NEW RELEASE – The Message of the General Epistles in the History of Redemption by Brandon Crowe

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 | Paperback | SAMPLE CHAPTER

Summary: The New Testament books of James through Jude—the General or Catholic Epistles—can be overlooked due to their brevity and location at the end of the canon. They contribute much, however, to our understanding of salvation and Christian living. In this accessible introduction for laypeople, pastors, and study group leaders, Professor Crowe explains the content of these letters and their implications for the church today.

About the Author:

Crowe_BrandonBrandon D. Crowe (BA, Samford University; MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary; PhD University of Edinburgh) is associate professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is also the author of Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?

Brandon Crowe

What Others Say About This Book:

“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

“Crowe has a way of gently disentangling thorny interpretative issues and exposing the spiritual fruit for believers to harvest. This is what ‘practical theology’ ought to be.”

—Charles E. Hill, John R. Richardson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

“We ignore these letters to our peril, for they have an urgent message for the church today. . . . [Everyone] interested in the message of the Scriptures will benefit from this theologically faithful and pastorally applicable work.”

—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Peter, John, James, Jude—important early-church leaders who knew Jesus and wrote letters to churches. Why do we neglect them? . . . In a survey that is terse and gripping, Brandon Crowe shows how, in turbulent times not unlike ours, God furnished direction for his people and light for the world.”

—Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary


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


NEW RELEASE – Apologetics by John Frame and edited by Joseph E. Torres

Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief
by John M. Frame edited by Joseph E. Torres

384 pages | $19.99 | Paperback | SAMPLE CHAPTER

Summary: Renowned theologian John Frame sheds much-needed light on the message and method of genuinely Christian apologetics in this landmark title. He insightfully examines apologetics in terms of proof, defense, and offense and clarifies the relationships of reason, proofs, and evidences to faith, biblical authority, and the lordship of Christ.

Two subjects of particular note are Frame’s fresh look at probability arguments and a stimulating investigation into the problem of evil.

Some of the most valuable elements of this book are Frame’s extensive use of Scripture and his presentation of specific lines of argument. There is also a model dialogue in the concluding chapter that shows how these lines of argument work in conversation.

This is an extensively redeveloped and expanded version of Frame’s previous work, Apologetics to the Glory of God.

About the Author:

Frame, JohnJohn M. Frame (A.B., Princeton University; B.D., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A. and M.Phil., Yale University; D.D., Belhaven College) is the J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and the author of many books, including the four-volume Theology of Lordship series and Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief.

What Others Say About This Book:

“John Frame’s Apologetics to the Glory of God brought about a paradigm shift . . . in my understanding not only of apologetics but of all other intellectual endeavors as a Christian. Ever since then, it has been the first book I recommend to those looking for an introduction to Christian apologetics.”

—James N. Anderson, Reformed Theological Seminary

“John Frame winsomely, patiently, and persuasively contends for the gospel and brings together a rare blend of big-picture thinking, levelheaded reflection, biblical fidelity, love for the gospel and the church, and ability to write with care and clarity.”

—John Piper, Bethlehem College and Seminary

“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


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


 

NEW RELEASE – Ministries of Mercy, Third Edition by Timothy Keller

Ministries of Mercy, Third Edition: The Call of the Jericho Road by Timothy Keller

Ministries of Mercy Third

256 pages | List Price: $14.99 | Paperback | Sample Chapter

Summary: Why would someone risk his safety, upend his schedule, deplete his bank balance, and become dirty and bloody to help a person of another race and social class?

And why would Jesus tell us, “Go and do likewise”?

The Good Samaritan didn’t ignore the battered man on the Jericho road. Like him, we’re aware of people in need around us—the widow next door, the family strapped with medical bills, the homeless man outside our church. God calls us to help them, whether they need shelter, assistance, medical care, or just friendship.

Tim Keller shows that caring for these people is the job of every believer, as fundamental to Christian living as evangelism, discipleship, and worship. But he doesn’t stop there. He shows how we can carry out this vital ministry as individuals, families, and churches.

Join Keller as he explores the biblical way to participate in compassion ministries and deals perceptively with thorny issues of

  • balancing the cost of meeting needs with the limits of time and resources;
  • giving material aid vs. teaching responsibility;
  • meeting needs within the church vs. those outside;
  • And more.
About the Author:

Timothy J. Keller (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, and the author of the best seller The Reason for God. He previously was associate professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and director of mercy ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.

What Others Say About This Book:

“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


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


Mercy Is Not New: A Survey through the Old Testament

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The following is an excerpt from Tim Keller’s book, Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road (3rd edition). Here Dr. Keller surveys the Old Testament and shows how the ministry of mercy began long before the Good Samaritan. (To show the progression of mercy ministry, bracketed headings provide an outline of Keller’s thought.)


