Here’s a recap of the 3 new titles that were released in September.
1. God’s Gospel by Jill Nelson
128 pages | Direct Price:
$16.99 $13.00 | Series: Making Him Known
In God’s Gospel, Jill Nelson guides parents and their young children through the basics of the gospel, exploring even complex theological topics in easy-to-understand, kid-friendly language. At the end of each ready-made lesson, Nelson includes additional questions for reflection and family activities that will help children to remember what they have learned. This full-color, illustrated book is an ideal devotional tool for families with young children. Covering such questions as “What is sin?” and “Why did Jesus die on the cross?,” God’s Gospel leads kids through God’s plan to save his people from their sins, directing readers to Jesus as their personal Savior.
About the Author
Jill Nelson taught Sunday school for more than twenty years before becoming a Sunday school curriculum writer and a blog director for Children Desiring God. She and her husband, Bruce, have two adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.
What Others Say About This Book
“Tackling the difficulty of helping children understand the significance of the cross, Jill Nelson clearly and carefully leads her audience through their plight (the bad news of sin) and the rescue promised in the garden (the good news of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus). God’s Gospel presents the breadth of the gospel by including teaching on the Creator, sin, God’s promise, sacrifice, the law, the birth of Jesus, the sufficiency of Christ, the death and payment for sin on the cross, and the resurrection and promise of eternal life to those who repent and believe. By emphasizing key biblical truths written winsomely in a style children can understand, God’s Gospel is an excellent primer on the good news of salvation in Christ.”
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2. Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change
by Denny Burk and Heath Lambert
136 pages | Direct Price:
$9.99 $7.50 | Subject: Ethics & Worldview
Faithful Christians today agree that the Bible forbids homosexual behavior. But when it comes to underlying desires, the jury is out. Some Christians view homosexual desire as morally neutral, while others believe it calls for repentance and gospel renewal.
Is same-sex attraction sinful, even if it is not acted on? How we answer this urgent question determines how we counsel brothers and sisters who wrestle with same-sex desires. Denny Burk and Heath Lambert challenge misconceptions on all sides as they unpack the concepts of same-sex orientation, temptation, and desire. They show that ultimately a biblical view gives hope for profound personal change, with patterns remolded and rethought in faithfulness to Christ.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Denny Burk (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies at Boyce College. He has served as the editor of The Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and blogs at www.dennyburk.com, where he frequently deals with gender and sexuality from a biblical perspective.
Heath Lambert (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is executive director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and professor of biblical counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK
“Denny Burk and Heath Lambert have written a clear, compassionate, and thought-provoking book on how the gospel brings transformation to those struggling with homosexuality. Our hope is not the heterosexuality-or-bust shtick of reparative therapy, but the wondrous prospect of growing in holiness and Christlikeness that comes through repentance and faith. This is essential reading for every pastor and for any seeking to bless and minister to those with same-sex attraction in our churches.”
“In Principles of Conduct, John Murray reminds us that ‘the line of demarcation between virtue and vice is not a chasm but a razor’s edge.’ In Transforming Homosexuality, Denny Burk and Heath Lambert shine scholarly and pastoral light on that razor’s edge, helping Christians to discern the difference between sexual temptation and sexual lust as it bears on same-sex attraction. This is a bold and provocative book. It will also likely be a controversial book. But it is predominantly a loving book that seeks to help people with unwanted homosexual desires be transformed by the full knowledge that God’s grace for us in Christ is sufficient for all our various struggles and sins.”
“Under pressure from worldly trendsetters, many in the church (including several key evangelical leaders) have adopted the position that homosexual desire may in some sense be ‘normal.’ Homosexual acts are sinful, they say, but a homosexual orientation is not inherently unrighteous. In Transforming Homosexuality, Denny Burk and Heath Lambert address that idea with biblical clarity and godly wisdom. This is an important book about an issue that has overwhelmed our culture.”
3. 1–3 John by Douglas Sean O’Donnell
240 pages | Direct Price:
$19.99 $15.00 | Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
How can we know that we possess eternal life? The apostle John answered that question in the three epistles that bear his name. He wrote that we must first believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that Christ came in the flesh. Second, we must obey God’s commandments. Third, we must love others.
In this illuminating and engaging commentary on John’s letters, pastor-scholar Douglas Sean O’Donnell illustrates and applies these three essential tests that judge whether we possess eternal life or not. Grow in your knowledge of Christ, our Savior. Learn how to live in the light. Grab hold of the gospel-transformed life!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Douglas Sean O’Donnell (M.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) was senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is currently a senior lecturer at Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, while obtaining his doctorate at Trinity College Bristol and the University of Aberdeen. He is also the author of God’s Lyrics and Ecclesiastes (REC series).
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK
“Written with wit, learning, and savvy, this is a commentary to read and savor. . . . Each chapter amounts to an informative, uplifting, and challenging appeal. If more pastors preached like this, and more believers saw these truths in Scripture, both church and society would be moving in far better directions. Read this book! You’ll find in John’s holy epistles fresh meaning, life, hope, and direction.”
—Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
“What do you preach—not only to plant a church but to help it to survive the invasion of false teachers, loveless strife, and immorality? This enduring question emphasizes the vital relevance of John’s letters for churches in every time and place. Written by a pastor for pastors, Douglas O’Donnell’s commentary offers a rich feast for the servers as well as their diners.”
—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“Creative storytelling and contemporary references combined with careful examination of the text make Douglas O’Donnell’s commentary on 1–3 John an essential resource for understanding and teaching these oft-neglected epistles.”
—Nancy Guthrie, Author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible Study series
“O’Donnell’s work is marked by solid exegesis, a knowledge of church history, and faithful theology. . . . I was helped and encouraged by this commentary, and I commend it gladly.”
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
ABOUT THE SERIES
All the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series are accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting. Below are the books that are currently in the series.
- Matthew, by Daniel M. Doriani
- Luke, by Philip Graham Ryken
- John, by Richard D. Phillips
- Acts, by Derek W. H. Thomas
- Galatians, by Philip Graham Ryken
- Ephesians, by Bryan Chapell
- Philippians, by Dennis E. Johnson
- 1 Timothy, by Philip Graham Ryken
- Hebrews, by Richard D. Phillips
- James, by Daniel M. Doriani
- 1 Peter, by Daniel M. Doriani
- 1–3 John, by Douglas Sean O’Donnell