Special Sale

Now is the time to stock up on gifts for the upcoming holidays. Grab these great books at great prices while you can!


Theology

Anointed with the Spirit and Power: The Holy Spirit’s Empowering Presence by JOHN D. HARVEY

Traces the theme of Holy Spirit empowerment from Genesis to Revelation, giving special attention to the Spirit’s involvement in the life, ministry, and mission of Jesus Christ.

#017-2, paperback, $14.99, SALE $3.00

Christic Baptism and Patristic Baptism: An Inquiry into the Meaning of the Word as Determined by the Usage of the Holy Scriptures and Patristic Writings by JAMES W. DALE

An inquiry into the meaning of ‘baptizo’ in the holy Scriptures and patristic writings.

#234-0, paperback, $19.99, SALE $3.00

Johannic Baptism: An Inquiry into the Meaning of the Word as Determined by the Usage of the Holy Scriptures by JAMES W. DALE

An inquiry into the meaning of ‘baptizo’ in the Holy Scriptures.

#232-6, paperback, $19.99, SALE $3.00

John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings, Vol. 1 by JOHN M. FRAME

A collection of short, pointed essays from John Frame stating some of his teachings in theological method, apologetics, and the Christian life. Includes an introduction to his signature concept of “perspectivalism.”

#731-7, paperback, $16.99, SALE $4.00

John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings, Volume 3 by JOHN FRAME

Frame’s short, pointed essays give insights into battles within the Reformed camp, clarify theological concepts, and introduce some of his main ideas in theological method, apologetics, and the Christian life.

#189-8, paperback, $22.99, SALE $4.00

Kingdoms Apart: Engaging the Two Kingdoms Perspective by RYAN C. MCILHENNY

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.

#435-4, paperback, $24.99, SALE $4.00

Life Everlasting: The Unfolding Story of Heaven by DAN C. BARBER & ROBERT A. PETERSON

Life Everlasting is about heaven—our final salvation. In looking forward to our participation in the new heavens and new earth, we often seek information in the wrong places, so what does the Bible actually say?

#165-0, paperback, $17.99, SALE $3.00

The Nearness of God: His Presence with His People by J. LANIER BURNS

Christianity is unique because of the intimate nature of the relationship between God and his people. Develops the Christ-centeredness throughout Scripture by keynoting the Son’s incarnation in John’s gospel.

#056-1, paperback, $17.99, SALE $3.00

Waiting for the Land: The Story Line of the Pentateuch by ARIE C. LEDER

Leder demonstrates how the Israelites’ waiting for their Promised Land should reshape our reading of the Pentateuch as a coherent and progressive story and should aff ect our waiting for heaven.

#196-1, paperback, $17.99, SALE $3.00 


Apologetics

Come, Let Us Reason Together: The Unity of Jews and Gentiles in the Church by BARUCH MAOZ

Baruch Maoz offers a better way to retain Jewish cultural identity without losing fellowship with other Christians.

#406-4, paperback, $19.99, SALE $4.00

Consider the Lilies: A Plea for Creational Theology by T. M. MOORE

An artful introduction to creational theology, the discovery and celebration of God’s glory through what he has made. Helps us to develop skills for doing theology with the world around us.

#716-1, paperback, $16.99, SALE $2.00

God the Real Superpower: Rethinking Our Role in Missions by J. NELSON JENNINGS

Jennings analyzes our multifaceted assumptions about missions, suggesting constructive perspectives of God, ourselves, and others.

#023-3, paperback, $21.99, SALE $2.00

Keep Going: Overcoming Doubts about Your Faith by NEIL MARTIN

Keep Going offers practical help to Christians struggling with their beliefs. It deals frankly, thoroughly, sympathetically, and biblically with questions about assurance, judgment, biblical authenticity, and the existence of God.

#087-5, paperback, $16.99, SALE $3.00 


Christian Living

Discovering the Joy of a Clear Conscience by CHRISTOPHER ASH

Ash examines what the conscience is, what a guilty conscience tells us, the choice our conscience presents us, and the conscience’s role as a guide, to offer us the pure joy of a clear conscience day after day.

#703-4, paperback, $12.99, SALE $2.00

Domesticated Jesus by HARRY L. KRAUS JR.

We all “domesticate” Jesus by letting him into our lives only until we feel threatened. Kraus provides a hard-hitting look at this atrocity, challenging us to see Jesus as the treasure he truly is.

#185-8, paperback, $11.99, SALE $2.00

Fools Rush In Where Monkeys Fear to Tread: Taking Aim at Everyone by CARL R. TRUEMAN

A collection of the best of Carl Trueman’s articles on church and culture. This is a compelling, challenging, and sometimes uproarious look at how the world and the church intersect.

#405-7, paperback, $14.99, SALE $3.00

Gospel-Powered Humility by WILLIAM P. FARLEY

Humility, while essential for conversion and sanctification, may be the least emphasized virtue. Farley shows how ours is a humbling gospel, stressing the need for a ministry that promotes humility.

#240-4, paperback, $12.99, SALE $2.00 

Grace Works! (And Ways We Think It Doesn’t) by DOUGLAS BOND

When the church downplays the gospel, it breeds its own assassins: moralists who yawn at the notion of free grace in Christ alone. Sounding the alarm, Bond offers encouragement and biblical solutions.

#743-0, paperback, $12.99, SALE $4.00

I Will Be Your God: How God’s Covenant Enriches Our Lives by T. M. MOORE

Provides a clear, compelling look at God’s covenant and encourages a more covenantal outlook and lifestyle on the part of Christian men and women.

#558-7, paperback, $13.99, SALE $3.00

Prayer PathWay: Journeying in a Life of Prayer by KATHI LAMBRIDES WESTLUND

Do you lack a personal prayer routine? Structured around the mnemonic PRAYERS, Westlund’s guide uses eternal biblical truth, timeless wisdom from sages, and practical tools to inspire you to succeed.