MERCY IS NOT NEW

[Mercy in the Garden]

The Bible’s teaching on the ministry of mercy does not begin with the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Man’s first “mission” was to subdue and have dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28). Genesis 2:15 restates this commission in terms of “tending and keeping” the garden of God. The concept of man as a gardener is highly suggestive: a gardener does not destroy nature, nor leave it as it is. He cultivates and develops it, enhancing its beauty, usefulness, and fruitfulness. So God expects his servants to bring all creation under his lordship. Science, engineering, art, education, government are all part of this responsibility. We are to bring every dimension of life, both spiritual and material, under the rule and law of God.

Obviously, there was no “ministry of mercy” per se before the fall of man, since there was no human suffering or need. But it is clear that God’s servants at that time were as concerned with the material-physical world as with the spiritual.

After the fall, the effects of sin immediately caused the fragmentation of man’s relationships. Man becomes alienated from God (Gen. 3:10). As a result his relationship with other human beings is shattered (vv. 12–13), and so is his relationship with nature itself (vv. 17–18). Now sickness, hunger, natural disaster, social injustice, and death dominate

The first act of mercy ministry immediately follows the fall: God clothes Adam and Eve with animal skins (Gen. 3:21). Many have pointed out that this action represents the covering of our sins by the work of Christ, but that is surely not the only reason for God’s action. Man now needs protection from a hostile environment. By God’s action, Derek Kidner says, “Social action could not have had an earlier or more exalted inauguration.”

[Mercy before the Law]

Even before the giving of the law to Moses, God made his will known concerning the ministry of mercy. Job, who lived in an early pre-Mosaic age, knew that the righteousness God requires includes providing food, shelter, and clothing to the needy (Job 24:1–21; 31:16–23). In fact, Job tells us that he did more than simple social service. “I was a father to the needy; I took up the cause of the stranger. I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth” (29:16–17).

[Mercy after the Law]

When God gave the law to Moses, he was constructing a believing community in which social righteousness was as required as personal righteousness and morality. Individual Israelites were forbidden to harvest all their produce, so the poor could glean from the fields for free (Ex. 23:10–11). Israelites were told to give to the poor until his need was gone (Deut. 15:8, 10), especially if the poor man was a kinsman or a neighbor (Lev. 25:25, 35–38). The priests gave to the poor out of the tithes to God (Deut. 14:28–29).

God’s law required that the poor be given more than just a “handout.” When a slave was freed from debt and servitude, he was not to leave empty-handed, but had to be given grain or livestock so that he could become economically self-sufficient (Deut. 15:12–15).

[Mercy in the Prophets]

These laws given to Moses were the basis for the thundering of the later prophets, who denounced Israel’s insensitivity to the poor as breaking covenant with God. They taught that materialism and the ignoring of the poor’s plight are sins as repugnant as idolatry and adultery (Amos 2:6–7). Mercy to the poor is an evidence of true heart commitment to God (Isa. 1:10–17; 58:6–7; Amos 4:1–6; 5:21–24). Finally, the prophets predicted that the Messiah, when he came, would be characterized by mercy to the poor (Isa. 11:1–4; 61:1–2).

Tim Keller, Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road, 3rd ed. (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2015), 41–42.

Recap of the 4 New Releases from May

Here is a recap of the 4 new books that were released in May.


1. Walking with Jesus through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures by Dennis E. Johnson
320 pages
List Price: $16.99 | Direct Price: $13.00
Paperback
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Summary: Dennis Johnson takes readers of the Bible on a journey of discovery through the Old and New Testaments, pointing out a network of trails—recurring themes that link events, individuals, institutions, and offices—connecting biblical texts and times to Jesus the Christ, the fulfiller of God’s promises, the redeemer of God’s people, and the founder of our covenant with him.

2. Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith 
by Aimee Byrd
192 pages
List Price: $12.99 | Direct Price: $10.00
Paperback
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Summary: Theology is strenuous and Scripture reading can be a wrestling match—Hebrews tells us to “hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (10:23 ESV). What does this mean for us every day? Aimee Byrd invites us to join her in some “theological fitness” training as she unpacks our call to perseverance.


3. The Flow of the Psalms: Discovering Their Structure and Theology 
by O. Palmer Robertson
304 pages
List Price: $21.99 | Direct Price: $16.50
Paperback
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Summary: Augustine referred to the organization of the Psalms as a “mighty mystery,” but O. Palmer Robertson argues that there is a clear redemptive-historical progression throughout the five books of the psalms. Hidden structural elements indicate a plan behind the Psalter, and understanding these enables the lover of the psalms to get a fuller appreciation of each one and the book as a whole.

To download a free PDF of Dr. Robertson’s groundbreaking full-color charts of the structure of the Psalms, click here. The PDF may be printed, photocopied, distributed, and used for noncommercial purposes, with appropriate credit.


4. Hammer of the Huguenots
by Douglas Bond
224 pages
List Price: $11.99 | Direct Price: $9.00
Paperback
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Series: Heroes & History
Summary: Philippe, a shipwright apprentice in sixteenth-century France, is perplexed by the fierce religious conflict raging about him. His friends Maurice and Sophie believe the good news proclaimed by church Reformers—but can he risk believing the gospel when persecution inevitably follows? As war breaks out, Philippe must decide where his loyalties lie. The choices he and his friends make may cost them everything.