5 New Releases Today!

We are excited to release 5 new titles today!

  1. Seven Churches, Four Horsemen, One Lord: Lessons from the Apocalypse by James Montgomery Boice
  2. Does God Care How We Worship? by Ligon Duncan
  3. Esther & Ruth: The Lord Delivers and Redeems, A 13-Lesson Study by Jon Nielson
  4. Hebrews: Standing Firm in Christ, A 13-Lesson Study by Jon Nielson
  5. The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible (Paperback Edition) by Benjamin B. Warfield
April 1st New Release

Seven Churches, Four Horsemen, One Lord: Lessons from the Apocalypse by James Montgomery Boice

272 pages | Hardcover | $27.99 | SAMPLE CHAPTER | Mobi: $24.99 | ePub: $24.99

About

As you look to the future for Christ’s return, learn how to live now for his glory. 

James Boice was known in his pastoral ministry for offering clear, practical, and biblical instruction. Never before published, this dynamic work on Revelation 1–6 gives his final thoughts on the church and on worship, as well as on facing trials in the light of heavenly realities and Christ’s return. What does Christ expect of his church on earth? How does he desire his people to worship him? What hope does he give for his people when they suffer? 

Includes a foreword and an afterword by editor Philip Graham Ryken.

Endorsements 

“Jim Boice’s final series of sermons at Tenth Presbyterian Church before his untimely death and promotion to glory cover only the first six chapters of the book of Revelation, but they are a marvelous synthesis of exegesis and theology, of doctrine and life. Read this book for your own well-being, to lead yourself into adoration, to hunger and pray for righteousness that springs from the gospel of grace. Then distribute copies to your friends for their well-being, too.”—D. A. Carson

“Dr. James M. Boice’s commentary on Revelation is like a theological GPS that helps the reader to navigate the challenges of understanding the Bible’s most apocalyptic book. Thankfully, he stresses Jesus’s saving work as the central point of Revelation, downplaying charts and predictions in favor of highlighting Jesus as the triumphant Servant, victorious Lamb, and reigning King at the center of all history. Brilliant, biblically rich, and a true blessing.” —Doug Logan Jr.

“These studies on the book of Revelation were the last sermons in the fruitful ministry of James Montgomery Boice. They also represent the height of his expository prowess. Dr. Boice died with a supreme anticipation of the glories he so remarkably describes from Revelation 4 and 5 and with an optimism for the church due to the sovereign reign of her Lord. Anyone who benefited from Boice’s long and faithful ministry will find this a must-have volume. Those who have not yet studied under his skillful hand will find these studies in Revelation a stirring introduction to one of the great pulpit ministries of the twentieth century.” —Richard D. Phillips

“Any Christian who has ever turned to the back of the Bible to ‘see how the story ends’ or has puzzled over the bizarre and sometimes disturbing images in its final pages knows how strange Revelation is—and how deeply our hearts desire to know what it means. Dr. Boice’s clear and compelling expositions of the Bible’s famous last book became one of his last gifts to his beloved congregation. . . . Now, for the first time, these marvelous messages are appearing in print for the blessing of the wider church.” —Philip Graham Ryken


Does God Care How We Worship? by Ligon Duncan

96 pages | $12.99 | SAMPLE CHAPTER | Mobi: $7.99 | ePub: $7.99

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Does God care how we worship? For thousands of years, believers have answered with a resounding yes! Ever since the days of Cain and Abel, God has emphasized right worship, and it’s clear that careless worship can have serious consequences.

Worship consciously regulated by God’s Word is a distinct characteristic of the Reformed church. Yet today many churches do not understand that both the Old and New Testaments have much to say about appropriate worship before God. Ligon Duncan lays the foundations of the regulative principle in worship, providing full biblical support as well as historical context. He also answers objections: Is this “right worship” essentially European? Is it flexible to different churches and contexts? Is it really still applicable today?

