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October 09, 2007

Forty-one books to the winner…

Last month’s Great September Giveaway was a great success with three readers taking home some excellent prizes. Of course I extend my sympathies to the multitudes who didn’t win; I can identify with your disappointment since I don’t think I’ve ever won anything in my life! But I am confident that my time is coming.

This month you’ve got another chance to win a great prize. Or forty-one of them to be exact.

The Sponsor

Reformation TrustFirst, a word about sponsors. Each of these giveaways is sponsored by a different ministry or a Christian company. I’d ask that you express your gratitude to these sponsors by clicking through to their sites and looking around. All of them have something interesting to offer. By clicking to their sites you support them and you support these giveaways.

This month’s sponsor is Ligonier Ministries. And really, what can I say about Ligonier? It is, of course, a ministry based upon the teaching of R.C. Sproul. It was established in 1971 to equip Christians to articulate what they believe and why they believe it. And it has been doing that faithfully ever since. Dr. Sproul’s most recent book, The Truth of the Cross is ideal for both personal growth and for evangelism. To that end Ligonier is offering it at a volume discount (‘spread-the-word’ pricing) when purchased through their site.

Buy 1–––––––—$15
Buy 2-5–––––––$12 each
Buy 6-39––––––-$9.75 each
Buy a case of 40–––-$6.75 each
Buy two or more cases—$5.25 each

You can learn more about this offer right here.

The Prizes

I’ve got some amazing prizes to offer this time around. As with the last giveaway there will be three winners.

  • First prize: One case (Forty copies!) of The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul along with a copy of Jesus the Evangelist by Richard Phillips (that’s a retail value of over $600!). The forty books are not to be sold, but are to be given away or used for evangelism. Just think what you could do with forty of them. That’s ten for people in the church, ten for family members, ten for Christmas gifts and ten to hold on to for just the right moment.
  • Second prize: One copy of Jesus the Evangelist by Richard Phillips and admission for two to the Ligonier Ministries 2008 National Conference, Evangelism According to Jesus.
  • Third Prize: One copy of Jesus the Evangelist by Richard Phillips and admission for two to the Ligonier Ministries 2008 National Conference, Evangelism According to Jesus.

Note: If the second or third prize winners are unable to attend the 2008 National Conference, they may substitute admission for two to The Cross of Christ Regional Conference in Dallas/Fort Worth (November 2-3, 2007) OR any two books published by Reformation Trust.

Small Print

As with previous giveaways, you can increase your chances of winning by referring others. Details and other smallish print is available in the contest area. I recommend you read it. Last time a potential winner forfeited the prize because he did not join the mailing list!

Enter the Draw

You can enter the draw here (Please read the instructions carefully!):


September 21, 2007

Blogging is an interactive affair. Not only does it invite comments from readers but it also invites discussion on other blogs. An article posted at one site can generate discussion at many others. It’s a unique and valuable benefit of blogging! I used to expend a bit of effort in drawing the attention of my readers to places where discussion that began here has continued elsewhere but, for some reason (which is probably simple complacency) I stopped doing that. I think it will be valuable to resurrect the habit, so today I’m going to do some blogspotting. This list is far from exhaustive but does point to some of the highlights—places where you can hopefully do some good reading.

At the New City Presbyterian Church blog Tullian Tchividjian mentioned my list of tips to read more and to read better. He follows up with a small list of good books. The list is solid gold!

At Against Heresies Martin interacts with the post on Brian McLaren and the two gospels he contrasts in his new book. Martin says, “The implied contrast between these old and new gospels reminded me of some words penned by Gresham Machen in the 1920s. They give weight to the concern that McLaren’s theology bears more than a passing resemblance to the old liberal gospel.” Machen fought a similar battle almost a century ago and his words ring true today.

TentPeg also reacts to the post and, like Martin, sees that this is essentially liberal theology. “I sometimes wonder if McClaren is aware of the fact that this gospel isn’t really that new or emergent. It’s basically repackaged liberal theology. Jesus came to save us by giving us truth. He shows us what grace, truth, and hope really are. Through his work on this earth and the work God does through it, we can change the world and make it a better place. “The world God dreams of…”? The problem isn’t that the second version is blatantly wrong. It’s just so vague as to be almost meaningless.”

