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SPECIALTY BIBLES FROM CROSSWAY FOR YOUR EDIFICATION

10/29/2014

One of many things Crossway Books had done well in its putting out the ESV Bible is to produce many helps and complementary books. Not only can one study the Bible well with an ESV Bible, one can also obtain many other books which supplement one's study of Scripture.
I am so thankful for both the translation theory and practice behind the ESV, I am also very grateful for the many good helper books to make my (or anyone's) study of Scripture more profitable.

ESV READER'S BIBLE
The latest tool for your edification is this edition meant for people to sit down and read longer chunks of the Bible at one sitting. How a Bible is physically laid out on the page has a lot to do with how it is approached and read. Most modern Bibles are broken down into chapters and verses for ease of reference. However, we tend to approach our Bibles in little pieces, reading a verses or two here and there. Even best of readers can get lost looking at the trees and never see the forest.
Using this Bible I have found it to be a read encouragement to read larger portions of Scripture at one time. (Yes,all of God's Word is God-breathed and important, and Yes, we should be sensitive to individual verses, BUT we should also be sensitive to the overarching themes and books of the Bible. This edition of the Bible will make you read more and look more at "big picture" issues. And it comes in attractive and inexpensive formats as well as more expensive ones.

ESV GOSPEL TRANSFORMATION BIBLE
This new Bible is geared to show you the gospel in each of the 66 books of the Bible. Various men and women commentators have their study notes to guide you in the study of the text. It achieves its aim to get you seeing and thinking about the overall flow of the Bible from the first announcement of "Good News" in Genesis 3:15 until the end of the Revelation of John.
As with any multi-author book, some contributors are stronger than others. Some are brilliant and unusually insightful. All are more than competent. For personal devotions and as an aid to Bible study and teaching, I heartily appreciate this edition of the Bible.

ESV LITERARY STUDY BIBLE
This study Bible has been out several years but has not had the acclaim that it should. If you are a pastor or regular Bible teacher, you should own and use this study Bible. The various kinds of literary genre that make up the Bible have so much to do with its proper interpretation. We don't read Psalms like Romans; or interpret Proverbs like Revelation. Long time professor of English at Wheaton College, Leland Ryken, and one of the main editors of the ESV, along with his gifted son, Philip Ryken (formerly pastor of 10th Presbyterian in Philadelphia and now President of Wheaton College) have gone through the Bible from Dan to Beersheba (to use a biblical figure of speech), from Genesis to Revelation, showing how the various literary figures and genres impact our interpretation of the text. A real boon to serious students of the Bible!

ESV GLOBAL STUDY BIBLE
This book should be given and used as a gift with international students and English-speaking immigrants.
It is the ESV STUDY BIBLE with 15 introductory chapters changed to reflect the different issues facing internationals and immigrants. The ESV STUDY BIBLE is more North American, Britain, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia focused--the English speaking world! But the rest of the world and its various cultures face differing problems in many regards. Marital customs, ethics, types and views of government, etc. The Introductory articles have been changed to reflect issues they face. The study notes are largely the same on the text though. A great gift to an international student and an immigrant who speaks/reads English.

ESV STUDENT BIBLE
A shortened and edited version of the ESV STUDY BIBLE that will minister to students who take their Bible reading and Christianity seriously. Not all professing Christian students would want such a serious Bible study help, but high school seniors and college students would find it a great encouragement to become a more serious Bible student.

ESV ENGLISH-GREEK REVERSE INTERLINEAR NEW TESTAMENT
This is a real help to laymen especially. It has the two lines of text, the Greek and the English, but it reverses the normal order of things. It gives the ESV text and then shows where they got it from the Greek text and its literal translation. It makes it easier for laymen and those not trained in the Greek to find their way more quickly.

ESV STUDY BIBLE
The mother of all study Bibles! I carry it in my coat pocket in case I am ever shot, the massive text will work like a Kevlar vest to protect me from harm! Seriously, there is so much information in this study Bible that one can use it for a lifetime of study. Reformed readers will appreciate the Calvinistic comments but the lack of a covenantal perspective mars the interpretation of the Lord's Day and the perpetuity of the moral law. But there is such a wealth of otherwise great information that one can only thank Crossway for seeing this project through.

(For the reader who cares about such things, The REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE is about to be re-released in early 2015 and it will be from a self-consciously covenantal perspective.)

May you cherish your Bible, read and pray about and meditate upon your Bible, and be more conformed to the Savior you see displayed therein.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

Come visit me at my own book blog,
WWW.THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESSS.COM

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CHOICES FOR A LADIES' BIBLE STUDY AT CHURCH

10/21/2014

A pastor from Kansas City asked me to recommend resources for a women's Bible study. He was not looking for a particular theme; he wanted good Bible study for his ladies.

As I answered him, I thought that others might want to know of good resources for a ladies study at church.
So today I am recommending both Bible studies and subject studies for the ladies.

BIBLE STUDIES FOR LADIES:

1.) SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; IVP--a time tested and valuable study of the whole Bible. The method is to ask questions of each paragraph of the Bible. Valuable not only for ladies studies, of course, but men and teens and collegians and careful pastors! Those who contributed to this study were largely British evangelicals and Reformed scholars and church leaders. Highly recommend!!

2.) LET'S STUDY... series from Banner of Truth. Theologically accurate and experiential pastor/scholars write user friendly small commentaries on many books of the Bible. Great for inquiring Christians of all ages.

3. TWELVE WEEK STUDIES ON THE BIBLE from Crossway Books. Many of the books are completed (e.g. TWELVE WEEK STUDY OF ROMANS) thought not all the books of the Bible. Introductions and input from the ESV STUDY BIBLE.

SUBJECT STUDIES:

1. Jerry Bridges, TRUSTING GOD (The Doctrine of God's Providence); NavPress--a sanity saver and a real gem!

2. Stuart Olyott, WILL SOMONE EXPLAIN HEBREWS TO ME?; Banner of Truth--winsome and clear study of Hebrews.

3. Jerry Bridges, THE GOSPEL FOR REAL LIFE; NavPress--all that Christ accomplished on the cross to save His people. (A 21st century reworking of 19th century Scottish theologian George Smeaton's THE ATONEMENT ACCORDING THE APOSTLES. (If I was able, I would make all pastors/elders/deacons and Bible study leaders master this book. It is gold!

4. S. M. Houghton, SKETCHES FROM CHURCH HISTORY; Banner of Truth--clear and motivational study of God's working in history to build His church. Much art work and photographs to enhance the study. Not dry and dust history but history that is clear and moving. Very good. There is now a workbook that you can purchase to aid your study.

5. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, WHAT IS AN EVANGELICAL?; Banner of Truth--clear and important study of what it means to be a Bible-believing evangelical. A classic!

6. Nancy Leigh DeMoss, LIES WOMEN BELIEVE (AND THE TRUTH THAT SETS THEM FREE); Moody Press--shows the various lies that our culture inundates women with and the biblical truths that will set them free. (There is also a newer edition, LIES YOUNG WOMEN BELIEVE that would be suitable for a high school or college study.)

7. Michelle Graham, WANTING TO BE HER (Beauty Secrets That Victoria Won't Tell You); IVP--important book for women beginning with junior high and running into old age, she shows how the culture is brain-washing women about their looks and how to combat its lies.

8. Jerry Bridges, THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS; NavPress
, TRANSFORMING GRACE; NavPress
, THE DISCIPLINES OF GRACE;NavPress
, THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE
GOSPEL; NavPress
, THE JOY OF FEARING GOD; NavPress
, THE BOOKENDS OF THE CHRISTIAN
LIFE; Crossway
(R. C. Sproul once said that Jerry Bridges was the best communicator of the Reformed faith to laymen. He puts the cookies down where we can all reach them. I agree with his assessment.)

9. R. C. Sproul, THE HOLINESS OF GOD; Tyndale--his best and destined to be a classic. Puts God and mankind in their rightful places. You cannot understand sin unless you understand who God is--holy, holy, holy. You cannot understand Christ and salvation until you understand the holiness of God and sin. You cannot understand Christianity or why you need a savior unless you understand the holiness of God.

10. Kevin DeYoung, TAKING GOD AT HIS WORD; Crossway--the Bible's teaching about itself and what it means to everyday life and eternity.

11. Kris Lundgaard, THE ENEMY WITHIN; P & R--the best place to study the presence, on-going activities and defeat of indwelling sin in believers. It is a 21st century redo of John Owen's majestic volumes on TEMPTATION AND INDWELLING SIN AND MORTIFICATION.

12. Kris Lundgaard, THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS; P & R--the beauties and wonder that is Christ and now gazing upon His glory transforms us!

May the Lord give you grace to study His Word and grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

Visit me at my website for more book reviews and devotionals:
WWW.THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESS.COM

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PRICELESS COUNSEL IN SMALL PACKAGES

10/13/2014

One of the signs that the evangelical and Reformed movements are coming into more maturity is the growth of the biblical counseling movement. People thoroughly trained in the Bible as well as people skills are having an important contribution to the spiritual growth of American Christianity. Lives, marriages and families are being transformed by the Word of God as it is skillfully applied to everyday, real life situations.

