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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
April 29, 2016

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Westminster Theological Seminary. Three people will win a set of resources for a 10-person Bible study on how to read all of Scripture in light of Christ. Each winner will receive a copy of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible, a copy of Vern Poythress’s Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God, and ten copies of Seeing Christ in All of Scripture, a book by Westminster faculty.

ESV Gospel Transformation Bible

The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible features all-new book introductions and gospel-illuminating notes written by a team of over 50 outstanding pastors and scholars. This specially prepared material outlines passage-by-passage God’s redemptive purposes of grace that echo all through Scripture and culminate in Christ. 

Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God: A Handbook for Biblical Interpretation

Every time we read the Bible, we’re reading in the presence of God. How should this incredible truth shape how we read? Moving quickly from principle to practice, Vern Poythress helps us rethink how we interpret the Bible by showing us the implications of entering into God's presence as we study. 

Seeing Christ in All of Scripture

Interpreting the Bible can be a challenge. Seeing Christ in All of Scripture is designed to help people understand the beautiful, Christ-centered structure of the Bible. This concise compilation of essays by Westminster faculty provides a unique and practical tool for personal or group Bible study.

Click here for a free PDF of Seeing Christ in All of Scripture to preview the book.

Westminster Seminary Giveaway

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
April 22, 2016

This week's Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Zondervan and features books by Michael Horton. There will be 3 winners this week and each of them will receive the following books:

  • Core Christianity. For many people, words like doctrine and theology cause their eyes to glaze over, or they find them difficult to understand and struggle to see how they are relevant to daily life. But theology is far from boring; it is the study of God and should lead to awe and wonder as we better understand who God is and what he has done for us. In Core Christianity, author, pastor, and theologian Mike Horton tackles the essential and basic beliefs that all Christians share. What is core to the Christian faith? In addition to unpacking these beliefs in a way that is easy to understand, Horton shows why they matter to our lives today.
  • Pilgrim Theology. In this book, Michael Horton guides readers through a preliminary exploration of Christian theology in "a Reformed key." Horton reviews the biblical passages that give rise to a particular doctrine in addition to surveying past and present interpretations. Also included are sidebars showing the key distinctions readers need to grasp on a particular subject, helpful charts and tables illuminating exegetical and historical topics, and questions at the end of each chapter for individual, classroom, and small group reflection.
  • Ordinary. Pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What’s needed is not another program or a fresh approach to spiritual growth; it’s a renewed appreciation for the commonplace. Far from a call to low expectations and passivity, Horton invites readers to recover their sense of joy in the ordinary. He provides a guide to a sustainable discipleship that happens over the long haul—not a quick fix that leaves readers empty with unfulfilled promises. Convicting and ultimately empowering, Ordinary is not a call to do less; it’s an invitation to experience the elusive joy of the ordinary Christian life.
  • The Christian Faith. Michael Horton’s highly anticipated The Christian Faith represents his magnum opus and will be viewed as one of—if not the—most important systematic theologies since Louis Berkhof wrote his in 1932. Professor Horton views this volume as "doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated." It is written for a growing cast of pilgrims making their way together and will be especially welcomed by professors, pastors, students, and armchair theologians.
  • For Calvinism. Michael Horton invites us to explore the teachings of Calvinism, also commonly known as Reformed theology, by showing us how it is biblical and God-centered, leading us to live our lives for the glory of God. As a companion to Roger Olson’s Against Calvinism, readers will be able to compare contrasting perspectives and form their own opinions on the merits and weaknesses of Calvinism.
  • A Place for Weakness. In A Place for Weakness, Horton exposes the pop culture that sells Jesus like a product for health and happiness and reminds us that our lives often lead us on difficult routes we must follow by faith. This book offers a series of powerful readings that demonstrate how, through every type of earthly difficulty, our Father keeps his promises from Scripture and works all things together for our good.

Free Stuff Fridays Updated
April 15, 2016

This week's Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Banner of Truth. They are offering up 5 prize packages, each of which contains 3 of their new books. All 5 winners will receive these books:

Jewels from NewtonJewels from John Newton: Daily Readings from the Works of John Newton. ‘In few writers are Christian doctrine, experience and practice more happily balanced than in the author of these letters, and few write with more simplicity, piety and force.’ (C.H. Spurgeon). This volume of daily devotional readings, is largely drawn from Newton’s prolific correspondence, and covers a wide variety of topics related to the Christian’s life and experience. Although written more than two hundred years ago, it remains as relevant and edifying as ever.

