RHB’s New Release

Danny Hyde and Shane Lems, Planting, Watering, and Growing: Planting Confessionally Reformed Churches in the 21st Century

As a response to the unique challenges facing the twenty-first-century American church, church planting has become a popular topic. But at a time when churches that spread the seed of the Word through preaching, the sacraments, and prayer are greatly needed, much of the focus has been on planting churches that adapt pop culture to meet “consumer demand.”  In Planting, Watering, Growing, the authors of this collection of essays weave together theological wisdom, personal experiences, and practical suggestions, guiding readers through the foundations and methods of planting confessional churches that uphold the Word of God.

You can view the sample pages here.

Table of Contents:

Foreword: Was the Reformation Missions-Minded?—Michael S. Horton
Introduction—Daniel R. Hyde and Shane Lems

Part 1: The Foundation of Planting Churches
1     The Fruitful Grain of Wheat—Brian Vos
2     The Sovereign Spirit of Missions: Thoughts on Acts 16:6–10 and Church Planting—Daniel R. Hyde
3     The Reformed Confessions and Missions—Wes Bredenhof
4     No Church, No Problem?—Michael S. Horton

Part 2: The Methods of Planting Churches
5     Church Planting Principles from the Book of Acts—Daniel R. Hyde
6     Heart Preparation in Church Planting—Paul T. Murphy
7     Church Planting: A Covenantal and Organic Approach—Paul T. Murphy
8     Planning the Plant: Some Thoughts on Preparing to Plant a New Church—Kim Riddlebarger

Part 3: The Work of Planting Churches
9     On Being a Church Planter—Daniel R. Hyde
10     Being a Welcoming Church Plant—Kevin Efflandt
11     Flock and Family: A Biblical Balance—Shane Lems
12     Declare His Praise among the Nations: Public Worship as the Heart of Evangelism—Daniel R. Hyde
13     “How’s the Food?” The Church Plant’s Most Important Ingredient—Michael G. Brown
14     Church Membership and the Church Plant—Michael G. Brown
15     Shepherding Toward Maturity, Part 1: The Authority in Church Planting— Spencer Aalsburg
16     Shepherding Toward Maturity, Part 2: Identifying a Mature Church Plant— Spencer Aalsburg
17     Motivation: The Planting Church and the Planted Church—Eric Tuininga

Part 4: The Context of Planting Churches
18     Church Planting in a Melting Pot—Shane Lems
19     The Cultural Factor in Church Planting—Mitchell Persaud
20     Growing Contextually Reformed Churches: Oxymoron or Opportunity?—Phil Grotenhuis
21     Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?—Michael S. Horton

About the Editors: Daniel R. Hyde and Shane Lems are the church planters and pastors of the Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad/Oceanside, California, and United Reformed Church of Sunnyside in Sunnyside, Washington.

Contributors: Michael S. Horton, Brian Vos, Wes Bredenhof, Paul T. Murphy, Kim Riddlebarger, Kevin Efflandt, Michael G. Brown, Spencer Aalsburg, Eric Tuininga, Mitchell Persaud, Phil Grotenhuis

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A New Release from RHB

Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism, by Willem J. van Asselt with contributions by T. Theo  J. Pleizier, Pieter L. Rouwendal, andMaarten Wisse, Translated by Albert Gootjes and Foreword by Richard A. Muller.

This work supplies a long-standing need in the field of early modern studies by providing a basic introduction to Reformed Scholasticism. Although technical studies abound and interest in the subject continues to rise, until the appearance of this work by Willem van Asselt and his colleagues, students of history have lacked a concise guide to help them navigate the difficult waters of Reformed Scholasticism. This book carefully defines the phenomena of scholasticism and orthodoxy, concisely surveys the era, notes the most significant thinkers together with the various trajectories of thought, and references the relevant secondary scholarship. In short, this Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism surveys the topic and provides a guide for further study in early modern Reformed thought.


RHB’s Bavinck Sale

Just saw that RHB is doing a one-week Herman Bavinck Sale with a number of different titles at 50% OFF. However the real kicker is Herman Bavinck’s 4 volume, Reformed Dogmatics for 60% OFF, at only $90.00!

Reformed Dogmatics by Herman Bavinck

Retail: $200.00 RHB: $90.00

The Dutch Reformed Translation Society is proud to offer in English for the very first time all four volumes of Herman Bavinck’s complete Reformed Dogmatics. This masterwork will appeal not only to scholars, students, pastors, and laity interested in Reformed theology but also to research and theological libraries.


It’s About Time David!

After years and years of waiting, David Murray finally has a book published.

Dr. David P. Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was born in Scotland and served as a pastor and lecturer there. Dr. Murray and his wife Shona have four children.

