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WHY IS THE NEW BOOK ON MOSES BY DR. BOICE JUST NOW COMING INTO PRINT ?

06/11/2018

I'm sure others have the same question: why just now for Boice's book on Moses? He left us in 2000. Thanks so much for the help.

Terry



Terry,

Thank you for your good question. Like many other great teachers and expositors of the Bible (like Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Donald Barnhouse), James Boice left behind many sermons that have not come into print. Gaining permission to use a man's work after he has gone to glory takes time, family willingness and legal work.

Dr. Boice has written a smaller work on several Old Testament worthies, but apparently this series on Moses' life was now deemed worthy of putting into print.

That is my estimation of why this book now sees the light of day.

Your Book Servant,

Steve Martin
ARBCA COORDINATOR
DEAN OF STUDENTS; IRBS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY


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HOW CAN MY THOUGHTS BE ACCEPTABLE TO GOD?

03/26/2018

I've read somewhere I can't recall, that we can't even think a pure thought. In the spirit of The Marrow of Modern Theology. I understand within ourselves there is always a tinge of self interest etc. But God's does direct our thoughts as we meditate. I need some help. I appreciate the help.
Terry




Terry,

Thank you for your important question. The following books deal with our acceptance, the whole person, in Christ.rr

Jerry Bridges, THE GREAT EXCHANGE; Crossway
Jerry Bridges, THE BOOKENDS OF THE CHRISTIAN
LIFE;Crossway
John Piper, COUNTED RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST; Crossway

If these do not answer your question, please let us know.

Your Book Servant,

Steve Martin
DEAN OF STUDENTS; IRBS SEMINARY IN TEXAS

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QUESTIONS ABOUT MLJ'S BOOK JOY UNSPEAKABLE

03/02/2018

Steve,

I thought that I had all of Lloyd-Jones's books until yesterday. At a used book sale I saw a copy of "Joy Unspeakable" for $1.00. I had never heard of this book, but I snatched it up anyway. Now I am starting to think that there may be a reason why I do not see it offered on some of my favorite book sites. Please give me your thoughts on this book.
Adam

Dear Brother,
Thank you for your question and concern. Martin Lloyd-Jones was one of the great gifts the Lord has given to His church over the centuries. He is one of my greatest heroes too. However, he was not infallible and was after all, a saved sinner like the rest of God's people.

Saying this, Dr. Lloyd-Jones had a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit come upon him soon after conversion. He was called to preach and given great gifts to do so. As he studied Scripture to examine (he as after all, a Doctor of Medicine by training) what had happened to him (and others as he read church history) he came to the conclusion that it was the 'baptism of the Holy Spirit'. The book JOY UNSPEAKABLE was his preaching to his congregation (in the Ephesians series) his understanding of this doctrine and urging the saints, especially ministers, to seek such a baptism.

More careful exegetes during his lifetime and after have shown how they disagreed with the Doctor. While not teaching that there were not great effusions of the Spirit to be had, they rightly showed (in my humble opinion) that what Scripture calls the 'baptism of the Spirit' was true of all Christians and happened at regeneration.

I hold the position that the baptism is true of all believers BUT that there are greater effusions or outpourings to be sought per Luke 7:7-11 and other verses. (cf. James W. Alexander's article reprinted by Chapel Library, "PRAY FOR THE SPIRIT" and available online also).

I hope this helps a bit. MLJ'a close associates such as Iain Murray and Sinclair Ferguson were not swayed by his exegesis of the baptism but they too believe that there are many and varied fillings of the Spirit.

The Lord bless you as you seek to be faithful to Him.

Steve Martin
DEAN OF STUDENTS; IRBS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
BLOGGING AT WWW.THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESS.COM

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MATERIALS THAT WILL INFLAME MY PASSION AND LOVE FOR CHRIST

02/21/2018

Pastor Steve,
I am a fairly mature believer but feel that my love and devotion to Christ is not what it should be. Could you recommend several of the best books that in your pinion will likely inflame my passion and love for Christ? Thank you.

