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May 18, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Peacemaker Ministries. They will be giving away five sets of the following five books from the “peacemaking line” at Baker Books:

Peacemaker

  • The Peacemaker, by Ken Sande – The foundational book on biblical peacemaking that lays out a gospel-centered and practical framework for Christians to use to resolve conflicts.
  • The Peacemaker Student Edition, by Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson – A short book based on the principles from The Peacemaker that is aimed at teens and youth workers.
  • The Peacemaking Pastor, by Alfred Poirier – Written by a pastor for pastors, this book explores the theology of reconciliation and the call for church leaders to be shepherd mediators.
  • Peacemaking Women, by Tara Barthel and Judy Dabler - With personal stories and advice that is firmly rooted in Scripture, this book looks at some of the relational struggles common to women and offers a guide to peace with God, peaceful relationships with others, and genuine peace within.
  • Redeeming Church Conflict, by Tara Barthel and David Edling - In this hope-filled and practical book, two church conflict resolution experts take you through the Acts 15 model of approaching conflict in order to provide a clear, godly way forward into redemptive reconciliation.

Redeeming Church ConflictThe last book on the list—Redeeming Church Conflicts—has just been released and is a great new resource for both church leaders and church members. Some books might tell you how to manage conflicts in the church or even give guidance on how to resolve them. But this book goes beyond that, walking through actually redeeming something as messy and painful as a church conflict. It’s written specifically to be a help during a time of crisis for a church, but it is also a good resource for churches recovering from conflict or for those that want to be proactive in looking ahead to the conflicts that will inevitably come. The publisher describes the book in this way:

Every church will experience conflicts. How a church handles these inevitable conflicts determines its future and the spiritual health of its members. If properly approached, church conflicts can be used for spiritual growth—both individually and corporately as the body of Christ. Redeeming church conflicts—making something glorious out of something awful—provides evidence to a watching world that the gospel is real and powerful.

In this purposeful and practical book, two church-conflict resolution experts take readers through the Acts 15 model of approaching conflict in order to help them understand the intricacies of their church conflict. The book provides a clear, godly way forward into redemptive reconciliation, regardless of how the people involved in the conflict respond or fail to respond.

The authors, David Edling and Tara Barthel, have put together a helpful website related to this book, and they actively blog and lead discussions there on topics related to conflict in the church. Watch the video below to get a sense of their heart and the content included in the book:

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.

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May 11, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Christian Focus Publications and they are offering quite the prize package (or five of them, to be more precise). First, they are introducing two brand new titles from a brand new series from Christian Focus Publications in the Mentor imprint, so new they are not even available to purchase. You have the opportunity of being the first to own these handsome volumes!

The Mentor Expository Series holds to an inerrant view of Scripture. They are thoroughly researched with helpful practical application. This is a timely resource for pastors and Bible teachers who want to draw on Christ-centered expository teaching and for the lay reader who wants to delve more deeply into the riches of the Word of God.

GalatiansGalatians is by Terry L. Johnson who is Senior Pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia and an author of a number of books including The Parables of Jesus , The Family Worship Book, When Grace Transforms, When Grace Comes Home and When Grace Comes Alive.

In this book he skilfully exposits 22 chapters which look at the theological aspect of Galatians then 18 chapters looking at the practical outworking of the letter. It contains a wealth of material for helping us to live Christian lives; to walk by the Spirit.

RevelationRevelation is by Douglas F Kelly who is the Richard Jordan Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina and an author of a number of books including If God Already Knows Why Pray?, Creation and Change and New Life in the Wasteland.

In 65 expositional chapters, he draws our attention to the central theme of this profound book; the Lord Jesus Christ himself who is in full and sovereign control, the victorious lamb on his throne. And what a great unveiling of the glorious saviour is revealed in this apocalyptic book!

We are also pleased to include the highly recommended and growing ‘Teaching’ series which is designed to help the pastor, small group leader or a youth worker teach their way through a Biblical book. It will help you in planning and executing a lesson advising on background, structure, key points and application. This series is published in conjunction with Proclamation Trust Media whose aim is to encourage ministry that seeks above all to expound the Bible as God’s Word for today.