Christians Get Depressed Too: Help and Hope for Depressed People, by David P. Murray

Many Christians mistakenly believe that true Christians don’t get depressed, and this misconception heaps additional pain and guilt onto Christians who are suffering from mental and emotional distress. Author David P. Murray comes to the defense of depressed Christians, asserting that Christians do get depressed! He explains why and how Christians should study depression, what depression is, and the approaches caregivers, pastors, and churches can take to help those who are suffering from it. With clarity and wise biblical insight, Dr. Murray offers help and hope to those suffering from depression, the family members and friends who care for them, and pastors ministering to these wounded members of their flock.

Table of Contents:

Preface

1. The Crisis

2. The Complexity

3. The Condition

4. The Causes

5. The Cures

6. The Caregivers

About the Author:


Book Review: Calvin for Today

Review: Edited by Joel R. Beeke, Calvin for Today. Reformation Heritage Books: Grand Rapids, 2010. 279 pages.

Calvin for Today is an edited compilation of the addresses given at the 1st Puritan Reformed Conference, which was hosted by Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, Michigan), in August 2009. The theme of the conference was “Calvin for the 21st Century,” and was attended by a diverse group of people with interest in the Reformed faith.  The addresses in Calvin for Today reflect the richness of Reformed theology as they examine a number of different ways in how John Calvin’s ministry continues to be relevant to the 21st century.  Furthermore, the articles do not need to be read in their specific order, which makes it an excellent topical resource for theological libraries.

Calvin for Today contains both information and practical applications of how to use Calvin’s thought in the world and culture in which we live today. Written for the man or woman in the pew, yet retaining a flavor of the spoken style, it is informative to the mind, stimulating in thought, and practical for one’s life. The book begins as the conference did, with an introduction sermon by Dr. David Murray, entitled “What Kind of Love is This.” From there, the book is broken into five different overarching topics dealing with John Calvin and his theology:

  1. Calvin and the Bible
  2. Calvin the Theologian
  3. Calvin and the Church
  4. Calvin the Ethicist
  5. Calvin and His Contemporary Impact

Within these five topics are addresses which focus on a number of different subjects including Calvin on preaching Christ from the Old Testament, missions, the church, Scripture, the Spirit’s work, redemption, ethics, believers’ benefits, the early church, reprobation, marriage, reforming the church, the resurgence of Calvinism in America, and why Calvin is important for the 21st century. The contributors of these addresses include Jerry Bilkes, Michael Haykin, Nelson Kloosterman, David Murray, Joseph Pipa, Neil Pronk, Donald Sinnema, Derek Thomas, and Cornel Venema.

Calvin for Today is particularly good for the resurgence of Calvinism in American evangelicalism. In this day and age, as Calvinism has been growing more than ever in the last 150-years, it is important to know Calvinism in its entirety and not limit one’s self merely to the doctrines of grace or God’s sovereignty. Here readers will see that Calvin was more than just 5-points; that Calvinism actually affects all areas of life. For example, John Calvin’s high-view of the Scriptures and his view of family and marriage, to his view on how the Spirit works, and the role, doctrine, and reforming of the Church, are all best seen as they are put together in the book’s conclusion which looks at Calvin’s contemporary impact in the 21st century. “The Resurgence of Calvinism in American” by Ligon Duncan runs through the nine influences over the last 150-years in the American culture that has helped bring about the resurgence of Calvinism, both old and new. Concluding the book is Joel Beeke’s “Twelve Reasons Why Calvin is Important Today.” In his typical systematic approach, Beeke spends his time addressing what he believes to be the 12 major reasons that John Calvin is still contemporary and important to the Church today.

Out of the number of books that have been published in the past couple of years, this title stands out in a way like none other which I have read. Calvin for Today deals not just with the light issues of Calvinism—that is, not only the doctrines of grace—but digs deep, showing that Calvinism is more than soteriology. Furthermore, it does so in great depth, yet in a way that is understandable and applicable for the layman in the pew. The book—being that the chapters are edited addresses—is easy to read and comprehend, but still has the level of richness and information as a lecture in a seminary class, for example. I don’t know of a book that exists which consists of scholars and pastors like those listed above that deal with Calvin, and better yet, relate his theology to the 21st century Church. Regardless if one is an old or new Calvinist, this book will help shed light on how to properly understand and learn Calvin’s theology, and how to apply and reform the Church today.


Coming from RHB in October

A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ, by Rob Ventura and Jeremy Walker, Foreword by Joel R. Beeke

Paperback, 256 pages
Page size, 6 x 9 inches
Retail Price: $18.00
RHB Price: $14.00

Description: What does a true pastor look like, and what constitutes a faithful ministry? How can we identify the life and labors of one called by God to serve in the church of Jesus Christ?  To address these questions, Rob Ventura and Jeremy Walker examine how the apostle Paul describes his pastoral relation to the people of God in Colossians 1:24–2:5. By discussing these essential attitudes, qualities, and characteristics of a faithful minister of Christ, A Portrait of Paul provides gospel ministers an example of what they should be, and demonstrates for churches the kind of pastors they will seek if they desire men after God’s own heart.