It was not so long ago that people with severe emotional, mental or social problems were told to visit psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers or other secular health care professionals. The Bible was considered and spoken of as “not competent to counsel” and as a book from a by-gone time and cultural situation which “did not speak to contemporary problems”.

Dr. Jay Adams began the rethinking of the Christian position on counseling with his COMPETENT TO COUNSEL in 1970. Taking issue with the secular psychological mantra that the Bible had little or nothing to offer hurting people today, Adams showed convincingly that in fact the Word of God powered by the Spirit of God was the ONLY HOPE FOR TRUE CHANGE. With the power and tenacity and steel forehead of an icebreaker, Dr. Adams broke up the “pack ice” of conventional thinking and allowed so many men and women counselors to come along behind him in their smaller boats and add to the analysis and discussion of the biblical counseling movement. (Those wanting to read an excellent account of the movement are encouraged to begin with Dr. David Powlison of the CHRISTIAN COUNSELING AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (CCEF) and Editor of THE JOURNAL OF BIBLICAL COUNSELING who has updated our knowledge and understanding of this movement with his history and analysis of THE BIBLICAL COUNSELING MOVEMENT: History and Context; New Growth Press.)

Today there are many practitioners of “biblical counseling” with definitions that vary slightly from counselor to counselor. Dr. Tedd Tripp who did his doctoral studies under the CCEF at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and who authored the best selling SHEPHERDING A CHILD’S HEART began SHEPHERD PRESS to manufacture and distribute his book. Now this same publisher is publishing more than 25 very helpful booklets about various problems that Christians and non-believers face. This “HELP” series looks to be a boon to local churches, pastors, counselors, church tract racks and concerned Christians helping their friends. Let me help you sample a few of these booklets.

HELP—MY TODDLER RULES THE HOUSE by Paul and Karen Tautges
The authors, a pastoral counselor and his wife, divide up their treatment into four sections: (1) Sad Results of Child-Centered Parenting; (2) Are You Raising a Cain?; (3) Cultivating Plants and Directing Arrows; (4) The Seven Laws of Correction along with Personal Application Projects and a helpful bibliography of more resources to help you.

HELP—I WANT TO CHANGE by Jim Newheiser
Dr. Newheiser divides his material into the following sections: (1) Unbiblical Methods Lead to Failure; (2) The Gospel is the Key to Change; (3) Your Responsibility Toward Change; (4) When Will Change Take Place? Along with a helpful Personal Application Projects and Bibliography for more resources.

HELP—MY SPOUSE HAS BEEN UNFAITHFUL by Mike Summers
Pastor Summers has been married for over 30 years and a pastor for over 25 years. He and his wife have six children and six grandchildren. He has seen and helped many couples where one or both have been unfaithful. His four chapters are (1) What Does God Want me to Do ?; (2) First Steps; (3) What’s Next ?; and (4) What if My Spouse Continues in the Infidelity ?. Like the other booklets in this helpful series, there are projects for the reader to apply what they are learning and a list of resources for further help.

HELP—SOMEONE I LOVE HAS BEEN ABUSED by Jim Newheiser
Pastor Newheiser has been a licensed counselor and pastor of a local church for many years. Sad to say, pastors see far too many cases of abuse in their lifetime. And they are only the tip of the iceberg. Pastor
Newheiser breaks down his treatment into four chaptes: (1) What is Abuse ?; (2) A Biblical Understanding of Abuse; (3) Helping the Victim of Abuse; and (4) How Victims Can Become Overcomers. So that the victim and their loved ones don’t have their lives permanently stigmatized by their abuse, there are helpful application projects and a list of further resources.

HELP—SOMEONE I LOVE HAS CANCER by Deborah Howard
Deborah Howard is a very rare person—a hospice nurse who has taken care of literally thousands of cancer patients and ministered to many with her other publications: SUNSETS: REFLECTIONS FOR LIFE’S FINAL JOURNEY, IT’S NOT FAIR! WHERE IS GOD IN ALL THIS?; and HELP—SOMEONE I LOVE HAS ALZHEIMER’S. She covers her material in four chapters: (1) Let Me Walk With You; (2) Knowledge is Power; and (3) What Are The Options? and (4) When I Am Afraid, I Will Trust God.
Her Personal Applications Projects are quite helpful as is her bibliography of other resources.

HELP—MY TEEN HAS SAME SEX ATTRACTIONS by Ben Marshall
Ben Marshall practices and teaches biblical counseling. His has been married for 16 years and has five children. He sees the problems of the family every day. His study is broken down into (1) The Magnitude of the Problem: What We Are Up Against; (2) Religious Modifications: Changing the Meaning of Scripture; (3) Momentum Downward: The Biblical Perspective on Homosexuality; and (4) How to Help Your Teen. As with all the booklets, he has a helpful Personal Application Projects section and bibliography.

HELP—I HAVE BREAST CANCER by Brenda Frields
Mrs. Frields, married to an ob-gyn doctor, begins with the chilling words of the doctor, “You Have Breast Cancer” on to “Is God Punishing Me?”, to “A Change of Heart” and ending with “A Gift Wrapped in Brown Paper”. She also has Personal Application Projects and a select and helpful bibliography of additional resources

HELP—HE’S STRUGGLING WITH PORNOGRAPHY by Brian Croft
Pastor Croft who mentors pastors and teaches them pastoral skills has four sections: (1) The Problem: A Defiled Heart; (2) The Consequences: Wrecked Lives; (3) The Solution: A New Heart; and (4) The Transformation: The Local Church. He also concludes with Personal Application Projects and places to find more help. His material on being actively under the means of grace and involved in personal accountability in the local church is particularly valuable.

As good as they booklets are, it is important to remember that this nuggets of biblical counsel are not meant to be fully functional apart from being under God’s appointed means of grace in the local church.
These gems are not meant to be “Silver Bullets” for Lone Rangers; they are meant to be strong truths to be applied in the context of a real and living Christian life of a someone faithfully utilizing the means of grace in a local church.

Thank you SHEPHERD PRESS for making these gems available!

Check out the other 20+ booklets and get a set for your church tract racks and counseling ministry.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOD DOING ?

10/06/2014

Our God fulfills His promises and fleshes out His intentions in ways we can scarcely imagine. Too often, sad to say, we limit what He is doing, about to do or has been doing to what we can see or take the measure of.

God's Word says that Christ is seated at His right hand until He (the Father) makes His (the Son's) enemies to be His footstool (a picture of absolute submission). He says that the gospel shall be preached until all the elect are gathered in and then the end shall come. But you and I don't know what God is doing in Uzbekistan or irian Jaya or Senegal or Trinidad and Tobago and so we don't really think God is that much at work. Only what we personally know about limits our sense of what our covenant making, covenant keeping God is doing around the corner or around the world.

Are you aware that the imans of Islam in Egypt and the Middle East are infuriated because 6 million Muslims a year are turning to Christ and they angrily preach against such conversions? Do you know that there is an awakening going on in Iran with hundreds of thousands coming to Christ? Did you know that theological training is going on in Cuba for scores of pastors wanting to learn the Reformed faith? That 1500+ pastors gather in Brazil each year for a Reformed conference, seeking to learn and grow in the faith? That Korea has a higher per capita percentage of missionaries than even the United States?

God is working in amazing ways all over the globe and He is showing Himself faithful to His covenant promises to His Son. Christ did not die in vain. He got what He came to purchase--a people for God from every tribe, tongue and people group on the face of the earth
(Revelation 5:9-10).

Today's blog is about missions and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20 and many other passages). Let me thrill your heart and inform your mind with the following books showing different aspects of what God is intending to do and actually doing around the world.

I have had my heart warmed, my vision enlarged, my lifestyle challenged and my small faith rebuked by Dr. Tim Keesee's DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT (Stories of Gospel Advance in the World's Difficult Places); Crossway. As Ernie Pyle was the great boots on the ground war correspondent during World War II (he was killed by a sniper at the end of the war on Okinawa) so Dr. Tim Keesee may well be the Ernie Pyle of what the Lord is doing in the holy war of King Jesus to take captive those already ensnared by the devil. Keesee goes to obscure places among little known peoples at the side of missionaries and national pastors who are unknown and unheralded. But a real work of God is being done as the gospel is gossiped by laymen and preached by young pastors and survivors of persecution. Small churches are being planted and the Day shall show it. Robert Murray M'Cheyne once said that it is not so much great gifts that God blesses as great likeness to Christ. You will read of Christ-like pastors and laymen making a difference around the world. Be encouraged; be challenged; be rebuked; be on your knees thanking God what Who He is and What He is doing--read this book prayerfully!

