Author Highlight — Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Graham Ryken is president of Wheaton College. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children.


Philip Ryken is the author or co-author of the following books:

1. The Communion of Saints: Living in Fellowship with the People of God

Released: 2001 | 240 pages | Paperback | $14.99

This biblical and practical guide, complete with leader’s guide and spiritual gifts questionnaire, guides those united in Christ toward life in the Christian community.

2. My Father’s World: Meditations on Christianity and Culture

Released: 2002 | 272 pages | Paperback | $13.99

Ryken analyzes current events and popular trends from a biblical viewpoint. He covers nine different areas, from marriage and family to church history, from science and technology to holidays.

3. What is a True Calvinist?

Released: 2003 | 32 pages | Booklet | $4.99 | Basics of the Faith series

This practical introduction to Reformed spirituality encourages a God-centered mind, penitent spirit, submissive will, holy life, and glorious purpose. Brief, easy to read, and easy to understand.

4. Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, Celebrating the Legacy of James Montgomery Boice   Co-edited with Derek W. H. Thomas and J. Ligon Duncan III

Originally released in 2003 as a hardcover, Re-released as a paperback in 2011 | 536 pages | $22.99

Old, Mohler, Clowney, Godfrey, Horton, and others write on the Bible and worship, elements of worship, preparing for worship, and worship history and culture.

5. The Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic   Co-authored with Richard D. Phillips and Mark E. Dever

Released: 2004 | 160 pages | Paperback | $9.99

Three pastor-scholars explore the meaning for evangelicals today of the Nicene Creed’s affirmation of the church as “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.”

6. Galatians

Released: 2005 | 312 pages | Hardcover | $24.99 | Reformed Expository Commentary series

Philip Graham Ryken interprets Galatians in line with Reformation teaching on this epistle, especially with respect to the doctrine of justification by faith alone.

7. Art for God’s Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts

Released: 2006 | 64 pages | Paperback | $6.99

Ryken brings into sharp focus a biblical view of the arts and the artists who make art for God’s sake.

8. When You Pray: Making the Lord’s Prayer Your Own

Released: 2006 | 208 pages | Paperback | $13.99

Looks at the power and truth in the phrases of the Lord’s Prayer, compares them with other biblical parallels, and shows you how to make this prayer your own.

9. What is the Christian Worldview?

Released: 2006 | 48 pages | Booklet | $4.99 | Basics of the Faith series

What does Christianity have to do with life? Ryken reveals the basis of a Christian worldview and describes how it affects one’s view of God, the family, and other issues.

10. 1 Timothy

Released: 2007 | 328 pages | Hardcover | $29.99Reformed Expository Commentary series

A commentary on 1 Timothy, emphasizing the defense of the faith. Other themes include qualifications of elders and deacons, care for church members, and proper conduct of public worship.

11. The Incarnation in the Gospels   Co-authored with Daniel Doriani and Richard D. Phillips

Released: 2008 | 240 pages | Hardcover | $22.99 | Reformed Expository Commentary series

Studies on Bible passages that talk about Advent by three respected pastors. An ideal resource for the pastor planning to preach on Advent or others wanting to study this subject.

12. Jesus on Trial   Co-authored with James Montgomery Boice

Released: 2009 | 128 pages | Paperback | $9.99

Provides details about the law in Jesus’ time and how it compares to our legal system. You will develop a new perspective on how and why he died for you.

13. Luke: 2 Volume Set

Released: 2009 | 1,488 pages | Hardcover | $59.99 | Reformed Expository Commentary series

Luke provides an orderly account of the life of Jesus that helps people understand that his death and resurrection are good news. This redemptive-historical commentary enlarges on that theme.

14. Courage to Stand: Jeremiah’s Message for Post-Christian Times

Released: 2009 | 208 pages | Paperback | $12.99

Lessons from Jeremiah’s life and ministry; down-to-earth help on how to live, think, and feel in a godless culture; and encouragement to proclaim God’s truth—regardless of cost.

15. Discovering God in Stories from the Bible

Released: 2010 | 240 pages | Paperback | $14.99

The thirteen Bible stories explained in this book are full of exciting truths about God’s nature and character that bear beneficial implications for us in our relationship with God.

