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John Owen Sale

23 Apr


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Overcoming Sin and Temptation | Communion With the Triune God
John Owen
Both Books: $24.00



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The Works of John Owen (16 vols)
John Owen
Sale Price: $280

Old Guy Book Deals: 4.16.14

16 Apr



The Bruised Reed
Richard Sibbes
Kindle Price: $.99
Hardcopy: $6.30



Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ
John Bunyan
Kindle Price: $3.99
Hardcopy: $8.10



The Existence and Attributes of God
Steven Charnock
Kindle Price: $.99



The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
John Owen
Kindle Price: $.99
Hardcopy: $15.30



Expository Thoughts on the Gospels
J.C. Ryle
Kindle Price: $.99
Hardcopy: $86.40



Adoniram Judson
(Studies in Baptist Life and Thought)
Jason Guessing
Kindle Price: $.99
Hardcopy: $20.48



Christ Set Forth
Thomas Goodwin
Kindle Price: $2.99
Hardcopy: $17.99



A Treatise On Earthly Mindedness
Jeremiah Burroughs
Kindle Price: $2.99



The Essential Works of Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
Kindle Price: $1.99



Faith & Life
B.B. Warfield
Kindle Price: $.99
Hardcopy: $17.10

Old Guy Book Recommendation: Reformed Confessions of the 16th & 17th Centuries in English Translation

27 Mar

9781601783318500 years in the making this is a set you will want to take a look at.

The 4 vol. Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation is on sale at WTS Books this week for $100 for the set or $30 a volume.

What’s Included?

Volume 1 – 1523-1552:

1. The Sixty-Seven Articles of Huldrych Zwingli (1523)
2. Zwingli’s Short Christian Instruction (1523)
3. The Ten Theses of Bern (1528)
4. Confession of the East Friesland Preachers (1528)
5. William Farel’s Summary (1529)
6. Zwingli, Fidei ratio (1530)
7. The Tetrapolitan Confession(1530)
8. Waldensian Confession (1530)
9. Zwingli, Fidei Expositio (1531)
10. The Bern Synod (1532)
11. Waldensian Synod of Chanforan (1532)
12. The Waldensian Confession of Angrogna (1532)
13. The First Confession of Basel (1534)
14. The Bohemian Confession (1535)
15. The Lausanne Articles (1536)
16. The First Helvetic Confession (1536)
17. Calvin’s Catechism (1537)
18. Geneva Confession (1536/37)
19. Calvin’s Catechism (1538)
20. Waldensian Confession of Mérindol (1541)
21. Waldensian Confession of Provence (1543)
22.The Waldensian Confession of Mérindol (1543)
23. The Walloon Confession of Wesel(1544/45)
24. Calvin’s Catechism (1545)
25. Juan Diaz’s Sum of the Christian Religion (1546)
26. Valdés’s Catechism (1549)
27. Consensus Tigurinus (1549)
28. Anglican Catechism (1549)
29. London Confession of John à Lasco (1551)
30. Large Emden Catechism of the Strangers’ Church, London (1551)
31. Vallérandus Poullain: Confession of the Glastonbury Congregation (1551)
32. Rhaetian Confession (1552)
33. Consensus Genevensis: Calvin on Eternal Predestination (1552)

Volume 2 – 1552-1566:

34. The Forty-Two Articles of the Church of England (1552/53)
35. Anglican Catechism (1553)
36. Emden Examination of Faith (1553)
37. The Frankfort Confession (1554)
38. The Emden Catechism (1554)
39. The Confession of Piotrków (1555)
40. Confession of the English Congregation at Geneva (1556)
41. Waldensian Confession of Turin (1556)
42. Confession of the Italian Church of Geneva (1558)
43. Guanabara Confession (1558)
44. Geneva Students’ Confession (1559)
45. Confession of Marosvásárhley/Vásárhelyi (1559)
46. The French Confession (1559)
47. Confession of Piñczow (1559)
48. Lattanzio Ragnoni’s Formulario (1559)
49. The Confession of Faith in the Geneva Bible (1560)
50. The Scottish Confession (1560)
51. The Waldensian Confession (1560)
52. The Prussian-Vilnian Discussion (1560)
53. Theodore Beza’s Confession (1560)
54. The Confession of the Spanish Congregation of London (1560/61)
55. Waldensian Confession (1561)
56. Theodore Beza’s Confession at Poissy(1561)
57. The Belgic Confession (1561)
58. The Hungarian Confessio Catholica (1562)
59. The Confession of Tarcal (1562) and Torda (1563)
60. The Thirty-nine Articles (1562/63)
61. The Heidelberg Catechism (1563)
62. The Synod of Enyedi (1564)
63. The Second Helvetic Confession (1566)
64. The Antwerp Confession (1566)
65. The Netherlands Confession (1566)
66. The Synod of Gönc (1566)
67. Synod of Torda (1566)
68. The Synods of Gyulafehérvár and of Marosvásárhely (1566)

Volume 3 – 1567-1599:

69. Documents of the Debrecen Synod (1567)
70. The Synod at Szikszo (1568)
71. Confession of the Synod of Cassov (1568)
72. Confession of Varadiensis/Nagyvßrad (1569)
73. Sandomierz Consensus (1570)
74. The Confession of the Synod of Csenger (1570)
75. The Confession of La Rochelle (1571)
76. The Bohemian Confession (1573)
77. The Synod of Cracow (1573)
78. The Bohemian Confession (1575/1609)
79. The Synod of Hercegszoloski (1576)
80. The Confession of Frederick III (1577)
81. The Nassau (Dillenburger Synod) Confession (1578)
82. The Synod of Piotrkow (1578)
83. Craig’s Catechism (1581)
84. The King’s Confession (1581)
85. The Synod of Wlodislaw (1583)
86. General Synod of Herborn (1586)
87. The Synod of Thorn (1595)
88. The Bremen Consensus (1595)
89. The Lambeth Articles (1595)
90. The Second Confession of the London-Amsterdam Church (1596)
91. The Stafforts Book (1599)

Volume 4 – 1600-1693:

92. The Points of Difference (1603)
93. Waldensian Confession (1603)
94. Confession of the Synod of Cassel (1607)
95. Hessian Catechism (1607)
96. Confession of the Heidelberg Theologians (1607)
97. The Remonstrance (1610)
98. The Counter Remonstrance (1611)
99. The Bentheim Confession (1613)
100. Confession of the Evangelical Church of Germany (1614)
101. The Confession of John Sigismund (1614)
102. The Irish Articles (1615)
103. Scottish Confession (1616)
104. Seven Articles of the Church of Leiden (1617)
105. The Canons of Dort (1618–1619)
106. The Confession of Cyril Lukaris (1629)
107. Leipzig Colloquy (1631)
108. The London Baptist Confession (1644)
109. Brief Confession of the Westminster Assembly (1645)
110. The Colloquy of Thorn (1645)
111. The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)
112. The London Confession (1646)
113. Benjamin Cox’s Baptist Appendix (1646)
114. Westminster Larger Catechism (1647)
115. Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647)
116. The Cambridge Platform (1648)
117. The Geneva Theses (1649)
118. The Principles of Faith (1652)
119. A New Confession of Faith (1654)
120. The Midlands Confession (1655)
121. Waldensian Confession (1655)
122. The Somerset Confession (1656)
123. The Savoy Declaration (1658)
124. Waldensian Confession (1662)
125. The Formula Consensus Helvetica (1675)
126. The London Baptist Confession (1677)
127. The Baptist Catechism (1693)

The Who, What, and Why of Logos Bible Software

15 Mar

For better or for worse our world is becoming increasingly digital. While there are many problems that new technology presents there are also many blessings that come with it for Christians around the world.

One such blessing has been the rise and development of Logos Bible Software. And today represents a new milestone, especially for Christians interested in Reformed Theology as Logos has just released a Reformed version of what they call “base packages.”