Endorsement

“Does God care how we worship? Indeed he does, and Ligon Duncan’s practical explanation of biblical principles for public worship will help pastors, musicians, and other churchgoers to find greater enjoyment in the God they love to praise.” —Philip Graham Ryken


Esther & Ruth: The Lord Delivers and Redeems, A 13-Lesson Study by Jon Nielson

120 pages | $9.99 | SAMPLE CHAPTER | Mobi: $7.99 | ePub: $7.99

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The Old Testament narratives of Esther and Ruth feature women and men who act boldly and ultimately receive God’s blessing. So does God help those who help themselves? Actually, he helps those who don’t deserve it! See how our gracious God rescues his own and prepares them for Christ’s coming.

This Reformed Expository Bible Study is designed for personal and group use. Each lesson connects to the rest of the Bible and holds to the same standards as the Reformed Expository Commentary series: a high view of Scripture; a Christ-centered focus; a Reformed theological basis; and an emphasis on personal application and prayer.

Endorsements

“Having benefitted, along with many others, from the excellent and accessible Reformed Expository Commentary series, I heartily commend this companion initiative.” —Harry Reeder

“I am thankful to see this development in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, allowing these excellent, pastoral commentaries to get an even wider use in the church.” —Bryan Chapell


Hebrews: Standing Firm in Christ, A 13-Lesson Study by Jon Nielson

120 pages | $9.99 | SAMPLE CHAPTER | Mobi: $7.99 | ePub: $7.99

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How do we stand firm in faith? Throughout the ages, Christians have experienced persecution, spiritual apathy, and suffering of all kinds. The book of Hebrews captures our deep struggles and, with a message of hope and warning, points us to the surpassing supremacy of Jesus Christ.

This Reformed Expository Bible Study is designed for personal and group use. Each lesson connects to the rest of the Bible and holds to the same standards as the Reformed Expository Commentary series: a high view of Scripture; a Christ-centered focus; a Reformed theological basis; and an emphasis on personal application and prayer.

Endorsements

“Jon Nielson asks questions on the text that will make the reader think. . . . The Reformed Expository Bible Study series will help readers to understand every text in light of the whole of the Bible—as well as the person and work of Christ.” —Nancy Guthrie

“I highly recommend the Reformed Expository Bible Study series for those who desire to read the Bible through a redemptive-historical lens that will help them to draw out good gospel implications for all of life and ministry.” —Stephen T. Um


The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible (Paperback Edition) by Benjamin B. Warfield

464 pages | $19.99

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Textual and “higher” criticism have decimated the faith of many and made divinity schools message-less. This is an analysis of questions asked by textual and higher criticism with the purpose of vindicating the viewpoint of an infallible Bible.


Respecting the Image in Crisis and Quarantine

Respecting others is hard enough when all is going well, but what do we do when crisis and quarantine hit us? The simple answer is: we do the same as when life is at its best—only more so. Crises do not negate our responsibilities to love and respect others. They only apply further heat and difficulty while completing the task. My wife is made in the image of God and therefore worthy of respect in how I listen and talk to her, whether we are on a date or across the room in our quarantined existence. And so is anybody else whose path crosses mine—even if they’re six feet away.

For this reason, I need to Chill—guarding my heart and lips so I do not lash out at my wife, or rage against my president or other leaders who I might judge to be incompetent, or turn heated toward the shopper who might have grabbed more TP than he really needed.

For this reason, I need to Open up—making sure I do not retreat into relational isolation, closing up and in on my own self, and making sure I have someone with whom I share my fears and anxieties and hopes and blessings and God-bestowed promises in this hour of trial.

For this reason, I need to Make time—planning moments of meaningful interaction with others, even if only by phone or video.

For this reason, I need to Mean what I say—committing to honesty with others, disclosing my real needs and expectations and disappointments, and keeping my promises to help.

For this reason, I need to Understand what I hear—lingering long enough on the phone or video call to ensure that I have heard how the other person is really doing and what they’re really saying and how they’re really struggling.

For this reason, I need to Nourish with grace—filling my conversations with blessings and divine promises and benedictions and any other words that will leave the other person with more hope and grace than when we started talking.

