developmentDevelopments in Biblical Counseling

J. Cameron Fraser

Paperback, 144 pages

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Are you looking for a brief introduction to what the biblical counseling movement is and how it has changed over the years? In Developments in Biblical Counseling, J. Cameron Fraser turns a journalistic eye to this question and presents a concise assessment.  Introducing us to the formative work of Jay Adams, Fraser outlines several themes of biblical counseling that became foundational for the movement as a whole and observes how the movement received criticisms from outside and made necessary developments from within. He points out that some of these developments have an affinity with Puritan approaches to counseling that Adams rejects but may point in a more consistently biblical direction.

Endorsements

“Cautious, canny, and clear, Cameron Fraser’s sympathetic unpacking of this internal debate in Christian counseling is a bonus for the bemused.” — J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

“I was blessed in the reading. . . . I found this to be a valuable and needed book.” — Ron Harris, from the foreword

“Cameron knows his subject, writes simply and clearly, and assesses positions in a fair and balanced way. This book will help readers navigate the different approaches in biblical counseling.” — David Murray, professor of Old Testament and practical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

Dr. S. Westcott (British Church Newspaper) reviews How Should Men Lead Their Family by Joel R. Beeke

how should menJoel Beeke’s How Should Men Lead Their Families? is the latest booklet in the publisher’s ‘Cultivating Biblical Godliness’ series, dedicated to reviving godly living in contemporary society.

There are few areas in which the divide between modern norms and Reformation and Puritan practice is more obvious than that of male headship over the household. Christian man have lost awareness of their calling, duties, and responsibilities under God in their families, and so it is no surprise that secular men have abandoned these completely with the appalling results we see all around us. Reformation must always begin in the Church, and so Beeke points believing men to their God given role, which, he explains, must reflect in the sphere of the family Christ’s own role in the church: the threefold role of Prophet, Priest, and King.

The three chapters of the booklet examine these in turn. As prophets husbands and fathers should be willing to speak God’s work to their families, not just in stated times of family worship, but whenever opportunity arises. Their answers should always be in line with the Bible, and they should be constantly aware that they teach by example as well as by word: they must attempt to represent Christ at all times.

The Christian man should be a priest in his household. Christ our great High Priest loved the Church and gave himself for her. So should husbands and fathers love their wives and children sacrificially if need be. Priests intercede for the people. The husband and father should be the chief interceder in prayer for his wife and his children, wrestling and agonizing in prayer should circumstances require it, for that is his calling and duty, as well as being a function of Christ-like love.

The Christian head of the family should be a king to them. The sovereign’s role is to protect and provide for his people. The father is the prime defender of his family, standing between them and the evil that is without, the media, the attractions of the world, peer pressure, and even rebellious inclinations among his children. Laws are imposed in the king’s name, and the father must enforce God’s laws, even with suitable chastisements when necessary.

Finally we are reminded that the function of parenting ‘is to make disciples’, the future and on-going church of Christ, and that the church is built on the foundation of faithful families.

If Christian men regain their role much good would surely result. This valuable little booklet is a fine guide as to how that may be achieved.

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My name is Chris Krycho; I’m the guy responsible for the development work on HolyBible.com, as well as a full-time seminary student at SEBTS, a husband and dad, and a software developer.

I know a lot of people have been eagerly expecting the study Bible notes that come with the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible, and I’m excited to be able to tell you that they really are coming soon.

studyI also know the website has said that—a lot! This project has taken me longer than I expected in a number of different areas. We really are getting close to the end of this particular journey, though.

If you have an access code, you can sign in and redeem it today, and when you click Read or choose a passage after that, you’ll see some of the study notes material in the text (for example, at Genesis 1:1, you’ll see a link to the article “Creation and God’s Glory” if you’re a registered user and have redeemed a code).

On my own development machine, there’s a lot more visible: just today, I got the inline text notes integrated. They’re not up on the public site just yet because I have a few more tweaks to make so that the experience of reading them is solid, but in a few weeks, they’ll be up and ready for you to use.

I’m sorry it’s taken so long for some of these things to get to you! At each step along the way, though, I am trying to make sure that these things work well—whether that’s making sure your email and password are handled securely so that no one could steal them even if they hacked into the server that runs the site, or just trying to make sure that the notes work properly when you use them, or any number of other little details. It’s taking a little while, but my goal is that once I roll something out, it works right.

And of course, there are still some bugs to iron out! Once I get the notes out the door, I am looking forward to just tightening up a lot of those things and fixing every single bug or quirk I know about.

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trueThe True Doctrine of the Sabbath: or, Sabbathum Veteris et Novi Testamenti

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.