#242-0, hardcover, $22.99, SALE $5.00

The Problem of Good: When the World Seems Fine without God edited by D. MARION CLARK

These essays tackle questions raised by God’s common grace: Do moral non-Christians really need the gospel? How do we respond to impressive non-Christian contributions to culture and society?

#870-3, paperback, $14.99, SALE $5.00

Small Things, Big Things: Inspiring Stories of Everyday Grace by MICHAEL A. MILTON

Milton takes you on a journey through experiences, events, relationships, and private recollections—all pursuing the goal of finding God’s grace at work in everyday life.

#145-2, paperback, $12.99, SALE $3.00

Songs in the Night: How God Transforms Our Pain to Praise by MICHAEL A. MILTON

A warm, pastoral, and personal guide to seeking the God of all comfort in the midst of our pain. Learn how painful experiences can bring us hope, togetherness, and salvation.

#221-3, paperback, $14.99, SALE $3.00

Teaching for a Change: A Transformational Approach to Education by NORMAN DE JONG

Reveals the need for a more biblical, Christian philosophy of education in a country that has become secular. A look at the basic truths that should mold our educational endeavors.

#176-3, paperback, $14.99, SALE $3.00

What My Golden Retriever Taught Me about God by RHONDA MCRAE

Does God care about his creatures? Does he care about you? Sadie, a golden retriever, gives us a hint in this beautiful story of dog and master.

#163-6, hardcover, $11.99, SALE $2.00

Where Is God in All of This?: Finding God’s Purpose in Our Suffering by DEBORAH HOWARD

Take a biblical look at the ways God uses suffering to mold us into who he intends us to be. Shows us how to see suff ering through a spiritual lens.

#124-7, paperback, $9.99, SALE $2.00


Church Ministry

Divided We Fall: Overcoming a History of Christian Disunity by LUDER G. WHITLOCK JR.

Whitlock explores God’s desire for Christian unity—a true ecumenism. He overviews the history of Christianity, particularly its schisms and agreements, and points us toward the necessity of God-honoring fellowship.

#192-6, paperback, $14.99, SALE $4.00

Finding a Vision for Your Church: Assembly Required by MICHAEL A. MILTON

Tested, biblical ideas to get everyone in the church involved in helping the congregation to grow. Each chapter develops an awareness, provides questions for review, and includes prayers by elders and ministers.

#438-5, paperback, $14.99, SALE $2.00 

God’s Lyrics: Rediscovering Worship through Old Testament Songs by DOUGLAS SEAN O’DONNELL

O’Donnell examines the significance of Old Testament songs and shows, through the person and work of Jesus Christ, how the lyrics of God’s Word apply to congregational singing today.

#172-8, paperback, $15.99, SALE $4.00 

Let the Earth Hear His Voice: Strategies for Overcoming Bottlenecks in Preaching God’s Word by GREG R. SCHARF

Preachers speak for God. Do they do so faithfully and clearly? Scharf gives diagnoses, strategies, and exercises for overcoming eight common bottlenecks that (humanly speaking) can clog a sermon’s message.

#042-6, paperback, $17.99, SALE $3.00 

On the Brink: Grace for the Burned-Out Pastor by CLAY WERNER

Pastors and church leaders, are you physically exhausted and mentally and spiritually spent? Are you ready to throw in the towel and sit on the sidelines?

#898-7, paperback, $12.99, SALE $2.00

Our Creed: For Every Culture and for Every Generation by MARK G. JOHNSTON

Presents the Apostles’ Creed in a fresh and appealing manner that speaks to our postmodern culture. The perfect tool for membership classes, small groups, and Sunday school.

#448-4, paperback, $11.99, SALE $3.00

The Prayer of Jehoshaphat: Seeing beyond Life’s Storms by STANLEY D. GALE

Develops King Jehoshaphat’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 20 to give us focus, stability, strength, courage, and direction in times of great distress.

#062-2, paperback, $12.99, SALE $2.00 

Sermons That Shaped America: Reformed Preaching from 1630 to 2001 edited by WILLIAM S. BARKER & SAMUEL T. LOGAN JR.

An anthology of 18 sermons preached in American pulpits between 1630 and 2001 from Cotton to Keller. These sermons possess historical signifi cance and spiritual power.

#003-2, paperback, $19.99, SALE $5.00

Should We Leave Our Churches?: A Biblical Response to Harold Camping by J. LIGON DUNCAN III & MARK R. TALBOT

A concise critique of the view that the institutional church, guilty of apostasy, should disband, ceasing its clerical ministries and its administration of the sacraments.

#788-8, paperback, $5.99, SALE $2.00

What Is Your Church’s Personality?: Discovering and Developing the Ministry Style of Your Church by PHILIP D. DOUGLASS

Th is book examines how churches differ in their size, structure, and purpose, but they also differ in ministry style. They differ in the same way that two people do.

#022-6, paperback, $19.99, SALE $2.00


Youth

God’s Servant Job: A Poem with a Promise by DOUGLAS BOND

God’s Servant Job tells the story of God’s faithful servant Job in verse. This beautifully illustrated book explains foundational theology for younger children as it points to a glorious Redeemer.

#734-8, paperback, $9.99, SALE $2.00

The Great Escape: 40 Faith-Building Lessons from History by CHRISTINE FARENHORST

Educational devotionals based on historical people and events, with insightful questions at the end of each. They encourage families to talk about what God has done in their lives and in the lives of historical Christians.

#729-1, paperback, $9.99, SALE $2.00

The Huddle: Becoming a Champion for Life by SHAWN BROWER

The Huddle comprehensively prepares and equips high-school and college-level athletes to be successful on the field and, using the metaphor of a team huddle, in their relationships and all of life.

