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John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology

Celebrating Calvin’s 500th birthday

Edited by Burk Parsons

In 2009, we celebrate the 500th birthday


ohn Calvin is often reviled as a humorless

of John Calvin. It is only appropriate this

doctrinarian who preached an austere

year to reflect on the legacy of a man

theology that twisted Scripture. In John Calvin:

whose contributions to Christian thought

A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology,

and living were significant and whose

Burk Parsons and a cadre of godly pastors and

life, work, and teachings are worthy to be

scholars seek to set the record straight in honor

remembered and studied — even in the

of the 500th observance of John Calvin’s birth in 1509. The book explores aspects of Calvin’s life, ministry, and teachings, and it establishes his importance even for the twenty-first-century church. Contributors, in addition to Parsons, include Sinclair B. Ferguson, Keith A. Mathison, Steven J. Lawson, John MacArthur,

twenty-first century. In The Expository Genius of John Calvin, Steven J. Lawson focuses on the little known power of Calvin’s preaching ministry in Geneva and encourages

Richard D. Phillips, and Joel R. Beeke, among others. John Calvin: A Heart

for Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology is a winsome portrait that dashes

preachers to

stereotypes about Calvin and the theological system that bears his name.

follow Calvin’s guidelines for

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expositing the Word of God.

Burk Parsons serves as minister of congregational life at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the editor of Tabletalk, the monthly Bible study magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He holds a degree in biblical studies from Trinity College and the M. Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary.

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The Christian Lover


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ust in time for Valentine’s Day. I n The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers, Dr. Michael A. G.

Haykin brings together letters from one or both parties in twelve significant relationships from church history. The correspondents include such notables as Martin Luther (writing to his wife Katie) and John Calvin (expressing to friends his grief over the death of his wife Idelette). Lesser-known writers include Helmuth von Moltke, who wrote to his wife as he faced execution at the hands of the Nazis in 1945.

A celebration of marriage, an intimate window into the thoughts of men and women in love with both God and one another.

The contents range from courtship communications to proposals of marriage to final words before dying, but most have to do with the events of everyday life. This book is a celebration of marriage, an intimate window into the thoughts of men and women in love with both God and one another.

Michael A.G. Haykin is the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, located on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also professor of church history and biblical spirituality at SBTS and the editor of Eusebeia: The Bulletin of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

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n Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism, Dr. Joel R. Beeke desires to introduce Calvinism to the serious

inquirer and to solidify a healthy brand of Calvinism in the minds of people who already embrace it. Here is the story of Calvinism, from its earliest roots to its brightest expressions. Here, too, is an exploration of how Calvinism is lived out. Living for God’s Glory will confront false assumptions and challenge believers to embrace a comprehensive outlook on the Christian life.

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ammy and His Shepherd is a delightful trip through Psalm 23 — from the point of view of a sheep named Sammy. Sammy

lives happily under the care of his faithful shepherd. But one day he meets a sheep from another flock, one who lives in misery because her shepherd is not

Children will gain a deeper love and

so caring. Eventually, to the delight of both of them, Sammy’s shepherd buys the needy little

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sheep for his flock and gives her

Good Shepherd,

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Jesus Christ.

the one who is the subject of the

a name — Precious. As they work gain a deeper appreciation for psalm: the Good Shepherd, Jesus

Christ. Captivating illustrations by Corey Godbey help Sammy and Precious come to life for children. Bible passages, discussion questions, and activities reinforce the lessons of each chapter.

Susan Hunt, the author of twelve books, including four other children’s titles, has a passion to teach women a biblical apologetic of womanhood and of women’s ministry in the church so that they can glorify God by fulfilling His design and mission. In addition to speaking to women all over the United States, she has spoken at women’s conferences in several countries and her books have been translated into several languages. Mrs. Hunt holds a degree in SAM02BH Z Hardcover, 56 Pages Z (Reg. $17) $13.60

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onathan Edwards is well known as perhaps the greatest theologian the United States has ever produced. He is equally

noted for his preaching and writing. But in this Long Line profile, Dr. Steven J. Lawson considers the unique focus and commitment with which Edwards sought to live out the Christian faith. Lawson examines Edwards’ life through the lens of the seventy resolutions he penned in his late teens, shortly after his conversion, which cover everything from glorifying God to repenting of sin to managing time. Drawing on Edwards’ writings, as well as

The ultimate goal of this book is to challenge a new generation of believers to pursue holiness in their daily lives.

scholarly accounts of Edwards’ life and thought, Lawson shows how Edwards sought to live out these lofty goals he set for the management of his walk with Christ. In Edwards’ example, Lawson finds helpful instruction for all believers.

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ith The Prince’s Poison Cup, Dr. R. C. Sproul continues his series of books designed to present

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their Savior and the Christian

In Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching, an outstanding team of pastors and scholars shows that expositional preaching is not just one of many acceptable methodologies that the church may employ as the cultural landscape changes. Rather, the preaching of God’s Word is the biblically mandated method by which unbelievers are to be converted and churches built up in the faith.

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Sinclair Ferguson is senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. A native of Scotland, he also teaches systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, serves on the council of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and is a trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust. He is also a popular conference speaker and author.

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Many people are familiar with John Calvin’s important contributions to systematic theology, but fewer people know of the power of his preaching ministry. In this new book, Dr. Steven J. Lawson looks at the life and preaching ministry of John Calvin and encourages preachers to follow Calvin’s guidelines for expositing the Word of God. Lawson’s work is a powerful reminder of the importance of expository preaching and a call to return to the proclamation of biblical truth from the pulpit in our day.

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From Genesis to Revelation, more than forty authors over a period of fifteen hundred years wrote the transcendent truths of God’s sovereignty in man’s salvation. As a result, the Bible in its entirety teaches that God saves sinners — the Father choosing His elect, the Son redeeming these chosen ones, and the Spirit calling, regenerating, and preserving them throughout all the ages to come.

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Resources from Ligonier | Winter 2009  

A selection of new and popular resources for Christian growth.

Resources from Ligonier | Winter 2009  

A selection of new and popular resources for Christian growth.