Author

Nicholas Bownd (1551?–1613) was the pastor of a country parish in rural England. Judging from the sermons he published, his ministry exhibited the practical divinity taught by his stepfather, Richard Greenham, which focused on the means of grace. The crucial ‘mean of the means’ whereby all these means of grace were made available to the people of God was the weekly gatherings on the Christian Sabbath or Lord’s Day. In 1595, Bownd published True Doctrine of the Sabbath, which derived from sermons preached about 1586. This book embroiled him in a singular controversy with a troublesome neighbor, which resulted in the first Sabbatarian controversy in England, and also led to a vindicating expanded edition in 1606. For the last two years of his life he ministered at St. Andrew in Norwich, the highest call a man of his Puritan convictions could have attained in those days.

Endorsements

“After four centuries of rest, Nicholas Bownd’s famous book on the Sabbath has re-Bownded. Attractively printed, this work is a critical edition of the 1595 version and the expanded 1606 edition. Coldwell has painstakingly collated and meticulously annotated the two so as to allow Bownd’s classic Puritan doctrine of the Lord’s Day Sabbath to be published afresh. Lovers of the Scriptures as interpreted by the Westminster Standards will rejoice. May all glory redound to the Eschatological Lord of Sabbath rest, as it did four centuries ago.”  — James T. Dennison, Jr., author of The Market Day of the Soul: The Puritan Doctrine of the Sabbath in England, 1532–1700; and Academic Dean and Professor of Church History and Biblical Theology, Northwest Theological Seminary, Lynnwood, Washington

“Those with an interest in developments leading up to the formulation of the Sabbath doctrine taught in the Westminster standards will  benefit from this careful documentation and analysis of the views of Nicholas Bownd.” — Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., author of Calvin and the Sabbath; Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary

"Nicholas Bownd’s work, The True Doctrine of the Sabbath, occupies a hugely significant place among Puritan works on polemical and practical divinity. For its scope, detail, and erudition, this work on the Sabbath is unparalleled in the Puritan tradition—indeed, perhaps even in the Christian tradition. Particularly illuminating are Bownd’s “spiritual exercises,” which clearly had an influence upon the later Puritan attitudes regarding the practical implications of Sabbath-keeping and worship. As an added bonus to the content of this book, the editorial work on this book is first-class, and makes for far more enjoyable and easier reading than a simple re-print.” — Mark Jones, coauthor of A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life and Minister at Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA)

cultivating-4Review of How Do I Kill Remaining Sin? by James Chittenden, Evangelical Times

This short booklet is a serious and helpful introduction to the doctrine of mortification. Readable in under 30 minutes, it is yet full of good teaching and practical advice.

Geoffrey Thomas begins by clearly demonstrating from Scripture that the Christian has died to sin through the death of Christ and is no longer bound to obey the voice of the former master.

He then spends time reminding us to fight sin, for the Christian ‘has not died to the influence of sin, but has died to the dominion of sin’. The ideas of perfectionism are exposed as being thoroughly unbiblical. To be reminded in this way that we are not alone in ongoing battles with sin is encouraging and humbling.

Towards the end of the book, the author briefly tackles three of the most common problems in society: drunkenness, adultery and pornography. He suggest ways to help fellow believers struggling with these issues, which could also be applied personally.

The book is rounded off with the challenge to keep looking to Jesus for help and strength. For it is by ‘trusting in Jesus with all your heart and living out of Him’ whilst seeking to kill off sin, that we can have lives that glorify our Father in heaven.

This could be a helpful and timely aid to all believers, particularly young Christians.

(Taken from Milk and Honey)

Whom he justified, them he also glorified. – Romans 8:30

How beautifully reassuring these words are to everyone who loves the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity! They confirm what is taught throughout the Scriptures, namely, that God will never forsake the works of His own hands.

These words are part of the beautiful golden chain of redemption: predestination, calling, justification, and glorification. This chain is a masterpiece of God’s own making, connecting eternity past and eternity future, and it cannot possibly be broken. Thus the linkage between justification and glorification is unbreakable.

In order for us to draw comfort from this, we must know that we are justified, for then, and then alone, shall we be glorified. Earlier, Paul taught that we are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1). Therefore, we must ask ourselves whether we have already exercised the faith that yields such extraordinary blessings to sinners.

This faith is the simple act of trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work for the salvation of my soul. It is the act whereby a guilty, polluted, and wretched sinner touches the hem of Jesus’ garment. It is the act of one who hungers and thirsts after Jesus and His righteousness, and who can only find rest in what He has accomplished on the cross. God is pleased to reward such faith by justifying a sinner – not because of the quality of this faith, bur rather, because this faith honors His Son and His work.

If, by the grace of God, we have embraced Christ by faith, god will have justified us, and when He does this, He will certainly glorify us. This justification is irreversible and therefore the future glorification of every believer is guaranteed. This means that all to whom Jesus Christ is precious (a mark of saving faith) are going to make it home!

