The Gospel for Real Life booklet series

The Gospel for Real Life booklet series by the Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC) applies the timeless hope of Christ to the unique struggles of modern believers.

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1. Abuse: Finding Hope in Christ by John Henderson

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None of us can escape the brokenness of our world. We are sinful, hurting people surrounded by sinful, hurting people in a universe groaning under the curse of sin. The reality of physical and sexual abuse in our world is a blatant and painful proof of this brokenness. What does the gospel have to say when we are victims of evil? How do we minister to those who have suffered under abuse?

John Henderson provides Psalm 22 as a framework for responding to these questions and understanding how God comforts the afflicted through his Word, bringing it to bear in the life of a couple deeply affected by childhood sexual abuse. Their example shows the beauty and light of the gospel, and how it brings hope and perspective in the darkest of our circumstances.

“With the heart of a pastor, John Henderson helps us to see how Scripture really does make a difference in life’s most difficult hurts, pains, and sorrows.”

—Deepak Reju, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.


2. Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure by Robert W. Kellemen

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Worry, doubt, and fear get the best of us all sometimes, and often there is no way to get rid of them. Anxiety, like any other negative emotion, is a twisted version of something positive from God; since we live in a fallen world, we may never have full victory over it.

However, Bob Kellemen proves that we can have victory in our anxiety—can learn how to use it when it strikes and avoid the temptation to sin. In this biblical study, he lays out a proper Christian view of anxiety, from creation to fall to redemption to consummation. Along the way, he helps us to apply the gospel to our daily lives and reclaim anxiety for what it should be—vigilance to motivate us to do God’s work.

“This booklet has put in one place key biblical principles for addressing a common human issue biblically, realistically, practically, and compassionately.”

—Ernie Baker, Professor of Biblical Counseling, The Master’s College; NANC-Certified Counselor


3. Borderline Personality: A Scriptural Perspective by Cathy Wiseman

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Frantic efforts to avoid unpleasant feelings. Perceived abandonment. Profound depression or extreme rage. These symptoms control sufferers of borderline personality disorder, as their intense feelings rule their hearts and choices, fill their relationships with disunity and strife, and seem more real to them than God’s Word or his Spirit.

But Cathy Wiseman shows us, in this detailed, thorough, and helpful study, that God’s Word holds the solution and his Spirit alone can heal the havoc of borderline personality disorder. She maintains that the loving assistance of a team of believers is also crucial, and she provides a wealth of information for biblical helpers, including an analysis of the disorder and its symptoms, exercises to use in counseling, and a list of references and resources.

“Cathy Wiseman . . . has a high standard of excellence for all of her work in biblical counseling.  This helpful booklet is no exception. . . . Theologically sound and utterly practical at the same time.”

—Lynnora Ratliff, PhD, Licensed Psychologist


4. Burnout: Resting in God’s Fairness by Brad Hambrick

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Burnout occurs when the things that once gave us life and energy become discouraging and draining instead, sacrificing our pleasures and accomplishments to the continual onslaught of “next.” While a common danger for Christians who dedicate their efforts to God’s kingdom, burnout eventually makes us choose cynical numbness over the “caring exhaustion” of Christian service. How do we avoid this pitfall?

Brad Hambrick argues that burnout is actually a consequence of our life management, and he shows us how to create a time budget to avoid living beyond our means with the time God has provided. He helps us remember to rest in God’s fairness rather than try to gain his acceptance.

“These reflections have it all—theological depth, gospel centrality, humility, and practical advice. I cannot commend it highly enough!”

—J. G. Greear, Senior Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina


5. Cutting: A Healing Response by Jeremy Lelek

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When feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or self-condemnation set in, some people seek painful release in their own flesh and blood. While cutting can bring temporary relief, it falls far short of the genuine change that is essential to true healing of the heart.

