Excerpt from Prone to Wander

Below is an excerpt from Prone to Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration by Wayne Duguid Houk & Barbara R. Duguid and edited by Iain M. Duguid.

These prayers open with a scriptural call of confession, confess specific sins, thank the Father for Jesus’ perfect life and death in our place, ask for help of the Spirit in pursuing holiness, and close with an assurance of pardon.

Inspired by the Puritan classic The Valley of Vision, these prayers were developed for both personal devotions and church use.

WORSHIPING THE KING


CALL TO CONFESSION: ISAIAH 45:22–25

“Turn to me and be saved,

all the ends of the earth!

For I am God, and there is no other.

By myself I have sworn;

from my mouth has gone out in righteousness

a word that shall not return:

‘To me every knee shall bow,

every tongue shall swear allegiance.’

 

“Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me,

are righteousness and strength;

to him shall come and be ashamed

all who were incensed against him.

In the Lord all the offspring of Israel

shall be justified and shall glory.”


PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Heavenly Father and King,

We come to you today as people who would rather govern our own lives than submit to your rule and shepherding. Instead of bowing down in reverence, full of awe and wonder that you, the almighty creator King of the universe should stoop so low to love and care for us, we often treat you as a servant who should do our bidding and meet all our desires. Instead of honoring the wonderful and merciful Father that you are to us, we run from your goodness and love toward the false and dangerous hopes of our desires and idolatries. Our inability to discipline our wandering ways results in incredible brokenness in our lives and relationships: our families, friends, and coworkers have often become the recipients as well as the source of our sin and pain.

Jesus, thank you for worshiping your Father with unwavering faith and unshakable hope on our behalf. Fully knowing and cherishing his true character, you submitted to his wisdom and trusted him completely in all the circumstances of your life. You ran to him often in your times of need and never turned toward false gods. The brokenness that entered this holy family was not the result of self-promotion or idolatry, but came from the willing sacrifice you made to be separated from your Father in an eternal payment for our sin. Now your obedience is ours, and we are so grateful to be united to you and defined by your righteousness instead of our own.

Holy Spirit, we are utterly feeble and weak, and we need your power at work in us. Help us to know and worship our God as he is, our King and Father who loves us passionately in the middle of our perverse foolishness. Press the truth of your gospel deep into our souls so that we see the work of our triune God: the Father, the radiant Potentate of time, and the lover of our souls; Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, humble, weary, bleeding for us, but at the same time the glorious Lamb upon the throne, crowned with many crowns, and worshiped by angelic hosts; and the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who is graciously at work in our hearts and lives. Cause us to know and feel God’s great love for us until we are transformed into people who love others deeply because of a great sense of our own need and an undeniable sense of our forgiveness and adoption. Open our lips to join the heavenly worship service and sing praises to our heavenly King, today, tomorrow, and forevermore. Amen.


ASSURANCE OF PARDON: PSALM 138:1–8

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;

before the gods I sing your praise;

I bow down toward your holy temple

and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love

and your faithfulness,

for you have exalted above all things

your name and your word.

On the day I called, you answered me;

my strength of soul you increased.

 

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks,

O Lord,

for they have heard the words of your mouth,

and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,

for great is the glory of the Lord.

For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,

but the haughty he knows from afar.

 

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

you preserve my life;

you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,

and your right hand delivers me.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;

your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.

Do not forsake the work of your hands.


HYMNS

“Crown Him with Many Crowns”

“Jesus Be My All”

“Jesus, Lover of My Soul”

“Wonderful, Merciful Savior”


Excerpt taken from pages 126-127 of Prone to Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration by Wayne Duguid Houk & Barbara R. Duguid and edited by Iain M. Duguid, copy­right 2014, P&R Pub­lish­ing, Phillips­burg, NJ.

