian home, warning them of some of the dangers they face, providing practical suggestions for avoiding these dangers, and urging them to think and live in a way that pleases God.

About the Author:

Graustein_KarlKarl Graustein earned a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in 1993 and a master’s degree from Regent University in 1997. He is the headmaster at St. Simon’s Christian School on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.

Karl Graustein

Growing Up Christian

What Others Say About This Book:

“With much attention paid to converts, teens who grow up in the church sometimes feel like second-class citizens in their own home towns. This book can help them to count their blessings and pray for more.”

—Marvin Olasky

“Karl’s love for God’s word and for young adults is evident on every page. He wants to see them transformed by Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross—not merely living off the religion of their dads and moms.”

—Joshua Harris


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

The Lord Sees Our Work

By Daniel M. Doriani

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Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goats, in Matthew 25, describes the blessing that awaits God’s people—his sheep, in the language of the parable—when we stand before him on the last day. We will learn that Jesus sees the results of our work far better than we do. The middle of the parable reads this way:

Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matt. 25:35–41)

We often feed the hungry or tend the sick in our volunteer activities, but it would be a mistake to think Jesus chiefly has volunteerism in mind. At work we have the greatest capacity to care for the needy. At work we have the greatest skill and training, spend the most time, and can bring the greatest resources to bear. If, by faith, we consecrate our work to God and aim to love our neighbors—our coworkers and customers—then our work serves him. And he will remember it forever.

At work we have the greatest capacity to care for the needy. At work we have the greatest skill and training, spend the most time, and can bring the greatest resources to bear. If, by faith, we consecrate our work to God and aim to love our neighbors—our coworkers and customers—then our work serves him. And he will remember it forever. In Matthew 25, Jesus teaches this:

  • If your work has any role that helps brings food to the hungry, Jesus is pleased.
  • If you are a link in the chain that brings water to the thirsty, he smiles.
  • If you have a task in the process that brings clothing and shelter to humanity, Jesus will reward you.
  • If your work has a place in the system that brings health or physical care to the sick, Jesus counts it as service to him.

When Jesus says, “I was in prison and you came to visit me,” he blesses all who care for the needy. Everyone who works in education, finance, transportation, technical support, administration, and management has a place in the blessing.


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

 

The Husband of One Wife

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By Daniel M. Doriani

Paul’s statement that an overseer must be “the husband of but one wife” seems clear, but there has been considerable debate about Paul’s precise message. Literally, the Greek says an overseer must be “a one-woman man.” This short remark can mean one of four things:

Option 1: Paul believed overseers had to be married men. Of course, most Christian leaders are married, but why would Paul make this an absolute requirement? After all, he was single himself and he was an overseer of the church. Further, Jesus, the supreme leader of the church, was unmarried. Surely we don’t want to say that Jesus lacked the necessary qualifications to lead (it’s not a good idea to present leadership criteria that Jesus doesn’t meet). Finally, Paul commended celibacy for those with the gift, because it increases freedom for service (1 Cor. 7).* So Paul must have meant something else.

Option 2: Paul believed overseers may marry only once in a lifetime. That is, any man who has divorced and remarried cannot be a Christian leader. Certainly, divorce is a great evil and the leadership potential of an adult Christian is damaged by it. But the problem with the once-in-a-lifetime view is that it also forbids widowers from marrying, and that seems like a gratuitous legalism. The Bible grants widows and victims of infidelity the right to remarry elsewhere (Matt. 19; Rom. 7; 1 Cor. 7), and Paul would not contradict that.

Option 3: Paul believed overseers must be monogamous. This is certainly true; polygamy was already illegal in the Roman Empire and very few practiced it at that time. Why would Paul bother to forbid a sin no one committed? Again, he must have had more in mind.

Option 4: Paul believed overseers must be faithful husbands. Leaders must be monogamous (above), but more, they should be exemplary husbands. This makes sense in both Paul’s day and our own. A very similar passage in 1 Timothy 5:9 supports this view. There Paul says a widow who receives financial aid from the church should have been “the wife of one husband” (esv). The Greek reads: “a one-man woman.” In context, this clearly means she was a faithful wife. Here, at last, a familiarity with country music promotes Christian thinking. Paul is describing what country music might call “a one-man woman,” as in the saying, “I was a one-man woman, but he was a twotimin’ man.” When Paul requires a leader to be “the husband of but one wife,” it means he should be a “one-woman man”; that is, a faithful man.

From time to time, a man sidles up to me and complains, “I just don’t understand women,” as if his ignorance of the female of the species accounts for his marital woes. But this is a mistake. Husbands, Paul does not ask you to understand “women” as if they were a field of academic study. You must first know, love, and serve one woman, your wife, working to understand her and use your knowledge to love her in every way. After that, perhaps we can try to understand, love, and serve the other women God places in our lives.

* If someone wants to read 1 Timothy 3:2 hyper-literally and demand that elders have one wife, then they should also require that elders have two or more children, since 3:4 says elders must keep their children in respectful submission.


This excerpt is taken from The New Man: Becoming a Man After God’s Heart by Daniel M. Doriani