Through the direct and honest example of one young woman’s story, Jeremy Lelek points those in such pain to the sufferings of Jesus Christ and the finished work of the cross as their means of hope, security, and healing. He helps them to turn from trusting in their own body and blood to trusting in the body and blood of Jesus, which alone has the power to bring true freedom.

“Demonstrates that even in the most complex of situations, we have a profound message of hope in Christ.”

—Mike Wilkerson, Mars Hill Church; Author of Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry


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6. Depression: The Sun Always Rises by Margaret Ashmore

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The periods of depression that we all share can range from having a bad day to grieving the loss of a loved one. Our fallen world harbors a broad spectrum of suffering that, while never the same for each individual, has always been part of the human condition.

Yet Margaret Ashmore reminds us that however difficult our circumstances, they cannot determine whether our lives are ruled by joy or by depression… the choices we make in light of those circumstances do. She lays before us a set of godly choices we can make in our own “dark night of the soul” to seek God’s freedom from our dominating depression.

“My dear friend Margaret Ashmore loves the Lord, she loves his Word, she loves people, and she loves to see hearts transformed and lives set free by the power of his truth. God has used this faithful servant to help many struggling pilgrims find hope and help by way of the ‘old rugged Cross.’ ”

—Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Author; Revive Our Hearts Radio Host


7. God’s Attributes: Rest for Life’s Struggles by Brad Hambrick

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A proper understanding of God is vital. However, many times what we observe from our own experiences (especially when they are difficult and painful) can affect the shape of that understanding. How do we know whether we have a true, balanced view of God?

This study looks at sixteen attributes of God, grouped under the headings of his love, essence, wisdom, and power, to help challenge your understanding. It goes on to challenge how well you rest in each attribute (have faith and comfort in it) and emulate it in the struggles and experiences of your own life. So learn, through your struggles, about the One who gives those struggles meaning.

“Brad Hambrick . . . [helps] us to both rest in and emulate the marvelous attributes of God. This is a fine study that can be used to transform both heart and mind.”

—Gary Thomas, Author, The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ


8. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Recovering Hope by Jeremy Lelek

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a profoundly intense response to profoundly dangerous experiences, manifests itself in fear, terrifying vulnerability, and lack of a sense of control. While these responses are often involuntary, Jeremy Lelek reminds us that they are still responses… and, thus, different responses are possible.

Here he relates the narrative of creation, fall, and redemption to the experiences of PTSD, reminding us that the gospel speaks to our experiences with danger as part of its redemptive message. He points to the wisdom of God in our suffering and reminds us of the saving grace offered by Jesus, guiding readers to the peace and contentment found in seeking God’s glory.

“Jeremy Lelek in his remarkable booklet explores Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder inside and out, helping us deal with the unknowns and instructing us how to extend the healing and soothing love of Christ. Our ministry, Joni and Friends, works with many who are struggling with PTSD—we are so grateful to have an excellent resource like this and will recommend it to all!”

—Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center


9. Romantic Conflict: Embracing Desires That Bless Not Bruise by Brad Hambrick

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Reevaluating Our Desires, Rewriting Our Conflict

Few spouses have desires that are evil—but even the good desires of two well-meaning people do not always match up. Fulfilling one person’s desires often means we must neglect another’s, which can lead to conflict and bitterness. So how do we enjoy the blessings of marriage without being consumed by our desire for the blessings we prefer?

Brad Hambrick shows us that Jesus addressed this very issue in his foundational call to be a disciple. In this plan for dealing biblically with marital conflict, he walks us through Jesus’ words and their implications, outlines a typical marital conflict, gives us strategies for how to “interrupt” our conflicts with grace and love, and gives us further tips on how to reignite romance going forward.

“The gospel isn’t just an ethereal idea. It’s not a philosophy and it’s not static. It moves and shapes and transforms. I am grateful for ABC’s work of letting the gospel bear its weight on these real life sorrows and pains.”

—Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas


10. Self-Centered Spouse: Help for Chronically Broken Marriages by Brad Hambrick

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Hope for Genuine Change

Anyone who is married is already a self-centered spouse . . . but when this all-too-common sin becomes severe and chronic, it results in a marital environment of abuse or neglect—leaving the victimized spouse feeling trapped and hopeless. But how might this hopelessness change if we knew that Jesus addressed just such chronically broken relationships?

Brad Hambrick examines Jesus’ teachings about relationships to show us how we can turn the other cheek while keeping away from unhealthy and destructive paths. He identifies different types of self-centered spouses to show us what we are dealing with, shares strategies for interacting with them, and points to evidences of genuine change to bring hope to anyone living with a chronically self-centered spouse.

“Overflows with wisdom, hope, and compassion for the abused or neglected spouse as well as for the offending spouse.” —Justin Holcomb, coauthor of Is It My Fault? and Rid of My Disgrace


11. Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes by Robert W. Kellemen

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Sexual abuse ravages the soul, causing unimaginable distress, damage, and disgrace. It is faced honestly and openly in the Bible—but can the church truly help those who have been sexually abused?

Bob Kellemen says yes, it can; and using the biblical story of Amnon and Tamar, he realistically portrays the damages wrought by sexual abuse and the relevancy of God’s Word to this difficult topic. He then takes us on a journey toward healing, helping sufferers to reclaim beauty from the ashes of abuse and to move from victim to victor.

“Dr. Kellemen’s gospel insights are for both the sexually abused and the pastor. . . . You will find a clear and caring path . . . that will give you hope.”

—Ed Welch, Faculty Member, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation


12. Vulnerability: Blessing in the Beatitudes by Brad Hambrick

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We do not like to be vulnerable. It makes us feel defenseless and opens the door to being hurt. But, as difficult as it may be, vulnerability is necessary for us to be loved by others and is a healthy character trait when it leads us to take risks for God’s glory. So how can we grow in the kind of vulnerability God wants us to have?

Brad Hambrick offers a study of vulnerability from an unexpected source: the Beatitudes. He takes us through an examination of each one, highlighting what it says about vulnerability and helping us come to terms with our struggles with it. He also brings encouragement, giving us ways to reflect on and begin implementing these teachings on vulnerability in our own lives.

Learn from the Beatitudes how blessed it is to be vulnerable and how to pursue vulnerability in your life.

“Vulnerability in relationships is important yet dangerous. Brad Hambrick, using the familiar Beatitudes of Christ, helps us to learn how to do it wisely and intentionally.”

—Leslie Vernick, Christian Counselor, Coach, Speaker, Author of the Bestselling Book The Emotionally Destructive Relationship


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February Releases

Catching Foxes: A Gospel-Guided Journey to Marriage by John Henderson

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“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards . . .” Song of Solomon 2:15

Why are foxes on the cover of this premarital guide? Because every marriage has “foxes” lurking inside it! We all have idols and selfish appetites—and, like the foxes in Solomon’s vineyard, they can cause untold destruction and heartache. In fact, how seriously a couple takes their own foxes will influence whether their marriage blooms and glorifies God, or is a shallow and pale imitation of the real thing.

In this workbook for both individuals and groups, biblical counselor John Henderson stimulates meaningful conversation and prayer between engaged couples. The book’s interactive format provides couples with a foundation for understanding what marriage is really about, becoming a godly husband or wife, and understanding conflict and resolving it biblically.

Sit down together, ask a married couple to come alongside you, and get ready to chase the foxes out of your relationship.

“Self-centered views of compatibility, relational chemistry, and personal needs are too often the focus of preparation and counseling for marriage. Catching Foxes provides a Christ-focused, gospel-saturated alternative.”

—Lee Lewis, Pastor of Biblical Soul Care, Radiant Church, Austin, Texas

“Finally a premarital book that cuts the fluff. . . . Brilliantly laid out, Catching Foxes provides couples the opportunity to engage with each other and mentors in honest conversation about vital topics.”

