Revelation is often considered one of the most confusing books of the Bible, and consequently, it’s regularly overlooked or ignored. But no longer. In Between the Cross and the Throne, Matthew Emerson walks us through the book of Revelation, unpacking its complex imagery and pointing out major themes. In a conversational tone, he reminds us that Christ died, but he has risen. The Lord reigns, but evil persists. We live between Christ’s ascension and his final conquest–and that should give us hope.
Although the book of Esther contains no direct references to God, his fingerprints can be found all over it. In God Behind the Scenes, Wayne K. Barkhuizen helps us trace the unseen hand of God throughout the Esther narrative while pointing out how the book is still relevant today. As we walk through the book, we’ll see how God was indeed active in preserving the people through whom the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would one day come.
If there is a loving God, then why is it that … ?You’ve heard that question, perhaps asked it yourself. No matter how you complete it, at its root lies the issue of pain. Does God order our suffering? Does he decree an abusive childhood, orchestrate a jet crash, steer a tornado through a community? Or did he simply wind up the world’s mainspring and now is watching from a distance? In this Gold Medallion Award-winning book, Philip Yancey reveals a God who is neither capricious nor unconcerned. Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual—and helps us understand why we suffer. Where Is God When It Hurts? will speak to those for whom life sometimes just doesn’t make sense. And it will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn’t know what to say.
Protestants of all stripes have long read at least a few of Martin Luther’s works, but 21st-century readers need guidance and encouragement. Stephen Nichols’s Martin Luther provides both.
After an exciting overview of Luther’s life and theology, Nichols orients the reader to some of the Reformer’s major works: The Bondage of the Will, The Three Treatises, The Small Catechism, and On the Councils and the Church. Luther’s ethical writings, “table talk,” hymns, and sermons also receive due attention. “A Select Guide to Books by and about Luther” concludes this volume, which displays more than 20 illustrations.
“I have chosen the texts and issues that seem to be both pivotal and prominent in Luther’s thought,” writes Nichols. “This encounter is intended to serve as the gateway for further exploration in his life and thought.”
“How do you write a book that’s easy to read and yet is theologically precise? How do you do a book on everything from training of children to hymns to preaching to political conflict—and have it always full and running over with the glorious gospel, which Luther found again for the whole Christian world? Well, Nichols has done it.” —D. Clair Davis
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
Price: $2.99 (Nov 16-17)
In ‘Taking Hold of God’, you will enter the treasury of the church of Jesus Christ and discover some of its most valuable gems on the subject of Christian prayer. The writings of the Reformers and Puritans shine with the glory of God in Christ, offering us much wisdom and insight today that can make our own prayer lives more informed, more extensive, more fervent, and more effectual.
Six contemporary scholars explore the writings and prayer lives of several Reformers and Puritans—among them, Martin Luther, John Calvin, William Perkins, Matthew Henry, and Jonathan Edwards—guiding us to growth in prayer and a more grateful communion with God.
Table of Contents:
Martin Luther on Prayer and Reformation – Brian G. Najapfour
John Calvin on Prayer as Communion with God – Joel R. Beeke
John Knox: A Theologian of Prayer – Brian G. Najapfour
William Perkins on the Lord’s Prayer — J. Stephen Yuille
Anthony Burgess on Christ’s Prayer for Us – Joel R. Beeke
John Bunyan on Praying with the Holy Spirit – Michael A.G. Haykin
The Puritans on the Help of the Holy Spirit in Prayer – Johnny C. Serafini
Matthew Henry on a Practical Method of Daily Prayer – Joel R. Beeke
Thomas Boston on Praying to Our Father – Joel R. Beeke
Jonathan Edwards on Prayer and the Triune God – Peter Beck
Puritan Prayers for World Missions – Joel R. Beeke
Prayerful Praying Today – Joel R. Beeke
This classic Puritan treatise by John Owen shows the inconsistencies of the Arminian perspective as they cannot be squared with Scripture.