Pastor A. W. Tozer, author of the Christian classics The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy, was a complex, intensely private, deeply spiritual man, and a gifted preacher whose impact for the kingdom of God is immeasurable. In this thoughtful biography, bestselling author Lyle Dorsett traces Tozer’s life from his humble beginnings as a Pennsylvania farm boy to his heyday as a Chicago pastor–when hundreds of college students would travel to his South Side church to hear him preach and thousands more heard his Sunday broadcasts on WMBI. Eventually, he came to his final pastorate in Toronto.
From his conversion as a teen to his death in 1963, Tozer remained true to one passion: to know the Father and make Him known, no matter what the cost. The price he paid was loneliness, censure from other, more secular-minded ministers of the times, and even a degree of estrangement from his family. Read the life story of a flawed but gifted saint, whose works are still impacting the world today.
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THIS volume is issued in accordance with a plan formed by MR. SPURGEON; indeed, he had already prepared for the press the greater part of the material here published, and the rest of his manuscripts have been inserted after only slight revision. It was his intention to deliver to the students of the Pastors’ College a short course of Lectures upon what he termed “that most royal employment”—SOUL-WINNING,—and, having completed the series, he purposed to collect his previous utterances to other audiences upon the same theme, and to publish the whole for the guidance of all who desired to become soul-winners, and with the hope also of inducing many more professing Christians to engage in this truly blessed service for the Saviour.
This explanation will account for the form in which the topic is treated in the present book. The first six chapters contain the College Lectures; then follow four Addresses delivered to Sunday-school teachers, open-air preachers, and friends gathered at Monday evening prayer-meetings at the Tabernacle; while the rest of the volume consists of Sermons in which the work of winning souls is earnestly commended to the attention of every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
For more than forty years, MR. SPURGEON was, by his preaching and writing, one of the greatest soul-winners; and by his printed words he still continues to be the means of the conversion of many all over the world. It is believed, therefore, that thousands will rejoice to read what he spoke and wrote concerning what he called “the chief business of the Christian minister.”
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Can you disconnect for three days to assess the situation in your own life? This short book is split into three sections to help you DETOX, DISCERN, and DECIDE what role Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and all the rest can and should have in your life. Unfriend Yourself will help you think critically, biblically, and practically from a Christian perspective about the merits and ramifications of our social media culture.
Don’t worry, the world can wait; your friends won’t even know you’re gone-seriously, there are over half a billion of them out there. I doubt you’ll be missed.
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“I love reading books, but I also love reading reviews of books. Reviews allow me to discover books I haven’t heard of, they teach me to think wisely, they allow me to better prioritize the books I am considering reading, and they sometimes provide a helpful second opinion on books I have already read.”
Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien – ichards and O’Brien identify nine areas where interpretive problems commonly arise. Some cultural differences are obvious, others lurk beneath the surface, while a third class is extremely difficult to detect and thus poses the greatest danger to the reader of Scripture. The point is that most of these differences go unsaid, being implicit rather than clearly expressed. The first group, explained in chapters one to three, consists of cultural mores, the copious scriptural references to race and ethnicity in Scripture—with the overtones and undertones conveyed to the original readers—and varying significance given to different literary genres. In the second group, Richards and O’Brien contrast the rampant individualism of American society with the corporate and collectivist cultures that prevail in the East. They devote a chapter to the honor-shame nature of the Oriental world in contrast to the dominance of individual conscience and guilt in the West (following Augustine). Indeed, there are radical differences between the two worlds. In the final section, attention turns to the prominence of rules in the West vis-à-vis relationships in the East, to the concepts of virtue and vice, and to a Western obsession with individual, personal relevance that assumes Scripture was written directly to and for me. – Robert Letham
A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New by G. K. Beale – Perhaps Beale’s most distinctive contribution to NT biblical theology is his emphasis on the role new-creation plays both in how one understands the kingdom, and in how one understands everything from justification to judgment in the New Testament. Christ’s resurrection was the promise and presence of the new creation, invading our world of space and time. The uncreating of evil has begun, and the recreation of a new world has commenced – and our very spiritual lives with the progress we make in sanctification, is part of God’s making all things new (2 Cor. 5:17, Rev. 21:5). – Bob Hayton
Free E-Book Alert – Love the Least (A Lot): Extending the love of Christ to abortion-vulnerable women and children
I know I’m supposed to be an intellectual thinker, but abortion has always been an emotional issue for me and always will be. As a passionate pro-lifer, I was excited to see this e-book offered for free.
Love the Least (A Lot) is a free ebook from Abort73 founder and director, Michael Spielman. In it, he explains why abortion-vulnerable children are as qualified as any victim class in the world to wear the “least of these” label.
Love the Least is made up of six chapters, an introduction, a conclusion, and three appendices:
Introduction: Love the Least (a Lot)
Ch 1: A Biblical View of Unborn Life
Ch 2: A Biblical View of Child Sacrifice
Ch 3: The Secular Case Against Abortion
Ch 4: The Risk of Doing Nothing
Ch 5: Loving Christ Through Loving Abortion-Vulnerable Children
Ch 6: Why We Ignore Abortion
Conclusion: Love Christ (A Lot)
App A: The Unique and Prophetic Place of Abort73.com
App B: Why it is Wrong to Kill an Abortionist
App C: Who Are The Least of These?
In an event hosted by Bethlehem College and Seminary and the MacLaurin Institute, Noll and Piper, authors of Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind and Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God respectively, each presented a lecture and interacted with questions related to the mind and Christian scholarship.
– Desiring God, John Piper and Mark Noll on the Life of the Mind
Free E-Book Alert – Be Hopeful (1 Peter): How to Make the Best of Times Out of Your Worst of Times by Warren W. Wiersbe
Once again the fine folks over at David C. Cook publishing are giving us a wonderful free gift. If you’ve read any part of Warren Wiersbe’s “Be” commentaries, you know what a blessing they and how useful they are as devotion/Bible study tools. You will want to download this free e-book asap!
In Scripture, hope means the promise of salvation for those who have accepted God and His Son’s death and resurrection.
Christians who possess this hope and live as though then possess it will learn godly submission, holy living, and harmony with other believers. These qualities will prepare them for what Peter pains in his epistle as inevitable—suffering and persecution. Though Peter is writing to warn a people who would soon be under the tyranny of a heathen Roman emperor, some level of suffering will always be part of the believers’ journey. A time is soon coming when living the “comfortable” Christian life will be far more costly than the life willing to give up all.
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The book on the left is thanks to the fine folks at Crossway and the Servants of Grace Blog who ran the contest I won to get this book. You can purchase your copy here. The book on the left is courtesy of Zondervan and was given for the purpose of review. This is exciting because it will be the first book my wife Jill will review for this blog. I’m looking forward to that! You can check out this book yourself here.