—Eliza Huie, Counselor, Life Counseling Center

Catching Foxes is one of our go-to resources in all our pre-marriage counseling. . . . [This] interactive study guide provides couples with many opportunities to discover each other, learn relevant biblical truth, and build a rich foundation for their new life together.”

—Kevin Carson, Pastor, Sonrise Baptist Church, Ozark, Missouri



Only One Way: Christian Witness in an Age of Inclusion edited by Richard D. Phillips & Michael L. Johnson with contributions by D. A. Carson, David F. Wells,  Peter R. Jones, Richard D. Phillips, J. Ligon Duncan III, Philip Graham Ryken, and R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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OUR SOCIETY HAS CHANGED.

In our increasingly rootless culture, many people prefer questions over answers, hazy spirituality over concrete belief, and pluralism over the ultimate truth. Even some believers express this uncertainty—hesitant to assert that the gospel of Christ is the only true Good News.

Yet this bold assertion is exactly the witness that our world needs. Here seven notable pastor-scholars expose the limitations of postmodernism and remind us of our reasons for confidence. Are you prepared to take a stand alongside them?

  • David F. Wells — One Among Many
  • Albert Mohler — One Gospel

  • Peter R. Jones — One God

  • Richard D. Phillips — One Savior
  • Philip G. Ryken — One Truth
  • D. A. Carson
— One Way
  • J. Ligon Duncan III — One People

Each year, the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology presents speakers and subjects to strengthen the church’s faith. This carefully edited selection concentrates on Christianity’s unified, exclusive claims.

“The Christian gospel is unintelligible apart from the uniqueness of Christ. . . . Here are seven scholars and pastors boldly upholding the only kind of Christianity worthy of the name.”

—Sinclair B. Ferguson, Ligonier Ministries

“Only one way? At a time when many evangelicals don’t seem so sure, these writers help us to confidently answer yes!”

—Michael S. Horton, Westminster Seminary California

“God’s people will know where to turn as the Lord tears down strongholds and redirects the world to the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

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



March Releases

 Zephaniah, Haggai, Malachi by Matthew P. Harmon & Iain M. Duguid

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To the people of Judah, distressed by changing political realities, it seemed that God had lost control of the situation.

Zephaniah warned of imminent judgment and pointed to hope close at hand: God is both Judge and a Refuge from judgment.

Haggai declared that God’s struggling people needed to reorder their priorities and invest in building the Lord’s house so that God’s renewed presence in their midst would bring renewed blessing.

Malachi, when doubt of the Lord’s love and watchfulness led the people into sin and distress, addressed their concerns and failings one by one. God would not abandon those who feared him, despite a history of rebellion against him.

Practical, devotional, and expositional, this commentary delves into the ways these three prophets point us to the sufferings of Christ, the forgiveness of God, and anticipated glories to come.

Why should you mess with this commentary? First, any volume that helps get Zephaniah into the church should be scooped up. Second, no other commentary will introduce you to ‘anorexic gods’! Third, Duguid and Harmon always keep Christ central and let grace be as delightful as it is—and their expositions aggravatingly challenge our attitudes and assumptions and in the process meddle with our cherished idols and bogus religion.”

—Dale Ralph Davis, Minister-in-Residence, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

“The authors of this volume on Zephaniah, Haggai, and Malachi are to be commended for their exposition of these three prophetical books. In keeping with the REC series’ goal, they expound the message of the prophets, reflect theologically on what the Spirit of God intends to communicate to the body of Christ in every age, make insightful comments on the redemptive-historical progression of the unfolding of the Father’s purposes, and encourage God’s people to respond to the Spirit appropriately and practically by their faithful exposition of God’s Word.”

—Willem A. VanGemeren, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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.



Knowing and the Trinity: How Perspectives in Human Knowledge Imitate the Trinity by Vern S. Poythress

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Every human being has his or her own perspective and experiences truth from this viewpoint. Is it possible to discern perspectives that originate from the mystery of the Trinity—from the fact that one God exists in three persons? Once we know from the Bible that God is Trinitarian, we can begin to notice reflections of his Trinitarian character in both general and special revelation.

