AUTHOR HIGHLIGHT — O. Palmer Robertson

O. Palmer Robertson (ThM, ThD, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia) is director and principal of African Bible University in Uganda. He previously taught at Reformed, Westminster, Covenant, and Knox Seminaries.


   

The Christ of the Covenants

320 pages | Direct Price: $14.99 $11.50 | Paperback

Summary—O. Palmer Robertson presents the richness of a covenantal approach to understanding the Bible. He treats the Old Testament covenants from a ‘successive’ standpoint—that each covenant builds on the previous one.

Understanding the Land of the Bible: A Biblical-Theological Guide

168 pages | Direct Price: $12.99 $10.00 | Paperback

Summary—Surveys the mountains, plains, valleys, rivers, and cities of Scripture and their significance for our understanding of biblical history and redemption.

The Israel of God: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

216 pages | Direct Price: $15.99 $10.00 | Paperback

Summary—Robertson offers a look at the questions: “Who is the Israel of God today?” and “What is their relationship to the Promised Land, and to Israel’s worship, lifestyle, and future?”

   

The Genesis of Sex: Sexual Relationships in the First Book of the Bible

186 pages | Direct Price: $13.99 $9.00 | Paperback

Summary—The world today has virtually lost touch with the Creator’s design for human sexuality. The book of Genesis, as the biblical book of beginnings, supplies the kind of healthy understanding of sex needed in our time. One of the fullest treatments of the subject of sex found anywhere, Genesis describes over twenty varieties of sexual relationships. Old Testament scholar O. Palmer Robertson draws from Genesis vital perspectives on romance, the love-triangle, singleness, divorce, unrequited love, adultery, rape, and other matters related to human sexuality.

The Christ of the Prophets: Abridged Edition

432 pages | Direct Price: $21.99 $16.99 | Paperback

Summary—In this abridged version of The Christ of the Prophets, O. Palmer Robertson captures the passion and purpose of their extraordinary writings.

After examining the origins of prophetism, the prophets’ call, and their proclamation and application of law and covenant, Robertson devotes special attention to the biblical-theological significance of the exile. Viewing that phenomenon through the lens of several prophets, he draws our focus to the glorious restoration of God’s people in Christ.

The Flow of the Psalms: Discovering Their Structure and Theology

336 pages | Direct Price: $21.99 $16.99 | Paperback | SAMPLE CHAPTER

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 its five books. 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 of the book as a whole.

COMING 5/31/17

The Christ of the Sages: A Redemptive-Historical Exploration of the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament

352 estimated pages | List Price: $19.99 | Paperback

Summary—The Old Testament’s wisdom books are the great “how-to” manuals of Scripture—with immense significance for God’s people both then and now. The books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Lamentations offer inspired insight (and a solid dose of godly realism) into every major realm of human existence. Robertson introduces the concept of biblical wisdom before providing a redemptive-historical analysis of each book.

Series Highlight — Chosen Daughters

The Chosen Daughters series highlights the lives of ordinary women who by God’s grace accomplish extraordinary things. The series features the stories of Jeanne d’Albret, Edith Cavell, Olympia Morata, Juliana von Stolberg, and Margaret Wilson.


1. Wings Like a Dove:The Courage of Queen Jeanne d’Albret by Christine Farenhorst

208 pages | Direct Price: $11.99 $9.00 | Paperback

SUMMARY

Jeanne d’Albret, born in 1528, is the only daughter of the King and Queen of Navarre. Standing with her beloved Huguenots, Jeanne steps onto the battlefield of history during the tumultuous years of the Reformation (1517–1559). As deadly political events swirl around her tiny Kingdom of Navarre, Queen Jeanne is forced to choose: Will she hide the fleeing Huguenots under the very nose of Catherine de Médicis’s henchmen or save her own life?

ENDORSEMENTS

Wings like a Dove presents a compelling look at one of the heroic women of the ReformationJeanne d’Albret. Christine Farenhorst’s book transports you back in time, to an age that may seem romantic from this vantage point, but was actually filled with immense dangers and challenges to those who loved God. I couldn’t put it down!”