#668-6, paperback, $14.99, SALE $2.00


Biblical Reference

The Imitation of Christ in the Gospel of Luke: Growing in Christlike Love for God and Neighbor by C. D. “JIMMY” AGAN III

Using Luke’s Gospel, Jimmy Agan demonstrates that we can—and must—follow Christ’s example if we embrace him as savior, and anchors this teaching to a sound, Reformed, biblical interpretation.

#216-9, paperback, $17.99, SALE $3.00

Jesus and His Enemies by PAUL YEULETT

Paul Yeulett examines the opposition Jesus encountered—demonic, political, religious, emotional, physical, and spiritual—and helps us understand why it faced him and continues to face us today.

#832-1, paperback, $12.99, SALE $3.00


Bible Study

Living Story Series by ELIZABETH REYNOLDS TURNAGE

A meaningful and encouraging study of God’s grand story of grace helps you to see where your own story fits. Engaging questions allow you to apply not only the study, but the entire story itself, to your own life. Unique sections help you to engage Scripture and live out the gospel in your own story.

Learning God’s Story of Grace, Vol. 1

#243-5, spiral, $12.99, SALE $2.00

Living God’s Story of Grace, Vol. 2

#439-2, spiral, $12.99, SALE $2.00

Loving in God’s Story of Grace, Vol. 3

#847-5, spiral, $12.99, SALE $2.00

Psalms of Promise: Celebrating the Majesty and Faithfulness of God, 2nd Ed. by E. CALVIN BEISNER

In this devotional exposition of nineteen select psalms. Beisner explores what the Psalms tell us about the character of God and his relationship with his people—his covenant of grace.

#107-7, paperback, $10.99, SALE $2.00

Treasures of Faith: Living Boldly in View of God’s Promises by CHUCK & SHARON BETTERS

Chuck and Sharon Betters have learned to let go of attachments to this life and, in faith, serve God in a broken world.

#096-4, paperback, $12.99, SALE $3.00

Leader’s Guide (Treasures of Faith)

#094-0, paperback, $11.99, SALE $2.00


Ethics

Prodigal Press: Confronting the Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media, Revised and Updated by MARVIN OLASKY & WARREN COLE SMITH

This book reveals how the American news media shifted from a Christian worldview to secular humanism, radically altering what the media covers and how it is reported.

#597-9, paperback, $17.99, SALE $3.00

Redeeming Pop Culture: A Kingdom Approach by T. M. MOORE

Helps us understand popular culture, which confronts and challenges us daily. Fosters an appreciation of this phenomenon without compromising our calling to seek first the kingdom of God.

#576-1, paperback, $11.99, SALE $2.00


Reformed Traditions

B. B. Warfield: Essays on His Life and Thought edited by GARY L. W. JOHNSON

A multicontributor work with chapters covering Warfi eld’s life, his view of biblical inspiration, relations to Machen and the fundamentalists, his supposed rationalism, racial attitudes, and the Briggs trial.

#037-0, paperback, $19.99, SALE $4.00

The Piety of John Calvin edited by FORD LEWIS BATTLES

An anthology that promotes “a warm personal grasp” of Calvin. Collectively shows the Christian life as Calvin understood it by including his prayers, poetry, prose, and music for his psalms.

#059-9, paperback, $19.99, SALE $4.00

Dictionary of the Presbyterian & Reformed Tradition in America by D. G. HART

Over 375 entries cover the ideas, events, people, movements, practices, institutions, and denominations that have made up this tradition from the earliest days to now.

#021-9, paperback, $16.99, SALE $4.00

The Essential Trinity: New Testament Foundations and Practical Relevance edited by BRANDON D. CROWE and CARL R. TRUEMAN

With a special focus on the New Testament corpus, The Essential Trinity explores this vital doctrine and shows how it leads to useful, practical application in life and ministry.

#298-7, paperback, $19.99, SALE $4.00

Eyes to See, Ears to Hear: Essays in Memory of J. Alan Groves by PETER ENNS, DOUGLAS J. GREEN, & MICHAEL B. KELLY

J. Alan Groves was a pioneer of modern biblical studies who used computers to analyze the Hebrew Old Testament. Th ese articles have been collected to honor his work.

#122-3, paperback, $24.99, SALE $3.00

A Faith Once Delivered: Essays in Honor of Dr. Wayne R. Spear edited by ANTHONY T. SELVAGGIO

Covers theological topics at the core of the Westminster Confession’s theology, such as justification, adoption, the kingship of Christ, the doctrine of Scripture, covenant theology, the atonement, and Christian liberty.

#020-2, paperback, $22.99, SALE $3.00 

For the World: Essays in Honor of Richard L. Pratt Jr. edited by JUSTIN S. HOLCOMB & GLENN LUCKE

This volume in honor of Richard broadly covers his lifelong themes of biblical studies, theological studies, hermeneutics, the kingdom of God, ministry training, missions, evangelism, and biblical education for the world.

#728-7, paperback, $17.99, SALE $4.00

George Whitefield: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought by JAMES L. SCHWENK

A concise overview of the life and writings of preacher and missionary George Whitefield. Includes excerpts from Whitefield’s personal correspondence with John Wesley as well as three full-length sermons.

#521-4, paperback, $14.99, SALE $3.00

The Hope Fulfilled: Essays in Honor of O. Palmer Robertson edited by ROBERT L. PENNY

Does the gospel of Christ have a future in our increasingly secular world? J. Gresham Machen pondered that question in the writings that comprise this thought-provoking booklet.

#115-5, paperback, $29.99, SALE $2.00 

Letters from the Front: J. Gresham Machen’s Correspondence from World War I transcribed and edited by BARRY WAUGH

In World War I, J. Gresham Machen left his teaching position to work with the YMCA behind the trenches. Read transcriptions of his correspondence with family.

#479-8, paperback, $24.99, SALE $5.00

Letters of Geerhardus Vos edited by JAMES T. DENNISON JR.

Geerhardus Vos was a pioneer in biblical theology. Dennison, a well-known Vos scholar, collects for the first time all of Vos’s extant letters, many written to such luminaries as Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, B. B. Warfield, and J. Gresham Machen.