Vern Poythress is one of a small number of theologians who have developed and used a number of triads of perspectives (coherent groups of three) in theology. This book directly explores the relation of these perspectives to the Trinitarian character of God. It shows that a number of triads of perspectives show analogies to the Trinity. Understanding these analogies helps readers to perceive the Bible and the world as the creation of our Trinitarian God.

“God has revealed himself in creation and grace, his triune fingerprints evident wherever we turn. Any discussion of the doctrine of God should take Poythress’s important contribution seriously into consideration. I know nothing else quite like it.”

—Robert Letham, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Union School of Theology

“This book is a window into ways of thinking about and living the Christian faith that will greatly benefit us all.”

—Richard L. Pratt Jr., President, Third Millennium Ministries

“A fresh discussion on how a robust understanding of God’s triune being deepens, challenges, and expands our notions of human knowledge and theological method.”

—Joseph E. Torres, Editor, John M. Frame’s Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief



Help for the New Pastor: Practical Advice for Your First Year of Ministry by Charles Malcolm Wingard

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Your first year of ministry brings brand-new challenges—often with inadequate preparation and little time to adjust. How do you moderate meetings, manage a church budget, and counsel struggling congregants, all while preparing sermons every week?

The new pastor’s time is also inundated with something else—advice! Too much of it! Where do you begin? What you need during your make-or-break first year is practical, realistic preparation for ministry. Drawing from more than three decades of his own experience, Pastor Wingard gives essential help for navigating the principal duties of the minister.

Find the tools you need to get established in your ministry and lead with confidence.

“I cannot conceive of anyone from whom I would rather receive counsel on the practice of the Christian ministry. . . . Even if you have been in the ministry for a long time, there are things to be learned and relearned here.”

—Ligon Duncan, Chancellor/CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

“This book is simply excellent—extremely practical and exceedingly wise. The writing is clear, direct, and full of good sense.”

—Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church

“This book will save many young pastors from unnecessary error and heartache; maybe more importantly, it will save the congregations they serve from the same.”

—Jason Helopoulos, Author, The New Pastor’s Handbook

“This book will prove uniquely useful to new pastors. It cuts through the fog and confusion of the early days in a new church and lasers in on what simply must be done and how to do it well.”

—David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary



Streams of Mercy: Prayers of Confession and Celebration by Barbara R. Duguid and edited by Iain M. Duguid

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Have you taken time lately to consciously taste of God’s mercy?

We like to pretend we’ve not done anything that would put us in need of mercy. Faking perfection feels safer, more therapeutic—but it cuts us off from the Great Physician’s care. Recognizing and confessing our sin points us to our Savior and reminds us of God’s outpouring of love. It leads to celebration!

Inspired by the classic The Valley of Vision, this book provides short, specific prayers of confession in response to Scripture passages, giving gospel comfort on topics such as purity, justice, waiting, and hope. Ideal for use in church services or personal devotions, these prayers rejoice in God the Father’s mercy for his Son’s sake and ask for the Spirit’s help in pursuing holiness—closing with an assurance of pardon in Christ. Taste and see that the Lord is good.


BOOK HIGHLIGHT – Theological Fitness by Aimee Byrd

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Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith by Aimee Byrd

$12.99 | 192 pages | SAMPLE CHAPTER

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Your spiritual life should be a battle! The writer of Hebrews tells us to “hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering” (10:23 ESV). What (and whom) do we need to meet this challenge? How does simply “holding fast” turn into such a workout of faith? Author and blogger Aimee Byrd invites us to join her in some “theological fitness” training as she unpacks our call to perseverance and explores the great metaphor that physical fitness lends to theology. Learn about the “fighting grace” God has given us, and discover how we are equipped to live lives of obedience even amidst the suffering and irritations of ordinary life.

