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June 26, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by our friends at Crossway. Crossway is giving away 5 prize packages this week and each of them will contain 3 great new books. Each winner will receive:

  • Son of GodThe Son of God and the New Creation by Graeme Goldsworthy. “The Short Studies in Biblical Theology series is designed to help readers see the whole Bible as a unified story culminating in Jesus Christ. Written by trusted biblical scholars, each volume traces an important topic through God’s Word—from Genesis to Revelation—and explores its significance for the Christian life. In this volume, renowned Bible scholar Graeme Goldsworthy traces the theme of divine sonship from Adam, through the nation of Israel and King David, and ultimately to Jesus Christ—the ‘Son of God’ par excellence.”
  • Side by SideSide by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love by Edward T. Welch. Everyone needs help from time to time, especially in the midst of painful circumstances and difficult trials. In this short book, a highly respected biblical counselor and successful author offers practical guidance for all Christians—pastors and laypeople alike—who want to develop their ‘helping skills’ when it comes to walking alongside hurting people. Written out of the conviction that friends are the best helpers, this accessible introduction to biblical counseling will equip believers to share their burdens with one another through gentle words of wisdom and kind acts of love. This book is written for those eager to see God use ordinary relationships and conversations between ordinary Christians to work extraordinary miracles in the lives of his people.
  • Blind SpotsBlind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church by Collin Hansen. “The world needs bold, united followers of Jesus. It needs you and me to understand and appreciate the contributions of our brothers and sisters in faith. However, too often, our blind spots lead to divisions and disagreements, preventing God’s people from testifying to his grace with one voice. In this provocative book, Collin Hansen helps us view our differences as opportunities to more effectively engage a needy world with the love of Christ. Highlighting the diversity of thought, experience, and personality that God has given to his people, Blind Spots lays the foundation for a new generation of Christians eager to cultivate a courageous, compassionate, and commissioned church.”

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June 19, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed. As they always do, they are giving away some great prizes. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of them will receive the following 3 books:

  • Encounters with JesusEncounters With Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions by Timothy Keller - Retail price $15.00
  • Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means For You and Me by Kevin DeYoung - Retail Price $17.99
  • Prone To Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration by Barbara Duguid & Wayne Duguid Houk - Retail Price $14.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (June 19 - 22) on the following three products:

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Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. 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.

June 12, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Missional Wear and today they are debuting a new product. There will be 5 winners this week, and each winner will receive a set of these great new coffee mugs featuring original art of Charles Spurgeon and and John Calvin. There is a limited quantity, so pre-order these mugs now while they are still available. Missional Wear will refund your order if you are one of the winners, so don’t hesitate to grab a set while you can.

Missional Wear is also running a Father’s Day Sale on all of their popular apparel and gifts. If you haven’t looked around in a while you will find new shirt designs, poster prints and other products to enjoy. Use coupon code: FATHERSDAY to save $5, $10 or $20 off your order!

Calvin Spurgeon

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June 05, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books. They always love to put together some great prize packages and this week is no exception. There will be 5 winners this week and each of the winners will receive each of these books:

Passing ThroughPassing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness by Jeremy Walker. “It is easy to be either a settler or a tourist.  When it comes to our relationship to the world in its current shape, the hardest thing is to be a pilgrim. Passing by the glitz and glamor of Vanity Fair, Jeremy Walker reminds us of the solid joys and lasting pleasures of Zion. This is a book not only to be carefully read, but digested over time.” (Michael S. Horton)

Developments in Biblical Counseling by J. Cameron Fraser. “Fair, compelling, and helpful. I hope the book sells very well, and that it advances the cause of Christ as the church grows up in maturity by increasingly learning how to speak the truth in love.  It will be required reading in a course of mine.” (Heath Lambert)

Faith Seeking Assurance by Anthony Burgess. “It is not uncommon for professing Christians to question the genuineness of their faith. In seasons like this, they can wonder whether it is even possible to know for sure if they are in a state of saving grace. In this book, Anthony Burgess shows that Christians not only can come to an assurance of their salvation but should pursue it. Burgess provides helpful advice for avoiding a presumptuous spirit while developing a humble confidence in grace. Here is a book that will help you understand the marks of grace and avoid some common abuses associated with self-examination. Read it with an open Bible and a prayerful heart, looking to the Holy Spirit as your faith seeks assurance.”