Michael Haykind and Jeff Robinson have just given us TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Calvin's Missional Vision and Legacy); Crossway--this book should forever shut the mouths of the uninformed that John Calvin was largely uninterested in evangelism and missions. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The authors examine Calvin's missional exegesis, his dynamic when it came to taking the gospel back into France or to Brazil, his legacy among his fellow Calvinists, Presbyterian, Congregational, or Baptist, who followed his exegesis with their own boots on the ground. A must read!

Seven years ago, Trinity Evangelical Divinity Scbool hosted a conference to honor Professor John Woodbridge for his 30 years of teaching at the school. A church historian with a burden for France, the inerrancy of Scripture, gracious Christian speech and conduct, he is also known for his heart for the Great Commission. Professors Martin Klauber and Scott Manetsch compiled and edited the messages given at that conference into a
most illuminating and encouraging book, THE GREAT COMMISSION (Evangelicals and the History of World Missions); Broadman & Holman. As with all compendiums, the essays are only as good as their authors and usually uneven. The chapter on the Reformers, for example, would have profited from the insights of the book on Calvin mentioned above. But the chapters by Timothy George ("Evangelical Revival and the Missionary Awakening"), Tom Nettles ("Baptists and the Great Commission") and Don Carson ("Ongoing Imperative for World Mission") stand out and should be studied carefully.

One other book comes to mind as helping us understand and stand upon the shoulders of those who have gone before regarding the Great Commission. In one sense, all peoples of European extraction owe a debt that cannot be repaid to God's working in and through Paul and his associates. They were stymied in their attempts to reach certain places in their mission trip and subsequently went down to the port city of Troas to await further insight from their Lord. At Troas in the Roman province of Asia, Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia (on the European mainland) asking for Paul's help in giving them the gospel. Paul and his associates honored the vision and crossed the small bit of water to mainland Greece and attempted for the first time to make the dreaded European Gentiles their missionary focus. If pagan Asian Gentiles were considered a problem, the thought of reaching pagan European Gentlles was even more daunting. Two thousands years later, we are still reaping the uncountable blessings from their obedience to the vision.

Thus let me commend Professor Eckhard Schnabel's PAUL THE MISSIONARY (Realities, Strategies and Methods); IVP. Formerly professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Schnabel was called to Gordon-Conwell a few years ago. His focus as a biblical scholar has been on evangelism and missions for many years. His two volume study of missions in the New Testament will be a standard for years to come.
But more accessible is his study of the Apostle Paul, THE GREAT MISSIONARY CHURCH PLANTER of the New Testament. After a most fruitful introduction describing the issues involved in writing such a book, Schnabel presents THE MISSIONARY WORK OF PAUL, THE MISSIONARY TASK, THE MISSIONARY MESSAGE, THE MISSIONARY GOALS, THE MISSIONARY METHODS and THE MISSIONARY WORK IN THE 20TH CENTURY. A most important study!

May our Lord give us His heart to seek and save the lost through our prayers, our giving, our witness, and our going if we are so called, and our sustained personal encouragement for those already called.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin
WWW.THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESS.COM

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GOD BRINGS REVIVAL

09/29/2014

The history of God's actions upon earth is marked by periods when God sent His Holy Spirit to renew, revive and otherwise reform His people into more of what they were saved to be.

Since the outpouring of God the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, there have been subsequent times when God has sovereignly. mysteriously and truly worked in ways similar to an individual's conversion but among many people eat one time. Such periods in church history have been called reformation, revival, times of refreshing, renewals and other things.

Across America today, many churches still hold "revivals" each Summer or early Fall. What they mean is not a biblical revival or even an historical (that is, pre-Charles Finney) revival, but a special series of evangelistic meetings where they plan and hope to see the unconverted saved and the unchurched churched.

I was converted by the grace of God during a time of revival and renewal that lasted from roughly 1967 to 1975, give or take a year or two. Students of American church history are beginning to see that hundreds of thousands of students and laymen trace their spiritual birth to that time period. By the grace of God, I have persevered (as have most of the people I know who were converted during that time). Since then I have been privileged to participate in many evangelistic meetings and regularly preached the gospel from my pulpit as a pastor/preacher. But I have not seen the impact that was recorded during those halcyon years mentioned above.

What is a "revival"? Are revivals a sovereign work of
God alone? Is a true revival man-man like Charles Finney and his supporters argued in the 1st third of the 19th century and most Arminian/semi-Pelagian preachers and strategists have argued ever since? Does God send revival in answer to believers' prayers? Can revivals be hindered by men?

These and many other questions have been wrestled with for the past 150 years and the best answers and most biblical responses are listed below. Let me begin with sources that do not suppose that you have great exposure to the discussion about revivals and move from there to the most comprehensive and sophisticated.

Geoffrey Thomas, THE HOLY SPIRIT; Reformation
Heritage Books (Chapter 19 is given over to a great
explanation of revival and beginners should begin
here!)

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, REVIVAL; Crossway (with an
Introduction by James Packer)--arguably the
greatest series of sermons preached in the 20th
century on what a revival is, what it does, where it
comes from, what to do in the meantime, etc. A
foundational work on the subject and sure to stir
the hearts of the readers.

Iain Murray, D. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES: THE FIRST
FORTY YEARS; Banner of Truth--Dr. Lloyd-Jones
left his medical practice, his wife left hers too, they
moved from London to a small coastal town in Wales
with a 40% unemployment rate among its dock
workers, coal miners and steel workers. Alcoholism
and prostitution were rife. Spiritual life was nil.
Lloyd-Jones want to preach the gospel in a place
where there would be no sociological reason why it
should succeed except that there was power in the
gospel unto salvation. He began preaching and saw
his first convert six months later. In two years, God
was pleased to send a mini-revival to that area
which changed it and the pastor forever. Read the
chapter on "Revival" and weep and pray!

Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge, A GOD-SIZED
VISION (Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir);
Crossway--an historian of the "young, restless and
reformed" movement along with a seasoned
church historian have put together a primer on
revivals in America and around the world to stretch
our vision of revival and to stir us to pray!

Iain Murray, PENTECOST--TODAY? (The Biblical Basis
for Understanding Revival); Banner of Truth--in
this writer's view, this is the best biblical and
theological explanation of what a revival is, what
brings it about and what it does. It addresses such
questions as human responsibility and God's
sovereignty, preaching and praying during revivals,
etc. There is such a thing as a false or spurious
revival and Murray helps you to examine biblically
the claims of those who say there is a revival down
the street or in the next state. Outstanding!

Iain Murray, REVIVAL AND REVIVALISM: THE MAKING
AND MARRING OF AMERICAN EVANGELICALISM;
Banner of Truth--THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY of how
America went from Reformed theology and a biblical
view of revival to Arminian/semi-Pelagian theology
and a man-centered view of revival. You cannot
understand how American religion got in the mess
that it has been in without mastering this book!

THREE THEOLOGICAL WORKS OF PREVIOUS CENTURIES THAT HELP CLARIFY SOME OF THE ISSUES:

Jonathan Edwards, RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS; Banner of
Truth--'THE THEOLOGIAN of revival, Edwards studied
the Scriptures and compared the workings of the 1st
Great Awakening of the 1740's with what he saw in
the Bible. A classic study of the true, the false and
the mixed. A manual of discernment of the workings
of the flesh, the demonic and the Holy Spirit.

William B.Sprague, LECTURES ON REVIVAL; Banner of
Truth--explains and catalogs what revivals are, how
they come about, what they do, etc. etc.

George Smeaton, THE DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT;
Banner of Truth--since it first appeared in the late
1880's, it has been acknowledged as a biblical and
historical masterpiece.

May God the Holy Spirit be sent from heaven again and revive the churches of Jesus Christ for His eternal glory and our good. May the division between the true and false churches be clarified and the glory of God settled upon the true churches again.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

Come visit my website which includes 600+ devotional articles, a score of longer downloads and dozens of other goodies at WWW.THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESS.COM

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PREPARING A BOOK TABLE FOR THE REFORMATION

09/24/2014

The last 24 years I pastored, we had a Reformation weekend Bible conference. Visiting speakers were invited to highlight some feature of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century. Sometimes it was just a Sunday--Reformation Sunday. We always had a Reformation Book Table to provide the best free materials for folks to read and study. When folks learn that reading can do them good, it encourages them to become readers. Here are my suggestions for a Reformation Book Table;

INTRODUCING THE REFORMATION TO BEGINNERS:

Michael Reeves, THE UNQUENCHABLE FLAME; B & H
An outstandingly clear and motivational study of
the great Reformation of the 16th century.

Stephen Nichols, THE REFORMATION (How a Monk
and a Mallet Changed the World); P & R--a great
book that is also easy to read.

Robert Godfrey, REFORMATION SKETCHES; Crossway
short bios of several of the Reformers

S. M. Houghton, SKETCHES FROM CHURCH
HISTORY; Banner of Truth--the best short history
of the churches and what God was doing. Easy to
read with great illustrations. Puts things in
perspective.

Roland Bainton, HERE I STAND; Hendricksen (the
best introductory life of Martin Luther)

Steve Lawson, THE HEROIC BOLDNESS OF MARTIN
LUTHER; Reformation Trust--inspiring account of
Martin Luther and his courage to speak and write
the truth.