Chapters in Book:
1. The Joy of Paul’s Ministry
2. The Focus of Paul’s Ministry
3. The Hardships of Paul’s Ministry
4. The Origin of Paul’s Ministry
5. The Essence of Paul’s Ministry
6. The Subject of Paul’s Ministry
7. The Goal of Paul’s Ministry
8. The Strength of Paul’s Ministry
9. The Conflict of Paul’s Ministry
10. The Warnings of Paul’s Ministry

Endorsements:

“The apostle Paul has always been a hero whom I look to as a model for my ministry. His unrelenting faithfulness in the worst kinds of trials is a remarkable example to every pastor and missionary. In the midst of suffering, hardship, and (in the end) the abandonment of his own friends and fellow workers, Paul remained steadfast, dynamic, and utterly devoted to Christ. This invaluable study of Paul’s life from Rob Ventura and Jeremy Walker is a wonderful, powerful, soul-stirring examination of Paul’s self-sacrifice and his unfaltering service to the church. It will both motivate and encourage you, especially if you’re facing trials, opposition, or discouragement in your service for Christ.” —John MacArthur

“For the first two decades of my life as a Christian, I had an abundance of role models who seemed to enflesh for me how a minister of God should live. I realize now that I even took their presence and consistent example for granted. I looked forward to the future under the protection of their mature lives of patience, wisdom, and many kindnesses. The labors of most of those men have come to an end and today I face another situation. There are now numbers of fine younger men in training and starting out on their own ministries. What grace and zeal they have, but there appears to be less role models than the company with which I was favored. What Walker and Ventura have done in this splendid book is to return to the fountainhead of Christianity, to the apostle Paul with the authority the Lord Christ gave to him, his wisdom and compassion, and examine the apostle’s relationship with one congregation, how he advised and exhorted them concerning the demands of discipleship and their relationship with fellow believers. Paul became Christ’s servant and mouthpiece to them and he has left us with a timeless inspired example. He exhorted his readers more than once to be followers of him as he followed God. With a refreshing contemporary style, and with humble submission to the Scripture, these two ministers have given to us a role model for pastoral life. This is a very helpful book and a means of grace to me.” —Geoff Thomas

“What is A Portrait of Paul Identifying a True Minister of Christ?  It is, first, the effort of two young pastors to teach themselves and their churches what it means to be a true minister of Christ.  It is, second, an exposition of Colossians 1:24–2:5 which attempts to understand how Paul’s ministry gives them and their churches a paradigm of faithful ministry.  It is, third, biblical exposition of Scripture in the best historic and Reformed tradition with careful exegesis, sound doctrine, popular appeal and practical application.  As such, it is a very challenging book to read as Rob and Jeremy lay before us, for instance, the selflessness and suffering true ministry requires.  It is, however, a good, useful, and profitable book to read.  It can, and I hope it will, do much good!” —Sam Waldron

Target Readership:

  • Churches looking for a pastor will find guidance in what a faithful man of God will look like.
  • Christians looking for a church will find a tool by which they can assess the pastors of the flock in the light of God’s Word, finding men to whom they can commit the care of their souls.
  • Christians already in a church will be better equipped to pray for their pastors and will further understand what it really means to be shepherded by a man after God’s own heart.
  • Ministerial students pursuing the work of the ministry will see a picture of a man they should seek to imitate.
  • Pastors will be encouraged to persevere in the high calling of gospel ministry.

About the Authors: Rob Ventura is a pastor of Grace Community Baptist Church in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Jeremy Walker is a pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England.


RHB is doing a SALE on some really good titles

First Come, First Serve
Order ONLY by email or phone
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$2.99 USPS Media Mail On ALL Orders!!!

Adopted Into God’s Family – Trevor J. Burke Retail: $22.00, RHB: $11.00

Successful Adoption – Natalie Nichols Gillespie Retail: $20.00, RHB: $10.00

Helping Your Adopted Child – Retail: $4.00, RHB: $2.00

Secure In God’s Embrace – Ken Fong Retail: $12.00, RHB: $6.00

Your Jesus is Too Safe – Jared Wilson Retail: $14.00, RHB: $7.00

Adopted for Life – Russell Moore Retail: $16.00, RHB: $8.00

When History Teaches Us Nothing – Tim Trumper Retail: $15.00, RHB: $8.00

As We Forgive – Catherine Claire Larson Retail: $16.00, RHB: $8.00

Adoption as a Ministry, Adoption as a Blessing – Michelle Gardner Retail: 14.00, RHB: $7.00

Rich Christians In an Age of Hunger – Ronald J. Sider Retail: $16.00, RHB: $8.00

The Da Vinci Code Controversy – Michael Easley & John Ankerberg Retail: $7.00, RHB: $4.00