Endorsements

“What a gem this book is—so full of encouragement and so honest and genuine. . . . Wonderfully practical and readable . . . grounded in good theology.”

—Thomas R. Schreiner, The Southern Baptist Theological SeminaryTheological Fitness_photo 1

“In this Scripture-saturated book we are rightly warned of the rigors as well as promised the rewards of holding fast to Christ when we feel the burn and want to give up.”

—Nancy Guthrie, Author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament

“Aimee Byrd is the very best kind of theological sensei. . . . She shows how to gain and maintain theological fitness—and how to find great enjoyment in the exercise.”

—Phil Johnson, Grace to You radio program

“Aimee drives the point home vividly in her distinctive, memorable, and popular style. Challenging yet enjoyable and valuable.”

—Fred G. Zaspel, Reformed Baptist Church, Franconia, Pennsylvania

The Author

Aimee Byrd is just an ordinary mom of three who has also been a martial arts student, coffee shop owner, and Bible study teacher. Author of Housewife Theologian & No Little Women, she now blogs about theology and the Christian life and cohosts The Mortification of Spin podcast.


 

Author Highlight – Derek W.H. Thomas

Derek Thomas is minister of preaching and teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He is editorial director of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and distinguished visiting professor of systematic and historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary.


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Acts

The church in our time easily loses sight of her mission to witness to the resurrected Christ. Studying Acts identifies us with the early church and the way the gospel shaped her as she began witnessing in Judea and continuing, in concentric circles, “to the end of the earth.” Acts reminds us that the story of the church remains incomplete—that there continues to this day an “Acts 29.”

We face relentless opposition as our postmodern world mirrors the world of the apostles. Planting and growing churches in such an environment poses particular challenges. Nevertheless, Acts clearly demonstrates that no obstacle can withstand the power of the Holy Spirit. As he did in the early church, the Holy Spirit teaches us in Acts to “expect great things.”

As are all the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, this exposition of Acts is 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.

Endorsements

“Somewhere along the way the idea developed that commentaries are supposed to be a resource, but are not necessarily very readable. Derek Thomas and his treatment of Acts defy convention. Here you have a most readable, insightful, and enjoyable book for all. . . . A great gift for the church.”

—Stephen J. Nichols, Research Professor of Christianity and Culture, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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.


Ezra & Nehemiah

The books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell a vital story of a community revived and restored by God’s grace through gifted individuals—preparing the way for the coming Messiah. In his practical and devotional expository commentary, pastor-theologian Derek W. H. Thomas shows what this gripping narrative can teach us about kingdom life in our own time. In their different ways, Ezra and Nehemiah both prioritized the Word of God and the practice of prayer. If the church of our day is to recover and be renewed, Thomas argues, these commitments are just as vital for us as well.

Endorsements

“Derek Thomas has the happiest knack of leading his readers right into the heart of the biblical text. . . . He tackles the intriguing (and too-neglected) books of Ezra and Nehemiah, and through him we not only enter into fruitful contact with the Bible but also meet with two of the most attractive characters that the Old Testament offers.”

—Alec Motyer, Previously Old Testament Editor, The Bible Speaks Today commentary series


What Is Providence?

Few things distinguish Christian and secular worldviews with greater clarity than the doctrine of providence: that everything that happens is the outcome of the sovereign overruling of God—everything! Derek W. H.Thomas examines this truth by observing how the Bible explains the complex lives of men and women, and also by weighing opposing viewpoints, including Open Theism and Molinistic views of “middle knowledge.”

Basics of the Faith booklets introduce readers to basic Reformed doctrine and practice. On issues of church government and practice they reflect that framework—otherwise they are suitable for all church situations.

Endorsements

“Derek Thomas is well qualified to write on the subject of providence. He wonderfully combines in one person the lucidity of a professor of theology, the sensitivity of a gifted pastor, and the personal experience of a Christian who has learned much about God’s ways in his own life. He is the ideal ‘Mr Interpreter’ to plot our way through life with a deep confidence in God’s wise and sovereign love. The value of What Is Providence? is out of all proportion to its size. Here is a booklet to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest. And once you have done that, buy a little stock so that you always have one to give to those who ask, ‘Why did God . . . .?'”