Every Promise of Your Word: The Gospel According to Joshua, by Rhett Dodson. ‘The book of Joshua is a promise of hope and a call to repentance that the church needs to hear. With faithful interpretation, holy imagination, skillful illustration, and spiritual illumination, Dodson opens up the biblical text so that we see not just ancient Israel, but ourselves and the Lord Jesus. This book is an ideal companion for personal devotion or family worship’ (Joel Beeke).

Sad DepartureA Sad Departure: Why We Could Not Stay in the Church of Scotland, by David Randall. ‘Every Pastor should read this book’ (Al Mohler). ‘David Randall has written a lucid manifesto explaining why he and others are leaving the Church of Scotland now. The arguments he proffers for departure from this historic church stand equally true and compelling for any believer or pastor in any denomination which has officially allowed a departure from the Word of God' (John MacArthur). ‘A Sad Departure tells a dark story, almost novelesque in character. A church’s Theological Commission reaches a unanimous conclusion on the teaching on marriage given in its ultimate authority, the Bible. But then its General Assembly acts in a way that ignores, demeans, and rejects that teaching. Thus behind these sad departures lies the prior and much sadder departure of the Kirk from its sacred constitution. This is a thoughtful, honest and solemnising book written out of a deep personal and pastoral concern for the cause of the gospel’ (Sinclair Ferguson).

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
April 08, 2016

This week's Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Zondervan who also sponsored the blog this week. They are offering 5 prizes this week which means that 5 winners will each receive the following 4 resources:

  • Answering JihadAnswering Jihad: A Better Way Forward
    "From New York Times bestselling author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this personal, challenging, and respectful answer to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism. San Bernardino was the most lethal terror attack on American soil since 9/11, and it came on the heels of a coordinated assault on Paris. There is no question that innocents were slaughtered in the name of Allah and in the way of jihad, but do the terrorists’ actions actually reflect the religion of Islam? The answer to this question is more pressing than ever, as waves of Muslim refugees arrive in the West seeking shelter from the violent ideology of ISIS. Setting aside speculations and competing voices, what really is jihad? How are we to understand jihad in relation to our Muslim neighbors and friends? Why is there such a surge of Islamist terrorism in the world today, and how are we to respond? In Answering Jihad, bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi answers these questions from the perspective of a former Muslim who is deeply concerned for both his Muslim family and his American homeland."
  • Seeking Allah Finding JesusSeeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Better Way Forward (Expanded Edition)
    "In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi’s inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike. Engaging and thought-provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart—and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Video Study (DVD)
    "Building on the powerful story and arguments he shared in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, author Nabeel Qureshi takes viewers deeper into apologetics and evangelism among Muslims with this complete video lecture course. In eight sessions of about 30 minutes each he explores Muslim culture, the most common Muslim objections to Christianity, and the core doctrines upon which Islam stands or falls. Compassionate and clear, Nabeel’s lectures will be a useful training tool for pastors, outreach leaders, and any believers wanting to winsomely engage Muslims in spiritual conversations. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Video Study develops in further detail the objections to Islam and case for Christianity that Qureshi introduced in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. When used with the accompanying Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Study Guide, this accessible course is perfect for adult classes, small groups, segments in college or seminary courses, and motivated independent learners alike."
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Study Guide
    "The Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Study Guide develops in further detail the objections to Islam and case for Christianity that Qureshi introduced in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. When studied with the accompanying Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Video Study, this complete course is perfect for adult classes, small groups, segments in college or seminary courses, and motivated independent learners alike."

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
April 01, 2016

This week's Free Stuff Fridays is small and simple. This week P&R sponsored the blog with an article titled The Top 10 Books on Reconciling Divine Sovereignty and Free Will. That article was based on a book by Scott Christensen titled What About Free Will?. Today they are giving away 5 copies of the book.