Interludes – Michael Easley Retail: $10.00, RHB: $5.00

From Creation to New Creation – Tim Chester Retail: $12.00, RHB: $6.00

The World We All Want – Tim Chester and Steve Timmis Retail: $10.00, RHB: $5.00

Total Church – Tim Chester and Steve Timmis Retail: $16.00, RHB: $8.00

The Cross and the Prodigal – Kenneth Bailey Retail: $15.00, RHB: $8.00

Ministries for Mercy – Tim Keller Retail: $13.00, RHB: $7.00

Why We Love the Church – Kevin DeYoung & Kluck Retail: $15.00, RHB: $8.00

Why We are Not Emergent – Kevin DeYoung & Kluck Retail: $15.00, RHB: $8.00

God’s Big Picture – Vaughan Roberts Retail: $13.00, RHB: $7.00

Do I Know God? – Tullian Tchividjian Retail: $14.00, RHB: $7.00

Holiness by Grace – Bryan Chapell Retail: $17.00, RHB: $9.00

Lost and Found – Ed Stetzer Retail: $18.00, RHB: $9.00

Breaking the Missional Code – Ed Stetzer & David Putman Retail: $18.00, RHB: $9.00

Breaking the Discipleship Code – Ed Stetzer & David Putman Retail: $18.00, RHB: $9.00

Lord and Servant – Michael Horton Retail: $40.00, RHB: $20.00

Renewal As a Way of Life – Richard F. Lovelace Retail: $23.00, RHB: $12.00

A Gospel Primer for Christians – Milton Vincet Retail: $11.00, RHB $6.00

Knowing God the Father Through the Old Testament – Christopher Wright Retail: $19.00, RHB: $10.00

The Message of James – J.A. Motyer Retail: $18.00, RHB: $9.00

Heaven is a Place on Earth – Michael Wittmer Retail: $17.00, RHB: $9.00

Don’t Stop Believing – Michael Wittmer $8.00 Retail: $17.00, RHB $9.00


RHB Releases New Series on the Puritans – Puritan Treasures for Today

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What is the “Puritan Treasures for Today” Series?

Interest in the Puritans continues to grow, but many people find the reading these giants of the faith a bit unnerving. This series seeks to overcome that barrier by presenting Puritan books that are convenient in size and unintimidating in length. Each book is carefully edited with modern readers in mind, smoothing out difficult language of a bygone era while retaining the meaning of the original authors. Books for the series are thoughtfully selected to provide some of the best counsel on important subjects that people continue to wrestle with today.

We are now taking Pre-orders!

The Fading of the Flesh and The Flourishing of Faith

Retail: $10.00
RHB:$7.50

You can read the Sample Pages here.

George Swinnock (1627–1673) was an English Puritan, known for his vivid illustrations of biblical truth. His complete works have been reprinted in five volumes by Banner of Truth Trust.

“This wonderful little book, written with charm, simplicity, and clarity by George Swinnock is bound to prove both a delight and a challenge to any Christian who values the riches of the gospel. It is a spiritual gem that deserves to be read and re-read. In addition, its charm, simplicity, and clarity make it a perfect entry point to the writings of the pastoral Puritans. Beautifully edited for the modern reader by Dr. Stephen Yuille, The Fading of the Flesh is a rare spiritual treat.” – Sinclair B. Ferguson

Interest in the Puritans continues to grow, but many people find the reading these giants of the faith a bit unnerving. This series seeks to overcome that barrier by presenting Puritan books that are convenient in size and unintimidating in length. Each book is carefully edited with modern readers in mind, smoothing out difficult language of a bygone era while retaining the meaning of the original authors. Books for the series are thoughtfully selected to provide some of the best counsel on important subjects that people continue to wrestle with today. What will satisfy you when your flesh and heart fail?

The Puritans frequently talked about dying well. That is something we do not discuss much these days, though we should. In this book, George Swinnock presents modern readers with valuable food for thought as he expounds Psalm 73:26, “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Swinnock combines careful explanation with vivid illustration to reveal the futility of earthly comforts and highlight the inestimable comfort, satisfaction, and joy afforded us in Christ. Displaying the relevance of the Puritans for today, you will find this sorely neglected and sobering topic an easy, thought-provoking, and compelling read.

C. H. Spurgeon said,

“George Swinnock had the gift of illustration largely developed, as his works prove.”


RHB’s Reformation Day Sale

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For More Than A Dozen Additional Titles ON SALE CLICK HERE


What is RHB?

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Reformation Heritage Books (RHB) is a publisher and bookseller whose mission is, by the Spirit’s grace, to aim for the conversion of unbelievers and equip the saints to serve Christ and His church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministry, via books, tracts, and other resources. RHB aims that reading material be God-glorifying and be in accord with the Scriptures and historic Reformed creeds for the promotion and defense of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that this purpose is well-served by providing instruction and training that develops knowledge and skills as well as the personal piety and Christian character that is essential for a faithful and growing life in Christ.