D. A. Carson’s Foreword to How to Understand and Apply the New Testament by Andrew Naselli

Here is D. A. Carson’s foreword to How to Understand and Apply the New Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology:

FOREWORD

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MANY HAVE REMARKED that New Testament scholars who teach elementary Greek for twenty or thirty years very often decide to write their own introductory Greek grammars, firmly believing that the particular slant or emphases they introduce make their textbooks the best option in a sea of introductory Greek grammars. And indeed, each such volume tends to be very good when used by the scholar whose experience over two or three decades has produced it: the published work nicely fits the style and teaching priorities of that particular teacher. Some such works are too idiosyncratic to find broad popularity, of course, but the best of them win the approval of other teachers and gradually find their niche in the smorgasbord of introductory Greek grammars.

Something similar could be said about works designed to introduce students to New Testament exegesis. In this field, too, numerous handbooks of exegesis and introductions to exegesis have appeared over the last few decades. But this field is far more complex than the field of Greek grammar; indeed, Greek grammar is merely one topic within the comprehensive sweep of exegesis. As a result, there is far more scope for variations in emphasis, comprehensiveness, clarity, and the like.

And that’s where this book by Andy Naselli comes in. As a first-level introduction, there is nothing quite like it. The range of its topics is remarkable: literary genre, textual criticism, translation, grammar, phrase diagramming, historical-cultural and literary contexts, word studies, biblical theology, historical theology, systematic theology, practical theology—and two remarkable appendixes, about which more in a minute. Doubtless some teachers will prefer to include a little more of this, a little less of that. What is really striking about this introduction, however, is its combination of five strengths: (1) the range of topics that Dr. Naselli introduces is remarkable; (2) the mass of detail that he presents on most of the topics, without making the reader choke on the sheer quantity, is wholly impressive; (3) Dr. Naselli manages to combine an attention to little details with an eye on the big picture; (4) he knows how to organize his material in ways that are pedagogically helpful, not least to beginning students; and (5) he writes with rare clarity and simplicity. The book is a delight to read.

And then we remember the appendixes. The first one underscores the importance of (digital) filing systems and suggests in some detail one useful approach. Over the long haul, good and faithful exegesis demands the ability to find and retrieve good material, often material that one has already read. The second appendix tells us “Why and How to Memorize an Entire New Testament Book.” That’s not a separate topic: the best exegesis immerses the student in the text, and memorization of the text is an important part of the discipline. But the impact of this second appendix is broader: it reminds all of us that we must avoid such a focus on tools and genres and disciplines and skill sets and historical trends that we never really soak in holy Scripture. The aim, as always, is not to master the text, but to be mastered by it.

D. A. Carson

Research Professor of New Testament
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School;
President and Cofounder
The Gospel Coalition

Here is the full list of endorsers (listed in alphabetic order) for Andy Naselli’s book.

  • Clinton E. Arnold, Dean and Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; Member, ESV Translation Oversight Committee
  • S. M. Baugh, Professor of New Testament, Westminster Seminary California
  • G. K. Beale, J. Gresham Machen Chair of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary
  • David Alan Black, Dr. M. O. Owens Jr. Chair of New Testament Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; New Testament Editor, International Standard Version
  • Craig L. Blomberg,Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary; Member, NIV Committee on Bible Translation
  • Dave Brunn, International Bible Translation Consultant, New Tribes Mission
  • Aimee Byrd, Cohost, Mortification of Spin; Author, Housewife Theologian, Theological Fitness, and No Little Women
  • Constantine R. Campbell, Associate Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Tim Challies, Blogger, challies.com; Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Toronto
  • David A. Croteau, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Columbia International University
  • David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University
  • Dan Doriani, Professor of Theology and Vice President of Strategic Academic Initiatives, Covenant Theological Seminary
  • Buist M. Fanning, Department Chair and Senior Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary; Translator, NASB, NET Bible
  • George H. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University; Translation Consultant, ESV, CSB, NLT, NCV
  • Matthew J. Hall, Dean, Boyce College
  • Murray J. Harris, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Exegesis and Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Member, original NIV Committee on Bible Translation
  • Douglas S. Huffman, Professor and Associate Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
  • Karen H. Jobes, Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor Emerita of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Wheaton College and Graduate School; Member, NIV Committee on Bible Translation
  • Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
  • Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Tim Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition
  • J. Ed Komoszewski, Coauthor, Reinventing Jesus and Putting Jesus in His Place
  • Michael J. Kruger, President and Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte
  • Benjamin L. Merkle, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; Chair, NIV Committee on Bible Translation
  • Steve Pettit, President, Bob Jones University
  • John Piper, Founder and Teacher, Desiring God; Chancellor and Professor of Biblical Exegesis, Bethlehem College & Seminary
  • Robert L. Plummer, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Brian S. Rosner, Principal, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
  • Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Cochair, CSB Translation Oversight Committee
  • Moisés Silva, Retired Professor of New Testament, Westmont College (1972–81), Westminster Theological Seminary (1981–96), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1996–2000); Comité de traducción bíblica, Nueva Versión Internacional (the Spanish NIV); Translation Consultant, NASB, ESV, NLT
  • Jay E. Smith, Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Robert H. Stein, Senior Professor of Biblical Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Sam Storms, Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City; President, Enjoying God Ministries
  • Mark L. Strauss, University Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary San Diego; Vice-Chair, NIV Committee on Bible Translation
  • Justin Taylor, Executive Vice President of Book Publishing and Book Publisher, Crossway; Managing Editor, The ESV Study Bible
  • Daniel B. Wallace, Senior Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary; Executive Director, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts; Senior New Testament Editor, NET Bible
  • Guy Prentiss Waters, James M. Baird Jr. Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson
  • Stephen J. Wellum, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Editor, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
  • Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Jen Wilkin, Bible Teacher; Author of Women of the Word and None like Him
  • Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
  • Fred G. Zaspel, Pastor, Reformed Baptist Church, Franconia, Pennsylvania; Executive Editor, Books at a Glance; Associate Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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BOOK HIGHLIGHT—The Heart of a Servant Leader by C. John Miller

The Heart of a Servant Leader: Letters from Jack Miller by C. John Miller

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

About

These pastoral letters serve as models of compassionate leadership. Jack Miller taught that a Christian leader should be the chief servant, and that right attitudes come only from a heart changed by an encounter with God. Miller leads his reader into a deeper understanding of the gospel and a life of humility, faith, and prayer.

Miller gently challenges those called to serve as leaders to find their primary motivation in the glory of God alone.

Miller’s letters provide counsel on:

  • Ministry issues
  • Overcoming sin
  • Spiritual warfare
  • Physical suffering
  • Learning to forgive

Endorsements

“This is a book that will profoundly touch your life. It is wise, loving, and biblical. It reflects the heart of a man God used in such a wonderful way in so many lives, including mine. What a gift to the church!”

 —Steve Brown

“Jack Miller’s warm and personal letters are an extension of the man himself—a spiritual father to so many. Each letter caused me to search my heart and pointed me to Jesus. The wisdom contained in this volume is a gift to Christians everywhere.”

—Susan Hunt

About the Author

C. John Miller taught practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, was director of World Harvest Mission and led mission trips to several countries. He was the founding pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church outside Philadelphia, from which grew several other congregations. His other books include Powerful Evangelism for the Powerless, Come Back Barbara, A Faith Worth Sharing, and Repentance and Twentieth Century Man.

 

AUTHOR HIGHLIGHT—Stephen Nichols

Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. He is the author of 6 P&R titles.

   

1. Beyond the Ninety-Five Theses: Martin Luther’s Life, Thought, and Lasting Legacy

304 pages | Direct Price: $16.99 $13.00 | Paperback | SAMPLE CHAPTER

Summary—Does your knowledge of Martin Luther’s writings start and end with the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”?

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation he put into motion, we discover a Martin Luther who was one of history’s most colorful and influential figures. His story is well known, but his powerful writing is often unfamiliar to us.

This illustrated introductory guide to Luther’s life, theology, and works introduces and summarizes his major writings, such as The Bondage of the Will and On the Councils and the Church, and includes, with annotations, the complete Ninety-Five Theses. Stephen Nichols also gives encouragement and guidance for studying Luther’s ethical writings, “table talk,” hymns, and sermons. Includes a select guide for further reading.

2. Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought

248 pages | Direct Price: $14.99 $11.50 | Paperback | Guided Tour of Church History series

Summary—Jonathan Edwards, a leader in the Great Awakening during the eighteenth century, still has much to teach the church. Evangelicals are rediscovering him through the efforts of several authors (John Gerstner, Iain Murray, Harry Stout, and others) and publishers (Banner of Truth, Soli Deo Gloria, and Crossway). Stephen Nichols offers Jonathan Edwards “as an introduction, a gateway into the vast and rewarding life, thought, and writings of Jonathan Edwards.” This book is for anyone who wants to read Edwards with a little help.

3. J. Gresham Machen: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought

256 pages | Direct Price: $13.99 $10.50 | Paperback | Guided Tour of Church History series

Summary—An introductory guide to the life and works of J. Gresham Machen. His major works are introduced and summarized. Also discussed are his pastoral writings. This is the third book in Stephen Nichols’s popular “guided-tour” series and includes 24 illustrations.

4. Pages from Church History: A Guided Tour of Christian Classics

336 pages | Direct Price: $15.99 $12.00 | Paperback | Guided Tour of Church History series

Summary—Traversing the line of great Christian writers from Augustine and Anselm through Carey and Bonhoeffer, Pages from Church History introduces readers to major Christian classics and the people who wrote them.

5. An Absolute Sort of Certainty: The Holy Spirit and the Apologetics of Jonathan Edwards

216 pages | Direct Price: $14.99 $6.00 | Paperback

Summary—Reveals the contours of Edwards’s apologetics by exploring his view of the Spirit’s work in inspiration, regeneration, illumination, and especially assurance.

6. What Is Vocation?

32 pages | Direct Price: $4.99 $4.00 | Booklet | Basics of the Faith series

Summary—For some people, work is tedious and boring—something to endure until the weekend arrives. For others, work is everything; it consumes them and their time. The former find no meaning of satisfaction in their jobs, the latter find too much—both lack an eternal perspective, a biblical framework through which they can evaluate what they spend most of their lives doing.

This booklet offers that framework. Work, as ordained by God, has meaning and purpose. And by understanding your own vocation, you too can say with the psalmist, “Yes, establish the work of our hands!”

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

 

BOOK HIGHLIGHT—Adam in the New Testament by J.P. Versteeg edited by Richard B. Gaffin Jr.

Adam in the New Testament: Mere Teaching Model or First Historical Man? by J.P. Versteeg translated and with a foreword by Richard B. Gaffin Jr.

96 pages | Direct Price: $12.99 $10.00 | Paperback | SAMPLE CHAPTER

About

Denying the historicity of Adam has become increasingly present within evangelical circles. Was Adam the first historical man? Does the answer really matter? And does it affect any important doctrines in the Bible?

Carefully examining key passages of Scripture, Versteeg proves that all human beings descended from Adam, the first man. He argues that if this is not true, the entire history of redemption documented in Scripture unravels and we have no gospel in any meaningful sense.

Endorsements

“Many thanks for reissuing this helpful work. . . . Anyone reading this will appreciate that contemporary discussions of Adam are still treading the same ground.”

—C. John Collins, Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

“A number of theologians have postulated that Adam is a ‘teaching model’ in the New Testament. Versteeg’s remarkably cogent and concise book tells us why this view is impossible.”

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

“Given the recent debates about the existence of Adam . . . Versteeg shows with vigor and cogency that the New Testament’s teaching requires a historical Adam.”

—Vern S. Poythress, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Westminster Theological Seminary

About the Author

Johannes Pieter Versteeg (1938-1987) was a talented Dutch theologian at the University of Vrije and a pastor in the Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland (Abraham Kuyper’s denomination) who’s radio broadcasts took complex theological concepts and explained them in everyday language.