BOOK HIGHLIGHT— Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application by Dan Doriani

Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application by Daniel M. Doriani

352 pages | List Price: $17.99 | Paperback | Kindle | iTunes/ePub

About

Ideal for pastors and professors, this book explains how to apply Scripture to daily life. It identifies four categories of application and shows how they function in doctrinal passages.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. The Nature of Application

2. God-Centered Application

3. The Interpreter

4. The Seven Biblical Sources for Application

5. The Four Aspects of Application

6. Using the Four Questions

Interlude: A Brief Reminder on Interpretation and Context

7. A Plan for Applying Narrative

8. Issues in Applying Narrative Texts

9. A Plan for the Application of Doctrine

10. A Plan for the Application of Ethical Texts

11. Issues in Application of Ethical Texts

12. Christ-Centered Application

13. Selecting a Text

Index of Scripture

Index of Names and Subjects

Endorsements

“A great book. There is not much written that deals thoughtfully and creatively with the theory and practice of applying Scripture to today’s world. Dr. Doriani’s volume is sweeping in scope, attractively written, broadly comprehensive, and packed with useful insight. No serious expository preacher will want to be without this volume.”

D. A. Carson

“Significant fresh insights into the use of Scripture. Doriani lays an excellent foundation for a new ‘science of application’ or ‘applicatory hermeneutics.’ The book is also engaging, anticipating questions and concerns and dealing with them effectively.”

John M. Frame

“What a gift to Bible students! Dan Doriani has written a much needed antidote to the spurious belief that if one has knowledge of Scripture, one has it right. A ‘dirt under the fingernails’ book for people who are tired of knowing more than they apply, it could change your life and your church.”

Steve Brown

“As a splendid preacher and brilliant scholar, Doriani expertly and practically helps fill in the long-standing gap in our understanding of how to move from biblical interpretation to real-life application.”

Bryan Chapell

“Doriani’s book will help pastors and teachers apply Scripture in a biblically sound but relevant manner. This is the best instruction on application I have seen.”

Jerry Bridges

The Author

Daniel M. Doriani

Daniel M. Doriani (MDiv, PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary; STM, Yale Divinity School) is vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary. Previously he was senior pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton, Missouri.

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Available Early — Letters to a Romantic by Sean Perron & Spencer Harmon

Due to high demand, we are making Sean Perron & Spencer Harmon‘s 2 volumes, Letters to a Romantic: (1) On Dating and (2) On Engagement AVAILABLE TODAY.

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Endorsements for both Letters to a Romantic: On Dating and Letters to a Romantic: On Engagement

“Guide others and . . . strengthen your own faith by reading these books.” —Russell Moore


“A treasure trove of biblically based practical information.” —Wayne Mack 

“Make a date with these books before booking a date.” —Robert J. Morgan 

“Perron and Harmon have done an exceptional job.” —Martha Peace



Letters to a Romantic: On Dating by Sean Perron & Spencer Harmon

List Price: $9.99 | 144 pages | SAMPLE CHAPTER

Dear Romantic,

It’s no secret that this stage of life is a tough one! The dating process is complicated and confusing—and that’s before difficulties like how to graciously decline a date, how to guard your bodies and hearts, and how to deal with sexual sin in your past.

But we are writing you with great news! God cares about you and your relationships, and his Word shares meaningful and practical advice. Sean Perron and Spencer Harmon, along with their wives, Jenny and Taylor, have written you several letters to guide you through this season of dating—each one is short, practical, and relevant, and contains discussion questions to help you apply it even more personally.

Whether you are struggling with singleness, enduring a breakup, embarking on a new relationship, or even making the final step toward engagement, opening up these letters will help you to start some helpful, God-honoring conversations.



Letters to a Romantic: On Engagement by Sean Perron & Spencer Harmon

List Price: $9.99 | 144 pages | SAMPLE CHAPTER

Dear Romantic,

As you stand on the cusp of marriage, you’re probably wondering about important topics such as sex, in-law relationships, and conflict resolution. Would you guess that these same issues come up when married couples are having trouble later? So basically, expect to discuss them either proactively with your fiancé now . . . or years into your marriage when they have turned into problems!

Sean Perron and Spencer Harmon, along with their wives, Jenny and Taylor, are here to help you get these conversations started. They have written several letters to guide you through your engagement, from your proposal to your wedding night. Each one is short, practical, and relevant, and contains discussion questions to help you apply it even more personally.

God’s Word, and the guidance of mentors who can open it with you, are the best source of clarity during your engagement—and, in these letters, that’s exactly what you will find.


