Dan Phillip’s The World-Tilting Gospel is available for free download here.
“A cure to worldly vertigo. The first generation of Christians turned the world upside down. But the church today is being turned upside down by the world. Why? And why aren’t we-with all our social medias and high-tech gadgets-more effectively producing Christ-centered, Gospel-liberated, biblically-instructed, world-tilting believers?
In The World-Tilting Gospel, popular blogger Dan Phillips lays out four reasons why the first believers had more impact on their culture than today’s church has on contemporary society. Using a whole-Bible approach to the Gospel, Phillips shows who we really are, what kind of world we are really living in, who God really is, and what difference the Gospel really makes in our everyday lives. Drawing from decades of studying the Bible’s Hebrew and Greek texts, Dan Phillips offers a conversational and engaging challenge to embrace a biblical worldview-and hang on tight.”
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The 2016 Ligonier Fall Conference with the theme “The Dawn of the Reformation” was held last week and the conference messages are now available for streaming here.
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Crossway is offering Jon Bloom’s Things Not Seen for a limited time in exchange for a survey; you can access it here.
“God is doing far more than we can see in our pain.
We plead for God’s deliverance from our pain and wonder why he keeps letting it go on. We are not alone. A cloud of witnesses surrounds us and they help us understand. In these 35 creative retellings of Bible stories, Jon Bloom explores the hope and joy that Abraham, Moses, Naomi, John the Baptist, and others experienced in the painful process of discovering that God’s promises really are more trustworthy than our perceptions.”
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Four scholars from Westminster Theological Seminary, Vern Poythress, Iain Duguid, G. K. Beale, and Richard Gaffin, have co-written a book on how Christ is central to all of Scripture. You can purchase the book or download a free PDF version here.
“Dr. J. Gresham Machen established Westminster Theological Seminary to produce ‘specialists in the Bible’ who would preach and teach ‘the whole counsel of God.’ Following Machen’s lead, Westminster has historically stood for the truth of Scripture. One dimension of this commitment is that Westminster teaches its students to preach Christ from the entire Bible—from both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
In order to fulfill its founding vision, Westminster’s faculty members, throughout the seminary’s history, have taken an “ex animo” vow, that is, a sincere, heartfelt commitment, to the Westminster Standards. These confessional documents, the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, are held as the best expression of the system of biblical truth—“the whole counsel of God”—thus far developed in the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is from these documents that the seminary takes its name.
This introduction calls attention to the consistency of biblical interpretation that exists today at Westminster Theological Seminary. The harmony among the theological disciplines at Westminster is due to a shared method of interpreting Scripture, a shared hermeneutic, that is drawn from Westminster’s confessional standards. Although expressed in distinctive ways, Westminster’s hermeneutic remains cohesive and compatible throughout the theological curriculum. It is my privilege, then, to introduce this collection of brief essays written by four of Westminster’s leading scholars. Herein, you will find a witness to the hermeneutical unity at Westminster through the perspectives of Dr. Vern Poythress, Dr. Iain Duguid, Dr. Greg Beale, and Dr. Richard Gaffin. Their reflections span the whole of Scripture and express the deep continuity that courses through the diverse fields of biblical interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary.”
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The Puritan Conference 2016 was held in late August focusing on the Christian worldview and the Puritan understanding of how this worldview applies to our daily lives. You can listen to the audio here.
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How should Christians use technology in their lives to glorify God? John Dyer’s From the Garden to the City is available for free download today; you can download it here.
“Where does technology belong in the biblical story of redemption?
Believers and unbelievers alike are saturated with technology, yet most give it little if any thought. Consumers buy and upgrade as fast as they can, largely unaware of technology’s subtle yet powerful influence. In a world where technology changes almost daily, many are left to wonder: Should Christians embrace all that is happening? Are there some technologies that we need to avoid? Does the Bible give us any guidance on how to use digital tools and social media?
An experienced Web developer and writer on technology and culture, John Dyer answers these questions and more by walking through the story of the Bible and introducing key ideas about how technology and culture interact. Dyer first analyzes the biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations of technology and then studies several examples that show how technology can influence the spiritual life. For youth pastors, college-aged readers, and anyone interested in understanding how technology fits with faith, From the Garden to the City fills a gap for biblically-informed literature in a technological world.”
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“In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to get in the driver’s seat, keeping any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously through the minefields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables and—most importantly—get people thinking about Jesus. Soon, your conversations will look more like diplomacy than D-Day. Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl shows you how to: – Initiate conversations effortlessly – Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively – Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking – Skillfully manage the details of dialogue – Maintain an engaging, disarming style even under attack Tactics provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace.”
Come borrow this book at our Library!
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Ligonier Connect is offering a new course “Justification by Faith Alone” taught by R.C. Sproul and moderated by Tim Challies. Besides getting to watch the videos, there will be weekly Google hangouts to discuss the material and at the end of the course class members will receive a hard copy of The Truth of the Cross for free. Join the class now as it begins next week; you can sign up here.
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Ligonier Ministries is offering a free download of R.C. Sproul’s new book The Race of Faith; you can download it here. This would be great resource for you to share with non-believing friends and family as it is available in multiple languages including Chinese.
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