Diana Waring, author of History Alive! curriculum and international speaker

“Skillfully weaves accurate details of setting, character, and issues of faith into this compelling and inspiring account.”

Clifford Van Dyken, teacher, Heritage Christian School, Jordan Station, Ontario


2. Dr. Oma: The Healing Wisdom of Countess Juliana Von Stolberg by Ethel Herr

208 pages | Direct Price: $11.99 $9.00 | Paperback

SUMMARY

Juliana von Stolberg (1506 – 1580), the Queen Mother of the Netherlands, is cherished by the Dutch people as a wise and gifted healer. Juliana gains an able apprentice when her granddaughter Maria comes to live with her. Will Maria learn to put her trust in God while her father, the courageous William of Orange, fights to free Holland from Spanish rule? Will one woman’s belief save the Netherlands and change the world?

ENDORSEMENTS

“How is it possible that two women from the past can find such a tender place in your heart? You will be glad you met Juliana and Maria through the pages of this beautifully researched and lovingly told tale.”

—Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the Christy Miller series

“Our daughters today need to know God’s unique purpose for them, and that girls and women can do great things for God!”

—Neta Jackson, co-author, Trailblazer series, Hero Tales 1-4; author, The Yada Yada Prayer Group novels

“Ethel Herr creates a world I want to visit . . .and to know these people really existed makes their lives all the more fascinating.”

—Lissa Halls Johnson, creator and writer, Brio Girls Series www.chosendaughters.com


3. Against the Tide: The Valor of Margaret Wilson by Hope Irvin Marston

220 pages | Direct Price: $11.99 $9.00 | Paperback

SUMMARY

Seventeenth-century Scotland is a place of cruel intolerance for the Covenanters, a people bound together by their loyal faith. A young, earnest Covenanter, Margaret Wilson finds her pledged loyalty to Christ and his covenant in opposition to King Charles II’s demands for her absolute obedience. Will Margaret choose to defy the authorities? Or will devotion to her family, love for her sweetheart, and hopes for future happiness ruler her heart?

ENDORSEMENTS

“Margaret Wilson is a heroine for the ages, holding true to her convictions during one of the darkest seasons in Scottish history. Oh, that we might all have the faith of this young woman, who was determined to let God choose her future, whether for service or for sacrifice.”

—Liz Curtis Higgs, Best-Selling Author, Thorn in My Heart

“The difficult age of the Scottish Covenanters comes startlingly to life . . . Hope Marston has captured all the drama and adventure, tension and intrigue, courage and romance, faith and endurance of those Killing Times when both the integrity of the gospel and the prospects of freedom were very much at stake.”

—George Grant, President, Franklin Classical School


4. A Cup of Cold Water: The Compassion of Nurse Edith Cavell by Christine Farenhorst

224 pages | Direct Price: $11.99 $9.00 | Paperback

SUMMARY

“The secret password is yorc,” the princess whispered. Edith longed for her girlhood in England, when her secrets had been kept safe by her dog Reddie. But now in God’s timing, Edith is director of a nursing school in Belgium. Caught in the turmoil of World War I, Edith finds herself surrounded by enemy spies. As a nurse protected by the Red Cross, will Edith turn her back on the Allied soldiers who desperately need her help?

ENDORSEMENTS

“A captivating introduction to Edith Cavell. Educational, inspiring, and full of gospel encouragement, A Cup of Cold Water is destined to be a family read-aloud favorite.”

—Tara & Matt Kingswood, Russell, ON

“A blend of artistic craft and scholarly research bring Edith Cavell to life. Edith fulfills the hope of her earthly father: ‘that she would grow up to serve God in some special way.’ But more important, her faith points to a heavenly Father who directs and plans lives for His glory. Just as He directed Edith Cavell’s life, He will accomplish the plans concerning me!”

—G. Carol Bomer, Artist, Asheville, NC


5. Weight of a Flame: The Passion of Olympia Morata by Simonetta Carr

224 pages | Direct Price: $11.99 $9.00 | Paperback | SAMPLE CHAPTER

SUMMARY

Olympia Morata (1526–1555) is her father’s finest student and a girl far ahead of her time. A quick tongue and a ready pen are her mind’s tools to record her vivid thoughts, poetry, songs, and opinions. Appointed tutor to Duchess Renee’s children, Olympia looks forward to a bright future—when suddenly, evil rumors threaten to turn her world upside down. In the midst of it all a young doctor comes courting. Will their love survive the danger waiting on the other side of the Alps?