Responding to the article I wrote about the Shorter Catechism, Joe at Emeth Aletheia discussed his family’s catechism practice. “I don’t post this as some legalistic form that everyone should follow. It is something we have been doing and enjoying as a family. If others find it valuable and helpful - fantastic.”

I’d also commend to you the discussion based on this article that happened right here at my blog. You’ll read how other families teach their children the catechism and lead them to a knowledge of Christian doctrine. You can read it here.

Ally at Carpe Diem is another person who is sometimes frozen by the amount of choices she faces.

At Boundless Line Motte Brown talks about the unknowable providence of God. Tom Neven follows Motte’s post with one of his own: Taking God’s Name in Vain. He shares some good insights.

September 13, 2007

At some point I need to write an article about how to build a library on the cheap. When I do it will mention inventory reduction sales. Speaking of which…

Westminster Books is holding just such a sale right now. Since, like several good, Reformed online retailers they don’t really stock any bad books, everything listed there is good. But I noticed at least one that really stands out. Not too long ago I reviewed The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World and said, “All-in-all, this book serves as a wonderful, popular-level introduction to the key persons and events involved in the Reformation, surely one of history’s most pivotal times. It makes for a great springboard to deeper appreciation and thus deeper study of both people and events. It is exactly the kind of book I would put in the hands of new Christians, or simply Christians who have no appreciation of the church’s history, so they can benefit from knowing and understanding the history of the church and thus the history of their faith. I wholeheartedly recommend it.” I actually just bought a copy of it for our church library, still believing that it is a superb resource to give people just enough church history to interest them in reading more and to help orient themselves in the grand stream of the long, storied history of the church. You can pick it up now for just $5.20—and it’s a deal at that.

If you didn’t pick up John Piper’s What Jesus Demands from the World during that big Desiring God sale a few months ago, you can get it here for $8.60.

You may also like to click on the “Best of WTS Sale” link. Several good commentaries are on sale there, probably the most notable of which are John Murray on Romans and D.A. Carson on John. Both are priced to sell!


Go shopping!

August 12, 2007

I wanted to take some space on this blog to make mention of what looks like a really interesting conference. The Expositors’ Conference (October 1-2) is hosted by Christ Fellowship Baptist Church (in Mobile, Alabama), the church pastored by Steve Lawson. The conference is targeted squarely at pastors, and especially those who value expository preaching and are attempting to learn how to do it or get better at it. There are only two speakers but they are among the foremost expositors in the world today: John MacArthur and Steve Lawson. I believe the conference is likely to be quite small and have a reasonably intimate feel to it.

Here is a list of the topics that will be covered:

  • The 10 How To’s of Expository Preaching (Steven Lawson)
  • Why I Am Committed To Expository Preaching, Part One (John MacArthur)
  • Why I Am Committed To Expository Preaching, Part Two (John MacArthur)
  • Questions & Answers (Steven Lawson & John MacArthur)
  • Digging Deeper Into The Biblical Text (Steven Lawson)
  • Proclaiming The Word With Passion And Power (Steven Lawson)

The fee is only $95 and that includes all of the meals. There are a limited number of families available to host attendees (for free, of course), so this conference may be a good option for those who are on a tight budget. It is also a great alternative to people who may not be able to go to next year’s Shepherds’ Conference.

If you are interested in going or in sending your pastor, visit the web site for more information.

July 30, 2007

I was poking around a little bit today and found what I consider to be just a great deal. I’m posting for no other reason than to tell you that this represents what I’m sure you’ll agree is the best $4.03 you’ll ever spend. It’s one of my all-time favorites and a book worth reading at least once per year.

If you disagree and are absolutely convinced that another item worth $4.03 would have been a better buy, well, tell me what it is because I don’t believe it’s possible.

That is all.

February 26, 2007

From the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is scheduled to appear tonight on CNN’s Larry King Live. Mohler will discuss the alleged discovery of the “tomb” of Jesus and his family by archaeologists and genetic scientists. A documentary “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” which is said to present the evidence, is scheduled to air next week on the Discovery Channel. Scheduled to appear with Mohler are James Cameron, executive producer of the documentary; Simcha Jacobovici, the director; and James Tabor, chair of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Larry King Live airs at 9:00 Eastern Time on CNN. The segment on the “Lost Tomb of Jesus” is scheduled to air tonight following an interview with First Lady Laura Bush.