Simonetta Carr, JOHN CALVIN: Reformation Heritage
A short book, brilliantly illusrated, which shows
the man to the whole family.

AMAZING GRACE DVD; leading modern pastors and
scholar explain why Reformation is needed and what
are the doctrines of the Reformation.

MIDDLE LEVEL STUDIES OF THE REFORMATION

Michael Horton, CALVIN ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE;
Crossway--a great introduction to John Calvin's
writings

Terry Johnson, THE CASE FOR TRADITIONAL
PROTESTANTISM; Banner of Truth--why there was
a Reformation in the 16th century and why it needs
to be on-going today.

Andrew Atherstone, THE REFORMATION; Lion
Publications--outstanding treatment of the
Reformation with great photos, paintings and
applications

R. C. Sproul, FAITH ALONE; Baker Books--why
a person must believe in Christ alone by grace
alone through faith alone to be a real Christian.

R. C. Sproul, WHAT IS REFORMED THEOLOGY?
Reformation Trust--just what it says--by a master
communicator!

Timothy George, THE THEOLOGY OF THE
REFORMERS; B & H--the best overview of the
various Reformers and what they believed and
taught.

May the Lord bless your book table and all those who purchase books. May another Reformation get started by some of today's men who are jealous for Christ's glory and the repristination of Christ's church.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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2 BIOGRAPHIES YOU NEED TO READ

09/15/2014

Biographies have played a large role in my growth as a Christian. Biographies are meant to give us insights by peering over a person's shoulder as their life is chronicled and learning from their victories and defeats, their strengths and their weaknesses, and the judgment of history. Arnold Dalimore's biography of the 19th century Scot's pastor, Edward Irving, goes a long way towards showing the weaknesses of he charismatic movement. It accomplishes this not through being preachy but by simply showing what happened to one man and one movement over time. It was a disaster not only to Edward Irving personally but also to the whole movement he spawned.

Other biographies can inspire men and women to aim higher, put more sin to death, trust Christ more, believe the Father for more than we have. Biographies of George
Whitefield, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, Francis and Edith Schaeffer, Corrie Ten Boom, Joni Eareckson, Rosaria Butterfield, Amy Carmichael, Elizabeth Prentiss, Dwight Moody, John Wesley and those who followed, and the list could go on and on.

Today I want to highlight two need biographies that I believe everyone should read. They are both very encouraging because they are the stories of ordinary men whom God chose to save and glorify Himself in doing so. Neither man is a famous athlete or politician, neither was in jail or led a Fortune 500 company. Neither came from wealth or privilege.

Jerry Bridges GOD TOOK ME BY THE HAND (A Story of God's Unusual Providence) from Navigators is a singular delight to read. Jerry bends over backwards to show that he was just an ordinary boy growing up in an ordinary (or below ordinary) Depression era home in Texas. Looking back at his life (and the Puritans said that God's providence was best learned the same way one learns the Hebrew language, from back to front),
Jerry takes us from his hardscrabble home on the wrong iside of the tracks, his near poverty, his strict upbringing, the death of his mother when he was 14, his physical defects which impacted his whole life, his stint in the Navy, coming to assurance of salvation by Christ,
early years with the Navigators ministry, learning and memorizing his Bible, practicing faithfully the disciplines of spiritual growth (Bible reading, prayer, memorization, meditation, church attendance, etc)--all give us insight into the man. But his interpretation of God's providence by the use of various verses which God applied to his life with power help us to gain his understanding of how God was leading him. There are successes and failures,
heartaches and triumphs, but through it all we see a faithful God. Jerry Bridges was God's ambassador to first show me the glories of the Reformed faith, particularly the Reformed doctrine of sanctification. I shall always be grateful. And the footnotes to his early books introduced me to the Reformed Hall of Fame--John Owen, John Calvin, William Bates, John Flavel, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Hodge, B. B. Warfield, and many others. This biography was so sweet and compelling that I read it in two afternoons!

The second biography I read was of a man I had never heard of, who has written no books, published no articles, graced no conferences--Douglas Higgins, a 100 year old Reformed believer from the Yorkshire dales of the United Kingdom. The Yorkshire dales or valleys of the United Kingdom are most familiar to Americans who have enjoyed the books and BBC adaptations of James Herriot's ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, the story of a Yorkshire veterinarian from the 1930's to the 1960's. Douglas Higgins has written no books nor was a TV series made about his life and adventures. What is so enticing about this autobiography is that Higgins is a humble and ordinary man who became a Christian and who persevered at walking with Christ from school age, through World War II, marriage, struggling to support his family and find a career in the post-war British depression, growing as a Christian, growing in usefulness to God, becoming a churchman, becoming a church officer, giving his life away to others, burying his wife, finding a surprising work among Chinese students, and on and on. An ordinary man with what outwardly seems like an ordinary life but one which points to the kind Father-care of his heavenly Father through the overarching providence of a life.Only 87 pages long, I read it in one delightful afternoon. In heaven we will discover that there are far more men like Douglas Higgins in God's Hall of Fame than George Whitefields, Martin Luthers, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, or other "great men". Like Mary at the feast and celebration of the raising of her brother Lazarus from the dead, she gave what she could though forgotten by most of us. Douglas Higgins was not a great man with great gifts and a great impact--he was an ordinary man who plodded faithfully and persevered and was faithful in the so-called "little things". May God give us more men like Douglas Higgins!

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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INTRODUCING YOURSELF TO THE PURITANS

09/08/2014

If you are like me, the idea of first reading the Puritans can be daunting. Weren't they supposed to have been spiritual giants? Doesn't James Packer and Martyn Lloyd-Jones speak of them as God's giant redwood trees among the smaller trees in God's forest?
Who am I to approach a giant of the faith when I often feel like a dwarf or pygmy tree like a Japanese banzai tree than a strong, leafy tree in the yard?

C. S. Lewis disabused me from reading old books written by spiritual giants years ago. The reason why we should read older writers was because they knew our God deeply but they could also communicate deeply about knowing Him.

And few sub-groupings among Christians are more blessed than the Puritans, both in England and America.
In the ancient days before emails, phones, twitter and selfies and text messages, there was relative peace and quiet and time to think and meditate upon the great truths that God was teaching His people during the 17th century Puritan revival. Names like John Owen, Matthew Henry, John Bunyan, John Flavel, Matthew Poole, Richard Sibbes, and a galaxy of other Reformed luminaries graced the churches of England and its colony, America.

And few Puritans were more blessed and useful than Thomas Watson. The Banner of Truth is to be thanked for publishing most of the important works of Watson--THE BEATITUDES, THE LORD'S PRAYER, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, and a commentary on the Westminster Confession, A BODY OF DIVINITY.

Why is Watson a much read and much appreciated writer? He was biblical, warm, clear, full of metaphors and illustrations that stick in the mind, and thick with heart-tugging application. He could not be vague or boring if he tried. What's more, the great 19th century Baptist, Charles Spurgeon aided the modern rediscovery of Watson by himself editing of a couple of the volumes mentioned above. (I think I would be a much better writer if Charles Spurgeon was my editor!)

Like all the Puritans, Watson was not in a hurry. He wanted to do his best to master his subject and be mastered by it. So he takes no short cuts and rounds off no corners.He is thorough, and thoughtful and clear and biblical and takes the reader by the hand to make sure none of the message of God's Word can be missed if he can help it!

The Puritans understood that God had come to them in Christ and saved them to know Him deeply and make His glory visible in their generation. They pursued holiness and universal obedience; they were men of prayer; they studied and meditated upon their Bibles; they withstood persecution for the truth; they said Good-bye to their homes and livings when thrust out of the churches, they ministered when hirelings would leave the masses because of the black death that scourged 17th century Europe.

I enjoy reading them because like few others, they make me become more of a man of God. Too many of today's authors help me to become a boy of God, but few provoke me and teach me and entice me to become a man of God. All the Puritans provoke me to godliness and holiness. And I shall be eternally grateful.

Start out with the newly reprinted THE BEATITUDES (An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-10). After that try THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, then maybe THE LORD'S PRAYER. If you want to become a man or woman of God, you will not begrudge the effort expended in reading a Puritan and you certainly will not be disappointed with Thomas Watson.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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WHAT IS THE "NORMAL" CHRISTIAN LIFE ?

09/04/2014

Each generation of Christians discovers that the next generation wants to re-invent Christianity and especially the "normal Christian life". The status quo is shown to be "defective and dishonoring to Christ" and a new paradigm suggested to replace the status quo. Eventually, that new paradigm is shown to be defective and another paradigm put forward to replace it. So it goes in broad evangelicalism...and to many Reformed Christians also.