To Win our Neighbors for Christ by Wes Bredenhof. ”To Win Our Neighbors for Christ is a helpful tool for every Reformed Christian seeking to understand and use our confessions in a missional way. It gives the historical background for each of the three forms of Unity and shows that the original intent of our confessions was indeed to reach the lost with the good news of the gospel. It also shows how we as a church need to have that same desire to clearly articulate these truths to our own generation of souls today.” (Richard Bout)

Riots, Revolutions, and the Scottish Covenanters: The Work of Alexander Henderson by L. Charles Jackson. “There has long been a need for a modern, scholarly study of Alexander Henderson, the most important clerical leader of the Scottish Covenanters. Charles Jackson’s carefully researched work helps us to understand why Henderson was so effective and why his death in 1646 was such a loss to the Covenanter movement. The book engages with a number of debates among historians and highlights the importance of religion in Covenanter ideology. It will be of particular interest to students of the British Civil Wars, presbyterianism, and the Reformed tradition.” (John Coffey)

The True Doctrine of the Sabbath by Nicholas Bownd. “No book had more influence in confirming a Sabbatarian ‘heart’ to Puritanism than that of the parson of St. Andrews, Norton, Suffolk, Nicholas Bownd. The True Doctrine of the Sabbath was the first scholarly treatment defending the concept of the Christian Sabbath or Lord’s Day, later embodied in the Westminster Standards. Not reprinted since 1606, this influential work is presented afresh in a new critical edition.”

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May 29, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by our friends at The Good Book Company, who have been working with The Gospel Coalition on a great new resource. There will be 6 winners this week, and each of them will receive a great package of prizes.

Gospel Shaped Church is a five part curriculum that aims to help the whole congregation learn and experience what it means to have their life and ministry shaped root and branch by the Gospel. As Tim Keller and Don Carson say in the introduction: “We want churches that are called into existence by the Gospel to be shaped by the Gospel in their everyday lives.”

The first two parts of this rich and flexible DVD-driven resource are available now:

  • Gospel Shaped Worship is written and presented by Jared Wilson and looks at how the gathered worship of the church relates to the everyday worship that individual Christians are called to offer to the Lord.
  • Gospel Shaped Outreach is written and presented by Omaha-based pastor Erik Raymond and looks at how a church can remain focussed on our principle task of reaching out with the Gospel of grace to others.

Gospel Shaped Outreach

The resources are not simplistic “how to” programs—they are deeply biblical and theological explorations of what God calls us to be through the Gospel message—but expressed in a very accessible way, so that your church can join in a journey of exploration and growth together.

We have three copies of the Gospel Shaped Worship Leader’s Kit and three copies of the Gospel Shaped Outreach Leader’s Kit to give away to six winners. Each Leader’s kit contains a DVD, a Leader’s Guide, a copy of the participant handbook, a quickstart guide and access to downloadable material.

In addition, for the disappointed but still eager, The Good Book Company are offering the Leader kits to regular Challies.com readers at a 40% discount off the list price. Simply follow the link, and use the code ChalliesGSC at the checkout (offer expires on the last day of June 2015).

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May 22, 2015

It is time for a new Free Stuff Fridays, and this week’s giveaway is sponsored by Crossway. To mark the latest release in their “Theologians on the Christian Life” series, they are giving away the new volume along with a couple of the ones that preceded it. There will be 5 winners this week and each of the winners will receive:

  • NewtonNewton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ by Tony Reinke. “John Newton is famous for his legendary hymn ‘Amazing Grace.’ Many have celebrated his dramatic conversion from a life in the slave trade to his eventual work to end it. But often overlooked are Newton’s forty years as a pastor ministering to parishioners and friends unsettled by the trials, doubts, and fears of life.Newton is perhaps the greatest pastoral letter writer in the history of the church. He took up his pen day after day to help others fix their eyes on Christ, which, he writes, is the underlying battle of the Christian life. Through a careful study of scores of letters, Tony Reinke brings together Newton’s brilliant vision of the Christian life in one accessible place.”
  • Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God by Dane Ortlund. “Jonathan Edwards is widely hailed as the greatest theologian in American history. In Edwards on the Christian Life, Dane Ortlund invites us to explore the great eighteenth-century pastor’s central passion: God’s resplendent beauty. Whether the topic was the nature of love, the preeminence of Scripture, or the glory of the natural world, the concept of beauty stood at the heart of Edwards’s theology and permeated his portrait of the Christian life. Clear and engaging, this accessible volume will inspire you to embrace Edwards’s magnificent vision of what it means to be a Christian: enjoying and reflecting of the beauty of God in all things.”
  • Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom by Carl Trueman. “Martin Luther’s historical significance can hardly be overstated. Known as the father of the Protestant Reformation, Luther has had an enormous impact on Western Christianity and culture. In Luther on the Christian Life, historian Carl Trueman introduces readers to the lively Reformer, taking them on a tour of his historical context, theological system, and approach to the Christian life. Whether exploring Luther’s theology of protest, ever-present sense of humor, or misunderstood view of sanctification, this book will help modern readers go deeper in their spiritual walk by learning from one of the great teachers of the faith.”

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May 15, 2015

It is time for a new Free Stuff Fridays, and this week’s giveaway is sponsored by our friends at Banner of Truth. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of those winners will receive the following 3 books:

You Must ReadYou Must Read: Books That Have Changed Our Lives by Various. Have you ever wondered what influences have shaped the preachers, teachers and authors you respect? You Must Read brings together more than thirty well-known Christian leaders and gives them the opportunity to talk about a book that has made a lasting impact on their lives. Their personal narratives and recommendations of the literature that has moulded and matured them combine to produce a book full of interest from start to finish. Contributors include Joel R. Beeke, Alistair Begg, Jerry Bridges, Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., John MacArthur, Stuart Olyott, R. C. Sproul , Derek W. H. Thomas, Geoffrey Thomas, and many others. (more information)

Korean PentecostThe Korean Pentecost, by William Blair & Bruce Hunt. In 1977 the Trust published this remarkable account of the first 60 years or so of the modern church in Korea (mainly North Korea). William Blair (1876–1970), in his first term of missionary service, was at the centre of the great revival of 1907, and his account of this and the events leading up to it forms the first part of the book. Blair includes a thrilling description of how the gospel first came to Korea. The account is then taken up by his son-in-law, Bruce Hunt (1903–92)—born in Pyengyang, now the capital of North Korea—who shows how the revival was followed by a baptism of suffering under the Japanese and Communists. During his forty-eight years of missionary service in Korea, Hunt personally knew many of the Korean Christian martyrs. (more information)

Christ Set ForthChrist Set Forth by Thomas Goodwin. Addressing, from an exposition of Romans 8:34, the pastoral problem that many believers stray in their faith by looking into their own hearts for signs of grace instead of looking away from themselves to Christ, Christ Set Forth is primarily a book written to encourage Christians. ‘Turning to nearly any page in this volume, readers will be rewarded with a remarkably pastoral theology of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.’ (Michael Horton) (more information)

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May 08, 2015

It is time for a new Free Stuff Fridays and this week’s giveaway is sponsored by Rare Document Traders. There will be 3 winners this week: The grand prize winner will receive a sermon manuscript page from a Charles Spurgeon sermon, while two other winners will receive a letterpress print of the five solas.

The grand prize is a sermon manuscript page from a Charles Spurgeon sermon preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on Sunday, May 5, 1889. The page was heavily amended by the Prince of preachers himself before the sermon went to the printers. It comes with a printed page giving the sermon text itself and title, a picture suitable for framing and a certificate of validation and authenticity from Spurgeon’s College in London (see an example).