Jim
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Dear Jim,

Thank you for your most important question. It is important that we match zeal with knowledge and not become Christians with dry rot. Let me recommend some of my favorites on this subject.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

James Packer, KNOWING GOD

R. C. Sproul, THE HOLINESS OF GOD

Jerry Bridges, THE GOSPEL FOR REAL LIFE

Octavius Winslow, PERSONAL DECLENSION AND
REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN THE SOUL

Jerry Bridges, TRUSTING GOD (Even When Life Hurts)

Fred Sanders, THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD (How the
Trinity Changes Everything)

Jerry Bridges, THE GREAT EXCHANGE (My Sins for His
Righteousness)

James Packer and Mark Dever, IN MY PLACE
CONDEMNED HE STOOD

Kris Lundgaard, THE ENEMY WITHIN
Kris Lundgaard, THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Jerry Bridges, THE BOOKENDS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

Martin Lloyd-Jones, ROMANS 6--THE NEW MAN

Yes, these are several books bu these will keep you busy and close to the Savior. Keep note of the footnotes of authors you can go to later.

May the Lord bless you as you seek Him.

Your Book Servant,

Steve Martin
DEAN OF STUDENTS; IRBS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY




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BEST 'READ ALOUD' BOOK ON JOHN G. PATON

02/10/2018

Hi
I have wanted to read about the missionary John Paton for a long time. I am thinking of reading a biography of him out loud to others at church on Sunday afternoons. Would you recommend his autobiography or a biography and if a biography which one? The listening audience would be adults and children. Thanks. Aric



Aric,

Thank you for your very good question. Your project sounds very edifying.

There are 3-4 good books on John G.Payton but I am not sure that his own autobiography published by BANNER OF TRUTH is still not the best.His unforgettable description of walking off to college and saying goodbye to his godly father is unique and very powerful.

Your Book Servant,

Steve Martin
ARBCA COORDINATOR
DEAN OF STUDENTS; IRBS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY





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GOOD BOOKS ON GOD'S IMPASSIBILITY

02/06/2018

Pastor Martin,

I am reading James Dolezal's All that is in God and I want to pursue this subject further.

1. Could you list a dozen or so books that teach on the subjects that he covers in his book from the classical theism perspective?

2. I would also like to find a good popular level book on this topic that I could give to my wife and/or kids as I think that Dolezal's book may be a bit difficult for them.

3. Lastly, since there are a lot of bad books on the subject - could you point out a few that we should avoid?

Adam Waddle



Dear Brother Adam,

Thank you for your very good questions. I shall try to answer them in reference to books that CVBBS carries.

ENTRY LEVEL BOOKS CVBBS CARRIES:

Samuel Renihan, GOD WITHOUT PASSIONS: A PRIMER
(A Practical and Pastoral Study of Divine impassibility)
Reformed Baptist Academic Press--the best intro

John MacArthur, NONE OTHER (Discovering the God of the Bible); Reformation Trust--several pages on God's
impassibility

Garry Williams, HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER (Reflections on the Immeasurable Love of God); Crossway--many pages interwoven on God's immutability

Mark Jones, GOD IS (A Devotional Book on the Attributes of God); Crossway

OTHER ENTRY LEVEL MATERIALS CVBBS DOESN'T HAVE:

Fred Sanders, "The Gospel of the Glory of the Blessed
God"; REFORMATION 21; JANUARY, 2015; 24 pages in four parts

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL MATERIALS CVBBS CARRIES

Samuel Renihan, GOD WITHOUT PASSIONS: A READER
Reformed Baptist Academic Press

Ronald Baines, Richard Barcellos, James Butler, Stefan Lindblad and James Renihan, eds.; CONFESSING THE IMPASSIBLE GOD (The Biblical, Classical & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility); Reformed Baptist Academic Press

ADVANCED MATERIALS CVBBS DOES NOT CARRY:

James Dolezal, GOD WITHOUT PARTS (Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God's Absoluteness); Pickwick Publications/Wipf & Stock

Paul Gavrilyuk, THE SUFFERING OF THE IMPASSIBLE GOD (The Dialectics of Patristic Theology); Oxford University Press

Thomas Weinandy, DOES GOD SUFFER ?; Notre Dame University Press--a classic study

Paul Helm, "The Impossibility of the Passibility of God" in THE POWER AND THE WEAKNESS OF GOD; edited by
Nigel M. de S. Cameron; Rutherford House Books; pp. 119-140

David Luy, DOMINUS MORTIS (Martin Luther on the Incorruptibility of God in Christ); Fortress Press--defends Luther against modern revisionists that say that Luther taught God's vulnerability and passibility. Luy teaches at TEDS.

I hope this gets you started.

As to those authors who have missed the orthodox position, steer clear of Ware, Oliphint, Stark, Grudem and others mentioned by Dolezal in footnotes.

