BOOK HIGHLIGHT – Kingdoms Apart edited by Ryan C. McIlhenny

Kingdoms Apart: Engaging the Two Kingdoms Perspective
edited by Ryan C. McIlhenny

336 pages | $24.99 | Paperback | Published: 2012

To read a sam­ple chap­ter of the book, click HERE

To read the table of con­tents, click HERE

Summary: The subject of Christ and culture has occupied the church since its inception. Some emphasize the reality of redemption and the imperative of cultural transformation; others criticize this approach because of the transient nature of this current life and the specific function of “kingdom” activity.

This project focuses on the two competing positions rooted in the Reformed tradition: neo-Calvinism, a nineteenth-century school of thought associated with the Calvinist polymath Abraham Kuyper, and the Two Kingdoms perspective.

How you think on this issue will affect how you interact with the culture around you. It’s an important debate because we want to speak God’s words fairly into that culture.

What Others Say About This Book:
“This is not only an academic debate. The outcome of the debate will have broad implications for Christian schools, colleges, seminaries, and churches and for Christians in the academy, politics, business, the arts, and other realms of cultural activity.”
Gideon Strauss, Senior Fellow, Center for Public Justice, Washington, DC


“I have prayed for wise and courageous scholars to step up—and step into—this fraternal debate within the Reformed Christian community concerning Two Kingdoms. I am praising God, therefore, for . . . Kingdoms Apart.
Michael A. Milton, Chancellor/CEO, James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary


“A very fine collection of essays . . . a valuable and constructive advance in the often heated debates surrounding the themes it treats.”
Al Wolters, Professor of Religion and Theology/Classical Languages, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario


“This book engages this conversation, and deserves a careful hearing by all who believe God has made Jesus of Nazareth the rightful and ultimate king of everything.”
Russell D. Moore, Dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


About The Editor:

Ryan C. McIlhenny (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine) is Professor of History and Humanities at Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California.


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



The Five Points of Calvinism—50th Anniversary!


by David N. Steele, Curtis C. Thomas, and S. Lance Quinn


PRICE 12.99 PAGES 272 ISBN 9780875528274 BINDING Paperback


“Truly a classic—clear, concise, and warm in its presentation of historic Reformed theology. This latest edition is even better than the original.”

—R. C. Sproul

“Simply put, The Five Points of Calvinism is the best and the most complete short introduction to the doctrines of grace.”

—Philip G. Ryken


NEW in The Gospel According to the Old Testament series

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Living in the Light of Inextinguishable Hope: The Gospel According to Joseph by Iain M. Duguid & Matthew P. Harmon

The story of Joseph shows how God preserves his chosen people—despite their best efforts to destroy themselves and each other. His work in Joseph’s family testifies to his electing grace and his building of a nation out of a dysfunctional band of brothers. This is a story that strikingly prefigures the gospel, by which God redeems and restores broken and dysfunctional sinners like us, remaking us into a family of worshipping saints.

“Each Chapter leads us from the study—with strategic insights into each text’s original language, literary artistry, cultural context, and interpersonal dynamics—through the pulpit—with vivid articulation and conscience-searching application to our crooked hearts and broken relationships—to Jesus.”

—Dennis E. Johnson

Iain M. Duguid (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Professor of Old Testament and Religion at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and Copastor of Christ Presbyterian Church at (ARP) in Grove City.





Matthew P. Harmon (M.Div., Th.M., Westminster Theological Seminary) is Copastor alongside Iain Duguid at Christ Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Grove City.





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Puritan Papers—All Volumes Now Available on Kindle and iTunes

The PURITAN PAPERS are seventy-six papers (fourteen by J. I. Packer) originally given at an annual conference that played a vital role in reinvigorating evangelicalism in Great Britain and beyond. All volumes are now available for Kindle and iTunes.

Volume 1 KINDLE $9.99 iTUNES $9.99

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EXCERPT—Lifted, Experiencing the Resurrection Life

An excerpt from Lifted, Experiencing the Resurrection Life by Sam Allberry

PRICE 9.99 PAGES 144 ISBN: 9781596384316 BINDING Paperback KINDLE $5.99

Chapter 1: Assurance

How to shop in your PJs

I’m not a fan of shopping. My tolerance threshold is approximately eighteen minutes. After that I’ll buy anything if it means I can go home, which explains some of the clothes I wear. And so I approach shopping trips in the same way an SAS team approaches covert missions: identify the target; know where it is; do not deviate to the left or the right; be out of the store before the next customer has even advanced to the counter.

The solution to all this, of course, is online shopping. It is wonderful, for four reasons:

  1. You don’t have to go outside. No need to face crowds, queues and tempers. You can do it in your pajamas in between Scrabble moves on Facebook.
  2. It means you get interesting post. Now that most personal communication is electronic, it tends to be just junk mail and bills that come through the door. There is nothing to look forward to in the post any more.
  3. By the time the package arrives you can’t quite remember what you’d bought. It’s like someone has sent you a surprise present. And because the ‘someone’ is you, there is no risk you won’t like it. It is me in the past sending gifts ahead to me in the future. It’s virtually time travel.
  4. You get to sign for stuff. I don’t know why this makes me feel significant – it just does. It’s something about someone in uniform presenting me with documents needing my signature.

When you think about it, this last point is quite important. If a company or person is sending something of particular value, then it is not enough for them to know that the parcel has been sent: they also need to know it has been received, that it’s all gone through and been completed.

Signing off on Salvation

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is God signing off on our salvation. It is the proof that sin has been paid for. The payment has been made – we know this because Jesus said his death was going to be a ransom for sin (see Mark 10:45). But we can now know that payment of his blood has been received and accepted: we have God’s signature. This is why the true symbol for the Christian faith is an empty cross. A crucifix speaks of death, of a payment made. But an empty cross speaks of payment received: ‘He was delivered over to death for our sins  and was raised to life for our justification’ (Romans 4:25, my emphasis).

The resurrection means that we can be assured of our salvation. It confirms two things: that Jesus is who he says he is, and that he’s done all that he said he would. The Saviour is vindicated in the face of all who rejected his claims. Salvation is assured in the face of all our doubts.


“Full of great images, clearly organized, encouraging, humorous, biblical, insightful—I could go on. Reading this little volume on this central but neglected topic will benefit your life.”

—MARK DEVER, Capitol Hill Baptist Church

“After Mark Dever recommended Lifted, the pastoral staff of Covenant Life Church all put aside time to read and discuss it—you should too.”

—JOSHUA HARRIS, Covenant LIfe Church

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