I recently purchased one of these myself as a gift, so can attest that it’s genuine. It will look something like this: 

Rare Doc Print

Two other winners will receive a Letterpress 8×10 Print of the Five Solas.  This specialty piece was printed the old-fashioned way with an original 1960′s Heidelberg printing press.  Letterpress is the oldest form of printing. It is an entirely hands-on process which requires a lot of time and careful craftsmanship. The method used for letterpress printing leaves an impression on the paper which can be seen as well as felt and has slight variations from piece to piece because of its manual nature.

5 Solas

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May 04, 2015

Sponsored

This sponsored post was prepared by Marty Sweeney of Matthis Media.

Trellis and VineAs evangelicals we have a clear sense of what we want our church to be from reading our Bibles: a vigorous, growing band of disciple-making disciples of the Lord Jesus, abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Cor 15:58) and not neglecting to meet together to encourage each other (Heb 10:25). Many of us have read books like The Trellis and the Vine, challenging us to pursue such a biblical vision. (You might also like to read this excellent article on what church is for.)

Yet we struggle to establish that type of Spirit-filled culture in our fellowships, despite preaching our hearts out week-by-week and praying for fruit in people’s lives.

I want to encourage you to keep preaching and praying your heart out.

But I also want to urge you to take a moment right now to choose 12 Christians in your congregation to invest in as disciple-making disciples. It almost doesn’t matter which 12. Don’t overthink this step. Just choose 12. 

Done that? Ok, here’s step 2…

Provide those 12 people with a biblical vision of what life is for—what it means to be a follower of the Lord Jesus—in not just theoretical but quite practical terms. That is, at a level that impacts their life decisions, both big and small. And then give them practical help in developing their competence and confidence to be able to carry out that biblical vision, exercising the gifts that God has given them for disciple-making (yes, including evangelism).

That’s all there is to it.

What’s that? You want some ideas on Step 2? Fair enough. Actually, I’ll give you two options.

Option 1: The “I’m stretched to the limit; I have no time to add anything to my schedule” option

Order a copy of each of these three books for your 12 people: 

(Save money with the 3-book bundle.)

Then say something like this to each person you’ve selected: 

“Hey Beau, if I give you 3 books I’d really like you to read, would you do me a big favor and join the small team of people I’ve asked to read them for me? The books are free and are yours to keep, so there’s no deadline—just as soon as you can manage. All three books are less than 100 pages and are really quick and easy to read. And as you finish each book, I’d like you to grab me at church the next Sunday and tell me what you found good about it. That would be really encouraging to me if you could do that.”

(By the way, It’s important that they read the three books in the order they are listed above.)

That’s it. That’s Step 2, Option1.

Option 2: The “I’m busy, but I think I can find the time to meet with my 12 people in a group context once a week” option

The second option is this: invite them to join a 10-week group to do The Course of Your Life with you. This is a bigger commitment, but the shared nature of the course makes for a more powerful impact on participants and more momentum for your church.

If you’re not familiar with The Course of Your Life, here’s a video…

Maybe, in God’s kindness, you’ll end up with a team of disciple-making Ninjas in your church!


Got questions? Give me a call on 1 866 407 4530 and we can share ideas. And please let me know how it all goes.

Marty Sweeney
Old North Church, Canfield
Matthias Media (USA)

May 01, 2015

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by our friends at CBD Reformed. And as they always do, they are offering a pretty good prize package. There will be 5 winners this week and each winner will receive the following 3 products:

  • Women of the WordTreasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms by Gloria Furman - Retail price $10.99. “Refocus your vision of motherhood! Encouraging moms to pursue a vibrant and ever-growing relationship with Christ, even when disappointment sets in and the dirty laundry is still waiting to be washed, Furman recasts the experiences and tasks of everyday life, showing women how they can treasure Jesus more deeply no matter how busy they are.”
  • Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin - Retail Price $12.99. “We all know it’s important to study God’s Word. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What’s more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture. How can we, as Christian women, keep our focus and sustain our passion when reading the Bible? Offering a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will equip you to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.”
  • ESV Compact Bible, Imitation Leather, Lilac - Retail Price $24.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (May 1 - 4) on the following three products:

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