#187-9, hardcover, $29.99, SALE $5.00

“Right Reason” and the Princeton Mind: An Unorthodox Proposal by PAUL K. HELSETH

Examination of the Old Princetonians’ writings, showing what Alexander, Hodge, Warfield, and others actually believed regarding the power of reason.

#143-8, paperback, $21.99, SALE $2.00 

Speaking the Truth in Love: The Theology of John M. Frame edited by JOHN J. HUGHES

A festschrift honoring Frame’s career in seminary teaching that analyzes his work in the fields of theology, apologetics, ethics, worship, the church, and others.

#164-3, hardcover, $59.99, SALE $10.00


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3 New Releases Today — Great Thinkers Series

We have 3 new releases today — all 3 are in the Great Thinkers series.

David Hume by James N. Anderson

About

David Hume (1711–1776)

Through his pursuit of a naturalistic grounding for morality and his forceful critique of supernaturalism, Scottish philosopher David Hume significantly undermined confidence in orthodox Christianity.

Professor, minister, and philosopher James Anderson summarizes the major points of Hume’s thought and offers a critical assessment from a distinctively Reformed perspective. He shows that Hume’s arguments, far from refuting the Christian worldview, indirectly support that worldview by exposing the self-defeating implications of naturalism. Deepen your understanding of this immensely influential thinker, and you will be better able to engage with today’s secular challenges to faith.

Endorsements

“An uncommonly successful introduction, explanation, and assessment of the work of one of the most influential authors of the last three hundred years. Anderson’s account of Hume’s project, method, and principal conclusions is clear, accessible, and philosophically perceptive. In a remarkably short space, Anderson gives a very strong overview of Hume that makes Hume’s importance easy to understand. His assessment of the success of Hume’s overall project and individual assertions is rich, biblically serious, consistently Reformed, and likely to edify readers regardless of their previous exposure to Hume’s works.”

—Bill Davis, Professor of Philosophy, Covenant College; former member, Hume Society

“The skepticism of David Hume has frightened many who have sought to follow Christ. But James Anderson’s book shows that it is the followers of Hume who should be frightened. Anderson presents an account of Hume that is accurate and comprehensive, yet concise. It is easy to follow. And it shows clearly where Hume went wrong, and how his errors illumine the biblical alternative. Hume fell into skepticism because he failed to think God’s thoughts after him.”

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

“James Anderson’s book on David Hume is a masterly summary and critique of one of the most important and influential philosophers in modern Western history. With clarity and insight, Anderson presents the overall structure of Hume’s philosophical work, as well as devastating criticisms of Hume’s epistemological project. Once read and grasped, this book will provide the context and proper, Christian critique for anyone wanting to pursue further study in Hume, or in Western thought since Hume. I am glad to have Anderson’s book in my library.”

—K. Scott Oliphint, Dean of Faculty, Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary


Francis Bacon by David C. Innes

About

Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

We live in Francis Bacon’s world. Before him, populations had been subject to plague and famine on a scale difficult to imagine today. In arguing that nature could be understood and put to human service, Bacon changed the course of history, saving countless lives.

In his quest to conquer nature, Bacon became the father of modern science but, as such, he introduced the scientism that has shaped the world since. In this engaging critical work, Innes provides a compelling Reformed analysis of a complex man’s complex legacy—and in so doing, shows us how to engage thoughtfully with scientific philosophies and technologies that surround us today.

Endorsements

“Innes gives an insightful analysis of the sixteenth-century thinker Francis Bacon, whose vision was foundational to the rise of empirical science and technology. Indeed, Baconianism has become part of the very intellectual air we breathe, which is why it is crucial for Christians to think critically about Bacon’s influence—both on Western culture and on our own thinking. Innes skillfully disentangles the elements in Bacon’s thought that are compatible with biblical truth . . . from the elements that are contrary to biblical truth, and therefore destructive both personally and socially. . . . Innes is a reliable guide, and this book will be especially helpful to readers concerned about how science and technology have shaped the modern worldview.”

—Nancy R. Pearcey, Professor of Apologetics and Scholar-in-Residence, Houston Baptist University

“Francis Bacon is a key figure in introducing a new way of thinking about the world, at the heart of which is optimistic reliance on scientific method. David Innes has given us a nuanced, thoughtful, and critical introduction to Francis Bacon, in his life and thought. His book moves from Bacon’s views to assess the larger issues about science and its dominating role in modern aspirations for knowledge, power, and happiness. I heartily recommend the book as a path for rethinking the role of science from a Christian point of view.”

—Vern S. Poythress, Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach

“Fascinating study of the controversial role played by Francis Bacon in fashioning the worldview of modern science. While keenly appreciating the many benefits of science and technology, Innes probes the darker side of Bacon’s thought that helped give rise to a scientific enterprise largely unbound by moral restraint. Subtle, provocative, and exquisitely relevant to our current culture.”

—John G. West, Vice President, Discovery Institute; editor, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society; author, Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science


Karl Rahner by Camden M. Bucey

About

Karl Rahner (1904–1984)

Arguably the most influential Catholic theologian of the twentieth century, Karl Rahner developed a theology that has influenced much of post-Vatican II Catholicism and its modern inclusivist approach to missions.

Despite his impact, little has been written on Rahner from a Reformed perspective. In this introduction and critique, Camden Bucey guides readers to an understanding of Rahner’s theology as a whole. Beginning with Rahner’s trinitarian theology, he moves through each of the traditional departments of theology to show how Rahner developed one basic idea from beginning to end.

Rahner set out to explain how God communicates himself to humanity, whom he created specifically for the purpose of fellowship with him. Once we trace this thread, we gain a deeper understanding of his thought and its reach today.

