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Federal thinking is foreign to the modern mind. Federal has come to mean nothing more than centralized or big. Because our federal government has become so uncovenantal, it is not surprising that the original meaning of the word is lost. But federal thinking is the backbone of historic Protestant theology, and the Church needs to recover the covenantal understanding of federal headship. Husbands are to lead their families, taking responsibility for them as covenant heads–as federal husbands.
Reforming Marriage, by this same author, began the discussion of covenant headship. This collection of essays, the Federal Husband, continues that discussion in greater depth, dealing with more specifics of federal husbandry.
In Rules for Reformers, Douglas Wilson poaches the political craft of radical progressives and applies it to Christian efforts in the current culture war. The result is a spicy blend of combat manual and cultural manifesto. Rules for Reformers is a little bit proclamation of grace, a little bit Art of War, and a little bit analysis of past embarrassments and current cowardice, all mixed together with a bunch of advanced knife-fighting techniques. As motivating as it is provocative, Rules for Reformers is just plain good to read.
Thanks to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals — a book well-beloved by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and many others — for much of the shrewd advice, and for none of the worldview.
“Everyone is so busy giving the classical education to the students that I’m not sure people have taken the time to actually tell them why it matters…”
Rebekah Merkle knows which high school classes you like and which you roll your eyes at, which books you enjoy and which you kinda skim. That’s because she went through this whole thing called classical education, too: She was a guinea pig in one of the very first classical Christian schools in the country.
Written for students by a (former) student, Classical Me, Classical Thee is lighthearted and — most importantly for you busy high-schoolers — very short. It has a simple goal: to explain why you students are doing what you do in class. (SPOILER: Grades aren’t the point — you won’t use your knowledge of the Iliad Book 5 every year until you die.)
What you do in class is a drill — and nobody drills for the sake of the drill. You do drills so that you can win the game. The real tragedy, though, would be if you didn’t know you were doing drills… or didn’t know there was a game at all.
Grades aren’t the point. So drill to win.
720 Morning and Evening Devotions for the Entire Year
At the root of God’s faithfulness and lovingkindness to us is the invitation to a great banquet: the Lord’s Supper. Gospel-centered Communion is an all-encompassing sacrament, and So Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ takes inspiration for each day’s grace and obedience from eating and drinking the bread and the wine.
These 720 succinct and powerful readings come from the past fourteen years of Douglas Wilson’s pastoral ministry, and deal with the many applications of the Lord’s Supper that are suited to personal devotions. These include gospel encouragement, pursuit of sanctification, motivation and exhortation, observations on the church calendar, family life and community, daily bread, means of grace, and much more.
For daily devotions in the morning and at night, So Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ will lead every evangelical Christian to think about and meditate on the transformative implications of eating and drinking the body and blood of the Lord Jesus.
For the first time, read about the compelling lives of fifty Christian heroines.
Radiant records the triumph of the gospel as Christian women faced kings and governors, soldiers and wild beasts, Japanese guards and Muslim raiders, fire, exile, Nazis, cannibals, riots, and more. “Look to heaven and forsake the world” has been their cry for two thousand years, and in Christ these women became invincible. From South America to Europe, from China to Africa to the Wild West, in prisons and in throne rooms, the Christian heroines of Radiant have left a stunning legacy.
These short and moving biographies for young people introduce fifty often unfamiliar champions of the faith: women like Ida Kahn, who opened the first hospital in a Chinese city of 300,000 people; Lady Anne Hamilton, who rode with the Covenanter cavalry at the decisive Battle of Berwick; and Anngrace Taban, who was forced to type secret battle plans for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
Praise for RADIANT:
“Through these robust and hearty profiles Richard Hannula brings to life fifty women of faith who helped shape church history. His interest is authentic, his research is solid, and his admiration is genuine.” –Joel Belz, founder of World Magazine
The Gospels are a fourfold portrait of Jesus.
Deftly guiding readers through “the four,” Peter Leithart delves into both the unique perspective of each gospel and their unifying witness to Jesus. The gospels are riddled with themes and types; Leithart reveals them and explains the Old Testament prophecies that intertwine with these apostolic books, as well as their underlying literary structures. He discusses the dating of the books, showing how the timeline of the four gospels lace together, and lays out Israel’s history leading up to John the Baptist’s birth.
For anyone navigating the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, The Four will give you your bearings.
“It used to be that the pastor’s wife was huge and the sanctuary was smokin’ hot.” So observes the Church Curmudgeon, the internet’s most infamous purveyor of fine vintage whines. With more than nine thousand tweets and ninety thousand followers, he’s proven himself a stalwart of holy hilarity. This poetic collection of the Curmudgeon’s best 140-character compositions will make you ROFL as you recognize the regular cast of churchy characters, including the worship leader, the usher team, and maybe even yourself. One more to whet your appetite: “Usually when the writing is on the wall, it portends the death of a culture. But hey, fine, throw out the hymnals and use a projector.”
Author bio: Church Curmudgeon is the old guy who sits on the back pew of the sanctuary, farthest from the drums (he measured). You can find his complaints on Twitter (@ChrchCurmudgeon) and Facebook.