John Piper rattled the cages of Christian by his book, DON'T WASTE YOUR LIFE. Why not consider missions?
Why not lose your life as a missionary in Burundi rather than plod along as a plumber in Cleveland or a computer programmer in Silicon Valley? I believe Piper was right to address the American cultural obsession with making money and living the affluent lifestyle (what Francis Schaeffer earlier named the culture of "personal peace and affluence"). But I believe he was seriously wrongly in making it seem that only those who lived on the edge and "pushed the envelope" were going to have lives that really counted.

Authors like Francis Chan followed with books like CRAZY LOVE which touted the extravagant ways of God and encouraged Christians to live out this view of God with a commensurate lifestyle.

The jackpot was David Platt's RADICAL which called upon Christians to shun the American dream and instead live a radical life for Christ. Leave the suburbs and move to the inner city! Leave comfort and personal peace for life on the edge in Zambia! More than a million copies of Platt's book were sold and countless more Christians left under the impression that Green Beret Christianity was the norm and they were sub-par believers if they did not do something radical.

Since the Middle Ages, when splinter groups tried to change the moribund Roman Catholic Church, there have been Christians who tried to call the church out of complacency in the culture and captivity to the status quo and to live more faithful biblical lives for Christ. In the Early Church and the Middle Ages, these various monastic groups were eventually absorbed back into the Church and little changed permanently.

The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century gave lay Christians back the biblical understanding that living an ordinary life as a plumber or housewife or computer programmer or teacher in fellowship with Christ was not sub par but the normal Christian life. All Christians had a calling to walk with Christ, live a holy life and do all to the glory of Christ. All biblically lawful work was invested with dignity and purpose. All believers could serve Christ right where they were. Only some or a few were called to be ministers/missionaries.

These tensions are still with us today as evidenced by the titles I mentioned earlier in this article. Let's look at some other books available today which deal with these issues of the normal Christian life, calling (vocation), and living out the Christian life.

Matt Redmund, THE GOD OF THE MUNDANE; Kalos Press
A short but powerful book showing how wrong it is
to berate laymen for living a quiet existence in
fellowship with Christ. Redmund shows convincingly
that Christian are called to live quiet lives at home,
and not to fall prey to the scheme that only "radical"
Christian lives count for Christ.

Josh Kelley, RADICALLY NORMAL (You Don't Have to
Live Crazy to Follow Jesus); Harvest House
Publishers--though not Reformed in his theology,
evangelical Kelley has good things to say to keep
believers from beating themselves with false guilt.

Francis Schaeffer, NO LITTLE PEOPLE; Crossway--
sermons with a punch! Schaeffer's first sermon
powerfully shows that there are no "little people"
and no "little places" in God's Kingdom. Rather he
shows the importance of cultivating faithfulness
in communion with Christ.

John Frame, THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
in his THEOLOGY OF LORDSHIP SERIES from P & R
Publishing. Professor Frame's massive volume shows
what Christians ought to be doing in living out the
Christian life BUT shows little of the dynamic of
cultivating one's relationship with God the Father
and Son by the Spirit. It is very strong on the WHAT
but in the view of this reviewer, sadly short on the
HOW. Perhaps his volume on the CHURCH will show
more of how the means of grace, prayer, the
sacraments, etc.show what our participation in the
life of God looks like. Frame is especially strong on
the role of the Ten Commandments for the
Christian's life.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT;
2 volumes in 1; Eerdmans Publications
The premier preacher in English in the 20th century
Lloyd-Jones takes our Lord's primer on living in the
Kingdom of God (the Sermon on the Mount) and
thus shows what the normal Christian life is like to
Christ. Magisterial preaching by one of the truly
great men of God in the 20th century.

Other books on Christian living and calling to mark and read would be:

Lester DeKoster, WORK: THE MEANING OF YOUR LIFE;
Christian Library Press

Gene Veith, GOD AT WORK: Crossway

May our Lord help you to see that the calling of the Christian is not to be radical but faithful, not to be doing dramatic things but being faithful to what the Lord has entrusted us to do--our walk with Him, our marriage, our family, our job, and our resources--for His glory.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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RESOURCES FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, MENTAL ILLNESS, AND THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT COME WITH THEM.

08/21/2014

One of the largely overlooked aspects of the fall of humanity is the impact of God's curse on our bodies and minds. You have never met a "normal" person. You have never met a person who was not in some way twisted, bent and misshapen by the Fall. All of us in some way bear the mark of sin's curse. And some of us bear this mark more obviously.

Today I want to suggest resources to help those who have children or loved ones with disabilities--whether they show up at six months or six years or sixteen years or adulthood.

What resources are available to those whose calling is to care for disabled children of all ages? What help is available for parents and caregivers of children who are otherwise handicapped by serious mental, physical and emotional problems?

FOR LOVERS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES:

Stephanie Hubach, SAME LAKE, DIFFERENT BOAT
(Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability);
P & R--designed to renew Christians' minds to think
biblically about disability. Important for every
church library and a beginning foundation for
leadership to rethink how they view the
handicapped & families with handicapped children.

Krista Horning, JUST THE WAY I AM (God's Good
Design in Disability); Christian Focus Publications--
John Piper introduces the book by saying: "For the
people in this book, the sovereignty and goodness
of God have become a sanctuary for the soul in a
life they did not expect to live. When they affirm
the goodness and wisdom of God in creating them
for short term disability and eternal superability,
they do not do so without tears. There is no glib
trifling with pain. They are learning the paradox of
"sorrowful yet always rejoicing". They are learning
how to be brought low and how to abound. They
believe in this fallen age, God's loved ones groan
along with the whole creation, waiting for the full-
ness of adoption, the redemption of their bodies..."

Greg Lucas, WRESTLING WITH AN ANGEL (A Story of
Love, Disability & the Lessons of Grace); Cruciform
Press--Greg, a police officer, husband, Christian
and Jake's Dad, tells the gripping story of being the
father of a severely handicapped son with both
physical and emotional challenges. As a policeman
and father, Greg hoped to "fix" things. That didn't
happen. But God is still God and this can especially
be seen in homes with handicapped people. See
what Greg saw, felt, learned and endured. See
Christ and His grace in action in one family!

BOOKLETS ON DISABILITIES:

Ed Welch, BI-POLAR DISORDER; CCEF

Michael Emlet, ANGRY CHILDREN; CCEF

Edward Welch, EATING DISORDERS; CCEF

William Smith, HOW DO I STOP LOSING IT WITH MY
KIDS?; CCEF

David Powlison, I'M EXHAUSTED; CCEF

David Powlison, RECOVERING FROM CHILD ABUSE;
CCEF

Paul David Tripp, HELPING YOUR ADOPTED CHILD;
CCEF

Rita Jamison, PARENTING YOUR ADHD CHILD (Biblical
Guidance For Your Child's Diagnosis); New
Growth Press

RESOURCES ON GOD'S GRACE IN SUFFERING AND HIS BIG-PICTURE PLAN OF REDEMPTION

John Piper and Justin Taylor, eds.; SUFFERING AND
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD; Crossway--a great
book on what God is doing in the midst of our
suffering. Why does a sovereign God allows misery
to happen? What can believers do about it? How
should they respond?

Jerry Bridges, TRUSTING GOD (Even When Life Hurts);
NavPress--outstanding study of God's supernatural
rule of all things for His glory and His people's good.
Deceptively profound study of God's holiness, love,
wisdom and sovereignty in life's hardest times!
This is no study by an arm-chair theologian. Jerry
wrote this while his first wife was dying slowly
from cancer!

Irene Howat, FINDING GOD IN THE DARKNESS;
Christian Focus Publications--Life hurts at times,
sometimes overwhelmingly so! Disability, illness,
betrayal, murder, imprisonment, miserable working
environment, loneliness, etc are all experienced
through this study of various people who found the
grace of God in life's toughest laboratory--suffering.

Mike Milton, SONGS IN THE NIGHT; P & R--beloved
pastor, professor, seminary president and author,
Mike Milton was born to a drunk and an insane
person; he was abused and abandoned at five; his
parents came from different nationalities. None of
these were determinative for who he became!
God intervened and made Mike a new man. But the
new man was terribly hurt and suffered too. How
do we stay sane, not become bitter and cynical?
Read this precious book of the grace of God.

Nancy Guthrie, BE STILL MY SOUL (Embracing God's
Purpose and Provision in Suffering); Crossway--
25 classic and contemporary readings on the
problems of pain and suffering.

Nancy Guthrie, HOLDING ON TO HOPE; Tyndale--
one woman's journey through grievous loss and
great emotional pain.

Nancy Guthrie, ONE YEAR BOOK OF HOPE; Tyndale
Readings for a year of hope for those who thought
all hope was gone!

Ron Dunn. WHEN HEAVEN IS SILENT;Christian Literature
Crusade; one of the very best books on suffering and
the ways of God with His children. Pastor Dunn and
his wife lost a bi-polar son to suicide at 17. Profound
but simply written; Dunn has a sweet sense of
humor which keeps the material from being maudlin.

