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MATERIAL ON 'THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER' ?

11/10/2014

Steve,
Brother, could you recommend any Calvinistic/Reformed books in the subject of the priesthood of the believer? thank you. blessings. Tony.

Tony,

I have been very disappointed to find very little in print.
I have found no books exclusively on that subject and
I have searched systematic theology texts and find little there.

HOWEVER, sources at P & R tells me that Dr. Craig Troxel has a booklet in a series on the basics of the Reformed faith coming out in the first half of 2015. Check back sometime after the first of the year and help should be available.

Seeking to be your faithful Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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MATTERS REGARDING WORSHIP AND ITS HISTORY, ETC.

09/18/2014

Any suggestions on the topic of history of Worship (Liturgical vs. informal); Regulative & Normative Principles; also any books or titles on the history of The Second London Baptist Confession of Faith 1689 or Baptist Confessions.
Sincerely,
Bill



Bill, thank you for your good questions. i recommend:

1. Worship related matters
Hart & Muether, WITH REVERENCE & AWE; P & R
Philip Ryken, ed. GIVE PRAISE TO GOD; P & R
Terry Johnson, ed.; THE WORSHIP OF GOD;
Christian Focus
Terry Johnson, LEADING IN WORSHIP; Tolle Lege
T. David Gordeon, WHY JOHNNY CAN'T SING
HYMNS; P & R

2. Professor Jim Renihan is finishing an historical study
of he 1689 Baptist Confession in context. It should
go to print latter in the year, Lord willing, and be
available in 2015. I am afraid that not much else is
currently available.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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MATERIAL ON CREATION/EVOLUTION/GENESIS 1-3 FOR KIDS AND PRE-TEENS

09/11/2014

What are the top books you would recommend for addressing creation/evolution/the reliability of the first chapters of Genesis for an elementary school teacher or a parent of young and preteen children?
Dorothy


Dorothy,

Thank you so much for your good question!

Let me recommend the following:

ANSWERS BOOK FOR KIDS, VOL. 1-2-3 (Answers From Genesis)

NEW ANSWERS BOOK (VOLUMES 2-4); helpful for parents and teachers answering questions

A IS FOR ADAM; NEW LEAF PRESS

D IS FOR DINOSAUR; NEW LEAF PRESS

N IS FOR NOAH; NEW LEAF PRESS

These should get you started and provide much help.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, THEN AND NOW

09/01/2014

Dear Pastor Steve,
Thank you for having a service like this available to CVBBS readers. Can you recommend a book that would be helpful on studying The 10 Commandments? The study would be directed to a small group of old(er) women with different Protestant backgrounds and long histories of Sunday School education. I appreciated Tim Black's paper (from www.alwaysreformed),but felt that it was a little too in depth for my needs. Is there something more brief, with a clear understanding of the role of The 10 Commandments BEFORE Christ and AFTER Christ? What role does the Commandments play in the heart of the believer? Does the born-again believer "need" The 10 Commandments for rightful living if the Holy Spirit "reveals to us all things"? I am in no way negating the usefulness of the law (I am familiar with the book of Romans), but who needs "the directions" (please excuse my flippancy) if Jesus is "doing the driving"..."Christ in us"? As you can see, I have my own questions regarding the topic. I would appreciate any of your thoughts and study recommendations. Thank you.
Lesia


Lesia,

Thank you for your important questions. Let me recommend three books to you--one for the group; two
for you, the leader.

FOR YOU, THE LEADER (to learn and to loan):

Philip Graham Ryken, WRITTEN IN STONE; P & R--
excellent study of how to understand and apply
the Ten Commandments for believers then and now

Ed Clowney, HOW JESUS TRANSFORMS THE TEN
COMMANDMENTS; P & R --excellent study


FOR THE WHOLE GROUP:

James Packer, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS; Tyndale
Excellent study with study questions by an
acknowledged 'Master in Israel' of evangelical and
Reformed theology. Highly recommended.

May our Lord bless you and your study group.

Your Book Servant,

PASTOR STEVE MARTIN

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BIOGRAPHY OF A RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN OR THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH IN RUSSIA

07/15/2014

Dear Pastor Steve,
You have supplied me with so many good missionary biography titles - thank you!

I am searching for a book about the Christian church in Russia. I know that there is very little written about these believers - both past and present. If you could recommend a good biography of a Russian Christian or the history of the church in Russia, I would be so very grateful.

Thank you for the wonderful ministry you have with CVBBS - you are a blessing to many!!
Kelli



Kelli,

Thank you for your kind encouragements!