Has Jesus become altogether lovely to you, and do you repeatedly take refuge in Him by faith? The day is coming when you will forever be translated into His presence, for God’s work in your life cannot possibly abort. All who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity will be glorified. Why? Because you have been justified. Why? Because you have been called. Why? Because you have been predestined. Why? Because you have been loved with an everlasting love. Why? That is something you will never be able to fathom! Soli Deo Gloria!

Why FastWhy Should I Fast? - EBOOK

Daniel R. Hyde

Electronic Format, 48 pages

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Today, the church seems to have forgotten about the spiritual discipline of fasting. Most of us have never heard a sermon about it, and few of us have ever practiced it. We think of fasting as an antiquated relic of the past. So why should we fast in an age of fast food? Pastor Daniel R. Hyde argues that “fasting is actually a basic biblical teaching and practice, one that is vital to cultivating godly living in an ungodly generation.” Fasting is a means to the end of abiding, deep, and personal communion with the triune God through prayer. The author explains what fasting is, provides biblical examples of it, reminds us of what Jesus taught regarding it, and tells us how to go about it.

 

9781601783806What Is Experiential Calvinism? - EBOOK

Ian Hamilton

Electronic Format, 37 pages

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“There is no such thing as ‘dead Calvinism,’” writes author Ian Hamilton. Calvinism, simply put, is biblical Christianity. No mere human devised theological system, Calvinism is rooted in and shaped by God’s revelation in Holy Scripture. Hamilton asserts that Calvinism is “natively experiential.” In What Is Experiential Calvinism?, the author shows us that Calvinism is far richer and more profound than five points and helps us see that the lives and ministries of those who are true Calvinists pulse with living, Spirit-inspired, Christ-glorifying, God-centered truth.

 

9781601783701Faith Seeking Assurance - EBOOK

Anthony Burgess

Electronic Format, 144 pages

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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.

 

9781601783783The Quest for the Historical Adam - EBOOK

William VanDoodewaard

Electronic Format, 400 pages

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Was Adam really a historical person, and can we trust the biblical story of human origins? Or is the story of Eden simply a metaphor, leaving scientists the job to correctly reconstruct the truth of how humanity began? Although the church currently faces these pressing questions—exacerbated as they are by scientific and philosophical developments of our age—we must not think that they are completely new. In The Quest for the Historical Adam, William VanDoodewaard recovers and assesses the teaching of those who have gone before us, providing a historical survey of Genesis commentary on human origins from the patristic era to the present. Reacquainting the reader with a long line of theologians, exegetes, and thinkers, VanDoodewaard traces the roots, development, and, at times, disappearance of hermeneutical approaches and exegetical insights relevant to discussions on human origins. This survey not only informs us of how we came to this point in the conversation but also equips us to recognize the significance of the various alternatives on human origins.

 

9781601784049Night of Weeping and Morning of Joy - EBOOK

Horatius Bonar

Electronic Format, 240 pages

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The Night of Weeping expounds compassionately and beautifully a biblical view of suffering, showing how it is an integral part of belonging to God’s family, how to cope with it, and how it benefits the believer. The chapters on the purifying and solemnizing fruits of suffering are themselves worth the price of the book.

The Morning of Joy shows how God leads believers to rejoice in the present and future joys of the living church, particularly through fellowshipping with the resurrected Christ. The chapters on the majestic kingdom of Christ and the superlative joys of glory are most uplifting.

9781601784032Essential Truths in the Heart of a Christian - EBOOK

Wilhelmus Schortinghuis

Electronic Format, 133 pages

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This book presents a clear explanation of the main topics of the Reformed faith. Written in the catechetical style of question and answers, the book is noted for its succinctness and ample references to Scripture. The forty brief chapters are characterized by careful doctrinal distinctions, and each one concludes with a question or two asking what the particular subject means for the faith and spiritual reflection of the reader. For today's readers, it is both an ideal representation of the Dutch Further Reformation's attention to doctrine and piety, as well as an invitation to carry on that spiritual legacy.

 

9781601784025In Remembrance of Him - EBOOK

Wilhemus a Brakel and Guilelmus Saldenus

Electronic Format, 144 pages

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The two seventeenth-century essays translated and offered in this book were originally designed to help people of the Dutch Further Reformation derive the greatest benefit from celebrating the Lord’s Supper. Guilelmus Saldenus’s The Efficacy of the Lord’s Supper concentrates on the joy received in celebrating the sacrament and the sanctified living that it ought to generate. Wilhelmus à Brakel’s Edifying Discourses instructs believers in preparing their hearts for the celebration, participating in the Supper responsibly, and following up the meal in a spiritually beneficial manner. These contributions are but two examples of a much larger genre of edifying Lord’s Supper literature that developed in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century.