The Authors

Sean Perron

Sean Perron (MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the chief of staff at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He is married to Jennifer Perron and lives in Jacksonville, Florida. He writes with his fellow author, Spencer Harmon, on their website, www.unspokenblog.org.

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Spencer Harmon

Spencer Harmon is pastor of Vine Street Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. He is married to Taylor Harmon and has two daughters, Melody and Harper. He writes with his fellow author, Sean Perron, on their website, www.unspokenblog.org.

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Recap of July and August Releases

Christ and Covenant Theology: Essays on Election, Republication, and the Covenants by Cornelis P. Venema

504 pages | Direct Price: $24.99 $18.50 | Paperback | Kindle | ePub/iTunes | SAMPLE CHAPTERAUTHOR VIDEO

ABOUT

“In the biblical drama of the living God’s works in creation and redemption,” writes Cornelis Venema, “no theme is more lustrous than that of God’s gracious intention to enjoy communion with humans who bear his image and whose lives have been broken through sin.”

This collection of Venema’s essays summarizes and defends a broad consensus view of the doctrine of the covenants in the history of Reformed theology and clarifies several areas of dispute.

Venema argues that (1) the distinction between a pre-fall covenant of works and a post-fall covenant of grace is an integral feature of a biblical and confessionally Reformed understanding of the history of redemption; (2) the distinction between a pre-fall covenant of works and a post-fall covenant of grace is necessary to preserve the sheer graciousness of God’s redemption in Jesus Christ; and (3) the doctrines of covenant and election are corollary doctrines, not opposed to each other, but mutually defining.

ENDORSEMENTS

“No one today is better qualified to address the perennially important issues of covenant theology than Cornel Venema. In this volume he considers some of these issues in the context of current discussions and debates, doing so in a particularly instructive and helpful manner.”

—Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Cornelis Venema sheds much-needed light on issues ranging from the doctrine of republication to the Federal Vision theology. Regardless of whether one agrees with all of Venema’s specific conclusions, his arguments cannot be ignored. A must-read.”

—Keith Mathison, Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformation Bible College

“Cornel Venema . . . is an expert to whom I have often looked for analysis and assessment of important issues relating
 to classic covenant theology. . . . Venema is superb in his synopsis of and engagement with these kinds of issues.”

—Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

“We have come to expect great things from Dr. Venema’s writings and this volume does not disappoint. Treatments of three major issues currently troubling Reformed churches are done with masterful analysis. Quite frankly, these pages are necessary reading from one finest theologians of our time.”

—Derek W. H. Thomas, Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cornelis P. Venema (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is president of Mid-America Reformed Seminary, where he is also professor of doctrinal studies.



It Has Not Yet Appeared What We Shall Be: A Reconsideration of the Imago Dei in Light of Those with Severe Cognitive Disabilities by George C. Hammond

336 pages | List Price: $49.99 | Paperback | SAMPLE CHAPTER | Series: Reformed Academic Dissertations

ABOUT

The doctrine of the imago Dei has been criticized for technically excluding people who suffer from severe cognitive disabilities. With such people in mind, Hammond reexamines the doctrine and sets forth a more accurate and inclusive understanding. This work concludes with implications and practical applications to help seminary professors, pastors, and church members include, embrace, and welcome people with severe intellectual disabilities and their families.

ENDORSEMENTS

“A gift born out of much affliction of soul and mind. . . . In an age when the secular discussion of ‘personhood’ runs parallel to the theological discussion of imago Dei, Dr. Hammond gives us a careful, clear, and theologically detailed treatment of this vital doctrine for our day.”

—Michael S. Beates, Dean of Students, The Geneva School, Winter Park, Florida; Author, Disability & the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace

“This book is a gem, for it defends the traditional view of who we are in the face of the relevant theological and scientific issues. . . . It is unique, powerful, biblically sound, and practical. I am not aware of anything quite like it.”

—William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary

“A powerful study of the image of God and also of the practical impact that our beliefs hold for our treatment of those who are mentally broken. This carefully researched and well-written book will move, disturb, challenge, and bless readers.”

—Chad Vandixhoorn, Chancellor’s Professor of Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

Also commended by:

  • Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Peter Y. Lee, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
  • Bryan Estelle, Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Seminary California

ABOUT THE SERIES

P&R’s Reformed Academic Dissertation (RAD) series consists of top-tier dissertations (Ph.D., Th.D., D.Min., and Th.M.) that advance biblical and theological scholarship by making distinctive contributions in the areas of theology, ethics, biblical studies, apologetics, and counseling. Dissertations in the RAD series are carefully selected, on the basis of strong recommendations by the authors’ supervisors and examiners and by our internal readers, to be part of our collection. Each selected dissertation provides clear, fresh, and engaging insights about significant theological issues.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

George C. Hammond (M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary; D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Leesburg, Virginia, and a teaching fellow of the C. S. Lewis Institute Fellows Program.