Teaching ActsThere are 8 titles available now with Teaching Ephesians and Teaching 1 Timothy due in the fall.

  • Teaching Acts by David Cook
  • Teaching Isaiah by David Jackman
  • Teaching John by William Philip, Dick Lucas
  • Teaching Matthew by David Jackman
  • Teaching Romans Volume 1: Romans 1-8 and Volume 2: Romans 9-16 by Christopher Ash
  • Teaching 1 Peter by Angus MacLeay
  • Teaching Amos by Bob Fyall

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.

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May 04, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by CBD Reformed. As they always do, they are offering up 5 great prize packages, each of which will contain these 3 books:

  • When Helping HurtsESV MacArthur Study Bible - Retail price $44.99
  • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert - Retail Price $14.99
  • The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller – Retail Price $25.95

When Helping Hurts is a very important book that shows how many of our well-intentioned efforts in global missions can actually be harmful. After I read the book, this is how I wrapped up my review: “If you are going to go on a short-term missions project you need to read this book; if your church is getting involved in working with the poor in your community, you need to read this book; if your church is looking for involvement with missions work overseas, you need to read this book. Corbett and Fikkert tells what we’ve been doing wrong and offer solid, practical, biblical advice on what we can do to get it right at last.”

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (May 4 - 7) on the following three products:

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.

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April 27, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by first-time sponsor Discovery House Publishers. Discovery House has published several books that I’ve endorsed and/or reviewed in the past couple of years and they have packaged them up here and made them available for this giveaway. There are five prize packs to win and each one will contain a copy of all three of these books:

  • The Last EnemyThe Last Enemy: Preparing to Win the Fight of Your Life by Michael Wittmer (my review)
  • Written in Tears: A Grieving Father’s Journey Through Psalm 103 by Luke Veldt (my review)
  • You Are the Treasure that I Seek by Greg Dutcher (my review)

I chose Written in Tears as one of my top picks in 2011, saying “Several years ago Luke Veldt suffered the unexpected and devastating loss of his thirteen-year-old daughter. After Allison’s death, Veldt turned to Psalm 103 and he read it again and again. He read it every day for more than a year, and through that psalm he experienced God’s presence. This book, a short but powerful little volume, shares many of the lessons the Lord taught him through his grief. It makes for valuable reading for those who have suffered loss or those who are seeking to help others who have experienced loss. It’s profoundly moving and deeply biblical.”

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.

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April 20, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by first-time sponsor Hendrickson Publishers. Hendrickson focuses on publishing Bibles and academic materials and they’ve got just the thing to interest you: The ESV Looseleaf Bible. They are offering five of them which means there will be five winners today.

ESV Looseleaf Bible

The English Standard Version’s rigorous fidelity to the original languages of the Scriptures has quickly made it a widely used translation—now it’s available from Hendrickson in a loose-leaf edition that will be a tremendous tool for serious students. There’s plenty of room to take sermon or study notes on the text pages, which fit both three-and five-ring binders.

  • 8.5 x 11 inch, 5-hole punched pages, including blank pages
  • Sturdy, 11 x 11.5 x 2.75 inch, five-ring binder (pages also fit a standard three-ring binder )
  • Concordance and center column references

The looseleaf format is very helpful for studying the Bible (though it’s a safe bet that you won’t be taking this to Bible study with you every week).

There are five of these to win!

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.

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April 13, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Indelible Grace Music. For years now Indelible Grace has been at the forefront of the new hymns movement, setting old hymns to new music. Since I first heard their music (via my sister, as it happens) I’ve been a big fan. Today they are offering five prize packages, each of which will contain these items:

  • The Hymn Sing2-disc DVD of the performance documentary Roots and Wings: The Story of Indelible Grace and the RUF Hymns
  • 2-disc CD of The Hymn Sing: Live In Nashville
  • CD of By Thy Mercy: Indelible Grace Acoustic

Here is a taste of The Hymn Sing album:

Also, here is the trailer to the documentary video:

Finally, you will want to know that through the weekend (until Monday), The Hymn Sing double CD will be on sale at the Indelible Grace store for just $9.99. You’ll also find discounted combos.