I have copied below one very good book about Russian believers that you might find helpful.

MY BELOVED RUSSIA (A Story of God's Love for a
Persecuted People) by Dimitry Mustafin with
Irene Howat; CHRISTIAN FOCUS PUBLICATIONS

It should get you started. May the Lord encourage you and yours through this study.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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HELPS FOR BATTLE WEARY PASTORS

07/02/2014

Pastor,
Could you recommend a book or two, to encourage a minister who after many years in the ministry has become a little battle weary?
Thanks,
Dan


Dan,

Thank you for an important question. The following books speaks to the issue in more than one way and are all worthy of purchase and mastery.

Maurice Roberts, "The Danger of Becoming Battle
Weary", in THE CHRISTIAN'S HIGH CALLING;
Banner of Truth. To the point and a good
Chapter to photocopy and distribute among
the office bearers.

Francis Schaeffer, NO LITTLE PEOPLE; Crossway--
the first chapter, "No Little People". is an all time
gem that should be read annually. Similarly, this
chapter should be photocopied and mastered by
local church officers.

Kent Hughes, LIBERATING MINISTRY FROM THE
SUCCESS SYNDROME; Tyndale--speaks to one
huge underlying cause and is very liberating.

Matt Redmund, THE GOD OF THE MUNDANE;
Kalos Press--addresses the false idea that we must
be "radical" and be doing daring things and thereby
become significant Christians. Biblically it provides
a breath of fresh air in a stuffy elevator going
down!

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, AUTHORITY; Banner of Truth
Addresses the issues of authority in the Bible and
the authority given to a preacher and a church
and why authority is lost and men try to make
bricks without straw.

May the Lord encourage the battle weary Himself.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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BOOKS FOR ELDERS WIVES ?

06/23/2014


I need some help in finding the best suggestion for a book for elders wives to study together. I am an elders wife and our pastor suggested I research a book for elders wives. What our role as a wife? How I minister to & how I shouldn't minister to other women and families. Thank you for your input.

Sue



Sue,

Thank you for your important question. I have compiled a list of books that complement each other and address the issues you are concerned about.

Martha Peace, BECOMING A TITUS 2 WOMAN; Focus
Christian Publishing--an Elder's wife and leading
NANC counselor, Martha shows the older women
in the churches how to lead and mentor the
younger women according to Paul's mandate in
Titus 2.

Brian and Cara Croft, THE PASTOR'S FAMILY;
Zondervan--your husbands help the pastors and
you help your husbands, so this book indirectly
relates to you too. And it will help you appreciate
your pastor, his wife and their issues.

Catherine Steward, ed.; LETTERS TO A PASTOR'S
WIFE; P & R--fifteen women contributed chapters
on aspects of being a pastor's wife. For the same
reasons listed above, you can apply various aspects
of this book to Elders wives. Very good.

Mark Chanski, WOMANLY DOMINION (More Than a
Gentle and Quiet Spirit); Calvary Press--If the
man is the head of his home (see Chanski's earlier
work, MANLY DOMINION, also from Calvary Press.
then his wife has more to do that sit with her
hands folded looking serene and pious. Lots of
good food for thought.

May the Lord direct your study and grow each of you in His grace during the study.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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STREAMS IN THE DESERT AND OTHER DEVOTIONAL BOOKS

06/20/2014

Many years ago I heard Rev Al Martin kind of saying that really good devotionals were and he gave a list but was quite animate that he didn't seem to like Streams in the Desert. It has been around for so long that I thought I might pick up a copy. Is there a best edition. I prefer hardback books if I can afford them.
Thanks
Allen Hoge


Allen,

Thank you for your very good question. STREAMS IN THE DESERT was compiled in 1919 and blessing God's people ever since. It is available in hardback from Zondervan. It is very good at encouraging discouraged saints.

May I also recommend the compilation of Spurgeon's excerpts under the title, BESIDE STILL WATERS, Thomas Nelson publishers. It is culled from all his sermons and is meant to lift up drooping saints.

Both are great and both worthy of reading and reading aloud to loved ones.

I am sorry it took me a couple of days to respond. I was out of town and had little access to a computer.

Below is my BOOK BLOG written last week.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin
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Genesis 3 is the saddest chapter in the Bible and in all literature. It documents the Fall of our first parents into sin and in acorn form, all the other awful things that will happen in history on this planet are there. The best of parents try to shield their children from the realities of this fallen world but there comes a day when we all must face the hardships and heart aches of a sin-sick world under the judgment of God. And great hardships and heart aches produce great grief.