Endorsements

“If you want to understand present-day Roman Catholicism, you must come to terms with Vatican II (1962–65). Everything that Rome now teaches and does is filtered through it. But if you want to understand Vatican II itself, you need to know about Karl Rahner. . . . Part of the confused and naive attitude of contemporary evangelicals toward Rome depends on the lack of awareness of both Vatican II and Karl Rahner. This lucid book is a helpful introduction to this seminal Roman Catholic theologian whose language contains all the key Christian words (e.g., Trinity, Christ, humanity), but whose meaning is significantly different from that of straightforward biblical teaching. It is time that Reformed theologians do their homework in grasping what is at stake with contemporary Roman Catholicism.”

—Leonardo De Chirico, Pastor, Breccia di Roma; Lecturer, Historical Theology, IFED, Padova, Italy; Director, Reformanda Initiative

“Roman Catholic apologists often boast about their church’s antiquity but seldom mention modern Roman Catholic theology, which often sounds as modern as liberal Protestantism. Karl Rahner, one of the most influential Roman Catholic theologians of the twentieth century, whose prominence was evident at the Second Vatican Council, is one of the best examples of Roman Catholicism’s modernity. Camden Bucey’s fair-minded and careful assessment of Rahner’s theology is valuable in itself, but doubly so for anyone wanting an introduction to modern Roman Catholicism’s own contribution to liberal Christian theology.”

—D. G. Hart, Distinguished Associate Professor of History, Hillsdale College

“Though Karl Rahner is among the most significant Roman Catholic theologians of the twentieth century, he is little known (and seldom read) by evangelical and Reformed theologians. Camden Bucey’s fine study offers an excellent summary of Rahner’s Trinitarian theology that promises to redress this problem. He not only provides a helpful explanation of Rahner’s well-known Trinitarian axiom (‘the “economic” Trinity is the “immanent” Trinity’), but also locates it within the broader context of Rahner’s anthropocentric theology. While Bucey critically engages Rahner’s theology from a Reformed perspective, he does so throughout in a careful, irenic, and constructive fashion.”

—Cornelis P. Venema, President and Professor of Doctrinal Studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary


About the series

Great Thinkers is an academically, biblically, and theologically informed series that explores the seminal thoughts of leading philosophers who have shaped the modern world. Writing from a Reformed perspective, the authors in the series identify the most influential cultural features of each great thinker and the most apologetically effective ways to address these.


 

2 New Releases Today!

We have 2 new releases today, 11/11: Everyday Prayer with John Calvin by Donald K. McKim and Psalms 42–72 (REC) by Richard D. Phillips.

Everyday Prayer with John Calvin by Donald K. McKim

$15.99 | 136 Pages | Hardcover | SAMPLE CHAPTER

About

Prayer is central to the Christian life, which is why John Calvin spends more time on prayer than on any other topic in his Institutes of the Christian Religion.

Drawing from the Institutes and Calvin’s Old and New Testament commentaries, Donald K. McKim comments on Calvin’s biblical insights on prayer and intersperses his short readings with Calvin’s own prayers. Reflection questions and prayer points help you to meditate on Scripture, understand Calvin’s teaching, and strengthen your own prayer life.

Endorsements 

“Donald McKim draws on Calvin’s prayers to help us with our own. . . . This guide breathes spiritual passion, energy, and wisdom. If, like mine, your prayer life could use a little help, this book will be of immense value to you.”

—Michael S. Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

Everyday Prayer with John Calvin offers a helpful and thought-provoking guide to better understanding the purpose and practice of prayer in the Christian life. . . . There’s no better way to encounter Calvin at his best than in the reverence that he showed for the practice of prayer.”

—Jennifer Powell McNutt, Franklin S. Dyrness Chair of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, Wheaton College; Author, Calvin Meets Voltaire

“Calvin’s emphasis on the ministry of the Holy Spirit led him to engage with and encourage believers’ daily prayers. Donald McKim . . . gathers choice practical texts on prayer from Calvin’s writings and integrates them into digestible and uplifting biblical meditations. Everyday Prayer with John Calvin affords rich nourishment for your soul.”

—Peter A. Lillback, President, Westminster Theological Seminary

About the Author

Donald K. McKim has served as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), a professor of theology and academic dean at Memphis Seminary, a professor at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and an editor for Westminster John Knox Press. He is an award-winning author and editor.


Psalms 42–72 (REC) by Richard D. Phillips

$39.99 | 392 pages | Hardcover | Reformed Expository Commentary | SAMPLE CHAPTER

About

In the inspired poems of the Psalms, we find the full range of human emotions laid bare before the heart of God—and in settings familiar to our experience. The Psalms are songs that God himself teaches us to sing: songs of joy, songs of pain, songs of fear, and songs of faith.

Pastor-theologian Richard D. Phillips provides thoughtful, devotional commentary on the psalms of Book 2 (Psalms 42–72), which is distinctive for its variety of authors. He shows that in the spiritual walk of faith, these psalmists take believers by the hand and guide us in our communion with God, pointing always to Christ.

As are all Reformed Expository Commentaries, this book is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series 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

“In his exposition of Psalms 42–72, Phillips carefully explains the details of the Psalms in concise and clear language and consistently bridges the distance between the then of the ancient poems and the now of current life. Laypeople will benefit as they read the commentary with their Bibles open, and pastors will be instructed in how to turn their exegesis into meaningful sermons for their congregations.”

—Michael Barrett, VP for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean, Professor of Old Testament, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“Both informative to the mind and encouraging to the soul, Richard Phillips’s sermonic commentary leads the believer through valley and mountaintop to discover that wherever we are, our faithful God is there with us and will minister to our every need.”

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

“Richard Phillips has provided an excellent expositional commentary on the second book of the Psalter, Psalms 42–72. It is theologically rich and robust, and will be of great use to pastors as they prepare their sermons on this part of the Psalms. I am especially pleased with how the author looked toward Christ through these psalms.”