ENDORSEMENTS

“Readers will face, with Olympia, the daily dangers and insecurities that accomplanied a faithful witness to the truth of the gospel.”

Starr Meade, bestselling author of Training Hearts, Teaching Minds and Grandpa’s Box

“In this delightful yet imformative historical fiction we meet Olympia, a young girl willing to stand strong for her Christian values in the troubled, changing world of the Reformation.”

Laura E. Smith, award-winning educator

“With the precision of a scholar and the heart of a storyteller, Simonetta Carr brings to life the story of Olympia Morata, a daughter of the Italian Reformation.”

Eric Landry, executive director of White Horse, Inc., home of Modern Reformation and the White Horse Inn radio program


COMING JUNE 30, 2017

6. Johanna and Henriette Kuyper: Daring to Change Their World by Abigail van der Velde

224 pages (estimated) | Direct Price: $12.99 $10.00 | Paperback

SUMMARY

As the 1800s draw to a close and a new century begins, forces for change are already at work in the Netherlands’ entrenched society when custom is further challenged by two bold women, Johanna Kuyper and her daughter Henriette.

Johanna is a traditional wife eager to both support and challenge her strong-willed husband, Abraham Kuyper, a dominant leader in church, education, and politics. She serves her family and community through celebrations and sorrows, social upheaval and political conflicts.

The more progressive Henriette Kuyper is an international traveler, champion of women’s suffrage, and wartime correspondent—among much else!

Risking reproach and defying custom, both will find very different ways to change their world for good and for God’s sake.

BOOK HIGHLIGHT—Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions

Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions edited by Anthony B. Bradley with contributions by: Amos Yong, Lance Lewis, Orlando Rivera, Juan Martinez, Vincent Bacote, Ralph C. Watkins, Carl F. Ellis Jr., Anthony B. Bradley, & Harold Dean Trulear

256 pages | Direct Price: $15.99 $12.00 | Paperback | SAMPLE CHAPTER

About

Today’s church growth is centered in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and evangelicalism must adapt to changing demographics or risk becoming irrelevant. Yet many evangelicals behave “tribally,” valuing the perspective of only those like themselves while also denying any evidence of racial attitudes in the church.

Anthony Bradley has gathered scholars and leaders from diverse “tribes”—black, Hispanic, and Asian—to share advice on building relationships with minority denominations and valuing the perspectives and leadership of minority Christians (not just their token presence). They seek to help evangelicalism more faithfully show the world that the gospel brings together people from all tribes, languages, and cultures.

Endorsements

“This is a terrific book . . . a game changer. . . . If you are tired of the usual arguments about race, as I am, this book will wake you up with some new ideas.”

—John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Anthony Bradley pulls together some of the church’s best minds to confront the problem of 21st-century evangelicalism with grace and truth. Those willing to look honestly at the facts . . . may yet lead our cherished institutions to true repentance.”

—Eric C. Redmond, Council Member, The Gospel Coalition; former Vice President, the Southern Baptist Convention

“Prophetically addresses the issues connected to evangelicalism and minorities. Everyone, particularly church leaders, need to read this book.”

—Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College

About the Editor

Bradley_Anthony_WEBAnthony B. Bradley (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary; M.A., Fordham University) is associate professor of theology and ethics at The King’s College in New York City and a research fellow at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids.

 

 

Excerpt taken from Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism

The following is an excerpt taken from pages 9-12 of Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism by Starr Meade.

Q.1. WHAT IS MAN’S PRIMARY PURPOSE?

A. Man’s primary purpose is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

Monday

What happens when you use something for a purpose other than its real purpose? For example, what if you wanted whiter teeth, so you tried to brighten them up with white shoe polish? Would it work? Of course not! Shoe polish is for whitening shoes, not teeth. What would happen if you put marshmallows in your toaster? You would have a terrible mess, because toasters are for toasting bread, not marshmallows. Things work best when we use them for the purpose they were intended.