For this reason, I need to Initiate peace—using my extra time to evaluate my relationships and conflicts to see where I have either offended or been offended and then working to initiate contact with others to seek forgiveness and reconciliation.

For this reason, I need to Celebrate others—making sure to verbally honor and thank all those who are serving in these difficult days, often under duress and in peril of infection, and to celebrate all the ways that people are coping and serving as the days of trial wear on.

For this reason, I need to Assume that I am wrong—remembering that whenever I am tempted to rage against a “stupid” politician or to argue for or against the right ways to address this crisis or to assert that this or that should be done, I am speaking largely out of ignorance. I simply do not know all the facts or have all the answers, and making believe that I do using still another Facebook rant will do no one any good.

For this reason, I need to Think the best—interpreting the actions of others in the best possible light, believing that they are trying hard to get this right, and realizing that fear and isolation can tempt people to do and say things that they otherwise would not.

For this reason, I need to Examine my heart—searching for the cravings and desires that make me willing to rage and fight and quarrel and slander and threaten in order to get them and confessing those unmet desires (no matter how innocent they may be in themselves) to be the heart-idols that they really are.

Why must I commit to COMMUNICATE in this hour of trial? For this simple but profound reason: every person I meet—whether in person at the supermarket, or online in a Zoom meeting, or on a TV screen giving the evening news—is a person who is made in the image of God and destined for eternity. Even as we wrestle with our mortality in the face of a deadly virus, we must remember that no one is a “mere mortal” (as C. S. Lewis said). And remembering this, we must strive to respect each and every one of them, even when in crisis and quarantine.

Timothy Shorey, author of Respect the Image: Reflecting Human Worth in How We Listen and Talk


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When Parenting Grows Even Tougher

I’ve lived through national emergencies, but this is the first time I have parented through one. When I was a child, I looked to my parents in times of crisis. Now I have little eyes looking to me. 

What message do we want to send to our kids about COVID-19? Our kids aren’t watching the news. They are watching us. Our words, actions, and attitudes will tell our kids how to interpret this crisis. Should they be afraid? Is God trustworthy? Is he in control? Is he good? Perhaps we’ve been teaching our kids the answers to these questions for years—but now is our chance to live them out. As our kids see us scramble to reschedule our lives and disinfect our homes, one characteristic should stand out: fearlessness. Fearlessness is what sets Christians apart in times of crisis—and our kids will notice it. 

Here are three ways to model fearlessness to our children. 

  • Keep a Heavenly Perspective. While we can’t tell our kids the exact details of what the future holds for them, we can point them to the things that never change: This world is not our home (1 John 2:17). God is still on the throne (Ps. 47:8). No trial is worthy to be compared to the glory to come for God’s people (Rom. 8:18). When we’re tempted to fear what might happen to us in this life, we can point our kids to the beautiful future awaiting God’s people. 
  • Be Spiritually Prepared. Maybe we weren’t as prepared with toilet paper and hand sanitizer as we would have liked to be, but Christians should always be prepared for trials. First Peter 4:12 says that we should “not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” We can remind our kids that trials are part of the Christian life and they serve a special purpose: they refine us and remind us of our hope (Rom. 5:3-4). 
  • Look to Our Source of Peace. This is a chance for our kids to see that peace does not depend on our circumstances. It doesn’t depend on the world’s economy, national leaders, or our healthcare system. True peace comes from Christ. Christ tells us, “My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).

What kind of world will our kids grow up in? Long before we ever heard the word coronavirus, the answer has always been the same: our kids will grow up in a sinful and broken world, but it belongs to God. Psalm 24:1 reminds us that “the earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.” When your kids look to you for answers, let them see you looking to God. Their eyes will follow your gaze, and they will face the future without fear. 

Is Worry Getting the Best of You?