—Sinclair Ferguson

About the Series

Basics of the Faith booklets introduce readers to basic Reformed doctrine and practice. On issues of church government and practice they reflect that framework—otherwise they are suitable for all church situations.


Co-Editor of:

Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship edited by Philip Graham Ryken, J. Ligon Duncan III, and Derek W.H. Thomas

This call for the doxological reformation of the church is offered to “ministers who lead their congregations in worship, musicians who seek a deeper understanding of the spiritual purpose of their work, [and] seminary students who are clarifying their commitment to biblical worship. . . .”

Give Praise to God continues the legacy of James Montgomery Boice by examining the biblical foundations for worship, the warranted elements of corporate worship, worship in the home and in all of life, and worship throughout the ages.

Contributors, in addition to the editors, are Marion Clark, Edmund Clowney, Mark Dever, William Edgar, Robert Godfrey, Michael Horton, Terry Johnson, Paul Jones, Albert Mohler, N. R. Needham, Hughes Old, Richard Phillips, and Donald Whitney. Not all agree on every particular, nor do readers need to in order to benefit from these thoughtful discussions of how to worship God biblically.

Endorsements

“Worship is a matter of controversy in the present generation, as it has frequently been in past generations. Give Praise to God will give readers a biblical, well-reasoned, and historically informed understanding of a Reformed perspective on worship presented by some of the best Reformed thinkers of our day.”

—L. Roy Taylor


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God, Adam, and You: Biblical Creation Defended and Applied edited by Richard D. Phillips

What difference does Adam make? The answer, to many Christians today, is “not much.”

Adam, we are told, is a mythological figure who can safely be abandoned without compromising the authority and infallibility of Scripture. After all, is holding on to a historical Adam more important than downplaying Genesis 1–3 enough to mediate the gospel to our secular culture?

The Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology joins with historic Christianity in saying that yes, it is. Adam is not only necessary to our Christian faith and witness, but he makes a world of difference to our understanding of God, mankind, the Bible—and even the gospel itself.

The following contributors examine what the truth of Adam means about the truth of Scripture as a whole, how he shows us what it means to bear God’s image, and what an understanding of Adam teaches us about Christ.

  • Derek W. H. Thomas: The Bible’s First Word
  • Joel R. Beeke: The Case for Adam
  • Kevin DeYoung: Two Views of the Human Person
  • Liam Goligher: Adam, Lord of the Garden
  • Richard D. Phillips: The Bible and Evolution
  • Richard D. Phillips: God’s Design for Gender, Marriage, and Sex
  • Derek W. H. Thomas: Differing Views on the Days of Creation
  • Joel R. Beeke: Christ, the Second Adam
  • Richard D. Phillips: From God’s Garden to God’s City
  • Carl R. Trueman: Original Sin and Modern Theology

Learn what difference the historical Adam makes to us today, as followers of the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ.


Coloring Books by Judy Rogers

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Go to the Ant_photo 1Go to the Ant Coloring Book by Judy Rogers

This coloring book will delight and entertain children while teaching them how to be responsible. Based on Judy Rogers’ song “Go to the Ant” from her CD album Go to the Ant, this coloring book is a great way to introduce the Proverbs to your children.

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Isabelle Is a Pig Coloring Book: Learning from Proverbs by Judy RogersIsabella is a Pig_photo 1

This coloring book will delight and entertain children while teaching them how to be beautiful from the inside out. Based on Judy Rogers’ song “Isabelle is a Pig” from her CD album Go to the Ant, this coloring book is a great way to introduce the Proverbs to your children. Judy has added questions to the back of the book that will help parents show that Jesus is the only one that can give them changed hearts and the beauty that counts.