 

raisingReview of Building a Godly Home: A Holy Vision for Raising Children by Paul Relf, Evangelical Times.

This is the final part of a three-volume series focusing on the responsibilities of parents and children. Subtitled A Holy Vision for Raising Children, it is a modernized edition of a book originally written by the Puritan, William Gouge (1578-1653).

This book is worth reading. It has insights and applications which modern parenting books do not have and is thoroughly scriptural. Based, not only on general biblical principles, its ideas and teaching are backed up by specific Bible references.

Five chapters focus on children’s responsibilities. Included are ‘Children showing respect for their parents’ and ‘Children giving back to parents’.

A further five chapters focus on parental responsibilities to children. Chapters include: ‘Parents loving, praying and providing for children’ and ‘Parents directing their children into adulthood’. It is rightly balanced between parents’ and children’s duties and stand therefore against today’s child-centered age.

The book has helpful subheadings, lists and question-and-answer sections. Concentration is nonetheless required if everything is to be taken in.

There are many useful points, including sections on parents’ weaknesses, the things contrary to love, a balance between indulging and nurturing, the need to make a will, and a helpful recognition of the limitation of a child’s obedience, as consistent with obedience to God.

Overall, a good Bible-centered book which helps counter prevailing liberal attitudes to parenting.

9781601783691Faith Seeking Assurance - Puritan Treasures for Today

Anthony Burgess 

Paperback, 144 pages

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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.

Endorsement   “Anthony Burgess laments, ‘In former times Christians labored much for experimental knowledge, while today they are satisfied with mere brain knowledge.’ With biblical, practical, and Christ-focused wisdom, characteristic of the Puritans generally, Burgess helps us assess the reality of our own spiritual condition. He takes us through the Scriptures to the promises of Christ Himself, for to know Him is the assurance of eternal life. Joel Beeke has done the church of the twenty-first century a great service by making this work of the seventeenth century accessible to all who refuse to be satisfied with ‘mere brain knowledge’ of the Savior.” — Stephen J. Casselli, senior minister, Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, Tampa, Florida

to winTo Win Our Neighbors for Christ: The Missiology of the Three Forms of Unity

Wes Bredenhof

Paperback, 95 pages

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In many modern histories of Christian missions, the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century is depicted as a movement lacking missionary zeal. it has virtually become a given that the Reformation was not oriented to the church’s missionary task. in to win our neighbors for Christ, Wes Bredenhof answers these charges, proving that it is a mistake to say the Reformation and the confessional documents it produced have nothing to say about missions. the author demonstrates that the three forms of Unity—the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort — properly understood, have much to off er the study of missions. more importantly, they encourage us to care about a world lost in unbelief, making us more mission oriented and outward looking.

Endorsements  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, missions coordinator, United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA)

“Full disclosure: Dr. Wes Bredenhof is my family’s enthusiastic pastor, through whom we are fed with pure gospel preaching. His heart pulses with true love for the biblical, Reformed faith and with a deep desire to reach the lost. In this book he shows us that these two things belong together— indeed, that the Reformed confessions themselves encourage mission. i pray that many more believers would see the intricate interconnections of these two pulses, and i’m sure that this book will help them." — Dr. Theodore Van Raalte, professor of ecclesiology, Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary

(Taken from Seasons of the Heart)

And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:19

Though we have had so many feasts upon a precious Jesus, we find each time as much freshness as though we had never partaken before. This has been very striking to me; things of earth often repeated grow stale, but the same view of a precious Jesus a thousand times over is ever new. How often has the Divine Spirit testified in our Souls “of the sufferings of Christ – and the glory that would follow”. How often have we, by faith, beheld His bloody sweat in the garden and spent sweet, solemn moments at the foot of the cross. Yet, when Jesus shows Himself again to us in either of those sacred positions, is He not as a lamb newly slain? And is not His sacrifice a sweet-smelling aroma – as fragrant as though but just offered, without spot unto God? Oh yes, He is ever the same, without sameness, and will be to eternity. The glories, beauties, and excellences of His person are infinite. And from these boundless sources our finite minds will be feasted forever and ever. We “shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make [us] drink of the river of thy pleasures”.

Oh that my poor, contracted heart were most enlarged into this our fathomless ocean of love and loveliness! Oh to abide in Him forever! “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” Christ is our true temple; in Him we may inquire of the Lord concerning all our hard cases and have an answer of peace. In Him we see the beauty of the Lord, even all His divine attributes harmonizing and glorified in saving poor sinners. This is seeing the King in His beauty, and beauty indeed it is in the eye of a sin-sick soul to see the holy Jehovah “a just God, and a Savior” too. – Ruth Bryan