We are committed to the conviction that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally written are God’s inerrant Word inspired by His Spirit and therefore are the only, sufficient, and infallible authority for faith and practice.

Foundational to the mission of RHB is its identity as a confessionally Reformed publisher. Each book we publish, or carry from another publisher, subscribes to, or is judged according to the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith as expressed in the Ecumenical Creeds and the teaching of the Reformed faith as expressed in the Three Forms of Unity (The Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort) and the Westminster Standards.

Reformation Heritage Books’ mission is to glorify God and strengthen His Church through the publication and distribution of Puritan and Reformed literature.


RHB Title Coming Soon

earnest_communicant_cover_smThe Earnest Communicant – Ashton Oxenden – Introduced by Cornelis Pronk

Retail Price: $6.00/RHB Price: $4.00 Paperback, 48 pages

ISBN 978-1-60178-069-0

Available by October 31

Publisher’s description:

This booklet provides devotional material, aimed to prepare one’s heart for partaking of the Lord’s Supper. It is designed for daily preparation the week before Communion service. Each day contains a brief meditation, several points for self-examination, a number of challenging resolutions, and a prayer. Over the course of the week, you will cover topics such as repentance, faith, holiness, God’s Word, prayer, Christ’s sufferings, and love.

Endorsements:

“Through warm meditations, searching examinations, heartfelt resolutions, and moving prayers, Ashton Oxenden presents us with just what we need as earnest communicants to seek God’s face in Christ with passion for each day of the week preparatory to Communion.” —Joel R. Beeke

“For those who do, The Earnest Communicant will be our great help. Gently and graciously it will lead you to see your need afresh—but also to see that Jesus Christ is more full of grace than you are of sin. Ashton Oxenden knew this well and teaches us afresh that, at the Lord’s Supper, Christ stands at the door and knocks. If anyone opens the door, He will come in and share the supper with them. Our Lord Jesus Christ welcomes and receives sinners at His Table!” —Sinclair B. Ferguson

Author Information: ASHTON OXENDEN (1808–1892) was evangelical minister in the Church of England, and served as the Bishop of Montreal.


RHB’s Deal is GREAT!

BiblicalTheologyBiblical Theology: The History of Theology From Adam to Christ – by John Owen

Originally this retails for $45.00… Today ONLY at 50% OFF at RHB for $22.50 – use the coupon code OwenBT

Lovers of theology, and particularly of the Puritans, will welcome this English translation of John Owen’s Latin writings. In William Goold’s 24-volume edition of Owen’s works, this is the one volume that had been unavailable to English readers for years. Banner of Truth has reprinted the first 16 volumes plus the 7-volume commentary on Hebrews, but this volume has been available only in Latin until this SDG edition was produced. The major portion of this volume is a history of theology from Adam to Christ. It includes an appendix with Owen’s Defense of Scripture against Fanaticism, affirming that the Bible is the perfect, authoritative, and complete Word of God. Owen considered this work his magnum opus.


Logic: The Right Use of Reason in the Inquiry after Truth

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The Puritans were convinced that the ability to think clearly was of the utmost importance. In our day, common sense is not very common and clear thinking is not very clear. This book will help discipline the mind and train the reader to discern proper thinking and argumentation in seeking the truth.

Who was Isaac Watts? Isaac Watts was born in Southampton, England, on July 17, 1674. His father had served several prison terms because of his non-conformity. In 1702, Watts became pastor of Mark Lane Chapel, a large Congregational church in London. Although ill health forced his virtual retirement within a few years, the congregation insisted that he remain pastor as long as he lived. Watts never married, though he did propose to Elizabeth Singer, who rebuffed him with these words: “Mr. Watts, I only wish I could say that I admire the casket as I admire the jewel.” Watts wrote prodigiously, and was the author of over 750 hymns. On the day of Watts’ death, Matthew Arnold declared Watts’ “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” to be the finest hymn in the English language. Others include “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” and “Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun.” Isaac Watts died on November 25, 1748 and was buried in the non-conformist burial ground at Bunhill Fields.


I saw this come off the truck at RHB…

BiblicalTheologyBiblical Theology: The History of Theology From Adam to Christ – by John Owen

Available: September 1

Lovers of theology, and particularly of the Puritans, will welcome this English translation of John Owen’s Latin writings. In William Goold’s 24-volume edition of Owen’s works, this is the one volume that had been unavailable to English readers for years. Banner of Truth has reprinted the first 16 volumes plus the 7-volume commentary on Hebrews, but this volume has been available only in Latin until this SDG edition was produced.


John Owen’s Biblical Theology to Be Reprinted

In case you were unaware, RHB is offering 40% OFF on all titles by John Owen this week, and today is the last.

However even better than 40% OFF of John Owen’s titles is that they are reprinting John Owen’s massive volume, Biblical Theology: The History of Theology from Adam to Christ.