If you aren’t familiar with Logos they have been around for a while. The seeds that would blossom into the company today were sown in 1986 and ever since then they have been expanding their library, enhancing their features, and following the move in the technological world into many different platforms and devices. Read more about their history here.

Today a visit to their website will astound you as you find out how many resources are available in their digital format. And what they have available aren’t mere scans or PDF’s, but meticulously edited and tagged resources that can be accessed and searched in a variety of ways. On top of that they retain the style of the print of each book’s original hardcopy. Logos and other Bible software companies like them have truly changed the game when it comes to Bible study and research.

The reason why this is good news for those who are interested in Reformed Theology and many of that we feature on this blog is because Logos has made a concerted effort over the past few years to really bulk up their library with such resources. And they aren’t slowing down, it seems like every month a new and significant Reformed resource is available via their community pricing or pre-publication deal structure.

Community pricing involves Logos putting a potential product forward at a substantially reduced price, normally 50% off or more, to see if they can get the funding available to proceed with the project. Logos gets early funding and buyers get incredible deals. When there isn’t enough immediate interest a potential product can sit in community pricing until it picks up. Right now there is a 17 volume Baptist Covenant Collection for $30 and a 19 volume Works of John Gill collection for $40. Each of these will eventually be priced at $169 and $299 respectively so you can see the incentive to jump on early.

Pre-publication pricing is a step further into the process where a product has already moved into the development stage and buyers are able to lock-in on a discounted price before they are released. Currently, there are a few very significant Reformed products in this stage:

Institutes of Elenctic Theology (3 vols.) by Francis Turretin
Thomas Watson Collection (8 vols.)
The Works of Charles Hodge (29 vols.)
Select Works of Geerhardus Vos (14 vols.)

One of the coolest and important things that Logos has begun doing is to leverage their know-how and capabilities to actually take on major translation projects to bring essential Reformed works into English for the first time.

A few they are currently working on and that are in the Pre-publication process now are:

Reformed Dogmatics (5 vols.) by Geerhardus Vos
The Sermons and Lectures of John Calvin in English (29 vols.)
The Latin Works of John Owen (3 vols.)
A System of Christian Theology (10 vols.) by Amandus Polanus

Another way that Logos seeks to get good deals for their customers is through bundling or packaging multiple products together. As mentioned above this is what they refer to as their base packages. Until now, one could purchase a range of seven packages from their Starter package all the way up to their most expensive Portfolio package.

For many, the price of Logos resources alone has caused them to look elsewhere. On top of that for those of us more interested in Reformed resources it was very difficult to justify purchasing one of their packages that seemed to have had so many resources yet so little that we actually cared about.

Now, with the release of their Reformed Base Packages things have become much more attractive for those of us with Reformed leanings or convictions. Yesterday, I highlighted these new packages. Now, if you make the commitment to purchase one of these base packages you will find yourself enjoying many more of the resources than you may have previously. That isn’t to say that they did away with other essential features. As far as I can tell they preserved a great balance between providing new Reformed resources to these packages while also retaining a wide array of tools, including many original language tools, that will enable broad study, and more importantly, study of the text of Scripture itself.

I hope this more focused explanation of how Logos works was helpful if you have not considered it before. Please let me know if you have any questions

It is growing more obvious by the day that the future of book reading and research here and around the world will involve digital resources more and more. As these works become more available throughout the world let’s pray that God would be pleased to use them in great ways to draw more and more people to know Jesus Christ and to grow in the grace and knowledge of Him. It is for this reason that I believe Logos Bible Software will be a key platform for years to come.

Good News: Logos Bible Releases Reformed Base Packages

14 Mar

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Yesterday, Logos Bible Software, released a major new product: Reformed Base Packages. They were so gracious to provide me with a complimentary Gold Package provided that I honestly review it here on The Old Guys. It is with great excitement that I do so in this post and a few that will follow.

I realize that the majority of readers may have no clue as to what Logos Bible Software is or have simply not decided to use it. So, tomorrow I will post a detailed walk-through of who Logos Bible Software is, what it is, and why I believe it is important. Especially, for those of us who believe that the voices of the past still have something to say to us today. After that I’d like to spend a few posts to also zoom in on a few key features of this technology that are so very useful for believers and worth thanking God for.

I am excited about the release of this new product line because Logos has finally put together a collection of resources specifically geared towards the user interested in Reformed Theology and as we call them on this blog The Old Guys. Many of their collections in the past have consisted of a handful of resources worth being excited about but then also have had tons of resources one may not particularly care for.

Now, in their new Reformed Base Packages it’s hard for me to find a resource that I just absolutely wouldn’t care to have. They’ve really done a great job.

So, I’d like to highlight some of the amazing products that Logos has pulled together to offer at a substantial discount in their Reformed Gold Base Package.

Note: Reformed Base Packages are available in Starter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum versions. Each growing in terms of products and price over the one before it.

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What Is Included?
The Gold package comes with a selection of 811 hand-picked resources for the Christian interested in Reformed Theology.

There are resources that cover a range of categories like:

    • Ancient Texts and Morphologies
    • Ancient Texts in Translation
    • Apologetics
    • Bible Commentaries
    • Bible History Culture
    • Bible Introductions and Surveys
    • Bible Reference
    • Biblical Studies
    • Church Fathers
    • Church History
    • Data Sets
    • Devotional and Spiritual Formation
    • English Bibles

Interlinear Bibles:

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  • Lectionaries
  • Maps, Photos and Media
  • Theology
  • Original Language Grammars and Tools
  • Original Language Lexicons and Word Studies
  • Parallel Passages and Harmonies
  • Preaching and Teaching

This list makes clear that this package isn’t simply for someone wanting to kick back with John Calvin, but is ready for serious study of the Bible in a multitude of ways.

What Stands Out?
The following resources are ones that caught my eye and make this package very attractive to the person seeking to study the Bible, get into the languages, and read Reformed resources:

  • 11 Popular English Bibles
  • 18 Interlinear Bibles
  • Biblica Hebraica Stuttgartensia
  • Swete LXX with Morphology
  • Nestle-Aland 28th Edition Greek New Testament
  • Crossway Apologetics Collection

Early Church Fathers (37 vols.):

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  • Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Holy Bible (3 vols.)
  • Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible
  • Charles Hodge Commentary Collection (4 vols.)

Calvin’s Commentaries (46 vols.):

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  • Charles Simeon’s Horae Homileticae Commentary (21 vols.)
  • Crossway Classical Commentaries (26 vols.)
  • Crossway D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Collection (12 vols)
  • Reformation Study Bible
  • New Dictionary of Theology
  • By Faith, Not by Sight by Richard Gaffin
  • Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit by F.F. Bruce
  • Christian Origins and the Question of God Series (3 vols.) by N.T. Wright
  • Creeds of Christendom (3 vols.) by Philip Schaff
  • The Letters of John Calvin (4 vols.)
  • The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter (23 vols.)
  • Dogmatic Theology by W. G. T. Shedd
  • Historic Creeds and Confessions
  • Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
  • Outlines of Theology by A. A. Hodge
  • Systematic Theology (3 vols.) by Charles Hodge

Works of Jonathan Edwards (2 vols.):

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  • Westminster Confession of Faith, including the Larger and Shorter Catechisms (3 vols.)
  • Works of John Bunyan (3 vols.)
  • God, Revelation, and Authority (6 vols.) by Carl Henry
  • B.B. Warfield Collection (20 vols.)
  • The Commentary of Zacharias Ursinus on the Heidelberg Catechism
  • Herman Witsius Collection (11 vols.)
  • Louis Berkhof Collection (15 vols.)

Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics (4 vols.):

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  • Summa Theologica: English and Latin (30 vols.) by Thomas Aquinas
  • The Major Works of Anselm of Canterbury (4 vols.)

Works of John Owen (24 vols.):

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  • The Works of Richard Sibbes (7 vols.)
  • Tracts and Treatises of John Calvin (8 vols.)
  • William G.T. Shedd Collection (13 vols.)
  • Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT) (10 vols.)
  • And much more.

How Much Does It Cost?
In print such a collection could cost up to $20,200. Logos offers their Reformed Gold Package for just over $1,500. That is, if you purchase it without using discounts. Currently, anyone can use the coupon code “REFORMEDBP” to slash 15% from the price. Those in school can apply for an academic discount and pay even less.

While many may decide that while such a package is attractive they just don’t have the money, it is worth noting that Logos does offer helpful payment plans. Those on a budget can purchase a package like this and make monthly payments for up to 18 months. They don’t charge interest, but do apply a $5 administrative fee for each month of the payment plan. For example a $1500 purchase for 18 months would come out around $88 a month.

How Should We Respond?
Even if you aren’t interested or just aren’t able to invest in such software the sheer availability of this product is still cause for rejoicing. Never before has such an embarrassment of Reformed riches been available. What once took up libraries now fits in small pockets. The ability to search, read, highlight, and share has never been easier. May God grant us to use such resources to His glory and to the benefit of His church.

Take a look for yourself.


Old Guy Kindle Deals: John Owen Edition

22 Dec



Communion With God
John Owen
Kindle Price: $3.99



The Priesthood of Christ
John Owen
Kindle Price: $3.99



The Holy Spirit
John Owen
Kindle Price: $3.99



Assurance
John Owen
Kindle Price: $3.99



The Glory of Christ
John Owen
Kindle Price: $3.99

Thy Word Is Still Truth

31 Oct


Thy Word is Still Truth

Thy Word Is Still Truth
ed. by Peter Lillback & Richard Gaffin
WTS Price: $33.0

This new collection of Reformed thinkers’ writings from the Reformation to today brings together key documents on the inerrancy of Scripture in one readable volume.

Albert Mohler:
“We have needed this book for a long time. In Thy Word Is Still Truth, Peter Lillback and Richard Gaffin have drawn together the comprehensive witness of the church on behalf of the total truthfulness and inerrancy of Scripture. No serious reader can doubt the case for inerrancy made so consistently and clearly in these pages, and no serious defender of Scripture can be without this vital volume that amounts to the most massive arsenal of documentation for the inerrancy of Scripture ever assembled in a single book.”

What’s Inside?
In addition to including all the major confessions and catechisms, Thy Word Is Still Truth includes seminal articles on the doctrine of Scripture from the following authors:

Oswald T. Allis, William Ames, Herman Bavinck, Louis Berkhof, Henry Bullinger, John Calvin, Edmund P. Clowney, William Cunningham, Raymond B. Dillard, Jonathan Edwards, Sinclair B. Ferguson, John M. Frame, Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Louis Gaussen, Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg, Archibald Alexander Hodge, Charles Hodge, John Knox, Peter A. Lillback, Martin Luther, J. Gresham Machen, Adolphe Monod, John Murray, John Owen, Vern S. Poythress, Moisés Silva, Charles H. Spurgeon, Ned B. Stonehouse, Francis Turretin, Zacharias Ursinus, Cornelius Van Til, Geerhardus Vos, Bruce K. Waltke, Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Robert Dick Wilson, John Witherspoon, Edward J. Young, and Ulrich Zwingli


Table of Contents (Major Sections):

Part One: Sola Scriptura: The Reformers’ Rediscovery of the Written Word of God.
Part Two: The Reformed Confessions
Part Three: The Early Reformed Interpretation
Part Four: The Doctrine of Scripture in Reformed Orthodoxy
Part Five: The Doctrine of Scripture in the Scottish and Dutch Legacy
Part Six: Other Nineteenth-Century European Contributions
Part Seven: The Doctrine of Scripture in the Theology of Old Princeton
Part Eight: The Theology of Scripture of the Founding Fathers of Westminster
Part Nine: The Birth of Biblical Theology
Part Ten: The Authority of the Old Testament and New Testament Canon of Scripture
Part Eleven: The Challenges to the Reformed Doctrine of Scripture
Part Twelve: The The Westminster Controversy
Part Thirteen: Conclusion

Read the detailed table of contents and the introduction here:


TWISTA Special Opportunity:

Donate $200 or More to Westminster Theological Seminary and receive this beautiful, limited edition, leather bound copy of Thy Word Is Still Truth signed by the editors.

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Old Guy Kindle Deals: Lloyd-Jones, Owen, Historical Theology, and More

29 Oct



Preaching and Preachers
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Kindle Price: $3.99

‘Some may object to my dogmatic assertions; but I do not apologize for them. Every preacher should believe strongly in his own method; and if I cannot persuade all of the rightness of mine, I can at least stimulate them to think and to consider other possibilities. I can say quite honestly that I would not cross the road to listen to myself preaching, and the preachers whom I have enjoyed most have been very different indeed in their method and style. But my business is not to describe them but to state what I believe to be right, however imperfectly I have put my own precepts into practice. I can only hope that the result will be of some help, and especially to young preachers called to this greatest of all tasks, and especially in these sad and evil times. With many others I pray that ‘The Lord of the harvest may thrust forth’ many mighty preachers to proclaim ‘the unsearchable riches of Christ!”



Historical Theology
Gregg Allison
Kindle Price: $5.99

Most historical theology texts follow Christian beliefs chronologically, discussing notable doctrinal developments for all areas of theology according to their historical appearance. And while this may be good history, it can make for confusing theology, with the classic theological loci scattered throughout various time periods, movements, and controversies. In Historical Theology, Gregg Allison offers students the opportunity to study the historical development of theology according to a topical-chronological arrangement, setting out the history of Christian doctrine one theological element at a time. Such an approach allows readers to concentrate on one tenet of Christianity and its formulation in the early church, through the Middle Ages, Reformation, and post-Reformation era, and into the modern period. The text includes a generous mix of primary source material as well, citing the words of Cyprian, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Barth, and others. Allison references the most accessible editions of these notable theologians’ work so that readers can continue their study of historical theology through Christian history’s most important contributors. Historical Theology is a superb resource for those familiar with Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology or interested in understanding the development of Christian theology.



A God-Sized Vision
Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir
Colin Hansen & John Woodbridge
Kindle Price: $3.99

Can God stir revival by his Holy Spirit, even in our culture today? Do we really believe he can? In a day of diminished expectations, A God-Sized Vision: Revival Accounts That Stretch and Stir recounts global examples of prior revivals, beginning with the Reformation and the Great Awakenings. It continues with the Welsh and Azusa Street revivals and those that occurred simultaneously in Asia, followed by the East Africa Revival of the 1930s. More recent revivals in North America that instigated parachurch or evangelistic ministries like those of Billy Graham and the revivals in China, particularly in Henan Province over the last forty years, give further evidence of church renewal. These stories enlarge our hearts, expand our minds, and empower our witness to the power of God at work in human history. Christians with a deep evangelistic commitment who realize that there is more to church growth than field-tested techniques will expand their vision by remembering God’s vision, as it has been revealed throughout history. Hansen and Woodbridge mine these stories of renewal to suggest how to get ready for revival today.



Lectures to My Students
Charles Spurgeon
Kindle Price: $.99

“My college lectures are colloquial, familiar, full of anecdote, and often humorous they are purposely made so, to suit the occasion. At the end of the week I meet the students, and find them weary . . . and only in a condition to receive something which will attract and secure their attention, and fire their hearts.” Though best remembered as the most popular preacher of the Victorian era, C. H. Spurgeon was also founder and president of the Pastors College in London. He supervised the training of over 800 students, presided at an annual conference for ministers, and, on Friday afternoons, delivered regular lectures on every aspect of pulpit ministry.



The Atonement
In It’s Relation to the Covenant, The Priesthood, the Intercession of Our Lord
Hugh Martin
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Hugh Martin (1822-1885) modestly begins this work by acknowledging that it is not a systematic treatment of the Atonement. Whilst this is true, his approach provides answers to all the key questions regarding the necessity, extent, and nature of the Atonement. As the subtitle suggests he insists that a clear biblical view can only be arrived at when it is seen in the context of the eternal Covenant of Grace, Christ’s role as both Offering and Offerer, the ongoing work of His Intercession, and how our sin is imputed to Christ and His righteousness to His people. The Atonement is always under attack and this volume provides a framework against which erroneous views may be measured and rejected. Since modern denials simply repackage the same false ideas that Martin combated in his day, the arguments he advances remain relevant and necessary.



The Glory of Christ
John Owen
Kindle Price: $.99

The Glory of Christ is a book designed to declare part of the
glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is revealed in the Scripture and proposed as
the central object of our faith, love, delight, and admiration. The knowledge of
Christ and His glory, John Owen says, is to be preferred above all other wisdom,
understanding, and knowledge. Why is it to be preferred? Why should we become engaged
in a study of the glory of Christ? The author answers the question well when he
writes, “For if our future blessedness shall consist in being where He is and beholding
His glory, what better preparation can there be for it than a constant previous
contemplation of that glory as revealed in the gospel, that by a view of it we may
be gradually transformed into the same glory?

Old Guy Kindle Deals: Spurgeon, Owen, Sibbes, Goodwin, Turretin and More

23 Oct



A Puritan Theology
Doctrine for Life
ed. by Joel Beeke & Mark Jones
Kindle Price: $9.99

A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life offers a groundbreaking treatment of the Puritans’ teaching on most major Reformed doctrines, particularly those doctrines in which the Puritans made significant contributions. Since the late 1950s, nearly 150 Puritan authors and 700 Puritan titles have been reprinted and catalogued by Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson in their 2006 collection of mini-biographies and book reviews, titled, Meet the Puritans. However, no work until now has gathered together the threads of their teaching into a unified tapestry of systematic theology.



The Heart of Christ
Thomas Goodwin
Kindle Price: $2.99

The Heart of Christ’ was first published in 1651, and was the Puritan Thomas Goodwin’s most popular work. In the works Goodwin shows how Christ though now in heaven has the utmost love, concern, and tenderness toward those that are his on earth. This work would help comfort those who feel that Christ has no concern for them or has abandoned them.



The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
John Owen
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If you have wondered what the death of Christ accomplished or who Christ died for this work from John Owen is for you. He shows that Christ’s death saves, that God himself saves, without condition. It will strengthen your faith to be reminded that Christ died for you Christian and so your salvation is secure.



Glorious Freedom
The Excellency of Gospel Above Law
Richard Sibbes
Kindle Price: $3.99

In this work the puritan Richard Sibbes, author of ‘The Bruised Reed’, shows how God “sets us at liberty at the first in calling us…sets us at liberty when we are justified…sets us at liberty when he sanctifieth us…sets us then at liberty fully in glorification.”



Lectures to My Students
Charles Spurgeon
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“My college lectures are colloquial, familiar, full of anecdote, and often humorous they are purposely made so, to suit the occasion. At the end of the week I meet the students, and find them weary . . . and only in a condition to receive something which will attract and secure their attention, and fire their hearts.” Though best remembered as the most popular preacher of the Victorian era, C. H. Spurgeon was also founder and president of the Pastors College in London. He supervised the training of over 800 students, presided at an annual conference for ministers, and, on Friday afternoons, delivered regular lectures on every aspect of pulpit ministry.



The Atonement
In It’s Relation to the Covenant, The Priesthood, the Intercession of Our Lord
Hugh Martin
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Hugh Martin (1822-1885) modestly begins this work by acknowledging that it is not a systematic treatment of the Atonement. Whilst this is true, his approach provides answers to all the key questions regarding the necessity, extent, and nature of the Atonement. As the subtitle suggests he insists that a clear biblical view can only be arrived at when it is seen in the context of the eternal Covenant of Grace, Christ’s role as both Offering and Offerer, the ongoing work of His Intercession, and how our sin is imputed to Christ and His righteousness to His people. The Atonement is always under attack and this volume provides a framework against which erroneous views may be measured and rejected. Since modern denials simply repackage the same false ideas that Martin combated in his day, the arguments he advances remain relevant and necessary.



The Atonement of Christ
Francis Turretin
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Turretin’s writings had a formative influence on theologians of the calibre of Charles Hodge and others. His work on the Atonement of Christ demonstrates a depth and clarity of thought that makes it as relevant today as when he first wrote it. Its defence of all that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished on behalf of His people, furnishes principles that effectively counter even contemporary attacks on the biblical doctrine of the atonement that Turretin himself could not have anticipated.

A Note From a Respected Christian Bookstore

10 Oct

The Westminster Bookstore

To our partners in the gospel,

I am writing to express deep appreciation for your continued support of our ministry and to update you on our current challenges. The Westminster Bookstore ended its fiscal year on June 30, 2013 facing a very significant financial loss. The bookstore is a wholly owned ministry of Westminster Theological Seminary, and, were it not for your gracious response to the Seminary’s financial appeal last Christmas, the Seminary would have had no choice but to close the bookstore’s doors. These donations enabled critical Seminary operations — ongoing educational programs and scholarships — to continue, and also provided time for the administration to consider the future of the bookstore.

Our great challenge is that we continue to exist in an environment where Amazon — the industry leader — is allowed by Wall Street to function without regard for their short-term profitability. Some of you may be aware that Amazon recently reported a $7 million loss on $15.7 billion of revenue. Next quarter, they are forecasting a loss of between $65 and $440 million. Despite this, their stock is up about 20% this year, indicating investor willingness to sustain Amazon’s loss-leading business model. As I ponder economic history, I can’t name another 21-year old company with which Wall Street has been this patient.

Amazon’s results show that, despite their buying power, technology, management skill, and income from non-book products and services, they are unable to post a profit given their current pricing model. This reality is made all the more striking given that competitive forces like Borders and independent bookstores have gone out of business while Barnes & Noble and other retailers struggle to carve out an existence. It is important to emphasize that we do not believe that Amazon’s business practices are necessarily inappropriate or immoral, but that they are — by virtue of their size and scope — creating an economically challenging environment that has significant consequences for the promotion of Christian books.

Our prayer at the bookstore is for the Lord to sustain our ministry as long as we are useful to His Church. Our conviction is that without alternatives to Amazon, important gospel-centered and biblically faithful resources would not receive the attention they deserve, or even worse, would not be published at all. Our ambition is to increase the reach and demand for theologically sound books so that publishers and authors are encouraged to produce and invest in like-minded projects. Examples of projects where the Lord used our bookstore as the primary tool to drive significant national distribution include:

Moving forward, we are working hard to minimize costs while continuing to deliver excellent selection, speed, and customer service. The Lord has encouraged us in the beginning months of this fiscal year with modest profits, and it is our ambition to achieve break-even status by next fiscal year.

Thanks again for your support of our ministry. We deeply value your continued partnership. If you do have occasion to pray for us, we would appreciate prayer for the following:

  • Faithful discernment as we review and assess a variety of books and resources.
  • Operating wisdom as we continue to drive efficiencies and invest in opportunities for superior customer experience and service.
  • Guidance for the Seminary’s senior administration and Board as they continue to monitor the economic environment and the bookstore’s viability.

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From The Old Guys Blog:

Next time you are looking to purchase a book consider buying through WTS. They generally are priced slightly lower than Amazon and their packaging is done with great care. Find them online at www.wtsbooks.com.

If you have room in your budget after supporting your Church, know that a donation of any size will continue to make a material difference to the Seminary. Let’s help keep this wonderful bookstore in business! Make a donation here.