Times of crisis have a way of escalating our struggle with anxiety, sometimes raising it to the level of panic, and making it seem impossible for us to respond in a righteous way. What can we do when debilitating fear threatens our peace of mind and heart? Psalm 27 gives encouraging, faith-building counsel as it shows how King David responded to crises in his own life.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? . . . One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. (Ps. 27:1, 4)

As King David’s enemies increased, so did his anxiety. Three times in the opening verses of this psalm he confesses to being afraid (see vv. 1–3). At least six times in the whole of the psalm he identifies the basis of his fear: evildoers, adversaries, armies at war, enemies, and false witnesses (see vv. 2, 3, 6, 12). Yet rather than responding with sin, David responds in a righteous manner, with a heart that is strengthened by God-centered faith. He turns to his only help and cries out to God (see v. 7). He fights fear with confidence in God as his defender. 

How did he do this? What can we learn from his example?

Faith cripples the power of fear by reminding us of the right-now presence of the Lord (v. 1). 

David reminds himself that “the Lord is my light and my salvation” and that “the Lord is the stronghold of my life.” In fear’s grip, biblical faith doesn’t look only to prom­ises of future deliverance but to assurances of present protection. While being persecuted by enemies, David says, “God is here with me. In him I will put my trust. He is my protection.”

Faith cripples the power of our fear when our focus and affec­tion become singular in the Lord (v. 4). 

David deliberately turns the eyes of his heart away from real-life fears and toward his one, undying passion—to live in the real-time presence of the Lord. David seeks, “all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.” As it was with David, so it can be with us. Gazing on the beauty of the Lord will rightly align our affections, enliven our faith, and alleviate our fears. Do you have that same singular long­ing—to seek after the Lord? Or does anxiety distract you from the Lord? 

Faith is powerful, isn’t it? It helps us to fight our fears as we find our confidence in the Lord.

[Adapted from the 31-Day Devotional for Life book Anxiety: Knowing God’s Peace

2 New Releases Today!

March 4th New Releases

The Hunger for Significance: Seeing the Image of God in Man by R.C. Sproul

$16.99 | 264 pages | Paperback

About

Dr. Sproul’s classic gets to the heart of humanity’s search for personal worth. As he sheds light on daily obstacles to dignity—in home, school, hospital, prison, church, and workplace—Dr. Sproul points us to new ways of loving and serving one another.

Endorsements 

“As Dr. Sproul unpacks the powerful and biblical axiom of human dignity, he shows the reader how to effectively ascribe life-worth to the people we encounter every day. In an age of identity politics where the weak and vulnerable are forgotten, The Hunger for Significance is a must-read!”

—Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends International Disability Center 

“This is classic R.C. Sproul. It is precisely the book the church needs to help us to rightly grasp the dignity and purpose of each and every human being, all image bearers of our holy, loving, and gracious God.” 

—Burk Parsons, Senior Pastor, Saint Andrew’s Chapel, Sanford, Florida 

“In this penetrating analysis, R.C. Sproul explores our search for meaning in a variety of circumstances and places. We were created in God’s image to live in communion with our Creator and under his Lordship. Sproul uses his keen mind to teach us how and why we all want our lives to count. This book is a must-read for everyone: pastors, church leaders, and laypeople.”

—Miguel Núñez, Pastor Titular, Iglesia Bautista Internacional

“It takes someone who so profoundly wrestled with the question Who is God? to help us so clearly and cogently with the question Who am I? In our current moment of identity confusion, chaos, and crisis, this new edition is urgently needed. With biblical wisdom, theological maturity, and generous anecdotes, Dr. Sproul covers every aspect of our lives, painting the portrait of true human dignity.”

—Stephen J. Nichols, President, Reformation Bible College


A Covenantal Vision for Global Mission edited by Peter A. Lillback, Paul Wells, and Henk Stoker

$29.99 | 384 pages | Paperback

About

Bringing together contributors from Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe, A Covenantal Vision for Global Mission seeks to ground the growing interest in the missional character of Christian outreach in the classic biblical and historic Reformed theological understanding of God’s covenantal relationship—of creation, grace, redemption, and consummation—with mankind. In the words of editor Peter A. Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary, this is “the best paradigm for developing Christ’s global mission.”

Endorsements 

“A treasure trove of mature theological reflections on how Reformed covenantal theology intersects with various aspects of global missions. The renowned scholars who have written for this significant work should be commended for their insights and contribution to Reformed missiology for this generation and generations to come.”

—Lloyd Kim, Coordinator, Mission to the World, PCA 

“If theologians and missiologists are still debating the merits and problems of missio Dei theology, Reformed theology with its Christ-centered focus, rooted in the biblical redemptive history of promise and fulfillment, provides an antidote to certain of its dangers. The book is recommended reading for all those who want to familiarize themselves with good, biblically based Reformed mission theology.”

—Hannes Wiher, Missiologist in French-speaking Africa; Adjunct Professor, Seminaries at Vaux-sur-Seine and Aix-en-Provence, France

“This collection does more than enlarge on the missional component of core theological themes. The authors also make application to the heart of those engaged in missions, to the outward-focused identity that the church must embrace, and to new missional realities in the world.” 

—Rob Edwards, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter A. Lillback

A Missions Declaration

Introduction

          Part 1: The Covenant Theology of Mission

1. The Source of Mission in the Covenant of Redemption — Davi Charles Gomes

2. Covenant of Creation, Cultural Mandate, and Mission — Pierre Berthoud

3. The Covenant of Grace as the Paradigm for Mission — Peter A. Lillback

4. Mission and Gathering God’s New Covenant People — Flip Buys

5. Mission in the Light of Covenantal Eschatology — Paul Wells

         Part 2: Covenant Theology and the Mission-Minded Church

6. Missions in the Fear of God — Flip Buys

7. Christ’s Dominion over Creation and Spiritual Warfare in Mission — Henk Stoker

8. Missional Preaching and the Covenant — Robert Norris

9. Tithing as a Covenantal Strategy for Mission — In Whan Kim

         Part 3: Covenant Theology and Global Mission Vision

10. Covenantal Missions and the City — Naas Ferreira

11. The Witness of Reformed Christianity in a Minority Situation: Indonesia — Benyamin F. Intan

12. The Missional Minority in Post-Christian Europe — Paul Wells

13. Covenantal Apologetics and Mission — Guilherme Braun

Epilogue — Kent Hughes

Select Bibliography on Mission and Covenant

Contributors

Index of Scripture

Index of Subjects and Names

Contributors

Pierre Berthoud is president of the Faculté Jean Calvin in Aix-en-Provence, France, and president of the Federation of European Evangelical Theologians.

Guilherme Braun is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a postulant for the ministry of the Igreja Anglicana Reformada do Brasil (IARB).

P. J. (Flip) Buys is research professor of missions at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, and international director of the World Reformed Fellowship.

Ignatius Wilhelm (Naas) Ferreira is senior lecturer of missiology in the Faculty of Theology at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Davi Charles Gomes is chancellor of Mackenzie Presbyterian University, pastor of the Igreja Presbiteriana Paulistana in São Paulo, Brazil, and a board member of the World Reformed Fellowship.

R. Kent Hughes retired in 2019 as professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and was for many years senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, USA.

Benyamin F. Intan is president of International Reformed Evangelical Seminary in Jakarta, Indonesia, a member of the Council of the World Reformed Fellowship, and a senior editor of Unio cum Christo (an international journal of Reformed theology and life).

In Whan Kim is president/vice chancellor at Swaziland Christian University in Mbabane, Swaziland, and a board member of the World Reformed Fellowship.

Peter A. Lillback is president and professor of historical theology and church history at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and a senior editor of Unio cum Christo (an international journal of Reformed theology and life).

Rob Norris is teaching pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Henk Stoker is professor of apologetics and ethics in the Faculty of Theology at North-West University and vice-rector at the Theological School of the Reformed Churches in Potchefstroom, South Africa, and a member of the Council of the World Reformed Fellowship.

Paul Wells lives in Liverpool, UK, and is professeur émérite of the Faculté Jean Calvin in Aix-en-Provence, France, extraordinary professor at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, and editor in chief of Unio cum Christo (an international journal of Reformed theology and life).