—John D. Currid, Chancellor’s Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Pastor Richard Phillips will open your eyes to the bright and dark hues of Psalms 42–72: confusion over God’s silence as evil prevails, appeal for God’s wrath to obliterate the defiant, protestations of righteousness, brokenhearted repentance, celebration of the King’s coming. . . . Best of all, along paths that fit these psalms’ diverse themes and moods, he leads us to Christ—his humble suffering, his just wrath, his overflowing grace, his incomparable majesty.”

—Dennis E. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

About the Author

Richard 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.


 

Circles: Knowing Your Role As A Friend Or Acquaintance | Loving Your Friend through Cancer

The following excerpt is chapter 2 of Loving Your Friend through Cancer: Moving beyond “I’m Sorry” to Meaningful Support by Marissa Henley.


Circles

Knowing Your Role as a Friend or Acquaintance

Our doorbell rang every Tuesday night at 5:30 for months. The young man at the door handed over a large half cheese, half pepperoni pizza without asking for payment. For the three young, picky eaters who lived under our roof, the weekly pizza delivery was a dream come true.

This kind gesture during my illness was arranged and paid for by a group of my husband’s colleagues. To this day, I still don’t know their names. They were not in our inner circle of friends. But they reached in from our outer circle of support and made a signifi cant impact on our family’s life for months.

If one of these men had offered to give me a ride to chemo, it would have felt awkward. I didn’t want them to fold my laundry or clean my toilets. But they knew that as acquaintances, one of their primary roles was to provide food, and they did so with generosity and thoughtfulness.

Knowing where you fall in your friend’s network of friends can help you determine the type of support to provide. She needs your support, regardless of whether you are in her inner circle of closest friends, a middle circle of friends and close acquaintances, or the outer circle of acquaintances. But the way you will support her should vary depending on how close your friendship is. Think of your friend as the center—the one who is experiencing the health crisis—and consider honestly where you stand in relation to her.

Determining Your Circle

In our social-media-obsessed culture, we often have a skewed perspective of the closeness of our friendships. Just because you know what your friend ate for dinner last night doesn’t mean you are in her small circle of best friends. Take time to realistically consider where you fall within your friend’s circles.

  • How often do you communicate outside of social media?
  • How often do you socialize?
  • Do you share personal information with each other beyond superficial facts and opinions?
  • Did she call you with the news of her diagnosis, or did you hear the news from others who are closer to her?

The inner circle includes her closest friends. Inner-circle friends talk, text, or visit frequently. Deeper discussions about your family, emotions, joys, and struggles form an essential aspect of your friendship. You know each other’s loved ones well. You are familiar with each other’s likes, dislikes, favorites, preferences, and personalities. When your basement floods, your baby won’t sleep, or your teenager makes you crazy, you’re in it together.

The middle circle includes friends with significant common interests. If you socialize occasionally, have more than a superficial relationship, or overlap in multiple spheres of life, you are probably in the middle circle. You may also be a middle-circle friend if you were in her inner circle in a previous season of life but don’t communicate on a weekly basis anymore.

Middle-circle friends have a significant level of common interest or large areas of overlap in their lives. Maybe you’ve been in a small group together at church, your kids play together frequently in the neighborhood, or you enjoy a common hobby. You share personal information beyond what you would share with an acquaintance, but you probably aren’t the first friend she would call in a crisis.

The outer circle includes acquaintances, online friends, and friends-of-friends who rally with support. If you know her well from one sphere of life but rarely socialize outside that sphere, you are probably an outer-circle friend. You chat after church on Sunday or at the gym. You keep in touch sporadically, but you don’t see each other beyond that one place where your lives overlap. You may relate primarily using social media. You know where she took her last vacation, but you don’t know her latest personal struggle.

To summarize, you can use this handy test to know your circle. Let’s talk about your friend’s dog for a minute:

  • If you know from firsthand experience that your friend has a dog, the dog’s name, and what the dog did last week to make your friend crazy, you’re an inner-circle friend.
  • If you know the dog’s name and have met the dog, you’re a middle-circle friend.
  • If the only reason you know that your friend has a dog is because she posts about the dog on social media, you’re an outer-circle friend.

If you’ve decided you’re an outer-circle friend, don’t put this book down! All the circles of friends have important roles to play. Remember our weekly pizza delivery? The population of someone’s inner circle is small by nature, and the middle and outer circles are larger. It’s likely that you will be in the middle or outer circles of most people who you know with cancer. But the support that you provide from those circles is valuable and critically important.

Once you’ve determined which circle most accurately describes your friendship, consider how your circle affects the support you should provide. Keep in mind that by showing up and supporting her consistently, you may find yourself moving inward among her circles of friends.

The Inner Circle

When you’re thirty-four years old and are praying for your husband’s next wife, you need a friend to share that pain with you. One early morning the week after my diagnosis, I sat curled up on my friend’s sofa, dressed in sweatpants with my bare feet tucked underneath me. We wrapped our hands around mugs of hot coffee and cried. I told her I wanted my husband to remarry quickly if I died. I confessed that I had been praying for God to provide a second wife for him and a stepmom for my kids. I asked her to speak up and let others know my wishes, so that no one would resent my husband if he started dating.

Having these gut-wrenching conversations is one of the roles of an inner-circle friend. Your friend needs a safe place to wrestle through her difficult emotions. Other primary responsibilities of inner-circle friends include

  • making sacrifices in order to serve your friend during this season of suffering
  • giving emotional and spiritual support
  • organizing the logistical support of other friends and acquaintances
  • providing childcare (since her children probably feel comfortable with you)
  • relaying information and support between your friend with cancer and her friends in the middle and outer circles
  • protecting your friend and her family from gossip
  • meeting other needs that require a close friend, such as accompanying her to medical appointments

When I was sick, my inner-circle friends sacrificed their own time, comfort, and convenience in order to serve me for several months. They cleaned my house, accompanied me to medical appointments, and even flew to Houston to care for me during chemotherapy treatments there. They organized several months of meals and made sure our logistical needs were covered. They served as a gate between the larger circles and me—protecting my time and my privacy while relaying information and needs to others.