16. Written in Stone: The Ten Commandments and Today’s Moral Crisis

Released: 2010 | 240 pages | Paperback | $14.99

Ryken offers basic principles for interpreting and applying the Ten Commandments—explaining each one, illustrating each with a biblical account, and relating each to the person and work of Christ.

17. 1 Kings

Released: 2011 | 636 pages | Hardcover | $34.99 | Reformed Expository Commentary series | SAMPLE CHAPTER

First Kings is a biblical, doctrinal, practical, and Christological commentary on the book of 1 Kings. The book falls into three parts, focusing on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

18. What Is Mercy Ministry?

Released: 2013 | 40 pages | Booklet | $4.99 | Basics of the Faith series | SAMPLE CHAPTER

Many people around us have desperate needs, and the Holy Spirit will not let us sit by and do nothing. This booklet encourages believers to act by pursuing a mercy ministry for their church.


19. 2 Kings | Hardcover | Reformed Expository Commentary series

He is also a contributor to the following books:

1. Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God’s Grace, with Study Questions

Released: 2007 | 208 pages | Paperback | $12.99

Nothing stimulates Christian service more than the assurance of God’s saving grace. Although many are immobilized by doubts, these writers show where assurance lies in relation to other biblical doctrines.

2. Solid Ground: The Inerrant Word of God in an Errant World

Released: 2012 | 176 pages | Paperback | $13.99Best of Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology (PCRT) series | SAMPLE CHAPTER

Many evangelicals are questioning the authority of the Bible and the glory of its Author. Here eight leading pastor-scholars argue for the inspiration and inerrancy of the Word.

3. The Triune God

Released: 2014 | 352 pages | Paperback | $14.99 | Best of Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology (PCRT) series | SAMPLE CHAPTER

The persons of the Trinity appear throughout Scripture, and knowing them helps enrich our love for our triune God. Here leading pastors and preachers examine each member’s qualities and roles.

4. The God We Worship: Adoring the One Who Pursues, Redeems, and Changes His People

Released: 2016 | 184 pages | Paperback | $14.99Best of Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology (PCRT) series | SAMPLE CHAPTER

It’s possible to go to church without ever going to God. What makes the difference? God does. Noted pastor-scholars show how God pursues, redeems, and profoundly changes his worshipers.


COMING 9/29 — 2 Companion Volumes — Letters to a Romantic: (1) On Dating & (2) On Engagement


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


“Rock-solid biblical guidance on . . . how to handle a first date, parents, breaking up, pornography, kissing, past sexual history, [and] declining a date. . . . If you want to honor Christ with your dating relationships . . . read this book.”

—Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; Author, On Guard and The Pastor and Counseling

“Christian men and women who are seeking to understand how to make godly decisions concerning dating ned to carefully study the wisdom of this book. . . . You will be surprised at the practical wisdom this book gives. We highly recommend it to you.”

—John D. Street and Janie L. Street, Authors, The Biblical Counseling Guide for Women

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

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

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

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


“In a culture that is consistently and continually failing miserably at marriage, we desperately need someone to show us a better way. . . . [This book] is down to earth, practical, helpful, and rooted in God’s Word. We highly recommend it!”

—Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird, Founders, GirlDefined Ministries; Coauthors, Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity

“Pull up a chair and spend a few hours with Sean and Spencer. You will come away packed with fresh faith, enriched by practical insights, and uniquely prepared for the magnificent journey toward marriage!”

—Dave Harvey, Executive Director, Sojourn Network; Author, When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage


BOOK HIGHLIGHT — Walking with Jesus through His Word by Dennis E. Johnson

Walking with Jesus through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures by Dennis E. Johnson

312 pages | List Price: $16.99 | SAMPLE CHAPTER | Kindle ($9.99) | iTunes/ePub ($9.99)


What connects the whole Bible into one purposeful story?

Dennis Johnson takes readers of the Bible on a journey of discovery through the Old and New Testaments, pointing out a network of trails in the text. These are recurring themes that link different parts of the Bible to Jesus the Christ, the fulfiller of God’s promises and redeemer of God’s people.

Dennis emphasizes how each biblical passage must be read in its close and canonical contexts, revealing the Bible’s identity as a book about a relationship—the covenant between God and his people. This helps us to see Christ and his mission as a pattern that emerges naturally throughout the tapestry of Scripture.

God embedded in Israel’s history events, individuals, institutions, and offices that foreshadowed Christ, his saving work, and his church. Those landmarks point the way to Jesus, who reveals the Father, reconciles us by his sacrifice, and rules us by his Word and Spirit.


“Dennis Johnson has poured his decades of research, teaching, and life into one volume that reignites our passion for Bible study. . . . For anyone wanting to see how the Bible fits together, this book is a treasure.”

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

“Johnson shows us how we can read the Bible ourselves in a Christ-centered way and how this approach enriches our understanding of the Word of God.”

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

About the Author

Dennis E. Johnson (ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, author of The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption, and a contributor to numerous books and theological journals.

Preface to The Christ of Wisdom by O. Palmer Robertson

Here is the preface of O. Palmer Robertson‘s book, The Christ of Wisdom: A Redemptive-Historical Exploration of the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament.

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Several decades ago, at the encouragement of colleagues, students, and friends, I laid out a long-term plan for a ministry of writing. The whole endeavor was to focus on the theme “Christ in all the Scriptures.” It was to be a programmatic representation of all the various portions of the Bible—God’s infallible and inerrant Word—as they variously focused on the anticipation and the realization of the promised Christ.

First on the list came The Christ of the Covenants (1980). This work viewed the progress of redemptive history in terms of its movement from creation to consummation. As the successive covenants provide the architectonic structure of Scripture, so these divinely initiated bonds inevitably shape God’s working in this world. From Adam to Noah to Abraham to Moses to David to the new covenant in prophecy and fulfillment, the Sovereign Lord oF the Covenant determines the course of his grace as it came pouring out across human history.

Next came The Christ of the Prophets (2004, with a reorganized edition in 2008). This work asks: What was the focal moment of the entire prophetic movement? What redemptive event was this grand band of spokesmen for God commissioned to interpret? If the exodus was the encapsulating event of the Mosaic period, and the coming of king and kingdom defined the days of David, what event with comparable significance characterized the era of “my servants the prophets”? From Hosea to Malachi the answer is clear. Exile and restoration, death and resurrection, expulsion from God’s presence and rejuvenation in his presence describe the days of the prophets. The cataclysmic events of exile and restoration emerge as the key that unlocks the significance of the varied ministries of Israel’s prophets. Some prophets anticipate exile, other prophets experience exile, the final prophets return from exile. It’s all about the Christ, the Israel of God, the Suffering Servant of the Lord, who experiences abandonment in sin-bearing and restoration as he sees the travail of his soul and finds satisfaction.

Third in this grand scheme of things was to be “The Christ of the Psalmists and Sages,” dealing with the poetical books of the Old Testament. But it was not to be. An initial effort at composing a brief twenty-page introduction to the theology of the Psalms proved to be a rewarding endeavor of personal enlightenment. The three-hundred-page result was The Flow of the Psalms (2015), in which the magnificent structure of the Psalter unfolded before my wondering eyes as a life-changing reality leading to God-centered, Christ-focused worship.

So now comes the other half of that originally conceived unity of “Psalmists and Sages.” The Christ of Wisdom (2017) deals biblically-theologically with five poetic volumes of the Old Testament that plumb the depths of divine wisdom. Internationally respected scholars find no natural resting place for the wisdom books of the Old Testament in a redemptive-historical approach to biblical theology. The books of wisdom resist pressure to take their proper place in the straightaway developmental timeline that stretches from Adam to Noah to Abraham to Moses to David to Christ. In fact, except for Lamentations, you will be hard-pressed to uncover a single reference to the flood, the patriarchs, the exodus, Sinaitic lawgiving, or Davidic king-making in these books of wisdom. So how do you fit these wisdom books into the flow of redemptive history that consummates in the Christ?

By letting them be what they are in their own distinctiveness. They are, it should be remembered, canonical, divinely revealed, and authoritative writings that tell the world how and what to think about the deeper mysteries of human life. Rather than submitting to the moldings and bendings of modernity, these books broaden our understanding of the nature of redemptive history. Divine progress in the complete restoration of reality does not merely move in a purely linear fashion like the flight of an arrow moving across time and space without deviation until it reaches its target. This “third dimension” of redemptive history moves in a cyclical pattern. For certain aspects of God’s salvation perform according to a pattern of regulated repetition. To ignore this dimension of redemptive history is to exclude a major portion of the old covenant canon—and that you do not want to do. Just as creation has its cycles, so also does redemption. Each year has its seasons, each day its hours. Each life has its birth, its budding, its decline, its death. So the life of faith and repentance in one patriarch somehow repeats itself in each subsequent patriarch. God’s people sin; the Lord inflicts judgment; they cry out in repentance; a singular saving hero appears; and the cycle begins again. Six times over, this identical pattern recurs in the age of Israel’s judges.

So the wisdom books of the Old Testament conform to this repetitive pattern. A regal father instructs his son how to walk in wisdom’s way, and expects him to pass on his enlightened understanding to the next generation (Proverbs). Dialoguing friends young and old come to a climax when they dialogue with the Divine. Joining in the discussion, the Almighty encourages humility whenever a person is forced to puzzle over the deepest challenges of life (Job). Male and female, bride and groom explore the wonders, the beauties of passionate love in vivid detail even as they pass along their perspectives on propriety in sexual relations to maidens of the next generation (Song of Songs). A wealthy king employs his vast resources to learn how to cope with life’s frustrations, and shares his insights as the singular Shepherd with other instructors (Ecclesiastes). How to weep rightly in the midst of life’s calamities represents an aspect of human wisdom eventually needed by one and all (Lamentations).

How can humanity live life to the fullest without the God-inspired wisdom of the wise? Everyone—young and old, male and female, rich and poor—sooner or later will need every bit of practical advice found in these “how-to” books of the Bible. Indeed, you may bungle along by the impulses of your own brain if you choose. But would it not be far better to “get wisdom,” to “get understanding”? With all the powers of your “getting,” “get wise!”

If you find yourself tantalized by these wisdom books to seek consummate wisdom, then turn your expectant eyes toward Jesus the Christ. For all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge consummate in him. He is the incarnate Word of wisdom who will willingly teach you his way.

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“I have often complained that modern Christians, even when diligent about ethics and worship, often fail to think deeply about epistemology, about knowing, about wisdom. They seek to grow in Christ, but they commit their education to secular teachers without any attempt to critique. That leads to spiritual shipwreck. The Bible speaks not only of trusting Christ and serving him in ethics and worship, but also about trusting him as the standard for thought. This is what biblical wisdom is about. It is a pattern of thinking that keeps the rest of life in proper order. Robertson’s book is the best I know of on this subject. It focuses on what the Bible itself says about wisdom, particularly in the wisdom literature. I have learned much from it, and I hope that many others will as well.”

—John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida

“Once again, O. Palmer Robertson has provided us with a mature fruit of his patient, wise, and meticulous biblical research. From a conservative-evangelical perspective, he explores the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, opening up new vistas of study and understanding of this part of Scripture, which until recently was undervalued and sometimes even neglected in Old Testament research. In his new book, Robertson convincingly argues that the so-called wisdom books do form an integral part of God’s Word, with their message and theology deeply embedded in redemptive history. Perhaps surprisingly, Lamentations is also included in this section. To call the books of wisdom ‘the how-to [puzzle, lament, love, etc.] books’ in the Old Testament canon is an eye-opener, just one of the many that the reader comes across in this rich and insightful work. Robertson’s joy in biblical research is contagious, as is his love for God’s Word that inspires him. The reading of this book is a joyful experience, and does not disappoint even if the reader disagrees with the author on some minor point.”

—Eric Peels, Professor of Old Testament Studies, Theological University, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

The Christ of Wisdom is a major contribution to Christian understanding of wisdom in the Old Testament. As always, Palmer Robertson’s work is firmly rooted in the full authority of Scripture and in the supremacy of Christ over all creation. Thus, he helps us explore many portions of Scripture that evangelicals often overlook. He not only addresses academic issues, but also provides enormously helpful insights into the practical application of biblical wisdom to modern life. Every believer will find that this volume expands his or her vision of what it means to follow ‘Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge’ (Col. 2:2–3).”

