Biblical Foundations Giveaway

Andreas Kostenberger (follow on Twitter) is hosting a giveaway of his recent volume Invitation to Biblical Interpretation at his blog, Biblical Foundations.  If you’re looking for a solid book on hermeneutics, this appears to be a sure bet!  I have not worked through this particular volume, but am well acquainted with Kostenberger’s scholarship and can confidently say that his work will prove to be a blessing to you and serve you well.  CLICK HERE to be redirected to the giveaway.  Be sure to bookmark the site as well!

Here is a brief description of the the book: 

Bible scholars Andreas Kostenberger (NT) and Richard Patterson (OT) provide a textbook utilizing the “hermeneutical triad” method. This approach to interpretation is based on giving due consideration to both the historical setting and the literary context, as well the theological message.

Working through the major genres of Scripture and showing how their method applies to each one, they provide interpretive examples to guide the student in proper exegesis. In addition to the examples, each chapter concludes with exercises and assignments. Also included is a helpful “Building a Biblical Studies Library” appendix along with a four-page summary chart, presentation slides, test bank, syllabus, and illustrations.

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Old Story New: An Interview with Marty Machowski (+Giveaway)

(Giveaway details are located at the bottom of the post…)

Last Wednesday I posted about the exciting days ahead of the Old Story New Blog Tour, hosted by New Growth Press, that were to occur here on the blog.  I had every intention of posting the first week’s devotions from Old Story New, but got sidetracked with a number of other things.  One of which was our son Gresham’s first “real” bout with being ill.  Our little guy had a fever of 103-104 that lasted about 4 days along with some other not-so-pleasant symptoms.  After a Sunday evening trip to the ER and three Dr. appointments, it looks like, by God’s grace, he’s making a turn around!  Susan and I are very thankful.  So, now 5 days behind, I have some time to turn my attention to a very exciting resource for families.

Marty Machowski, Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA, has written a new family devotional on the New Testament.  In Old Story New (New Testament), the follow up to Long Story Short (Old Testament), Machowski continues to guide families into meaningful, engaging, and gospel-centered encounters with the text of Scripture.

Marty was kind enough to take time to answer a few questions about Old Story New, family devotions, salvation, the unity of the Bible’s story-line, and I’m thrilled to share his insights with you.

KF: Why do we find it so difficult to get into a devotional routine ourselves, much less for our entire family?

MM: Christians want to do devotions and spend time reading and studying their Bibles, but the busyness of life often steals away our time. When we get to the end of the day we are tired out and are looking for down time, not study time. Then when we look over to the table and catch a glimpse of a big thick Bible, we don’t know where to begin.  The same is true of our family devotions. We have a desire to lead our families in devotions but we don’t know where to start and there are a host of other activities that won’t wait for us while devotions make a claim on our time.

KF: What is typically the best time for a family to get into the routine of a daily devotional?

MM: Often the best time to do family devotions is when we don’t have to schedule another time slot. That is why doing family devotions for a few minutes after dinner works well. Everyone is sitting down to eat anyway; why not use that context to spend a short time looking at God’s Word? We see our need for earthly bread but often don’t realize our need for spiritual bread. Using a book like Old Story New makes doing devotions simple. Everything is laid out for you; all the hard work is done, you just need to follow along.

KF: What makes this devotional different than others available? Are there many resources out there for entire families?

MM: Old Story New provides families with  gospel-centered devotions that are theologically rich but simple to understand.  They are long enough to be meaningful but short enough to complete in ten minutes a day. Many other devotionals are either over simplified and lack a clear gospel message or overly complex and difficult for children to follow. Old Story New finds the middle ground.

KF: Recognizing that salvation is entirely a work of grace, what are parents to do while trusting the Lord for the salvation of their child(ren)? How does Old Story New serve parents to that end?

MM: Every Christian parent wants their children to be saved. The problem is that it is God does the saving work in our children’s lives — not us.  Embracing the reality that you can’t save your own children can be discouraging. There is, however,  something parents can do. They can share the life transforming message of the gospel. Paul, in the book of Romans, tells us that the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. So, what parents need is a tool that helps them regularly share the good news of the gospel. Old Story New does just that

KF: Why is it important for children, or anyone for that matter, to have an understanding of the grand story of the Bible? How does the Gospel Story for Kids series help parents and children develop this understanding?

MM: If you don’t have an understanding of the grand story of the Bible, it is easy to see it as a book of rules – things I need to do.  Once you understand the big picture of scripture you realize that the Bible is really a story about what God did for us. The whole Bible is the unfolding of God’s great plan of redemption through his Son Jesus Christ. Knowing that larger truth helps you to understand how each story connects to God’s greater purpose. Sure, the Bible does hold out for us obedience to God. But the requirement to follow the law is designed to show us how weak we are and how much we need a Savior. The law is not the end of the Bible but the means through which we see that we are sinners in need of a Savior. Rightly interpreting that helps  us to breathe in God’s grace in the sacrifice of Jesus, rather than feel we have to work our way to heaven. Old Story New keeps this big picture as the main theme of every week’s lesson.

I want to extend my sincere thanks to Marty for taking the time to interact with me on these important topics.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for my full review of Old Story New!

Giveaway Details

To celebrate the release of Old Story New, New Growth Press has provided me with 2 copies to give away!  To enter the giveaway, choose from any or all of the options below.  NOTE: Please leave a separate comment on this post for each option you choose.  The giveaway ends on Sunday, at 12am CDT.  I will use Random.org to select the winner on Monday, October 15th, from all the eligible entries.

EACH OPTION IS WORTH 1 ENTRY.  YOU MAY CHOOSE ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Leave a comment below, noting the resource(s) you’ve used for family devotions.  Or, if you’re single, the resource(s) you’ve used for personal devotions. (+1)
  2. Follow @kevinfiske on Twitter. (+1)
  3. Tweet the following (+1): Check out @kevinfiske’s interview w/ @MartyMachowski on his new family devo from @newgrowthpress & enter to win a copy! http://bit.ly/VS9HzT
  4. Post about the interview and giveaway on your blog (+1). (Please include a link to your post.)
  5. Share this post on Facebook. (+1)

Again, you may choose from any or all of the options above, for a maximum of 5 entries per person.  In order to gain multiple entries, you must leave separate comments for each option you complete.

I will contact the winners via email on Monday, October 15th.  Your copy of Old Story New will be sent to you directly from the kind folks at New Growth Press.  Spread the word!

Old Story New: Feature and Giveaway

As a parent, one of the things I must do when selecting biblical resources for my son/family is sift through the myriads of unhelpful material that makes up so much of Christian literature today.  Simply because something sits on the shelf in a Christian bookstore doesn’t mean that someone has already done the work of discerning the soundness of theology within.  In reality, there are excellent, Bible-saturated, doctrinally sound, and substantial resources available, but many times you just need to be a little more pro-active in your search.  In an effort to point you in the right direction, I’d like to make you aware of an exciting children’s series and its latest family devotional.

The series is Marty Machowski’s Gospel Story for Kids collection of children’s resources, published by New Growth Press.  Susan, Gresham, and I have enjoyed reading from The Gospel Story Bible.  It is truly a joy to read a children’s Bible that is thoroughly Christ-centered, redemptive-historical, and one that responsibly condenses and applies each story.  Alongside The Gospel Story Bible, Machowski has written a children’s curriculum that focuses on understanding how the Old Testament points to Christ.

Additionally, Marty has written two family devotionals.  The devotionals are designed around a 10-minute, discussion-based format.  In 2010, New Growth Press released Long Story Short, which worked its way through the Old Testament with the intent of working through the text in order to draw families closer to Christ.  This month (October, 2012) marks the release of Machowski’s New Testament devotional, Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God (New Testament).

In partnership with the generous folks at New Growth Press, over the next week-and-a-half I will be posting the first week of devotions from Old Story New, an interview with Marty, giving away 2 copies of the book, and posting my review as a part of the Old Story New Blog TourBe sure to check back tomorrow for the first excerpt and instructions as to how you can enter to win a copy of Old Story New.  You may want to subscribe via RSS or email to receive the updates automatically in your inbox or reader of choice.

In the meantime, here is a brief bio of Marty as well as some of the advance endorsements Old Story New…

BIO

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for more than twenty years. As leader of their children’s ministry, Promise Kingdom, he has worked for many years to develop curriculum and devotional material that connect church and home. His passion is equipping families to understand the Bible as one gospel story and help them share that with their children. He is the author of The Gospel Story for Kids series including Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God (OT)The Gospel Story Bible; and the Gospel Story Curriculum: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament and the forthcoming Old Story New (NT): Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God and Gospel Story Curriculum: Following Jesus in the New Testament. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

ENDORSEMENTS

“Marty Machowski has done it again! This book, along with the earlier Old Testament devotional book, Long Story Short, is another masterful devotional book for families. It is simple without being shallow. It is theologically robust without being pedantic. It is comprehensive without being overwhelming. Best of all, it is doable for busy parents with children.”
Dr. Tedd Tripp, Pastor; conference speaker; best-selling author of Shepherding a Child’s Heart
“So much of the family devotional material available today does little more than use the Bible to teach half-truths and full-out moralism. The reason my wife and I love Marty Machowski’s books and the reason they have become important resources as we seek to raise our children in ‘the discipline and instruction of the Lord,’ is their consistent focus on the big picture of the Bible’s big story. Old Story New is yet another wonderful resource that we gladly commend and look forward to reading with our children.”
Tim Challies, Author; pastor; blogger
“Marty Machowski ‘gets’ families. Even more importantly, he knows how to connect them to the Bible with simple, relatable New Testament studies that make much of Jesus in every lesson. If you want your kids to see the Savior through his Word, spend some time in this exciting new devotional.”
Dave Harvey, Church Planting and Church Care, Sovereign Grace Ministries; author of When Sinners Say I Do: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible

I use the ESV Bible as my translation of choice for personal study and devotion.  The accuracy and readability of the text, I believe, are unparalleled insofar as modern translations of the biblical text are concerned.  Moreover, the scholarly study notes, charts, tables, etc., in the Study Bible edition of the ESV are comparable to having a small theological library at your fingertips.

Every so often, I’ll post on a resource I hope to get my hands on in the near future…as well as those I think will be of great benefit to my readers.  That said, Crossway has just released a new edition of the ESV text in a single column, journaling format!  Crossway describes the updated edition of their journaling Bible, saying:

The ESV New Journaling Bible is a complete redesign of the original Journaling Bible. The Bible text is now laid out in an easy-to-follow, single-column format. Ruled lines in the extra-wide margins match up with each line of Bible text, enabling users to more easily align their notes with specific verses. With high-quality Bible paper and cover materials, the New Journaling Bible is a durable edition for anyone who wants to capture notes, prayers, or personal reflections in their Bible. (links added)

As one who tends to vigorously mark up and notate whatever I happen to be reading, this format is premium for those who, like me, take notes on jot thoughts on the text as they read.  I’ve yet to get my hands on the new addition, but I’m hoping to get a copy in the near future.  In the meantime, you can preview a sample of the interior by CLICKING HERE.

If you’re interested in grabbing a copy of the New Journaling Bible, check out the links below:

  • JOE THORN is giving away 2 copies of the New Journaling Bible over at his blog in a giveaway that ends on Wednesday, 8/22/12, at 10pm CST.
  • WTSBooks.com is offering the ESVJB, at 40% off the retail price, for $23.99.
  • Head over to Crossway’s site to see all the different editions of the ESVJB.  (Personally, I’d love a copy of the Red Edition!)

Beale on Typology

One of the most controversial and potentially difficult issues within the realm of biblical interpretation is that of typology.  How are the people, places, events, and circumstances of the Old Testament text to be interpreted and understood insofar as their connection to subsequent people, places, events, and circumstances is concerned; especially as they relate to Christ and the church?

Greg Beale, in his forthcoming book, Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation (Baker Academic, 2012), provides a helpful definition for considering that which may be properly understood as having typological significance.  He defines biblical typology as:

The study of analogical correspondences among revealed truths about persons, events, institutions, and other things within the historical framework of God’s special revelation, which, from a retrospective view, are of a prophetic nature and are escalated in meaning. (p. 14)

After defining biblical typology, he offers two helpful points of clarification regarding “escalation” and “retrospection”.

Beale notes, “By “escalation” is meant that the antitype (the NT correspondence) is heightened in some way in relation to the OT type.  For example, John 19:36 views the requirement of not breaking the bones of the Passover lamb in the OT epoch to point to a greater reality of the bones of Jesus not being broken at the crucifixion…”  Additionally, “…escalation would be the correspondence of God providing literal manna from heaven for physical sustenance and providing the manna of Christ from heaven for spiritual sustenance.”  Clarifying “retrospection”, Beale says, “By “retrospection” is meant the idea that it was after Christ’s resurrection and under the direction of the Spirit that the apostolic writers understood certain OT historical narratives about persons, events, or institutions to be indirect prophecies of Christ or the church.” [Please read the qualification Beale cites regarding the “retrospective” characteristic of biblical typology, noted in the “Comments” section.]

While some interpreters are extremely leery of deeming anything in Scripture a “type” that isn’t expressly stated as such, Beale’s definition and subsequent study promises to be handled with scholarly precision and care, and, undoubtedly, a reverence for both God and his Word.

  • WTSbooks.com has a sample chapter and audio lecture available, as well as some overall info on Beale’s forthcoming work.
  • Amazon.com has the book for a deeply discounted pre-order price of $9.67 (Reg. $17.99)
  • Baker Book House is offering the opportunity to win a copy of the book this week at their blog (Giveaway ends, Friday, August 17, 2012, at 6AM EST).  I’m hoping to win a copy myself, so I can continue the study above! 🙂

Baker Book Giveaway

Baker Academic is giving away a copy of G.K. Beale’s latest book, Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation, at their blog. The giveaway runs until Friday, August 17, at 6AM EST.  CLICK HERE to be redirected to the giveaway.

Here’s a little info about the book:

Read inside (PDFs): Sample Pages

Publisher’s Description: This concise guide by a leading New Testament scholar helps readers understand how to better study the multitude of Old Testament references in the New Testament. G. K. Beale, coeditor of the bestselling Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, focuses on the “how to” of interpreting the New Testament use of the Old Testament, providing students and pastors with many of the insights and categories necessary for them to do their own exegesis. Brief enough to be accessible yet thorough enough to be useful, this handbook will be a trusted guide for all students of the Bible.

Contents:
Introduction
1. Challenges to Interpreting the Use of the Old Testament in the New
2. Seeing the Old Testament in the New: Definitions of Quotations and Allusions and Criteria for Discerning Them
3. An Approach to Interpreting the Old Testament in the New
4. Primary Ways the New Testament Uses the Old Testament
5. Hermeneutical and Theological Presuppositions of the New Testament Writers
6. The Relevance of Jewish Backgrounds for the Study of the Old Testament in the New: A Survey of the Sources
7. A Case Study Illustrating the Methodology of This Book

208 Pages
Published September 2012

Tim Brister’s New Blog & Giveaway

Just a quick note about a blog you’ll want to subscribe to if you haven’t already…

PROVOCATIONS & PANTINGS: a blog by Tim Brister

Tim Brister is a baptist pastor, founder/director of the PLNTD Network, director of The Haiti Collective, organizer for Band of Bloggers, and creator of P2R (Partnering to Remember) and the Memory Moleskine.  He is thoughtful, gospel-centered, and a great writer.

Tim recently made the transition from a WordPress.com hosted blog to a self-hosted blog and hit some glitches with his subscriptions along the way.  In an effort to “jumpstart” his blog subscriptions at the new site, he’s offering some pretty great incentives (in the form of a giveaway) for those who will help him out.

CLICK HERE to be redirected to Tim’s blog and get the lowdown on the giveaway…

The 12 Days Before Christmas Book Giveaway!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted to the blog, and there have been a number of reasons that have contributed to that.  However, I hope in the very near future to begin posting more regularly.

Alright, on to the important stuff.  Bob Hayton and Shaun Tabatt have teamed up with some great sponsors/publishers and put together an amazing string of giveaways.  The 4th Annual 12 Days Before Christmas Book Giveaway is featuring scores of resources from such publishers as Reformation Heritage Books, P & R, New Growth Press, IVP, and many more.

I’m particularly excited about today’s giveaway as it features some outstanding gospel-centered books for children.  Why  does that excite me?  Because, Lord willing, my wife will give birth to our first child on Monday!  So, after you head over to Fundamentally Reformed to enter today’s giveaway, please say a prayer for us as we look forward to Monday!

CLICK HERE TO BE REDIRECTED TO THE GIVEAWAY!