God had a purpose in mind for human beings when He created them. God intended for people to know and enjoy Him. Rocks and trees and kittens cannot enjoy God—but people can!

Read Psalm 16:11. This verse describes the joy and the pleasure people have in God when they live according to the purpose God has for them. Some people live as though their purpose were to have a good time or make a lot of money. People like this are never satisfied. They find that the joy of fun times or of having new things wears off. That is because they are not living according to the purpose God has for them. When we live to enjoy God, we are doing what God made us to do and our joy in Him will last.

Tuesday

Since God created us to enjoy Him, it is important to know how we can do that. You cannot fully enjoy a flower unless you stop and take a good look at it to see how beautiful it is and take a deep breath to see how wonderful it smells. You cannot fully enjoy an apple until you take a bite of it and find out how crisp and sweet it tastes. If you are going to enjoy God, you have to spend time finding out how wonderful He is.

Read Luke 10:38–42. Mary was enjoying Jesus. Martha was confused about the purpose God had for her. She seemed to think that her purpose was to work hard and be a good housekeeper. Jesus said Mary had made a better choice by choosing to spend time enjoying Him. The more time we spend getting to know how wonderful God is, the more we will enjoy Him.

Wednesday

One of the good things about living for the purpose God intended when He made us is that, no matter what is going on around us, we can still enjoy God. If I live for the purpose of having and pleasing friends, when my friends are gone I have nothing to live for. If I live for the purpose of being beautiful and healthy, once I grow old or become sick, I have no reason to live. If I live to make money to buy things, something may happen that causes me to lose everything. Then what will I do?

One of God’s Old Testament prophets was Habakkuk. Habakkuk lived in Jerusalem, where he and his neighbors had comfortable homes and were at peace. Habakkuk lived to enjoy and glorify God. His neighbors, though, lived to please themselves. Because Habakkuk was a prophet, God showed him what would happen in the future. Enemy soldiers would destroy Jerusalem in a war. They would burn the comfortable houses, and Habakkuk and his neighbors would be left with nothing. Of course, Habakkuk did not look forward to losing everything. Since his purpose was not to enjoy things, but to enjoy God, listen to what he could say. Read Habakkuk 3:16–18.

Thursday

God made everything for the purpose of glorifying Himself. That means that He made everything to show how wonderful He is. Right now, there are people who do not know much about God’s glory; there are others who know about God but will not admit how wonderful He is. But God promises that someday everyone everywhere will know of His great glory. Read Habakkuk 2:14.

Although some people refuse to see it, every created thing was created to show us something of God’s glory, to show us something of what God is like. Read Psalm 104:31 and Psalm 19:1. When you look up at all the millions of stars in the night sky, what do you think about God? When you look at the strong, solid mountains that have stood for thousands of years, what do you think about the God who made them?

God’s creation glorifies Him. It shows something of what He is like. We are God’s creatures too. It is God’s purpose that we glorify Him too.

Friday

What are some ways in which we can glorify God? How can we show how wonderful He is? One way is by praising and worshiping Him. Read Psalm 29:2 and Psalm 50:23a.

Jesus said we glorify God by doing good deeds. God is good, kind, and holy. When our actions are good, kind, and holy, we’re showing people what God is like. Read Matthew 5:16.

The Bible tells us that we should do everything we do, even the simplest and most ordinary things, in a way that will glorify God. Read 1 Corinthians 10:31.

Saturday

A strange thing happened to Belshazzar’s dad. Belshazzar’s dad ruled over the greatest kingdom in the world. He became very proud of his kingdom. God warned Belshazzar’s dad that, if he did not give glory to God for his kingdom, God would take it away from him. Belshazzar’s dad continued to be proud and, just as God had said, his kingdom was taken away from him for seven years. Not only that, but the king basically lived like an animal for seven years. At the end of the seven years, Belshazzar’s dad got both his man’s mind and his kingdom back again. Then he gave glory to God.