Joni Eareckson, THE GOD I LOVE
Joni Eareckson, WHEN GOD WEEPS
Joni Eareckson, PEARLS OF GREAT PRICE
Joni Eareckson, PLACE OF HEALING
Joni Eareckson, DIAMONDS IN THE DUST
Joni Eareckson, HEAVEN
Paralyzed from the neck down since a tragic diving accident at age 16, Joni has had to face disability her whole life. She is now 65. Though a professing Christian, when she realized she would be crippled for life, she wanted to die. But God would not let her. And she has grown in grace and been a much used vessel in which to display God's glory. She has been the most invited guest on Larry King's radio program because he is obviously fascinated with this lovely woman who lost it all but who has it all from God. She is biblical, real,
compassionate, clear sighted and honest. She came down with breast cancer at age 63. That was after two years of the most excruciating pain she had ever endured. She walks closely with God and its shows. Come sit at her feet and learn.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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BOOKS TO RENEW YOUR MIND (so that you think God's thoughts and have God's perspective)

08/18/2014

When I became a new Christian, I developed a real appetite for reading the Bible and Christian books. I did not know enough to pick which books were the most biblically faithful, and thus the most helpful. I just knew I needed to grow in the knowledge of God, His ways and His directions for life. Through trial and error and the guidance of well grounded Christian leaders, I began to know my way around the Bible and what it taught about God, reality, creation, mankind, sin, judgment, Old Testament Israel, Jesus, the cross and the resurrection, etc, etc, etc.

The more I read my Bible and books based upon the Bible, the more I came to see the sovereign grace of God and His covenant mercy in Christ. The more I read my Bible and grew in the grace God, the more I saw that God's grace was sovereign and pre-venient (He made the first move).

Over the 45 years I have been a Christian, the more God has graciously renewed my mind by the Spirit using the Word to conform my thoughts to Christ. Meditate on how our Lord's prayer in John 17:17 relates to Paul's teaching in 2nd Corinthians 3:18.

Today I wanted to give you some books to read to renew your mind and become more Christ-like in your thinking and subsequent actions. Remember good books place doctrines in the context of the whole Bible. A partial truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth! Paul told the Ephesians elders that he was innocent of the blood of all men because he did not shrink back from declaring he whole counsel of God to them. A good teacher should always place that day's teaching into the larger picture of the truth of God. The sacrificial system, the 2nd coming, the two natures of Christ, creation, etc. do not exist in a vacuum. The are all interconnected.

In the following books, faithful teachers interweave the truths of the Bible into a coherent whole. I will arrange them in ascending order of difficulty, beginning with the easiest. Each of them is Reformed in their theology of salvation, and while the authors represent different denominations with differing views of baptism, the Lord's Supper and church government, these issues do not enter into these studies of basic Christianity.


J. C. Ryle, OLD PATHS; Banner of Truth--a classic by he 19th century Anglican whom Charles Spurgeon described as the best man in the Anglican church! Why?
Ryle was Bible-believing, clear, straight-forward, Christ-centered, warm and loved Christ and sinners. What more could a growing Christian want in their pastor/teacher? Nineteen chapters as warm and clear today as they were 125 years ago.

Sinclair Ferguson, A HEART FOR GOD;Banner of Truth--basic truths of the Bible's teaching about God Himself.

Sinclair Ferguson, THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: A DOCTRINAL INTRODUCTION; Banner of Truth--the basic truths of
what the Bible teaches about what it means to be a real Christian.

James Montgomery Boice, FOUNDATIONS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH; InterVarsity Press--sermons to the congregation of 10th Presbyterian church in Philadelphia. A master communicator makes the doctrines of the Bible come alive and shows their relevance for today's Christian. I know of at least one seminary graduate who said that seminary gave him bits and pieces of the puzzle but Boice put it all together for him.

A. A.Hodge, EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY (Lectures on Doctrine); Banner of Truth--the great Princeton theology of the late 19th and early 20th century, B. B. Warfield said that Archibald Alexander (hence A. A.) Hodge was the greatest teacher of deep theology for laymen. These were Friday night lectures on theology by a master in Israel.

A. A. Hodge, OUTLINES OF THEOLOGY; Banner of Truth
Hodge also published this theology which is a question and answer format. Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher from London, liked it so much that he used it (with an addition of a Baptist chapter on baptism) for his Pastor's College textbook.

James Packer, CONCISE THEOLOGY (A GUIDE TO HISTORIC CHRISTIAN BELIEFS); Tyndale--a fantastic guide to basic Christians doctrine, originally written and still found as the doctrine notes in the REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE. Compact and compressed. Packer by name and Packer by occupation!

James Packer, EIGHTEEN WORDS; Christian Focus--Originally published in the 80's as GOD'S WORDS, it is Packer showing us how to do proper word studies of Bible words using 18 prominent words and showing from the Bible what they mean. Foundational!

R. C. Sproul, EVERY ONE'S A THEOLOGIAN (An Introduction to Systematic Theology); Reformation
Trust--60 chapters and 340 pages of doctrine explained to the man or woman in the pew. This is an updating of his earlier work, ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.

Bruce Milne, KNOWING THE TRUTH (A Handbook of Christian Belief); InterVarsity Press--Bruce Milne was a lecturer in doctrine at Spurgeon's College in London and then pastor for many years at First Baptist Church of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is the author
of many helpful books on doctrine and this is no exception. A wholesome theology course in one volume.


May i suggest that you read each and every one of these books. Yes, there is overlap but even that will do you good. By the time you are through, you will be amazed how much more solid you are in your mind and your walk with God.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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TO HONOR MY WIFE'S FAITHFULNESS--RESOURCES FOR WIVES WHO WANT TO BUILD THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES

08/12/2014

I was married on September 2, 1972. Cindy, my best friend, became my wife. She had graduated from a major Midwestern university with a degree in science but followed me first into student ministry and then the gospel ministry of the pastorate. We had two wonderful children and now six precious grandchildren. She sacrificed with me to go to seminary and receive the training I needed for a life of ministry. She worked faithfully to create a home atmosphere that was a magnet to come home to and a haven of rest and joy to live in. She saw her priority as keeping me in the pulpit so she cooked, cleaned, prayed, decorated, hosted, cooked, prayed, cleaned some more, prayed some more for these 42 years of marriage. Our home was a safe house for our family and a magnet to many others who talked, ate, cried, listened, ate, laughed, ate and argued and ate and saw glimpses of a Christian home full of joy and the Holy Spirit.

Sadly, too many women under 40 have drunk the Kool-Aid of our culture that a woman is just as good as a man (or better) and can do anything a man can do...and should. TIME magazine can run a cover story with a man and woman facing each other with the tag line: Men and Women--Are They Different? How incredibly sad and telling. Unless a woman is a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or at least sits on the Board of Directors, is a lawyer or doctor in a top practice, has a start up company worth millions or is a combat officer, she is little valued and even less praised.

But investing one's life nurturing the immortal souls and bodies of one's own family is now seen as quaint and even backward. Asserting oneself and establishing one's own name on the office door is more important than being a servant and making others successful. Christian values are just as right side up and controversial as they were in the 1st century Roman culture when servanthood was despised and Christians were fools to follow a Savior and King who said He came not be be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom many.

Today, as I was thinking about our wonderful home life together and the labors of my wonderful wife to make it so, I thought today's blog should be about the significant resources that my wife has used over the years to clarify, strengthen, mold and encourage her heart and mind. So as a tribute to my dearest wife, I list some of the many books that have shaped and developed my wife into being a great wife and mother and Christian hostess.

Edith Schaeffer, THE HIDDEN ART OF HOMEMAKING;
Tyndale House--how one cooks, decorates, gardens,
sews and practices hospitality to the glory of God
as an expression of one's creative juices.

Edith Schaeffer, L'ABRI; Tyndale House--how a
husband's evangelism and apologetics and a wife's
hospitality changed hundreds of people for Christ.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss, LIES WOMEN BELIEVE (and the
Truth that Sets Them Free); Moody Press--how to
avoid getting sucked into the mold of the 21st
century American culture.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss, ed.; BECOMING GOD'S TRUE
WOMAN; Crossway--a distinguished list of women
contribute to a knock out book on what it means
to be a woman, of God, in this day and time.

James Dobson, WHAT WIVES WISH THEIR HUSBANDS
KNEW ABOUT WOMEN; Tyndale House--the 10
most frequent causes of depression in women and
what can be done about them.

James Dobson, DARE TO DISCIPLINE; Tyndale House
The blockbuster that openly exposed the fallacy of
the Dr. Spock generation of parenting and returned
to biblical discipline.

Jerry Bridges, TRUSTING GOD--EVEN WHEN LIFE
HURTS; NavPress--the first treatment of the
biblical doctrine of providence in the 20th century
(1988) and a real sanity saver.

Jerry Bridges, THE GOSPEL FOR REAL LIFE; NavPress
Her favorite Jerry Bridges book, just nudging out
TRUSTING GOD. This classic study shows all that
Christ accomplished in His atonement. A wonder-
ful study that I would make mandatory for all
Christians to master, if I had the authority.