BiblicalTheologyRetail: $45.00
RHB:$33.00
RHB Pre-order Special: $27.00

Lovers of theology, and particularly of the Puritans, will welcome this English translation of John Owen’s Latin writings. In William Goold’s 24-volume edition of Owen’s works, this is the one volume that had been unavailable to English readers for years. Banner of Truth has reprinted the first 16 volumes plus the 7-volume commentary on Hebrews, but this volume has been available only in Latin until this SDG edition was produced.

The major portion of this volume is a history of theology from Adam to Christ. Appended to this important work is Owen’s Defense of Scripture against Modern Fanatacism. The Defense is an affirmation that the Bible is the perfect, authoritative, and complete Word of God. Owen also defends proper interpretation against what was known in his day as “inner light,” and what is so common in our day—subjective, experience-driven interpretation.

“Published in Latin in 1661 as a contribution to international Reformed scholarship, this treatise draws on a very wide range of learning. The final part, in particular, where Owen characterizes evangelical theology as a gift of the Holy Spirit generating faith in Christ, holiness through Christ, and worship of Christ, is pure gold. To have it in English is a great boon. Those with a taste for Owen, or for theology, or (best of all) for both, will read this Puritan proto-Biblical Theology with joy.”—J. I. Packer

Projected Ship Date: September 1, 2009.


Reformation Heroes is Back in Print at RHB!!!

reformation_heroes_front__33203_thumbReformation Heroes – 2nd Edition

Publisher’s Description: The Reformation did not happen instantaneously; it was something God patiently arranged over a number of years.

As you read this book, you will learn how the Lord used some people to plant the seeds of church reform long before October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther published his ninety-five theses. Luther’s story is well-known; we trust you will find it interesting and instructive to read about him and about forty others (John Knox, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Zacharias Ursinus, Willem Teellinck, etc.) who contributed to the Reformation – some well known and others not so – most of whom are Reformation heroes.

To provide a more full picture of the many sided Reformation, chapters are also included on the Anabaptist and Counter Reformation movements. The book concludes with a brief summary of the influence of the Reformation in different areas of life.

Diana Kleyn with Joel R. Beeke Diana Kleyn is a member of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the mother of three children, and has a heart for helping children understand and embrace the truths of God’s Word. She writes monthly for the children’s section in The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth magazine, and is co-author with Joel R. Beeke of the series Building on the Rock. Dr. Joel R. Beeke (Ph.D. Westminster Theological Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Serminary, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, and author of numerous books.


Growing Up In Grace

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Murray Brett Murray G. Brett has pastored Grace Baptist Church of Commerce, Georgia for twelve years (www.gracecommerce.org). He desires to be used of God to raise up able and faithful men to plant other experiential Reformed churches in Northeast Georgia and beyond, and to pass on a living heritage of experiential Reformed doctrine and life for future generations.

Publisher’s Description: 1. Finding Happiness in Communion with God 2. The Grace of Humility 3. The Grace of Confession 4. The Grace of Repentance 5. Lord, Keep Me from All Sin 6. The Highest Motive of Repentance 7. The Price of Brokenness 8. How to Repent of Daily Sins 9. A Catalogue of Sins Too Seldom Confessed 10. The Grace of Prayer 11. A Guide for Personal Daily Prayer 12. The Grace of Law 13. Lay Your Gold in the Dust Making the Most of this Book in Small Groups.

John MacArthur—“Murray Brett has absorbed the best of Puritan wisdom on the matter of sanctification. In his own easy-to-read style, he applies that knowledge to the biblical subject of spiritual growth—and the result is an extremely potent book. Growing Up in Grace will be a wonderfully helpful resource for any Christian who wants to remain on track in the pursuit of Christlikeness and maturity.”


RHB’s Newest Title

GetAttachment.aspxReformation Heritage Books just got in Thabiti Anyabwile’s newest title, May We Meet in the Heavenly World: The Piety of Lemuel Haynes. If you are looking for a small summer read, Thabiti’s (volume 7) of RHB’s Profiles in Reformed Spirituality Series may be what you are looking for.

Stephen Nichols said on Ref21,

“He has just published a great addition to Joel Beeke and Michael Haykin’s fine series Profiles in Reformed Spirituality.  These are handy little paperbacks at a great price.  But don’t let the size fool you.  They’re packed.

Thabiti’s installment is May We Meet in the Heavenly World: The Piety of Lemuel Haynes, fresh off the press at RHB.  As a church history professor, I am greatly in Thabiti’s debt for this book.  Move over dead white men, it’s time for some color.  As a Christian trying to figure out what it means to be a faithful disciple, I am also indebted to Thabiti and to Lemuel Haynes for this book.

Haynes, who also pops up in Thabiti’s The Faithful Preacher:  Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors, was a colonial New England slave, turned Revolutionary war soldier, turned pastor and theologian.  He has been a forgotten voice.  But that is changing.  Make sure to add this to your own summer reading list.  It’s in the warehouse today and ready to go.”