You would think that Belshazzar learned from what had happened to his dad. You would think that he would have understood that his purpose for living was not to please himself or to be a great king but to give glory to God. But Belshazzar had not learned. When he was king, he lived to make himself happy. He used the cups from God’s temple for wine for getting drunk. One night, at one of his parties, a hand appeared out of nowhere and wrote on the wall of Belshazzar’s palace. Frightened, Belshazzar sent for Daniel, God’s prophet, to explain what the writing meant. Daniel reminded Belshazzar of what had happened to his father.

Read Daniel 5:22–23 to see what else he said to him. That very night, enemy soldiers attacked, killing Belshazzar and taking his kingdom. God created us to give glory to Him, not to ourselves.


Excerpt taken from pages 9-12 of Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism by Starr Meade, copyright 2000, P&R Publishing.

Author Highlight — Vern S. Poythress

Vern S. Poythress (MLitt, University of Cambridge; PhD, Harvard University; DTh, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is the author of nine P&R titles.

 

1. Understanding Dispensationalists

144 pages | Direct Price: $8.99 $7.00 | Paperback

Summary—Vern Poythress believes that dialogue is possible between dispensationalists and covenant theologians. This second edition adds a postscript in which Poythress responds to feedback from dispensational readers.

2. The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses

440 pages | Direct Price: $22.99 $17.00 | Paperback

Summary—Poythress demonstrates how the sacrifices, traditions, and penalties of the Law of Moses graphically foreshadow the work of Christ and his relationship with his people.

3. God-Centered Biblical Interpretation

248 pages | Direct Price: $17.99 $13.50 | Paperback

Summary—Theologically and pastorally profound, this study of biblical hermeneutics builds on Trinitarian presuppositions, while exposing the idols that lead interpretation astray. Poythress emphasizes the interpreter’s spiritual qualifications along with linguistic principles.

  

4. The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation

216 pages | Direct Price: $14.99 $11.50 | Paperback

Summary—Noted New Testament scholar Poythress provides an understandable and practical look into Revelation in this insightful commentary. Poythress focuses on Revelation’s core message and ensures that its details do not cloud the big picture. He shows Revelation to be a “picture book, not a puzzle book,” relevant and applicable to the daily lives of Christians.

5. Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology

128 pages | Direct Price $14.99 $11.50 | Paperback

Summary—The truth of God is rich and multifaceted. Though a coherent body of revelation, the Bible comes to us through a variety of inspired authors, metaphors, and themes, highlighting the many facets of God’s truth. Likewise, our theological formulations capture manifold emphases—distinct “perspectives” on the whole—which collectively enable us to gain a fuller understanding of the truth. Poythress explains, “We use what we have gained from one perspective to reinforce, correct, or improve what we understood through another. I call this procedure ‘symphonic theology’ because it is analogous to a blending of various musical instruments to express the variation of a symphonic theme.”

6. Philosophy, Science, and the Sovereignty of God

264 pages | Direct Price $16.99 $13.00 | Paperback

Summary—“Because of sin, people still have trouble understanding the Bible and seeing the implications of the Bible for science,” Poythress writes. “This book is intended to jar them into a better understanding and to provide some tools for seeing how to begin reforming science.”

  

7. What Are Spiritual Gifts?

40 pages | Direct Price: $4.99 $4.00 | BookletBasics of the Faith series | SAMPLE CHAPTER

Summary—God gives believers spiritual gifts to serve others in the church and world. Which gifts apply to us, and how should they be used?

8. Christian Interpretations of Genesis 1

32 pages | Direct Price: $4.99 $4.00 | BookletChristian Answers to Hard Questions series | SAMPLE CHAPTER

Summary—Several interpretations of Genesis and scientific evidence endeavor to demonstrate harmony: among them young-earth creationism, mature creation, the day-age theory, the analogical-day theory, and the framework hypothesis. Vern Poythress explores which is best.

9. Did Adam Exist?

40 pages | Direct Price: $4.99 $4.00 | Booklet | Christian Answers to Hard Questions series | SAMPLE CHAPTER

Summary—Can we still believe in a historical Adam? Vern Poythress offers a theologically and scientifically informed evaluation of the claims that genetic analyses show Adam could not have existed.