Jerry Bridges, THE BOOKENDS OF THE CHRISTIAN
LIFE; Crossway--avoiding the mirror ditches of
self-righteousness and despair by understanding
and applying daily the finished work of Christ and
the Great Exchange (My Sin for His Righteousness)
along with the power of the Holy Spirit to change
your life.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, SPIRITUAL DEPRESSION (Its
Causes and Cures); Eerdmans--a spiritual clinic
and wellness clinic even if you don't feel sick!
A wonderful resource to revisit again and again.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT;
Eerdmans--what many believe to be the greatest
treatment in English in the 20th century of the
greatest preacher in the English speaking world.
From our Lord's most famous sermon.

Bethan Lloyd-Jones, MEMORIES OF SANDFIELDS;
Banner of Truth--the wife of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-
Jones recounts their early years of marriage and
his first pastorate and her first experience as a
pastor's wife. Sweet and encouraging.

Jerry Bridges, THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS; NavPress
The best treatment of the Reformed doctrine of
sanctification for laymen.

R. C. Sproul, THE HOLINESS OF GOD; Tyndale House
Everything depends upon the kind of Being who
our God Is. Sproul does a wonderful job getting us
started with this tour de force treatment of the
hub of the wheel of God's various attributes. You
will not understand or appreciate grace as you
should until you understand the holiness of God.

SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; IVP--a team of excellent
scholars and pastors put together this study of
entire Bible that takes you through every
paragraph by asking you questions. Incredibly
helpful Bible study aid.

Don Whitney, SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES OF THE
CHRISTIAN LIFE; NavPress--a classic on how the
Christian learns to tie his/her shoes, get dressed,
make your bed, brush your teeth, hold your fork
and knife and feed yourself. NOT REALLY--but the
lessons taught are just as important and
fundamental to a healthy Christian life.

J. C. Ryle, HOLINESS; Banner of Truth--the great 19th
century writer and bishop who Charles Spurgeon
called the best man in the English Anglican church.
Warm, straight-forward, biblical and life-changing.

Arthur Bennett, THE VALLEY OF VISION; Banner of
Truth--collection of Puritan prayers to prime the
pump for your own prayers.

Jonathan Edwards, CHARITY AND ITS FRUITS; Banner
of Truth--Paul's ode to love, 1st Corinthians 13,
through the teaching lens of the great Puritan,
Jonathan Edwards.

Charles Spurgeon, MORNING AND EVENING; Christian
Focus Publications--the great preacher's morning
and evening meditations on Christ and the
Christian life for each day of the year.

Elyze Fitzpatrick, THE AFTERNOON OF LIFE; P & R--
The kids are grown and out of the house and the
last third of your life is before you. What does God
expect you to be doing?

Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock, BECOMING A WOMAN
WHO PLEASES GOD; Moody Press
Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock, DESIGNING A LIFESTYLE
THAT PLEASES GOD; Moody Press
Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock, PRACTICING HOSPITALITY;
Crossway
(For those who did not grow up in a healthy
Christian home or a Christian home at all, here
are three volumes that speak volumes to what it
means to be a faithful Christian wife.)

Many more resources might be named but this will get a person started.

May you too hear your husband and children rise up and call you blessed!

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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THE SO-CALLED "NEW INTERPRETATION OF PAUL" AND WHY IT IS SO WRONG

08/05/2014

I can still remember my Saturday being ruined by getting the mail. I was half-way through typing out my sermon when I chose to take a break, get the mail, grab a bite of lunch and read the mail. One of my favorite religious magazines came and I sat down with relish to peruse the pages. Soon my joy went to gloom and then anger for an article was included that, if believed and preached, would undermine the biblical gospel of justification by faith alone in Christ alone!

The author, formerly an evangelical and Reformed New Testament theologian, taught that believers must add to Christ in order to be saved. What I was reading was my first exposure to what came to be called "the New Interpretation of Paul". The more I read, the more disturbed I became. This article was just the tip of a massive iceberg of heresy that floated just beneath the surface of this "new interpretation".

I came to learn that for the past thirty five years, there has been an increasing movement to re-interpret Paul. The scholars who have wanted the church to change its understanding of Paul have included been many, but the original leaders and on-going proponents have been Krister Stendahl, E. P. Sanders, James D. G. Dunn, and N. T. Wright.

To simplify, let me try to explain to the uninitiated this way. The so-called "New Interpretation of Paul"
teaches that the magisterial Reformers, Luther and Calvin, and their successors, wrongly read their own
tortured Catholic consciences into Paul's letters and gave a wrong interpretation. Paul was not interested
primarily in how a person could be right with God. Paul was interested in how to get Gentiles into the "covenant community" with Israel.

"New Interpretation" scholars also wrongly teach that first century Judaism was not legalistic but grace focused. They say we have read the Pharisees
wrongly since the Reformation--for five hundred years! What's more, the "gospel" that comes out of the "New Interpretation of Paul" is that we enter the covenant by sacramental grace at our baptism and we stay in the covenant by our own good works. (For the discerning reader, the last line just described the classic teaching of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.)

If Protestantism in general and evangelicalism in particular adopts this theology, and teaches it then in about a generation we shall be asking ourselves, "Why not reunite with Rome? Why shouldn't Protestant pastors all grow beards and join a branch of the Orthodox churches? We now believe the same things!". But as the real Paul would say, "God forbid!"

The following works are meant to give you the best rebuttal to the "new interpretation", alert you to its teachings so that you can recognize it when you hear it, and to arm Christian teachers to stand fast in the face of this latest assault on the true doctrine of salvation by faith alone by Christ alone.


INTRODUCTORY WORKS

A. T. Robertson, JESUS AND THE PHARISEES; Wipf & Stock--Robertson, the great Greek scholar who long taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and who wrote the great grammar of the Greek New Testament wrote an analysis of what the Pharisees believed when it was still believed the Bible was true and other books were weighed in the balance. What does the inspired New Testament actually say about the Pharisees and what they believed and practiced? Was first century Judaism biblical? Was it legalistic?
Reading the literature of 2nd Temple Judaism looking for scraps of truth is surely "By-path Meadow" when it comes to understanding the New Testament.

John Stott, "Preliminary Essay" in THE MESSAGE OF ROMANS (The Bible Speaks Today); IVP Academic; pp. 19-43. Stott shows what is wrong with the "New Interpretation of Paul" so succinctly. It is the best short summary of the "new interpretation of Paul" and what is wrong with it.

Gary Johnson and Guy P. Waters, eds.; BY FAITH ALONE (Answering the Challenges to the Doctrine of Justification); Crossway--excellent collection of essays
many addressing the errors of the new interpretation.

INTERMEDIATE WORKS

Guy P. Waters, JUSTIFICATION ADN THE NEW PERSPECTIVE ON PAUL (A Review and Response); P & R Publishing--perhaps the best, most succinct refutation of the 'new perspective'.

Seyoon Kim, THE ORIGIN OF PAUL'S GOSPEL; Eerdmans--updates, complements and expands Machen's early 20th century contribution.

Stephen Westerholm, PERSPECTIVES OLD AND NEW ON PAUL (The "Lutheran" Paul and His Critics); Eerdmans--one of the most stylishly written and to this reader, correct interpretations of Paul versus the "New Perspective".

Colin Kruse, PAUL, THE LAW AND JUSTIFICATION; Wipf & Stock--takes us back to the time before E. P. Sanders and Martin Luther to the text of the Bible to exegete the issues regarding the "New Perspective".

ADVANCED WORKS:

D. A. Carson, Peter T. O'Brien and Mark Seifrid, eds.; JUSTIFICATION AND VARIEGATED NOMISM (2 volumes); Eerdmans--the heavy-weight examination of the pro's and con's of the New Perspective.

As famous British commentator, John Stott, observed, it appears that so many writers on the
'New Perspective" do not know their Bibles nor human nature very well. The 'natural man' is naturally legalistic and self-confident that he or she can please God apart from grace. Every man-made religion in the world is works-righteousness centered, except biblical Christianity.

That is why of all the religions of the world, only biblical Christianity believes in salvation by grace alone through Christ alone by faith alone--to the glory of God alone!

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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New Titles For your Consideration

07/28/2014

Kregel Books in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been a faithful evangelical and Reformed publishers for decades. Because they are not an exclusively Reformed publisher, Reformed readers tend to overlook them when it comes to expecting and finding really good books.

Today, I want to set the record straight and give you some great Kregel titles that may have overlooked.

BACKGROUNDS TO MANY OF THE HYMNS WE SING:

Kenneth Osbeck, AMAZING GRACE (2ND EDITION);
366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions)

Kenneth Osbeck, 101 HYMN STORIES (The Inspiring
True Stories Behind 101 Favorite Hymns)

Kenneth Osbeck, 101 MORE HYMN STORIES (The
Inspiring True Stories Behind 101 Favorite Hymns)

Kenneth Osbeck, BEYOND THE SUNSET (25 Hymn
Stories Celebrating the Hope of Heaven); balm for
earth weary, heavenly minded believers.

