Interview with Brad Hambrick

P&R’s series editors work independently to acquire manuscripts that meet their vision for the series. Gospel for Real Life series editor Brad Hambrick has an MDiv in biblical counseling and a ThM in applied theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as years of counseling experience.

The Gospel for Real Life series

P&R. How did you come to be the editor of the Gospel for Real Life series?

BH. I served as the editor for the Journal of Counseling & Discipleship (JCD) with the Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC) for several years before ABC ( began a booklet series. We wanted to synchronize our small publication efforts, so I was the natural person to serve as the editor for the Gospel for Real Life booklet series.

P&R. Are you currently accepting proposals?

BH. We invite authors with whom we have pre-established relationships to write in the GRL series. If someone is interested in contributing to the series, I would advise they first submit articles for consideration in the JCD to allow us to build a relationship.

P&R. What is your hope for this series? How can the series be used?

BH. We want this series to advance the skillfulness with which the church is equipped to care for the struggles of life—from mundane to complex; and from informal to formal counseling ministry. This is why we address both popular and clinical subjects in the series.

We want to unpack four core values in the way we address any subject in this series: (1) the necessity of the gospel, (2) the necessity of the Scripture, (3) the centrality of the local church, and (4) a balanced view of sin and suffering.

We want these booklets to provide brief, easy-to-read overviews of how the gospel speaks to real life. We believe these shorter format booklets are particularly effective for counseling homework and preparing pastor/teachers to grasp a subject when it is relevant to a sermon/lesson.

The smaller size is less intimidating and therefore creates a hunger for more learning for readers. In a counseling or discipleship context this is vital for developing an ongoing relationship God will use to facilitate change.

P&R. What have you learned while working with this series?

BH. God has blessed his people with incredible riches. Through the gospel God provides pardon for sin, comfort in suffering, and a foundation for our identity. When we live the gospel in the context of authentic Christian community, God provides freedom from the most complex sin and healing for the most harsh suffering.

Through Scripture, God provides not just answers (although there is rich instruction, guidance, and perspective), but reveals himself as One who is for/with us in the midst of life’s hardship. With the privilege of editing each booklet comes the opportunity to see new facets of God’s transforming power. There is great encouragement in starting to read a booklet where the title is intimidating but to be walked through “real life” pain to a “real life” Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. Each author does this with his/her unique voice and experience working with hurting people with the Scriptures. The result is that the size of our doubt at the beginning of each subject becomes the increment by which our faith grows by the end of it.

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The Gospel for Real Life series

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P&R Press 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends of P&R,

With Christmas drawing near, we have revived P&R’s newsletter to inform you of some of the events of 2012. Follow the link to read about our brush with Hurricane Sandy, as well as an interview with Brad Hambrick, editor of our latest series, and the names of the authors we welcomed to our lists this year.

We hope you are enjoying the Advent season and wish you a Merry Christmas.

Sincerely, the P&R staff

Christ of Christmas excerpt—The Christmas Story according to Jesus Christ

Enjoy the following excerpt from The Christ of Christmas by James Montgomery Boice

The Christ of Christmas

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The Christmas Story According to Jesus Christ

Have you ever read the Christmas story according to Jesus Christ? I do not mean the Christmas story according to Luke, which we know so well, or Matthew, which we also know, or even the apostle John, but the Christmas story from the lips of the Lord Jesus Himself.

If we could meet the great personages of the Christmas story and interrogate them one by one, the story from each would be beautiful and stirring. Mary would have an account of the appearance of the angel, her trip to visit Elizabeth, the birth itself, the visit of the shepherds. Probably the early chapters of Luke give an account of those things as Mary herself told them. If we called the shepherds, they would be able to give us many details not in the biblical narrative, perhaps a description of the angels or the result of their later testimony to other people. Joseph would have his story. Yet having gone through all that interrogation, we would still want to hear from our Lord.

Where are we going to find that story? We do not have it in the gospels. The Lord’s own story is in the Old Testament, in the fortieth psalm—and in the New Testament, which repeats these words in Hebrews:

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,

but a body you prepared for me;

with burnt offerings and sin offerings

you were not pleased.

Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—

I have come to do your will, O God.'”

(Hebrews 10:5–7)

That is what I call the Christmas story according to the Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Christ of Christmas is available through amazon or

“In our post-Christian culture, people no longer look to the Bible for the Christmas story—rather, we make Christmas into a sentimental holiday that centers around our personal stories. For those who wish to celebrate the birth of Christ in a thoughtful and festive way, James Boice has written an excellent guide. The perfect way to reflect on the true meaning behind the historic birth of Jesus Christ!”

—Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center


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