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.

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April 09, 2012

The Visual Theology series of infographics has now visited the ordo salutis, the attributes of Godthe books of the BiblePhilippians 4:8the genealogy of Jesus Christthe TrinityPhilippians 2:5-11 and, most recently, the tabernacle. I have opened a Visual Theology store where you can purchase any of these as prints. And just for kicks, I’d like to give away some of those prints.

So here’s the deal: Simply enter the giveaway using the form below (if you are reading via an RSS reader, you’ll need to visit the blog). You will see that there are many ways that you can gain extra ballots. At the end of it all, I will select 4 winners, each of whom will receive a poster of their choosing (in the Large size, on their choice of Enhanced Matte or Premium Photo Glossy paper).

April 06, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by CBD Reformed, and you know that they always offer up some great prizes. Today they give you your first chance to get ahold of Matt Chandler’s new book. There will be 5 winners this week and each of them will receive these 3 books:

  • The Explicit GospelThe Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler - Retail Price $17.99
  • Crazy Love by Francis Chan - Retail price $14.99
  • The Barber Who Wanted to Pray by R.C. Sproul – Retail Price $17.99

Here’s a quick description of Matt Chandler’s new book:

Even if you go to church, it doesn’t mean that you are being exposed (or exposing others) to the gospel explicitly. Sure, most people talk about Jesus, and about being good and avoiding bad, but the gospel message simply isn’t there-at least not in a way that is specific and comprehensive.

Inspired by the needs of both the overchurched and the unchurched, and bolstered by the common neglect of an explicit gospel within Christianity, popular pastor Matt Chandler has written The Explicit Gospel, a punchy treatise to remind us what is of first and utmost importance—the gospel.

In doing so he makes a clarion call to true Christianity, to know the gospel explicitly, to teach it uncompromisingly, and to unite the church on the amazing grounds of the good news of Jesus!

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (April 6 - 9) on the following three products. Anyone is free to take advantage of these offers:

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.

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March 30, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Harvest House Publishers. As [almost] always there are five prizes to win and each prize is comprised of several books. Each of the five winners will receive:

What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him is a book I read recently and one I enjoyed a lot. In my review I said “What this book offers is interesting, helpful, mature reflections on what it means to be a man, to be a husband, to be a father. These are the little pearls of wisdom that too few men bequeath to their sons. This is manhood at its best, not some pathetic Eldredge-like counterfeit, but manhood grounded in the gospel and reflecting Jesus Christ.” 

According to the publisher “In What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him, author Byron Yawn offers vital input many men wished they had received during their growing-up years. This collection of 30 simple principles will help men to Identify and fill the gaps that occurred in their upbringing; Benefit from the hard-earned wisdom of others so they don’t make mistakes; Prepare their own sons for the difficult challenges of life.”

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.

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March 23, 2012

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by CBD Reformed and, as always, they have a pretty good prize for you to win! There will be 5 winners this week and each of those winners will take home a prize package that includes:

  • At the Throne of GraceAt The Throne of Grace by John MacArthur - Retail price $22.99
  • You Can Change by Tim Chester - Retail Price $15.99
  • Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan - Retail Price $14.99

At the Throne of Grace is a book of the pastoral prayers of John MacArthur. Here is what the publisher says: “For more than 40 years, John MacArthur has steadfastly committed himself to the careful and faithful teaching of God’s Word. A key outgrowth of his study of Scripture is the profoundly God-centered prayers that precede his sermons. John’s prayers are the offerings of a heart that is fully committed to honoring God, proclaiming and obeying His Word, and calling others to do the same. In this book, prayers and Scripture readings from across his years of ministry have been brought together to stir Christians toward more meaningful and edifying communion with God.”

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (March 23 – March 26) on the following three products:

As you know by know, there are 5 prizes to win, so go ahead and enter! This could be your week…

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.

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