In the publisher's description they say, "Christensen explains two views that acknowledge God's sovereignty and its relation to human responsibility: compatibilism and libertarianism. Providing cogent, biblical answers, Christensen argues for compatibilism and shows how it makes sense of evil, suffering, prayer, evangelism, and sanctification. You will gain a deeper understanding of both arguments, as well as a greater appreciation for the significant role that choices play in God's work." It comes with stellar endorsements (John MacArthur, Michael Horton, etc) and a foreword by D.A. Carson.

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
March 25, 2016

This week's Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Ligonier Ministries who also sponsored the blog this week. Ligonier is offering 5 prizes, each of them an annual subscription to Tabletalk magazine.

Tabletalk is a monthly discipleship magazine written by today’s leading theologians and pastors to help Christians grow in the knowledge of God. An annual print subscription features 12 issues and includes a companion digital edition available on most tablet devices. Daily devotionals make up over half of the content and typically exposit a book of the Bible or a specific topic over the course of the year. A third of the content is themed, dealing with a particular issue, and the rest consists of featured columns addressing a variety of issues ranging from theology to Christian living.

For a limited time, Ligonier is also offering all Challies.com readers a no-risk 3-month trial to Tabletalk that includes a CD set, The Dark Side of Islam. This teaching series from Dr. R.C. Sproul and Abdul Saleeb seeks to expose the true teachings of Islam and explain why fundamentalist Muslims are so aggressive in their attempt to wipe out all other religions. It will also serve as a helpful resource for those witnessing to Muslims in their own communities.

Tabletalk

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
March 18, 2016

This week's Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master's College (which, as you know, also sponsored the blog this week). There will be 5 winners this week, and each of them will receive three great items:

  • A copy of a brand new book by Master's College professor Abner Chou titled What Happened in the Garden. In this book he works with other members of the faculty to "contend that the second and third chapters of Genesis are indeed historical, that there are excellent reasons for believing so, and that it is an essential issue within Christian thought and life."
  • A complete course called The Land of the Bible. All the lectures for the course were filmed on-site in Israel. This is more than just a video tour of sites in Israel, but an actual class filmed on location in Israel. The thumb drive includes all of the lectures, notes, and class materials (Note: This is just the class lecture and materials but obviously does not gain credit). It is “A visual study of the geography of the land of the Bible, including sites in the Old Testament, New Testament, and in modern Israel. The course will examine how the geography of the land provides the 'stage' on which the events transpired and also how it became part of those very events. Relevant post-Biblical historical events and elements of Jewish culture will also be incorporated into the geographical study.”
  • A Master's College t-shirt.

All in all, it's a great prize. There are 5 of them to win, so sign up now!

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Free Stuff Fridays Updated
March 11, 2016

This week’s Free Stuff is sponsored by NavPress. They are offering three books and a gift card. On Sunday, March 6, their bestselling author Jerry Bridges went home to be with the Lord. Though saddened by the loss of this humble, Godly man, they celebrate a life well lived. In his honor, NavPress will offer two of his most popular titles, along with a new release by D A. Horton and a Starbucks gift card.

  • The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges - Retail price $12.99. “Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God to His people. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Jerry Bridges, Christians can be confused about their role in bringing about holiness. In this classic, Bridges helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do—and where we need to accept responsibility. Whether you are just beginning your pursuit of holiness or continuing your journey, these timeless principles and guidelines will challenge you to joyfully obey God’s command.
  • Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges - Retail price $14.99. Once we commit our lives to Christ, most of us find it easy to trust God for our eternal salvation. But to live daily by His grace is often a different matter. We tend to base our relationship with Him on our performance rather than on His grace. Yet what we really need is to trust God for His daily transforming grace and the wonderful freedom from performance that grace gives.
  • Bound to Be Free by D. A. Horton - Retail price $14.99. There's nothing more heartbreaking than to see saints who are bound by performance, not realizing there is freedom through Christ. When we are trapped by performance, we try to please everyone, to do what we think makes God happy, to live a "good" life. We don't realize that the walls are closing in around us. As we acknowledge how we are bound by performance, we can—with God's help—flee into the captivity of grace and rest in God's unfailing love. This Scripture-filled read will help you recalibrate your heart so you can walk in the freedom Christ has provided.
  • Starbucks gift card - $5.00. Good for a cup of joe to sip as you enjoy some new and classic reads.

In addition, NavPress is offering a free download of the group curriculum for Bound To be Free to use in your small group or church. Click here for more specials from NavPress.

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