My husband and I decided that our young children should be cared for by people they knew well in order to preserve stability for them. So this responsibility fell mainly to my inner-circle friends. They created an emotionally safe place for my kids during a remarkably unpredictable time in their lives. They took them on field trips and built gingerbread houses with them. And they sent me photos of my smiling children to encourage me when I couldn’t be with them.

My inner circle also served as a safe place for my emotions. With courage and compassion, they walked with me though my dark days of struggling with the implications of my diagnosis. They spent time in understanding the details of the cancer I faced and my treatment plan. They knew the names of my doctors and when my next appointments were. One of my best friends even kept a spreadsheet of my platelet numbers for months, looking for trends and predicting when they would bottom out during each round of chemo. They were aware of how I was feeling on a daily basis—throughout almost a year of treatment and months into my survivorship. My inner-circle friends understand that today I still struggle with emotional implications of that phone call in 2010.

My closest friends could not do all this while also bringing me meals three times a week. And so my inner circle mobilized others in the outer circles to meet certain logistical needs. Because your friend probably doesn’t want an acquaintance cleaning her bathroom or folding her underwear, some logistical tasks need to be done by an inner- or middle-circle friend. But those on the inside should delegate and communicate many of the logistical needs to the outer circles and should give them an opportunity to serve. Consider setting up a meal calendar or an online sign-up list to organize her needs. Your friend probably doesn’t have the mental energy to devote to organizational tasks right now, and it will be difficult for her to know how to handle the onslaught of offers to help.

As an inner-circle friend, you will have information about your friend that is not meant for public knowledge. One of your roles is to protect your friend from gossip. She has a sensational, and potentially tragic, story. In our fallen nature, we are tempted to gossip about tragic stories. Resist the temptation to share information without your friend’s permission. In situations when you are unsure of what to share, it’s best to keep quiet or only share information that your friend has already shared publicly. If you hear others sharing gossip, step in and stand up for her.

Most importantly, ask your friend what she’d like you to say when people ask how she’s doing. If she’s struggling with how to respond, suggest a response and ask her what she thinks. For example, if she’d rather not share much information, suggest something simple: “Thank you for asking. She really would appreciate your prayers for her healing!” If she’d like to give a little more detail, suggest: “Thank you for asking. She starts treatment next month and would appreciate your prayers for complete restoration.” But remember, as an inner-circle friend, you should have a response ready because you are sure to receive questions about your friend’s condition. Knowing how you will respond will prevent you from being caught off guard, ensure that you honor your friend, and help you quell the rumor mill.

The Middle Circle

The text message was very specific: Callie, a young newlywed I had mentored the year before, let me know she had free time each morning before work. She asked if there were tasks she could cover on a regular basis—maybe she could drive one of my children to school?

This offer from a middle-circle friend met a huge need. One of my best friends (who had just had her fourth baby) was covering my share of our preschool carpool each week. So Callie began driving my son and my friend’s daughter to preschool once a week, lessening the burden on my close friend and me.

Just as the circles of friends form concentric circles around the cancer patient, the responsibilities of the circles of friends also form concentric circles. Imagine the territory of the inner-circle friends as being the patient and the inside of her home: her emotions, her children, and her toilets. The realm of the middle circle is just beyond the home: the yard, transportation, errands, communicating support via mail or electronic communication, and popping into the home for short visits.

Here are the primary responsibilities of middle-circle friends:

  • providing emotional support by checking in with your friend at least weekly
  • assisting with logistical needs such as yard work, transportation, meals, and errands
  • visiting her
  • assisting inner-circle friends with logistical responsibilities of a personal nature, if needed

You should check in with your friend on a regular basis—every week or so—and set reminders if you won’t remember on your own. But understand that you may not always hear back from her. Preface your messages by saying, “You don’t have to write me back.” Consistently and repeatedly let her know that you are thinking of her and care about her. Pray for your friend, let her know you are praying, and encourage her with promises from God’s Word.

Appropriate logistical tasks for middle-circle friends include doing yard work, bringing meals, getting cars serviced, providing transportation to medical appointments, and running errands. Offer to pick up groceries when you’re at the store, ask whether she needs anything from the pharmacy, or give her kids a ride to school or to extracurricular activities.

Chapter 7 includes a detailed list of logistical ways to serve your friend. Consider how you can serve her family, and make a specific offer of help. Depending on how private your friend is and how extensive her logistical needs are, you may or may not be called on for the inner-circle responsibilities.

Ask your friend if she’d enjoy visitors, but keep your visits short. Give her the opportunity to share how she’s feeling about her diagnosis, and let her guide the conversation. Follow her lead if she changes the subject—she may not feel comfortable baring her soul to you just yet.

The Outer Circle

When I was sick, I loved getting notes in the mail. I received a note from the mother of our friend Jennifer, whose husband attended school with my husband. And then I started getting notes from the friends of Jennifer’s mom. I’ve never met her, but she asked several people to pray for me and encourage me. I’m thankful for her willingness to reach out to a stranger with compassionate and sincere support. She is one example of the many outer-circle friends who intentionally showed their concern by sending me notes, prayers, and casseroles.

The outer circle includes acquaintances who rarely socialize outside of a common interest or who primarily interact online. As a member of the outer circle, you have these primary responsibilities:

  • Bring food.
  • Communicate support.
  • Pray. Bring more food.

During my cancer treatment, my family received meals three times a week for eight months. That’s over a hundred meals, and it wouldn’t have happened without a large outer circle committed to feeding us! If your friend’s treatment lasts several months, you may need to bring her multiple meals.

You should regularly communicate your support—even if it is just a short message that says, “I’m praying for you today!” Remember that cancer can be isolating, and she needs to hear constantly from her crowd of cheerleaders. When I posted updates on my CaringBridge website, I was so encouraged by the guest-book messages. Along with social media comments, these guest-book messages were easy ways for others to communicate their support without requiring a response from me.