Christians are not immune from the terrible things that plague this world. Christians are struck down early with a terrible disease, their children die early from cancer, they lose jobs at critical junctures in their lives, and on top of these and countless other maladies, they are persecuted and martyred for their faith too. We would lose our sanity if we did not have a Savior who gently shepherds His needy sheep. His life on earth was full of heartaches and He was known as the 'man of sorrows'. He knows as only He can know what real heartache and misery are. He alone can fully sympathize with believers in their times of sorrow. 'Man of sorrows'--What a title for the Lord of glory!

Besides His indwelling Spirit to comfort and strengthen us, there is the reality that Christ intercedes for the saints in glory and His Father never says "No" to His Son. All who are Christ's will make it to glory. They are united to Him by His Spirit, they have the iron promises of His Word, and His pledge never to leave us nor forsake us.

Sadly for them unbelievers spurn their hopes of help by rejecting the Savior and thus rejecting their Shepherd, their Intercessor, their Pilot to see them through. Believers have resources undreamt of by unbelievers.

Some of Christ's best gifts to His church of suffering saints is the legacy left behind by saints who have suffered in the past and received the promised comfort from God (2nd Corinthians 1:3-11). They faithfully pass along to others what God has given to them. A comfort that stabilizes the mind, strengthens the will, makes glad the heart and puts a new song on the lips.

Below are some of Christ's best gifts to His people when they are undergoing affliction and heartache, suffering and agony. His Spirit comes alongside the suffering saint and steadies the breaking heart, strengthens that breaking heart, and brings fresh courage and joy to that breaking heart.

L. B. Cowman, STREAMS IN THE DESERT; Zondervan
A classic written by the wife of a missionary society who lost her husband early in her life and who herself faced many heartaches. This collection of daily readings was first published in 1926 and has been kept in print ever since because it is so good. A classic of comfort and peace to be read and reread many times. Highly recommended.

Sharon Betters, TREASURES IN DARKNESS; P & R
Sharon lost her son in an auto accident. This records her grief, pain, rage and struggle until finally settling down in the grace of God. When the fiery dart feels like a fiery harpoon, she has real and biblical help.

John Flavel, FACING GRIEF: COUNSEL FOR
MOURNERS; Banner of Truth--Puritan pastor/ theologian/counselor/author, Flavel excels at helping the believer deal with their grief AND NOT GIVE INTO EXCESSIVE GRIEF when the incident at hand does not become life defining. Highly recommended.

Donald Howard, CHRISTIANS GRIEVE TOO; Banner of
Truth booklet--Pastor Howard begins with the self-discovery that he was ready for his wife's passing, they had battled her cancer together for a decade. He was ready for her death. He was not ready for his own grief. This tells how he grieved and found help when it became too much.

James Packer, A GRIEF SANCTIFIED; Crossway--tells
the story of Puritan pastor Richard Baxter's grief at the loss of his dear wife and how he was helped to finally deal with it. A treasure by a past Puritan and a modern one.

Nancy Guthrie, HOLDING ON TO HOPE; Tyndale
Nancy Guthrie went through great loss and was at her wits end. What God taught her from His Word in the darkness she shares with us today. This awful thing need not be 'life-defining' but can be a means of growth in the grace and knowledge of God.

Nancy Guthrie, ONE YEAR BOOK OF HOPE; Tyndale
A daily devotional that helps the reader keep their eyes on Christ and His Word for a whole year.

Jerry Bridges, TRUSTING GOD (Even When Life Hurts);
NavPress--one could title this book, "Lessons I Learn Walking the Floor at Night While My Wife was Dying of Cancer". Jerry clearly and warmly shows that God is sovereign and nothing overcomes Him; God is omniscient and He misses nothing; He is holy and nothing sinful tempts Him to treat us badly and He is loving and all things work together for the good for those who are His. Meant to be savored and applied.
A real sanity saver!

Ronn Dunn, WHEN HEAVEN IS SILENT; Christian
Literature Crusade--on Thanksgiving Day, 1975, Ron and Kay Dunn's oldest son committed suicide. He confessed that that was the last good day he had for ten full years. And he was making his living as a conference speaker across the South and in other nations. He learned to stop asking the "Why?" questions and started asking the "What next?" questions. He learned that God prepared him for this great test and as any good teacher does, does not talk to the student when they are taking the test. You take the test and see what you have learned. Pastor Dunn reached the same conclusions as Jerry Bridges but walks longer in your shoes of misery before coming to the right answers.