John Saillant, author of Black Puritan, Black Republican: The Life and Thought of Lemuel Haynes, 1753–1833 said,

“This well chosen selection from Lemuel Haynes’s writings represents a significant part of the earliest African-American engagements with the Reformed theological tradition. In that tradition Haynes and his black contemporaries, both American and British, found a language of justice and inspiration that allowed them to criticize slavery and racial prejudice, and to offer a Christian vision of a free society. “May We Meet in the Heavenly World” can be recommended to students of Christian theology and of American history.”

Anthony Carter, author of On Being Black and Reformed  said,

“I rejoice to know that God has given me friends and heroes like Lemuel Haynes and Thabiti Anyabwile. I love them both. I have learned much from them. In reading this volume, I am sure you will too. Enjoy.”


RHB has a Great Deal on some Thomas Watson titles

These three titles would cost $48.00, and RHB is selling them for only $28.00!!! I know I am getting these this week!

C. H. Spurgeon said, “These three volumes make up Thomas Watson’s complete Body of Practical Divinity. “One of the most precious of the peerless works of the Puritans, and those best acquainted with it prize it most.”

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You Can Pre-order Thabiti Anyabwile’s New Book at RHB for 50% OFF Today Only!

Pre-order for 50% OFF only today!

Heavenly-smallMay We Meet in the Heavenly World: The Piety of Lemuel Haynes

Thabiti M. Anyabwile

Paperback, 152 pages
Page size: 4.5 x 7 inches
Retail Price: $10.00
RHB Price: $7.50
Pre-order Price Today Only: $5.00
ISBN 978-1-60178-065-2
Available: June 30

In “May We Meet in the Heavenly World”, Thabiti M. Anyabwile introduces us to the New England preacher, Lemuel Haynes (1753–1833). Through both the biographical essay and the selections from Haynes’s writings, readers are sure to perceive an Edwardsian sense of spirituality that ever lived in view of eternity. Well acquainted with difficulties, suffering, and death, Haynes’s ministry was infused with the unfailing hope of heaven.

Commendations
“This well chosen selection from Lemuel Haynes’s writings represents a significant part of the earliest African-American engagements with the Reformed theological tradition. In that tradition Haynes and his black contemporaries, both American and British, found a language of justice and inspiration that allowed them to criticize slavery and racial prejudice, and to offer a Christian vision of a free society. “May We Meet in the Heavenly World” can be recommended to students of Christian theology and of American history.”

—John Saillant, author of Black Puritan, Black Republican: The Life and Thought of Lemuel Haynes, 1753–1833

 

About the author

Thabiti M. Anyabwile is senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.  He has a strong professional and academic background in community psychology, with special interest in the history and development of the African American church. He is the author of The Faithful PreacherWhat is a Healthy Church Member?, and The Decline of African American Theology. Pastor Anyabwile and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

For other books in the Profiles in Reformed Spirituality series, click herehttp://www.heritagebooks.org/bookstore/catalog/index.php?cPath=222_448


Look for Me at The Gospel Coalition Conference

Are you attending the Gospel Coalition Conference? If so, be sure to find me at the RHB table. I will be selling ALL Reformation Heritage Books and Soli Deo Gloria titles for those who are attendees at the conference for massive discount, like a 50% OFF of their retail value discount!!! This is a great chance for you (if attending) to be able to afford the books you want, and at prices you can afford. 

Also, I heard that Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary will be there as well, passing out FREE copies of their 1st Theological Journal, while supplies last that it.

I hope to see you their! 

 

 


Heidelberg Catechism

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You might be a Calvinist if… your going to buy this! (Release Date: February 11, 2009)

In The Church’s Book of Comfort, Willem van ’t Spijker and his team of scholars present an introductory investigation into the history, theology, and impact of the Heidelberg Catechism. The authors give careful attention to the background of the Reformation in Germany, the production of the Catechism, and the lives of those involved in making the Catechism. Interesting details are given about the practice of using catechisms before 1563, and the reception of the Heidelberg Catechism among the Reformed churches. Emphasis is also placed on the practice of Catechism preaching and the efforts to increase theological education among congregations. Readers will see the rich theological dimensions of the Catechism and its call for experiential religion. The Heidelberg Catechism has long been known for its warm display of orthodox doctrines, and this helpful book further displays the importance of this classic confessional statement.

The Heidelberg Catechism has always been and continues to be one of the best-known confessional statements of the Western church. Many associate it with catechetical instruction or the broader teaching role of the church. How did this particular Catechism acquire and retain such popularity? The present volume answers this question in an easy-to-follow and user-friendly manner by exploring the historical background and theology of this book of the church’s comfort. It offers the reader new and exciting insights.  For the first time ever all persons involved in its compilation are portrayed.  Particular attention is given to its reception and influence in the Netherlands through preaching and catechetical instruction.  In addition this book addresses the question as to why this Catechism continues to be enormously relevant. This splendidly illustrated edition is eminently suitable as a guide to the use of the Heidelberg Catechism.