—Richard L. Pratt Jr., President, Third Millennium Ministries

“The work of wisdom is the purview of the good king. Jesus is a sage greater than Solomon (Matt. 12:42) because he is the true and final son of David, yet many pastors and teachers still find it difficult to preach Christ from the Old Testament wisdom books. This is why Robertson’s work is so greatly needed. As with his other writing, he carefully maps out the many ways in which the teaching of the Old Testament speaks to the broader story of redemption and the person of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Throughout this book, he reminds us that wisdom literature will not merely make us wise, but also acquaint us with the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

—John Scott Redd Jr., President and Associate Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

“How do the Old Testament wisdom books testify to the person and work of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:27, 44)? In what way is Christ the incarnate wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24)? Let O. Palmer Robertson answer these questions for you in this book! I can think of no better treatment of this challenging topic from an orthodox, biblical-theological, redemptive-historical, covenantal perspective. As a master teacher, he leads his readers through the ancient world of wisdom literature, demonstrates how this material is vitally relevant for the church today, and magnifies the Christ of wisdom in each successive chapter. Robertson has helped us to heed the call of Scripture to ‘get wisdom’ (Prov. 4:5; 23:23) and so come to know the One ‘in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom’ (Col. 2:3).”

—Miles V. Van Pelt, Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages; Director, Summer Institute for Biblical Languages; Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

War Psalms of the Prince of Peace: Lessons from the Imprecatory Psalms, Second Edition

War Psalms of the Prince of Peace: Lessons from the Imprecatory Psalms, Second Edition by James E. Adams

176 pages | List Price: $13.99 | Paperback | SAMPLE CHAPTER | Kindle | ePub/iTunes


25th Anniversary Revised And Expanded Edition

Although the Psalms are much beloved by readers of the Bible, some hostile language in individual psalms may be disconcerting. Are these seemingly vindictive prayers acceptable in the mouths of Christians? How is a pastor supposed to preach these texts?

James E. Adams wants us to embrace God’s Word in its entirety, and that means examining the parts that make us uncomfortable. In short, helpful chapters, Adams answers a number of questions: Are these psalms from God? Who is the speaker in the psalms? May we pray these psalms today? It turns out that the Prince of Peace has much to teach us about war, and even the imprecatory psalms may be prayed with the merciful goal of conversion.

Twenty-fifth anniversary edition—includes a new epilogue and additional chapter.


Table of Contents




1.  Those Puzzling Prayers from the Psalms

2.  Are These Prayers the Oracles of God?

3.  Who Is Praying These Psalms?

4.  Are Jesus’ Prayers Contradictory?

5.  May We Pray the Imprecatory Psalms?

6.  How Can We Preach These Prayers?

7.  Marching to War in God’s Kingdom!


The Psalms—Christ’s Prayer Book


1. The Christian’s Duty Towards His Enemies

2.  Two Sermon Summaries

3.  The Messianic Cup of Wrath and Joy

4.  Index to Psalm Imprecations

5.  New Testament References to the Psalms


Bibliography—Help from Good Books




“James Adams’s book on the rather startling imprecatory psalms is the best of its kind. . . . Christ-centered throughout, it is enlightening, succinct, warm, practical, and helpful for everyone grappling with the strong language of these psalms—including pastors! Once you’ve read this book, you will no longer feel confused or embarrassed by these psalms, nor will you want to avoid them. . . . Let Dr. Adams’s book assist you to preach, teach, and pray the ‘war psalms’ as never before!”

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

“Dr. James Adams’ War Psalms of the Prince of Peace must rank among the finest studies on the imprecatory psalms. . . . I routinely advise others to read this book when any question about those psalms arises. . . . We would all do well to spend time in this book, with these psalms, and in prayer for God to triumph over the forces of evil we face today.”

—Michael A. Milton, Chair for Missions and Evangelism, Erskine Theological Seminary

<About the Author?

About The Author

James E. Adams (DMin, Westminster Seminary California) has been the pastor of Cornerstone Church in Mesa, Arizona, for more than thirty-five years and has taught theology for Reformed Baptist Seminary and in Latin America.