May the God of all peace give you peace and joy again in believing.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

Come Visit me at my website... www.thelogcollege.wordpress.com
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WHAT TO MAKE OF THE "YOUNG, RESTLESS AND REFORMED" CALVINISTS ?

Steve,
I would greatly appreciate your insight regarding the book " Young , restless , Reformed " By Colin Hansen.

I find myself very concerned with this " New Calvinism vs. Old Calvinism " issue that seems to be at the forefront of many ministries today. I am amazed at the men who are the leaders in the " New " camp. The term " Strange bedfellows " describes those who have various backgrounds and supposedly different doctrinal beliefs that now find their fellowship with some that they enjoy ministering with.

Maybe I am just getting old but I am thankful that I believe in the " Old Paths."

Soli Deo Gloria.

Dear Fred,

Thank you for your good question. Your concerns are mine too. There are many angles of the "new Calvinism" that I do not approve of nor find helpful.

Recent charges of antinomianism, legalism, celebrity driven and without a doctrine of the church come to mind easily.

However Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, the Chancellor of the RTS campuses, contributed to Joel Beeke's study on
CALVIN FOR TODAY, Reformation Heritage, 2011. Dr. Duncan's article was on the rise of the new Calvinism and what are we to make of it and where did it come from. I thought it was brilliant. He cites what he believes are 9 reasons Calvinism has reappeared with such vigor. He concludes with how older, confessionally Calvinistic churches and leaders should view the new Calvinism. He makes a strong case that we should seek to reach out to them with humility, acknowledge what is good that they have rediscovered and remind them that God has taught us too and we would like to encourage them with what God has taught us.

Duncan believes they are a generation without fathers and they are quick to sense rejection and disengagement. We must seek to help these men grow in grace without accepting their weak theology along the way.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin



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BIBLE STUDY THAT IS EDIFYING FOR BELIEVERS AND EVANGELISTIC TOO ?

06/19/2014

Hi Steve,
What recommendations do you have for an adult bible study that would be substantial and hold interest for believers and, at the same time, have a strong evangelistic focus for unconverted participants? Or is that a "bridge" that hasn't yet been built?
Thanks,

Pat


Pat,

Thank you for your good question.

I like the following studies for the two goals you mentioned above:

R. C. Sproul, THE HOLINESS OF GOD; Tyndale
I have used the six 30 minute videos along with
an evangelistic booklet like ULTIMATE QUESTIONS
as the seventh study. There is a study guide for
the six videos. The kind of Being God is determines
the rest of reality, "religious" or not. I called this
study WHAT IS GOD LIKE ? and confronted them
with the God who Is. You can tweak the material
and adjust it for what you want to accomplish.

I am sure that there are others out there but none
came to mind.

I am sorry it took me a couple of days to reply but I was out of town for a week with little access to a computer.

May the Lord bless your study.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin



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A HARMONY OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST

05/18/2014

Pastor Martin,
Is there any work devoted exclusively to organizing and plotting out, step by step, the path our Savior took during his public ministry? I'm interested in a work that diagrams and correlates the gospel narrative accounts according to his travels.
Thank you
Abram


Abram,

Thank you for your important question. Yes, devoted Bible Scholars have laid out a chronology of the gospels and the early life of our Lord (and the New Testament).

I can recommend to you the following. Some are in
print...

Lorraine Boettner, A HAMONY OF THE GOSPELS; P & R
Foundational.

Alfred Edersheim, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS THE
MESSIAH; Zondervan/Hendrickson--a believing Jew
of the 19th century makes you feel like you are in
ancient Palestine as he follows the path of our Lord.

...and some have gone out of print....

A HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS (NIV or NASB)

A. T. Robertson, A HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS

These should get you started and lead you to more sources.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin


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BOOKS I WOULD RECOMMEND ON HERMENEUTICS

05/17/2014

Pastor Martin,
While I have several works on the topic of homiletics I'd appreciate a few recommendations from you by authors either ancient or modern or perhaps both whose works are extant. I'm seeking works to recommend to a young man preparing for pastoral ministry.
Thank you -
Abram


Abram,

Thank you for the good question about homiletics.

Here are my recommendations:

1. Arthur W. Pink, PROFITING FROM THE WORD;
Banner of Truth--Pink as the questions that other
authors on hermeneutics do not--are you seeking
to apply what you learn?