Your Book Servant,

Steve Martin
ARBCA COORDINATOR
DEAN OF STUDENTS; IRBS SEMINARY IN TEXAS

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THE TRUSTWORTHINESS OF GOD FOR TEN YEAR OLDS

12/13/2017

My son just turned 10. He thinks at a deeper level than most 10-year-olds and is having a hard time understanding why we believe the Bible to be true. I have answered some of his questions, but the evidence is not necessarily kid-friendly. Are there are any apologetic-type resources for kids in this age group?


Joe,

Thank you for your good question. Every person is different and every 10 year old is different. With your counsel in mind, let me recommend the following:

Geoff Thomas, THE SURE WORD OF GOD; Brynterion
Press

Greg Gilbert,WHY TRUST THE BIBLE?; Crossway

Kevin DeYoung, TAKING GOD AT HIS WORD; Crossway

I hope your son has the help of the Holy Spirit to lead him into all truth. Scripture teaches that each of us is born with a such a bias that 2 + 2 =5 or 87 or anything but 4. Tell your son that unless he reads with a humble, submissive spirit, He will not see or know the truth (John 7:17; Romans 1:18-21).

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin
DEAN OF STUDENTS; IRBS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

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Children's Biographies

11/29/2017

The Little Lights series from Christian Focus are wonderful for the five to eight year olds. They can be purchased in two boxed sets or individually. They are hard cover and average 24 pages. If you do a search for "little lights" you will find them on our web-site. Depending on how good a reader they are, the Trailblazer set from Christian Focus are good for the 8+ year olds. They are paperback and average 150 pages. Even adults enjoy that series. They too are available as boxed sets and individually and can be found by doing a search for "Trailblazer".

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AN IN-DEPTH BIOGRAPHY OF SAMUEL ZWEMER --MISSIONARY

11/08/2017

I am searching for a biography for Samuel Zwemer but only found one by Christy Wilson. It is not very in-depth and was wondering if you have any suggestions? Thank you for your time!


Kelli

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Kelli,

Thank you your question. I do not know of any more thorough biographies of Zwemer but I have attached
a bibliography of Zwemer for your further study and perhaps links to volumes we are not aware of...

http://www.bu.edu/missiology/missionary-biography/w-x-y-z/zwemer-samuel-marinus-1867-1952/

Your Book Servant,

Steve Martin
ARBCA Coordinator
DEAN OF STUDENTS; IRBS Theological Seminary






http://www.bu.edu/missiology/missionary-biography/w-x-y-z/zwemer-samuel-marinus-1867-1952/

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DEVOTIONAL MATERIAL FOR A 11 YEAR OLD GIRL?

07/31/2017

Dear Brother Steve,
I logged in to ask you to recommend a daily devotional for an eleven year old girl. The home page of CVBBS was advertising Rebecca Davis "101 Devotions for Girls". Is it doctrinally sound and written from a Reformed perspective? Any other recommendations?
We miss you in Georgia, Sharon


Dear Sister Sharon,

One encouragement for you and other readers of this blog and users of CVBBS is that they ONLY carry Reformed literature. The owners know books and carefully screen newer books to keep the stream of truth pure.

Having said that, it is always good to ask when you don't know an author or title.

Talking to Patti at CVBBS (800-656-0231), she warmly commended Rebecca Davis' book from Christian Focus.

You might call her yourself for other recommendations. I have not kept up with literature for pre-teens as I used to. Patti can be of even greater help.

We miss our brethren in Georgia too!

Your Book Servant,

Steve Martin
Coordinator, Association of Reformed Baptist Churches
of America
Dean of Students, IRBS Theological Seminary--Texas

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VALUE OF SPURGEON'S METROPOLITAN PULPIT AND NEW PARK STREET PULPIT VOLUMES ?

05/25/2017

I have some books that I am considering selling, but I don't know what a reasonable price to put on them. Would you advise. Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit - 56 volume set. Used very little in excellent condition with jackets. Spurgeon's New Park Street Pulpit - 6 volume set. Used very little in excellent condition with jackets.

Elton Dunbar




Mr. Dunbar,

Thank you for your important question. The two sets you mentioned are not currently available from the used book sellers online that I frequent. So their scarcity makes them more valuable. Having said that, digitization has put many older sets into more affordable formats for pastors and libraries to put them on computers. Most younger men I know have the computerized version but not the actual hardbacks.

I would put a value on the sets as follows:

Spurgeon, METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE PULPIT--
$ 1000-1250

Spurgeon, NEW PARK STREET PULPIT---$ 100

Having just quoted those numbers for resale, let me suggest you donate them to a Reformed theological seminary where they can benefit generations of students AND you can get a generous tax receipt for tax purposes.

