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Free Stuff Fridays

Free Stuff Fridays

Every week I rack my brain trying to come up with an original introduction to these Free Stuff Fridays posts. Maybe I just need to give up and embrace the formula. I guess the problem is that I’m usually genuinely excited about the stuff I get to give out here so I don’t want it too become too formulaic. Ah well. Here we go!

This week’s giveaway is once again sponsored by Ligonier Ministries. And this week they want to give away some resources written by Dr. Steven Lawson, a man whose ministry I much admire.

There will be five prizes this week. Four people will each win a single copy of one of Dr. Lawson’s books (or a book he has contributed to); the grand prize winner will receive all four of the books. Here are the titles along with a bit of information about them:

  • Foundations of Grace - Understanding the doctrines of grace will give you a clearer picture of God’s sovereignty. From the lawgiver Moses to the apostle John, and from the early church fathers to modern defenders of the faith, there has marched onto the stage of human history a long line of godly men, a triumphant parade of spiritual stalwarts who have upheld the doctrines of grace. In this book, the first in the five-volume A Long Line of Godly Men series, Dr. Steven J. Lawson takes you on a heart-stirring survey of the Scriptures to show that the Bible in its entirety teaches the doctrines of grace.T
  • The Expository Genius of John Calvin - Here is an intimate portrait of Calvin the preacher-the core beliefs that determined his preaching style, the steps he took to prepare to preach, and the techniques he used in handling the Word of God, interpreting it, and applying it to his congregation. In the pulpit ministry of the great Reformer, Dr. Lawson finds inspiration and guidance for today’s church and calls on modern pastors to follow the Reformer’s example of strong expository preaching.
  • The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards - Lawson examines Edwards’ life through the lens of the seventy resolutions he penned in his late teens, shortly after his conversion, which cover everything from glorifying God to repenting of sin to managing time. Drawing on Edwards’ writings, as well as scholarly accounts of Edwards’ life and thought, Lawson shows how Edwards sought to live out these lofty goals he set for the management of his walk with Christ. In Edwards’ example, he finds helpful instruction for all believers.
  • John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine and Doxology -In celebration of the five hundredth anniversary of John Calvin’s birth (2009), Burk Parsons, editor of Tabletalk magazine and associate minister at St. Andrew’s in Sanford, Fla., has brought together an impressive group of pastors and scholars to reconsider Calvin’s life and legacy. Contributors include Jay Adams, Eric Alexander Thabiti Anyabwile, Joel Beeke, Jerry Bridges, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, D. G. Hart, Michael Horton, Phillip R. Johnson, Steven Lawson, John MacArthur, Keith Mathison, Richard Phillips, Harry Reeder, Philip Graham Ryken, Derek Thomas, Thomas Ascol, and others.

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Foundations of Grace is the first book in a series called A Long Line of Godly Men and The Expository Genius and The Unwavering Resolve are the first two books in a companion series called A Long Line of Godly Men Profiles. So in either case, you’ll be well on your way to catching up with a series you may be interested in collecting.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.