2. R. C. Sproul, KNOWING SCRIPTURE; InterVarsity
Press--classic Sproul--easy to read & understand
AND great content.

3. Scott Duvall and Daniel Hays, GRASPING GOD'S
WORD; Zondervan--THE BEST PLACE FOR A
BEGINNER TO BEGIN. Step by step with many
good illustrations.

4. Duvall and Hays, GRASPING GOD'S WORD WORK-
BOOK; Zondervan--ditto!

5. Bernard Ramm, PROTESTANT BIBLICAL
INTERPRETATION; Baker--classic study, particularly
on the history of interpretation.

6. Dan McCartney and Charles Clayton, LET THE
READER UNDERSTAND; P & R--best recent study
of how to study and understand the Bible!

7. Graeme Goldsworthy, GOSPEL-CENTERED
HERMENEUTICS; InterVarsity Press--helps the
reader follow the scarlet thread of Christ and His
gospel through the whole Bible.

8. Frank X. Braun, ENGLISH GRAMMAR FOR
LANGUAGE STUDENTS; University of Michigan--out
of print but available on the Internet. A short
booklet that helps student remember English
grammar. If they do not understand English
grammar, they will not understand their Bibles.

9. T. David Gordon, WHY JOHNNY CAN'T PREACH; P &
R--the reason is that though Pastor Johnny can
read he has never be trained to read a text SO,
he approaches the Bible like the newspaper and
looks for what is lying around on the surface.

10. John Wilmot, INSPIRED PRINCIPLES OF
PROPHETIC INTERPRETATION; Reiner Publications--
(with a highly commendatory forward by Dr. Martyn
Lloyd-Jones on why evangelicals need to read this
book and learn from it. (Out of print but available
on the Internet)

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin


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COMMENTARIES ON DEUTERONOMY UPHOLDING MOSAIC AUTHORSHIP

05/15/2014

What recent commentaries on Deuteronomy defend Moses as the author against the JEDP theory?
Adam

Adam,

Thank you for your question. I recommend

Allan Harman, DEUTERONOMY; Christian Focus

Daniel Block, DEUTERONOMY; B & H

They should serve you well.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

See my e-book (21ST CENTURY COMMENTING ON COMMENTARIES) on my website:
WWW.THELOGCOLLEGE.WORDPRESS.COM

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BOOK FOR A BRIGHT YOUNG GRADUATE ABOUT BUSINESS

Dear Pastor Steve,
I hope this letter finds you well. I need some help finding a book for a friend. To try and give you an idea of the kind of book I'm looking for first let me tell you some facts about the person. It will be a graduation gift. He is graduating from home school and he has been dual enrolled in college majoring in business (he's already accrued 60 college credit hours). He's a bright young man and he's also team leader at Chick-Fil-A. Therefore I'm looking for a good sold Christian book on leadership & business. What book do you think would fit this situation?
Thanks,
Justin


Justin,

Thank you for your good question. Let me recommend the following:

Wayne Grudem, BUSINESS TO THE GLORY OF GOD;
Crossway--a great book on a neglected subject.

J. C. Ryle, THOUGHTS FOR YOUNG MEN; various--
Perennial favorite on being a man of God when
you are young and therefore an instrument in the
Redeemer's hands.

Kevin DeYoung, THE HOLE IN OUR HOLINESS;
Crossway--speaks to the under 30 generation on
God's call on our lives to holiness.

Matt Redmund, THE GOD OF THE MUNDANE; everyday life lived to the glory of God--even if you are not a superstar Christian but just a normal Christian.

May the Lord bless your giving a book to this young man...and bless you for doing it.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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BOOKS FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN GRIEVING A DEATH

05/12/2014

Greetings,
A friend who is a mother with young children is grieving because her best friend, also a mother with young children, died suddenly. She asked me if I could recommend any books to help the little ones in both families. I am not certain of the spiritual condition of either family, but I want to use this opportunity to offer them true hope. I found a couple titles online that seem to write from a biblical perspective, but I haven't seen them and want to make sure these families find rest in the gospel. Any suggestions? Thank you so much!! Megan

Megan,

Nancy Guthrie has written several books on traumatic loss. She has lost children. The material below is for adults, who must then break it into bites for the children.

WHEN YOUR FAMILY HAS LOST A LOVED ONE

BE STILL MY SOUL

ONE YEAR BOOK OF HOPE

HEARING JESUS SPEAK

CHILD CENTERED BOOKS by other authors:

Randy Alcorn, HEAVEN FOR KIDS--for children

Larry Libby, SOMEDAY HEAVEN--for children

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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