Revelation by Richard D. Phillips

784 pages | List Price: $39.99 | Hardcover | SAMPLE CHAPTERReformed Expository Commentary series

ABOUT

The book of Revelation is a riveting read—but a persistent question Christians have is, “What does it mean?”

Pastor-theologian Richard Phillips provides a thorough and penetrating study of each chapter while highlighting the theme of the sovereign rule of Christ over history for the salvation of his church.

The apostle John wrote his book with the intention of being understood by real people. Carefully noting how the book’s symbolism works, Phillips paints the pictures of Revelation and explains its meaning to readers today. Along the way, readers will see the glory of Christ as the exalted Priest and King for his people, observe the vision of present and future history laid out in Revelation, and discover the powerful pattern of faith by which we may join Christians of all ages in victory.

Study Guide to the Book of Revelation

ENDORSEMENTS

“This book matches, or even supersedes, Richard Phillips’s other fine volumes in this reputable series. The author opens up Revelation in a manner that informs the Bible student, equips the preacher, comforts the suffering believer, and ignites the worshiper for the praise of Christ. Highly recommended!”

—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids

“Richard Phillips does not flinch at the daunting texts and famed cruxes 
of the Apocalypse. Moreover, as a result of this resolute commitment, Dr. Phillips has given us a full, exegetically rich, pastorally sensitive exposition of Revelation. Revelation is sure to grace and elevate thousands of pulpits and Bible studies across the world!”

—R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton

“Richard Phillips, in the providence of God, has provided an excellent asset for any and all who embrace the promised blessing to all who read, hear, and keep ‘the words of the prophecy of this book.’ The book of Revelation is undoubtedly a challenge to understand, so this excellent systematic preaching commentary will be of inestimable value to the sacred task.”

—Harry L. Reeder III, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham

“Dr. Phillips requires no recommendations, given the number of volumes he has written in this series and the consistently high standard of exposition he has attained. . . . Phillips excels in providing not just background and insight, but relevance and real excitement regarding how the book of Revelation might apply today. Managing to avoid silly and crass interpretations, Phillips provides the reader with a tour de force in hermeneutical methodology. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”

—Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

ABOUT THE SERIES

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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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Phillips, Rick photo hi resRichard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.



 

Bruce K. Waltke’s Foreword to Introduction to Hebrew

Here is Bruce K. Waltke’s foreword to Introduction to Hebrew: A Guide for Learning and Using Biblical Hebrew by William Fullilove.

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Foreword

Writing a grammar to teach Biblical Hebrew is difficult. This is due in part to the historical development of the Hebrew text: its consonantal text was later supplemented with matres lectionis (consonants to represent vowels) and then even later was also provided with the Masoretic vocalization. The task of teaching such a language is simply complex. All languages consist of a subject, predicate, modifiers, and particles, such as prepositions, connecting them. But the Semitic family of languages, of which Biblical Hebrew is a member, differs significantly from the Indo-European family of languages, of which English is a member. For example, the Semitic family, unlike the Indo-European family, contains an extensive verbal system to signify causation in connection with voice. Beyond this, in the college, seminary, or university environment, Biblical Hebrew often is not taught for the value of learning the language in its own right—though it certainly has such value! Instead, Biblical Hebrew is taught to enable strong, solid exegetical work, to enable students to read the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and grasp more fully its meaning and nuance. To expect a grammar to do all of this well is simply a lot to ask.

Nevertheless, William Fullilove’s Introduction to Hebrew succeeds admirably. This book is the best introductory option for teaching Hebrew in a seminary, college, or university setting because it combines an expert understanding of the language with clear explanations that a beginning student can easily grasp. Dr. Fullilove’s teaching grammar combines several admirable features that make it so pedagogically successful:

  • All its examples are from the biblical text, thereby keeping students constantly aware of their progress in reading and their growing capability.
  • It quickly introduces the basic forms of the verb (Qal perfect and imperfect) in chapters 3 and 5, thereby introducing the linguistic center of the sentence as early as possible and maximizing students’ practice in parsing and translating verbs.
  • The full paradigm of the strong verb is taught first, enabling students to gain a basic conception of the Hebrew verbal system before being weighed down by the myriad complexities of parsing forms built from weak verbal roots.
  • Weak roots are held until the second half of the grammar and then introduced by type, enabling the student to see how the phonological impact of a weak consonant carries through the verbal system in a relatively regular way. Instead of overwhelming the student who has just been introduced to the Qal perfect, this method vastly simplifies teaching weak roots.
  • Skills such as the proper use of a lexicon, the basics of word studies, and the use of the apparatus—skills that professors must usually teach in a supplemental way—are instead integrated into the grammar.
  • With all of this, the grammar is not overlong, and it can easily be completed in two semesters of introductory language study.