February 26, 2007


It is not often that I draw attention to work I’ve done, but I am going to make an exception today. Several months ago (more months ago than I care to remember, actually), John Hendryx, the gentleman who runs the site Monergism.com, approached me about helping him upgrade his site. At that time Monergism was a huge site and a hugely popular site. The site is a labor of love that, to that point, had been built and maintained almost entirely by John. The site was beginning to grow to the point that it was getting out of hand. There were hundreds of static pages that had to be individually maintained and at the same time the site’s design was getting a tad dated. And so John and I set out to reinvent Monergism. A few months and countless man hours later, John has finally unveiled the new site.

If you are not familiar with Monergism, you really should be. John has created a massive site with thousands and thousands of links to articles, books, audio files and other resources. The answer to almost any theological disagreement or conundrum lies somewhere within the site. I have often turned to the site in my research and have found myself at the site time and again when performing Google searches. It is a great service to the Christian community (and to the Reformed community in particular).

The main feature of the redesigned site is a completely new directory system (click the Directory button). It allows visitors to search and sort the links and even to rate them. Information is categorized much better and much more logically than in the past, meaning that it is far easier to find great resources through it. There are also now RSS feeds, email updates, better integration with the Monergismbooks bookstore and so on. The benefits go on and on. And what’s more, the new design isn’t too hard on the eyes.

So go, visit the site, and find something there to read about. I guarantee you can find something that interests you!

September 02, 2006

ligonier-site.gifToday, one one day after Desiring God upgraded their web site, Ligonier Ministries has done the same. What a strange coincidence that both of these projects, a long time in developing, would happen at nearly the same time. You can view the site at ligonier.org.

The new site is beautiful. Their designers did an exceptional job crafting a site that looks beautiful and still functions well (though what’s with the use of tables instead of CSS? I guess I’ve turned into a bit of a CSS-snob.). Their use of Flash is also very good, using it to enhance the site and not to provide any core functionality. The site offers a Flash-disabled version. Be sure to notice that there are two levels of submenus, a first level that appears immediately below the main navigation, and a second level that appears in the right sidebar of the site. You’ll miss some great features if you pass over the right sidebar.

One of the best new features can be found at the bottom of the main page where the site offers excerpts from Dr. Sproul’s excellent book Now, That’s A Good Question. Buried in the site is another good feature, Dr. Sproul On…. Be sure to also work your way through the submenus of Soli Deo Gloria publishing as they offer lots of great information about the Puritans. And, of course, there is a good deal of audio and video content available as well, with a 30-day radio archive and a 15-day TV archive. The audio and video are played with a slick new media player. Podcasts are also available.

From what I understand, this web site is meant to be constantly growing with plenty of new content to be added. It will likely be worth stopping by regularly.

Dr. Sproul has a new welcome message:

Over forty years ago, my life was changed forever when the Holy Spirit granted me faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Early in my Christian life I sat under several men of God who taught me the life-changing truths of biblical Christianity. But as I began my ministry, I soon recognized that not every person has been so blessed.

Concerned that too many believers lack the in-depth knowledge of God, I helped found Ligonier Ministries over 35 years ago. Starting as a small study center in western Pennsylvania, our outreach grew as teaching resources were produced and sent around the world. It quickly became apparent that our need was to bridge the gap between Sunday school and seminary. Our commitment over the decades has never changed: to faithfully present the unvarnished truth of Scripture to help people grow in their knowledge of God and His holiness.

We produce teaching series covering Bible study, apologetics, theology, Christian living, philosophy, and church history. Most of our resources are offered on popular media such as DVD, CD, and MP3, as well as VHS and Cassette. We also guide the growing Christian or the inquiring skeptic to the best books on many subjects. Soli Deo Gloria, a division of Ligonier Ministries, reprints the best of 16th and 17th century Christian literature. Reformation Trust is our publishing initiative dedicated to publishing my new books as well as other contemporary authors.

Ligonier also supports the Christian community through the monthly devotional magazine Tabletalk and through many conferences held throughout the United States each year. We also work to spread the Gospel to a global audience through our daily teaching broadcast, Renewing Your Mind, on DirecTV, radio, and this website.

Whether you are a new Christian or mature believer, we hope that you will find Ligonier Ministries helpful to your growth in Christ. May God bless you as you seek to be faithful to His Word. Welcome!