Kenneth Osbeck, SONGS FOR ALL SEASONS (25
Hymns Honoring God, Home and Country)

NEGLECTED SERMON SERIES BY DR. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, THE CHRISTIAN IN AN AGE OF
TERROR--sermons preached during and right after
World War II and the nuclear scare immediately
to follow in England.

WORKS ON C. S. LEWIS AND J. R. R. TOLKIEN:

Colien Duriez, C. S. LEWIS (A Biography of Friendship);
C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends
and friendly rivals. Read about their amazing
friendship which made them both better men.

Colin Duriez, J.R.R. TOLKIEN: THE MAKING OF A
LEGEND

WORKS BY JAMES MONTGOMERY BOICE:

James Montgomery Boice, RENEWING YOUR MIND
IN A MINDLESS WORLD--one of the better
treatments of the Christian's need to renew his/
her mind and bring it into subjection to Christ and
His Word. Mature Christians have learned to think
"Christianly" that is, biblically and have the mind
of Christ.

James Montgomery Boice, STANDING ON THE ROCK
(Upholding Biblical Authority in a Secular Age)
Boice solidifies the believer's implicit confidence in
the Bible with this well crafted defense of biblical
infallibility and authority.

James Montgomery Boice, CHRIST'S CALL TO
DISCIPLESHIP; Christ calls His people to Himself
as Savior and Lord. Boice believed that a
generation of believers that practiced biblical
discipleship could change the world.

James Montgomery Boice, ORDINARY MEN CALLED
BY GOD (Abraham, Moses and David)--a good
follow up read to CHRIST'S CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP.

BOOKS ON or FOR THE MINISTRY:

Jeffery Arthurs, DEVOTE YOURSELF TO THE PUBLIC
READING OF SCRIPTURE (The Transforming
Power of the Well-Spoken Word)--a rare study of
something that is done every week in truly
evangelical churches but often done badly!

Andreas Kostenberger and Richard Patterson,
INVITATION TO BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION
surely will become a classic on how to rightly
handle the Word of God.

Andreas Kostenberger and Richard Patterson, TWELVE
RULES FOR UNDERSTANDING BIBLE WORDS;
a short treatment of how to do correct Word
Studies in the Bible.

Desmond Alexander, FROM EDEN TO THE NEW
JERUSALEM (An Introduction to Biblical Theology);
a leading evangelical British Old Testament
theologian gives us his best insights into the
theology of the whole Bible.

Benjamin Keach, PREACHING FROM THE TYPES AND
METAPHORS--a lifetime of study and reflection
went into this 17th century Baptist pastor/
theologian's work.

Patrick Fairbairn, THE TYPOLOGY OF SCRIPTURE;
another of the great works on Typology by the
great 19th century Scots biblical theologian.

Phil Newton and Matt Schmucker, ELDERS IN THE
LIFE OF THE CHURCH--one of the best studies of
how elders function in the New Testament and
should function in a local church.

Paul Pettit and Todd Mangum, BLESSED ARE THE
BALANCED (A Seminarian's Guide to Following
Jesus in the Academy)--a helpful book on a too
much neglected topic. It is sad how many seminary
students leave school in a worse condition than
when they entered.

Herbert Lockyer, LAST WORDS OF SAINTS AND
SINNERS; a most helpful accumulation of the last
words of the lost and the found.

CLASSIC COMMENTARIES: OLD AND NEW

Martin Luther, COMMENTARY ROMANS

Martin Luther, COMMENTARY ON GALATIANS

Martin Luther, COMMENTARY ON PETER AND JUDE

William Arnot, STUDIES IN PROVERBS (one time
titled, THE CHURCH IN THE HOUSE)

Marcus Rainsford, OUR LORD PRAYS FOR HIS OWN
(John 17)--CLASSIC!

Thomas Whitelaw, COMMENTARY ON JOHN

J. A. Alexander, COMMENTARY ON ISAIAH; the
linguistic pride of 19th century Princeton Seminary
and genius son of Archibald Alexander wrote what
was the best commentary on Isaiah from the
19th century.

Allen P. Ross, A COMMENTARY ON THE PSALMS;
Volumes 1 and 2 are available and Volume 3 is
slated to appear this Fall. Ross has outstanding
commentaries on Genesis (CREATION &
BLESSING: How to Study and Preach Genesis),
Leviticus (HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD) and
Proverbs (EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY:
PROVERBS); and a work on worship (RECALLING
THE HOPE OF GLORY: Worship From the Garden
to the New Jerusalem).

PICTORIAL HELPS:

Tim Dowley, KREGEL PICTORIAL GUIDE TO THE
TABERNACLE

Henry Soltau, HOLY VESSELS AND FURNITURE OF
THE TABERNACLE

Henry Soltau, THE TABERNACLE: ITS PRIESTHOOD
AND OFFERINGS

Robert Backhouse, KREGEL PICTORIAL GUIDE TO THE
TEMPLE

John Hannah, KREGEL PICTORIAL GUIDE TO CHURCH
HISTORY

And that is not all the great books Kregel has for those who look. I hope you found 1 or 2 you want to read
and perhaps more you need to read.

May the Lord bless your studies.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

Visit my website, WWW.THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESS.COM
for more information about books, etc.

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HOW TO KNOW THE RIGHT COMMENTARY FOR YOUR NEEDS ?

07/24/2014

Many readers of this blog have had the experience of walking into a Christian bookstore looking for help on studying or teaching a book of the Bible. Either they had little or no inventory to choose from or they had quite a few volumes but you did not know which one to choose. Many Christian bookstores buy sets of commentaries by a single author and you either choose one of those commentaries or go home empty.

[NOTE: If you buy your books through the on-line service of CVBBS.COM, you might not know that you can get expert advice about commentaries about the Bible.
You can click on the expert advice logo on the website and send your question directly to me and I will answer it pronto!]

Some publishers have also published books on commentary selections, recommended by a scholarly author. I want to highlight those today and give you my perspective on each of them. Each have at least one major strength and one has more than one!


OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARY SURVEY:

Tremper Longman III; OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARY
SURVEY (5th edition); Baker--Longman is a senior
evangelical and Reformed Old Testament scholar
who once taught at Westminster Theological
Seminary in Philadelphia but now teaches at
Westmont College in California. He is well abreast
of the latest scholarly perspectives but is not as
well anchored in the historical Reformed faith as
he once was. Many "critical" commentaries are
noted which the CVBBS.COM reader is NOT going
to want to use. Using those commentaries is
usually like eating a wheelbarrow full of sawdust
hoping to find a few M & M's at the bottom! For
example, Dr. Longman does not like nor cite
Dale Ralph Davis' expositions of the historical books
of the O. T. He did not like the illustrations or
humor. Yet there are very few better than Davis at
demonstrating how a pastor/teacher might do
their homework and preach the text of the O. T.
with clarity and power.

NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY SURVEY:

D. A. Carson, NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY SURVEY
(7th edition); Baker--Carson's survey has always
struck me as more Spirit and Word sensitive than
Longman on the Old Testament. Carson is
Calvinistic but not confessionally Reformed. At
times this shows in his comments. He too has
many critical commentaries noted that are more
of interest to scholars who must read everything
before they hazard a guess on a text. But at least
Carson has always seemed more spiritually minded
than Longman above.

COMMENTARY SURVEY ON THE WHOLE BIBLE:

John Evans, A GUIDE TO BIBLICAL COMMENTARIES &
REFERENCE WORKS; Doulos Press--a massive
work covering both testaments. Professor Evans
is a book sleuth, finding helpful texts from little
known publishers. His teaching context in Africa
gives him a refreshing take on things too. I found
him the best guide, in general, on the most books
with an overall evangelical and Reformed
perspective, while critical works are noted and
identified. Great for the pastor/teacher!

Charles Spurgeon, LECTURES TO MY STUDENTS;
Banner of Truth--the final section of this classic
work by Spurgeon is his COMMENTING ON
COMMENTARIES. Here Spurgeon's genius and wit
come together to give the reader Spurgeon's take
on the best (and worst) books available in the
1880's. His comments are still largely true today.
Entertaining and highly informative.

Steve Martin, 21st CENTURY COMMENTING ON
COMMENTARIES; E-pub available at
WWW.THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESS.COM
(The author, me, took from Longman, Carson,
Evans and other book analyzers and spent
20 years gathering the best commentaries on
every book of the Bible for laymen and pastors.
I also evaluate books on Introductory matters.
It is graded by BASIC (little or no knowledge of
biblical languages; new to studying the test; good
for personal or family devotions); INTERMEDIATE
(some knowledge of the subject and/or biblical
languages; good for Sunday School, campus
or neighborhood Bible study); ADVANCED
(requires knowledge of the biblical languages and
the subject matter; great for pastors/teachers
and seminarian or anyone who has the calling
of studying, interpreting and teaching God's
Word.)

May the Lord help you to use tools well as you put in the time of studying and praying over God's Word.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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