It depends upon your priorities and finances, I realize.

Let me be up front and share that I am the new Dean of Students at the IRBS Theological Seminary beginning July 1st in Mansfield, Texas. I donated several thousand volumes from my personal library to help the seminary library get up and running. Others have done the same.
If you are interested in confessional Reformed theology and especially among Baptists, let me suggest you give the IRBS Seminary Library a thought. Copies of Spurgeon in hardback would be a boon because Spurgeon re-printed the London Baptist Confession of 1689 as one of the first actions when he became pastors of New Park Street.

Thank you for your consideration.

Your Book Servant,

Former Pastor and now Dean of Students,

Steve Martin








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SHORT, TO THE POINT SPIRITUAL LESSONS FOR CHILDREN AT CAMP

03/14/2017

Hi,
Each summer I help with a camp that has an emphasis on orchestral and choral music. However, we have Bible study with the campers (ages 10-15) each day. Our camp is only 4 days long, so it has been hard to find Bible studies to use. We usually write our own. We would love to find something which we could at least adapt. Some of our campers are Christians, others are not.


Do you have any suggestions? Thank you so much! Teresa Waggoner


Teresa,

Thank you for your good question! Let me recommend the following, which I have used, though in a different context.

Kenneth Osbeck, 101 HYMN STORIES
Kenneth OsbecK, 101 MORE HYMN STORIES

Robert Morgan, THEN SINGS MY SOUL, Book 1
Robert Morgan, THEN SINGS MY SOUL, Book 2
Robert Morgan, THEN SINGS MY SOUL, Book 3

A hymn is listed and how it came to be written is spelled out with a spiritual lesson, You can pick four widely known hymns and explain them to the kids.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin
THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESS.COM for more book reviews and spiritual lessons.

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WHICH EDITION OF CALVIN'S INSTITUTES SHOULD I GET AND WHAT CAN HELP ME READ THEM DEVOTIONALLY ?

03/03/2017

Dear Pastor Steve Martin.

I would like to read through Calvin's Institutes devotionally. I have thought I would get the 2 volume edition edited by John McNeill and published by John Knox Press, but perhaps I should get the new Banner of Truth edition translated from the 1541 version. How do these compare and what would you recommend to read devotionally? Thanks

Aric Wardian



Aric,

Thank you for your good questions! I recommend the 1541 edition published by Banner of Truth. Many have thought that the Battles/McNeill edition of the INSTITUTES reads like Calvin was dependent upon Karl Barth's theology! (Both McNeill and Battles were Barthians.) It has tons of footnotes and is usually accurate but it does have its detractors for the reason mentioned above. I find the 1541 edition published by Banner quite nice.

What's more, long time church historian and writer of great history (see his two volumes on PRINCETON SEMINARY from Banner of Truth) David Calhoun has just come out with KNOWING GOD AND KNOWING OURSELVES (Reading Calvin's INSTITUTES Devotionally).I have just begun to use it myself and find it a gem.

I would think that these two volumes would be all your need.

Let me know if you agree when you are finished.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin
WWW.THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESS.COM

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12/27/2016

Looking for copies of All Things New, by Peter Jeffery, is it still in print, under a new title, or no longer available? If it is out of print do you have access to a publication comparable to it?
Thanks, grace and peace,
Bob Gray

Bob,

Thank you for your inquiry. ALL THINGS NEW is not in print.

The Lord's blessings.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON THE DOCTRINE OF SIN

10/01/2016

I've been reading Plantiga's "Breviary on Sin" and been disappointed thus far. It seems more anecdotal than textual or theological. Any other books on the doctrine of sin that you'd recommend?

Thanks for any help.
Matt


Matt,

Thank you for your good question. Yes, Plantinga's book leaves a lot to be desired. May I suggest the following:

Various authors, FALLEN: A THEOLOGY OF SIN;
Crossway

Ian Campbell, THE DOCTRINE OF SIN; Christian Focus

Thomas Gracie, SIN AND THE UNFOLDING OF
SALVATION (Lectures From Spurgeon's College);
Solid Ground Christian Books

Ralph Venning, THE SINFULNESS OF SIN; Banner of
Truth

Jeremiah Burroughs, THE EVIL OF EVILS; Soli Deo Gloria

These should answer any questions as to why we need a Savior

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

Check out my website for other good book information:

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