Thine is My Heart: Devotional Readings from John Calvin

 

RHB Deal of the Week originally at $22.00, at 50% off today only for $11.00. If you are looking for books on and written by Calvin this year, be sure to check out the selection that RHB has placed together for this year!

Thine Is My Heart brings together a year’s worth of meditations from the writings of John Calvin, carefully selected to reveal his devotional side. Taken from his commentaries, correspondences, and sermons, these selections demonstrate that practical application of Christian truth was never far from his mind. Let these daily portions be an encouragement to you to offer your heart to the Lord, promptly and sincerely.

“Calvin shows us the piety of a Reformed theologian who speaks from the heart. Having tasted the goodness and grace of God in Jesus Christ, he pursued piety by seeking to know and do God’s will every day. He communed with Christ, practicing repentance, self-denial, and cross-bearing. Moreover, his theology worked itself out in heart-felt, Christ-honoring piety. The selections of this devotional bear this out, and hopefully will be used by God to direct pious hearts in our own day.” — Dr. Joel R. Beeke

 

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Reformation Day Sale at RHB

Today (Thursday) and tomorrow, Oct. 31st, 2008’s Reformation Day, Reformation Heritage Books is offering one of their own titles, Reformation Heroes for 40% off. Retailing at $25.00, these two days alone you can get it for only $15.17. 

The Reformation did not happen instantaneously; it was something God patiently arranged over a number of years. As you read this book, you will learn how the Lord used some people to plant the seeds of church reform long before October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther published his ninety-five theses. Luther’s story is well-known; we trust you will find it interesting and instructive to read about him and about forty others (John Knox, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Zacharias Ursinus, Willem Teellinck, etc.) who contributed to the Reformation – some well known and others not so – most of whom are Reformation heroes. To provide a more full picture of the many sided Reformation, chapters are also included on the Anabaptist and Counter Reformation movements. The book concludes with a brief summary of the influence of the Reformation in different areas of life.


Check out RHB’s Deal of the Month!!!

Retail Price: $15.00
RHB The Month of August Price: $24.99

Author: Clark, R. Scott
Publisher: P&R
Publish Date: 2008
Cover Type: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781596381100

BUY @ RHB

Much of what passes as Reformed among our churches is not. As a class of churches that profess allegiance to Reformed theology, practice, and piety, we have drifted from our moorings. This book is written to facilitate change, specifically reformation according to God’s Word as summarized in the Reformed confessions.

Endorsements:

At a time when “all that is solid melts in the air” and distinct colors fade to gray, R. Scott Clark reminds us of the loveliness, depth, and richness of Reformed Christianity. Not only a TULIP, but a confession that bears fruit in both faith and practice, the account that you will find in this book may challenge, but its point is not to be missed.

Michael S. Horton, Ph.D. J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics Westminster Seminary California

In a day when many follow charming personalities, fundamentalism, heterodoxy, individualism, and postmodernity and attempt to commandeer the Reformed tradition, Dr. Clark ably challenges such efforts. Clark brings a much needed corrective for basing Reformed identity in its understanding of the Scriptures through its historic confessions and creeds and a robust understanding historic Reformed worship. Well-researched, thoughtfully presented, and provocative, this work is a must-read for ministers, elders, and for anyone who claims to be Reformed.

J. V. Fesko, Ph.D. Pastor, Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church Woodstock, Georgia, Adjunct Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

In addition to being a first-rate scholar, Dr. Clark is a brave man. He’s not afraid to remind us of the substance and meaning of many aspects of our historic Reformed confessions which we now either take for granted, or which are at odds with a number of our current practices. In Recovering the Reformed Confession, Clark reminds us of what it means when we “confess” that we are “Reformed.” It means focusing upon those things set forth in our confessions (the highest common denominator), instead of neglecting them or even denying them. In addition to gently pointing out where our words don’t match either our praxis or our deeds, Clark offers a number of practical ways we can recover our confession, and thereby recover a distinctly “Reformed faith and practice.”

Kim Riddelbarger, Ph.D. Pastor, Christ Reformed Church, Anaheim Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Seminary California Co-host, White Horse Inn

While I am personally encouraged by and enthusiastic about what has been called the “young, reformed awakening,” we still await (and long for) a renaissance of a genuinely confessional reformed theology, piety and practice. Scott Clark’s historical work, diagnosis and critique, and constructive, churchly, confessional recommendations are all worth a rigorous and respectful engagement, and point us in a number of helpful directions. As one who comes from and happily identifies with a branch of the Reformed tradition far from immune to Dr. Clark’s critique, I welcome this volume as a faithful conversation partner, seeking to administer “the wounds of a friend” for the sake of the church and the glory of God in this world.

Ligon Duncan, Ph.D. Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi, USA President, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals Adjunct Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary