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Get Iain Duguid’s “Esther/Ruth” and “Daniel” (Reformed Expository Commentaries), and “Ezekiel” (NIV Application Commentary) for only $20 (73% OFF) at Westminster Bookstore

Get Richard Phillips’ “The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men” for up to 50% OFF from Westminster Bookstore

Get Timothy Witmer’s “The Shepherd Leader at Home: Knowing, Leading, Protecting, and Providing for Your Family” for up to 50% OFF from Westminster Bookstore

Download R.C. Sproul’s “5 Things Every Christian Needs to Grow” for FREE from Reformation Trust and Ligonier Ministries

Get Walter Brueggemann’s “Spirituality of the Psalms” for FREE for Logos Bible Software and enter to win the 24-volume collection

Get Ben Witherington’s “What’s in the Word” for FREE for Logos Bible Software and enter to win the 5-volume collection

Enter to win Daniel Akin’s “A Theology for the Church” from B&H Academic

Enter to win a subscription to Leadership Journal from The Brave Reviews

Joel Beeke shares a list of twelve of his favorite Puritans

John Piper on taking the swagger out of Christian cultural influence

Albert Mohler on the Southern Baptist Convention and the encroachment of unbiblical views on homosexuality

Justin Taylor on fifty strategies for better preaching

Help the Reformed Forum finance their Reformed Theology Conference

“Through God’s marvelous provision it comes to pass, that to believers [adversities] are exercises of faith and proofs of patience.” (John Calvin)

“To make human action the cause of divine blessing is to overturn the whole nature of salvation.” (Iain Murray)

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Get Robert Letham’s “The Work of Christ” (Contours of Christian Theology) for 60% OFF at Westminster Bookstore

Enter to win books by Brian Croft, Joel Beeke, Mez McConnell, and Matthias Media at 20 Schemes

Enter to win a copy of each one of Jared Wilson’s books from 20 Schemes

Enter to win a genuine leather ESV Study Bible from Crossway and 20 Schemes

Enter to win Alex Chediak’s “Preparing Your Teens for College” from Blogging Theologically

Enter to win books by John MacArthur, Tim Keller, and R.C. Sproul from Tim Challies and CBD Reformed

Enter to win Thom Rainer’s “Autopsy of a Dead Church” and a genuine leather HCSB Study Bible

Last chance to enter to win a Zondervan Jesus Bible and “The Jesus Story Book Bible” by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Ligonier’s $5 Friday featuring “The Creedal Imperative” by Carl Trueman

Ergun Caner’s attempts to suppress the truth about his history/conversion foiled again

Matt Walsh’s “homophobic rant” about Michael Sam, the hypocrisy of the NFL, and the intolerance of our culture

Help distribute ESV Global Study Bibles to Pastors in the southern hemisphere

“The lost will eternally suffer in the satisfaction of justice. But they will never satisfy it. Christ satisfied justice.” (John Murray)

“God takes away the world, that the heart may cleave more to Him in sincerity.” (Thomas Watson)

Sale: David F. Wells

Over at Westminster Bookstore, they have an excellent deal on a number of books by David F. Wells (Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary).

For one week, you will be able to purchase his newest book, “God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-Love of God Reorients Our World” at a 45% discount and the other three volumes of his masterful quartet on American Evangelicalism at a 50% discount.

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“No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?”

Publisher’s Description:
Has something indeed happened to evangelical theology and to evangelical churches? According to David Wells, the evidence indicates that evangelical pastors have abandoned their traditional role as ministers of the Word to become therapists and “managers of the small enterprises we call churches.” Along with their parishioners, they have abandoned genuine Christianity and biblical truth in favor of the sort of inner-directed experiential religion that now pervades Western society.

Specifically, Wells explores the wholesale disappearance of theology in the church, the academy, and modern culture. Western culture as a whole, argues Wells, has been transformed by modernity, and the church has simply gone with the flow. The new environment in which we live, with its huge cities, triumphant capitalism, invasive technology, and pervasive amusements, has vanquished and homogenized the entire world. While the modern world has produced astonishing abundance, it has also taken a toll on the human spirit, emptying it of enduring meaning and morality.

“God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams”

Publisher’s Description:
Building on the trenchant cultural and religious analyses of evangelical Protestantism set forth in his first volume, Wells argues in God in the Wasteland that the church is now enfeebled because it has lost its sense of God’s sovereignty and holiness. God, says Wells, has become weightless. He has lost the power to shape the church’s character, outlook, and practice.

By looking afresh at the way God’s transcendence and immanence have been taken captive by modern appetites, Wells is able to argue for a reform of the evangelical world—a reform without which evangelical faith will be lost—and develop a powerful biblical antidote to the modernity which has invaded the church.

“Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ in a Postmodern World”

Publisher’s Description:
Above All Earthly Pow’rs, the fourth and final volume of the series that began in 1993 with No Place for Truth, portrays the West in all its complexity, brilliance, and emptiness. As David F. Wells masterfully depicts it, the postmodern ethos of the West is relativistic, individualistic, therapeutic, and yet remarkably spiritual. Wells shows how this postmodern ethos has incorporated into itself the new religious and cultural relativism, the fear and confusion, that began with the last century’s waves of immigration and have continued apace in recent decades.
Wells’ book culminates in a critique of contemporary evangelicalism aimed at both unsettling and reinvigorating readers. Churches that market themselves as relevant and palatable to consumption-oriented postmoderns are indeed swelling in size. But they are doing so, Wells contends, at the expense of the truth of the gospel. By placing a premium on marketing rather than truth, the evangelical church is in danger of trading authentic engagement with culture for worldly success.

“God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-Love of God Reorients Our World”

Publisher’s Description:
Building on years of research, writing, and cross-cultural ministry, renowned author and theologian David Wells calls our attention to that which defines God’s greatness and gives shape to the Christian life: the holy-love of God.

In God in the Whirlwind, Wells explores the depths of the paradox that God is both holy and loving, showing how his holy-love provides the foundation for our understanding of the cross, sanctification, the nature of worship, and our life of service in the world. What’s more, a renewed vision of God’s character is the cure for evangelicalism’s shallow theology, with its weightless God and sentimental gospel.

For more on this subject, please visit the Apologetics Page.

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The Biblical Doctrine of the Family

THE BIBLICAL DOCTRINE OF THE FAMILY

“Churches committed to ‘church growth’ are often tempted to ignore family ministry. It seems easier to minister to rootless individuals as individuals and to push the children aside as distractions. But that mentality is short-sighted in my view. Besides neglecting important biblical priorities, it loses one substantial opportunity for church growth. Many families today are hungry for counsel. Having bought into the dominant modern thinking, and having seen its failure, they are looking for something better. They watch with broken hearts as their children are eaten alive spiritually by the public schools, the media, the peer-pressure. To these the message of Christ can come as the best news imaginable. Churches that minister effectively to families and children often experience substantial growth as more and more families seek their help.” (John Frame)

For more on this subject, please visit the Pastoral Theology page.

 

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Soli Deo Gloria

ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD

“Paul saw something in Jesus Christ, something that made him willing to give up everything in order to know Him. He saw that Jesus is more valuable than money or education or health or ease or fame or fortune or reputation. And because he saw this, he did not think himself shortchanged in any way by gaining Christ and losing everything else.

The mid-twentieth century martyr, Jim Elliot, was thinking the same thing when he wrote, ‘He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose.’

In our self-centered, entertainment driven, modern American culture we desperately need to recover this vision of the greatness and glory of God in Jesus Christ. As we do, and as we contemplate what it means to know God through Christ, we will inevitably begin pursuing His glory by making it our aim to demonstrate His great worth in every area of our lives.” (Tom Ascol)

For more on the subject, visit Founders Ministries.

 

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