Please don’t stop praying for your friend. She needs your prayers for healing, strength, comfort, and peace. Consider organizing a prayer meeting and join with others to pray. Text or email your prayers to your friend. Add her name to the intercessory prayer list at your church. If she posts public social media updates, share them with others and ask for their prayers. Then let her know of your constant, continued prayers. I cherished every note I received that let me know someone was praying for me. (See chapter 10 for specific ways you can lift up your friend in prayer.)

Outer-circle friends can also rally to meet financial needs caused by your friend’s medical expenses or time away from work. A large network of supporters who each have a little to give can significantly ease your friend’s financial burdens. Be aware of fundraising efforts, and show your support by contributing if you are able. You might consider organizing others to give, whether through an online effort, a live event, or the sale of T-shirts or other products to raise money for her medical bills.

You might also look for ways to support inner-circle friends who are making frequent sacrifices in order to serve your friend. On occasion, a mutual friend provided a meal for my friend as she spent time caring for my children. It was a beautiful example of the body of Christ working together.

Remember, these guidelines are meant to be helpful ideas, not hard-and-fast rules. Use prayerful discernment to know how God is calling you to serve and support your friend. Ask your friend directly, or those in her inner circle, how you can serve most helpfully.


ACTION STEPS TO CONSIDER

All friends:

☐ Consider realistically where you fall in her circle of friends.

☐ Use the examples given in this chapter to prayerfully consider how you can help with your friend’s unique needs.

☐ Avoid the urge to gossip or share what you know about your friend’s condition (unless she’s given you permission to share).

☐ Set a weekly alarm or calendar entry to remind you to communicate your love and support through a text, email, or phone call.

☐ Keep gently pursuing your friend, even if she doesn’t respond.

☐ Read Resource 2.1: A Biblical View of Community for a better understanding of the importance of the community surrounding your friend.

☐ If both you and she are married, go a step further and hand your husband Resource 2.2: A Letter to Your Husband about Her Husband, so that your family can get involved in supporting her family as well.

Inner-circle friends:

☐ Listen and provide encouragement as she grapples with difficult emotions.

☐ Ease the burden on your friend by serving as a point person to relay updates and needs to the middle and outer circles.

☐ Care for her children, provide stability and fun, and be aware of their emotional needs.

☐ Assist with logistical tasks that are private in nature, such as accompanying her to medical appointments.

Middle-circle friends:

☐ Check in frequently with your friend to communicate support without expecting a response.

☐ Perform tasks that are essential but slightly less personal, such as yard work, transportation, or running errands.

☐ Visit her, but keep it short.

Outer-circle friends:

☐ Communicate support in ways that don’t necessitate a response.

☐ Bring food, and do so repeatedly if her treatment is lengthy.

☐ Pray without ceasing.

☐ Participate in fundraising efforts.

☐ Support those in the inner and middle circles.


 

NEW RELEASE — The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship, Revised and Expanded by Robert Letham

Now available: The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship, Revised and Expanded by Robert Letham.

About

Robert Letham’s award winning The Holy Trinity receives a well-considered update in a revised and expanded new edition. Letham examines the doctrine of the Trinity’s biblical foundations and traces its historical development before engaging critical issues. This new edition addresses developments in Augustine studies, teaching on the Trinity and election in Barth studies, East-West relations, and evangelical disputes on the relation of the Son to the Father.

 

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson

Preface to the First Edition

Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition

Abbreviations

Introduction

Part 1: Biblical Foundations

1. Old Testament Background

2. Jesus and the Father

3. The Holy Spirit and Triadic Patterns

Excursus: Ternary Patterns in Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

Part 2: Historical Development

4. Early Trinitarianism

5. The Arian Controversy

6. Athanasius

7. The Cappadocians

8. The Council of Constantinople (A.D. 381)

9. Augustine

10. East and West: The Filioque Controversy

11. East and West: The Paths Diverge

12. John Calvin (1509–64)

Excursus: A Post-Reformation Development

Part 3: Modern Discussion

13. Karl Barth (1886–1968)

14. Rahner, Moltmann, and Pannenberg

15. Under Eastern Eyes: Bulgakov, Lossky, and Staniloae

16. Thomas F. Torrance (1913–2007)

Part 4: Critical Issues

17. The Trinity and the Incarnation

18. The Trinity, Worship, and Prayer

19. The Trinity, Creation, and Missions

20. The Trinity and Persons

Glossary

Bibliography

Index of Scripture

Index of Subjects and Names

 

Endorsements

“Robert Letham’s outstanding book (this substantially updated and expanded version is even better than the first) covers all the bases well, and yet still leaves us in awe of the incomprehensible mystery of our triune God.”

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

“The ancient doctrine of the Trinity has stirred up new discussion since Letham’s acclaimed first edition, but the author has kept up with what has been going on. . . . Letham continues to display more of his learning and more of his characteristic watchfulness when met by the latest Trinitarian neologisms and analogies.”

—Paul Helm, Emeritus Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, King’s College, London

“Letham is a master of historical theology. He brings his immense learning to bear on many contemporary Trinitarian issues in an astute and compelling way. Anyone who reads this work will be greatly informed and enriched.”

—George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

“In this carefully constructed second edition of his important book on the Trinity, Robert Letham forcefully and convincingly demonstrates exactly why the classical doctrine of the Trinity, rightly understood, is indispensable not only for all aspects of theology but for ecumenical agreement today.”

—Paul D. Molnar, Professor of Systematic Theology, St. John’s University, Queens

 

The Author

Robert Letham (MAR, ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary; PhD, Aberdeen University) is professor of systematic and historical theology at Union School of Theology in Bridgend, Wales, and the author of a number of books, including The Holy Trinity, The Lord’s Supper, and Union with Christ.