Beyond all these features, however, what really makes this grammar sparkle is the final section of each chapter. Based on years of classroom teaching, Dr. Fullilove has crafted each final section as a set of exegetical exercises that require students to immediately apply the skills learned in that chapter to better understanding the Hebrew text. Even in chapter 1, for example, having learned only the alphabet, students are introduced to the acrostic poem and are asked (and able!) to analyze an incomplete acrostic and consider how the text of the poem is to be understood.

No better grammar is currently available to teach the beginning Hebrew student, especially the one interested in using Hebrew for the sake of biblical exegesis. In an age of slipshod preparation for ministry and exegesis, we need better-trained students who will become superior exegetes, both in the academy and in the church. This grammar is a welcome contribution to exactly that endeavor and a superb choice for the classroom teaching of Hebrew.

Bruce K. Waltke

July 2016


ENDORSEMENTS

“This is the best teaching grammar of biblical Hebrew available today. It has no rival. . . . What sets this grammar apart is its exegetical focus, showing at every turn the relevance of the language for biblical interpretation. This is the ideal textbook for students in colleges and seminaries who are preparing for Christian ministry.”

—SCOTT C. JONES, Professor of Biblical Studies, Covenant College

“Here’s the book I wish I had been given, and from which I wish I had been instructed, when I was a student of Hebrew.”

—TIMOTHY KELLER, Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church

“Fullilove has found ways to make the language so accessible and yet filled with such accuracy that many who thought Hebrew was beyond their reach will find it readily and comfortably right at hand.”

—WALTER C. KAISER JR., President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“An outstanding introduction to the language for beginning students. . . . deftly incorporating insights gleaned from the latest research.”

—ED COOK, Chairman of the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, The Catholic University of America

“Bill Fullilove’s mission is to make learning biblical Hebrew as painless, productive, and pastorally relevant as it can be. . . . An invaluable resource. I highly recommend it.”

—JAMES N. ANDERSON, Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary Global Campus

“Its combination of features will aid instructors in teaching their students and help students to sustain their motivation to study the language, two areas in which so many other grammars fail.”

—C. A. STRINE, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, University of Sheffield

 

NEW RELEASE — Revelation (Reformed Expository Commentary) by Richard D. Phillips


Revelation by Richard D. Phillips

784 pages | List Price: $39.99 | Hardcover | Reformed Expository Commentary series

About

The book of Revelation is a riveting read—but a persistent question Christians have is, “What does it mean?”

Pastor-theologian Richard Phillips provides a thorough and penetrating study of each chapter while highlighting the theme of the sovereign rule of Christ over history for the salvation of his church.

The apostle John wrote his book with the intention of being understood by real people. Carefully noting how the book’s symbolism works, Phillips paints the pictures of Revelation and explains its meaning to readers today. Along the way, readers will see the glory of Christ as the exalted Priest and King for his people, observe the vision of present and future history laid out in Revelation, and discover the powerful pattern of faith by which we may join Christians of all ages in victory.

Study Guide to the Book of Revelation

Endorsements

“This book matches, or even supersedes, Richard Phillips’s other fine volumes in this reputable series. The author opens up Revelation in a manner that informs the Bible student, equips the preacher, comforts the suffering believer, and ignites the worshiper for the praise of Christ. Highly recommended!”

—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids

“Richard Phillips does not flinch at the daunting texts and famed cruxes 
of the Apocalypse. Moreover, as a result of this resolute commitment, Dr. Phillips has given us a full, exegetically rich, pastorally sensitive exposition of Revelation. Revelation is sure to grace and elevate thousands of pulpits and Bible studies across the world!”

—R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton

“Richard Phillips, in the providence of God, has provided an excellent asset for any and all who embrace the promised blessing to all who read, hear, and keep ‘the words of the prophecy of this book.’ The book of Revelation is undoubtedly a challenge to understand, so this excellent systematic preaching commentary will be of inestimable value to the sacred task.”

—Harry L. Reeder III, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham

“Dr. Phillips requires no recommendations, given the number of volumes he has written in this series and the consistently high standard of exposition he has attained. . . . Phillips excels in providing not just background and insight, but relevance and real excitement regarding how the book of Revelation might apply today. Managing to avoid silly and crass interpretations, Phillips provides the reader with a tour de force in hermeneutical methodology. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”

—Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

About the Series

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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.

About the Author

Phillips, Rick photo hi resRichard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.

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