Author: Philo of Alexandria
Philo of Alexandria, a Hellenized Jew also called Judaeus Philo, is a figure that spans two cultures, the Greek and the Hebrew. When Hebrew mythical thought met Greek philosophical thought in the first century B.C.E. it was only natural that someone would try to develop speculative and philosophical justification for Judaism in terms of Greek philosophy. Thus Philo produced a synthesis of both traditions developing concepts for future Hellenistic interpretation of messianic Hebrew thought, especially by Clement of Alexandria, Christian Apologists like Athenagoras, Theophilus, Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and by Origen. He may have influenced Paul, his contemporary, and perhaps the authors of the Gospel of John (C. H. Dodd) and the Epistle to the Hebrews (R. Williamson and H. W. Attridge). In the process, he laid the foundations for the development of Christianity in the West and in the East, as we know it today.
Author: Archibald Hodge
The senior editor of “The Presbyterian Banner” contacted Hodge, requesting him to write this work in late 1866. He asked Hodge to write a series of articles to defend the orthodox Reformed position on the atonement. Hodge decided to expand upon his articles, and the following year in 1867, “The Atonement” hit the presses.
This work is not intended for the beginner in theology. Hodge assumes a working knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, and he uses precise theological terminology often, frequently without definitions. Start by reading the chapter “Person of Christ” in Charles Hodge’s “Systematic Theology” (Part 3, chapter 3) and A.A. Hodge’s chapter “The Atonement: Its Nature, Necessity, Perfection and Extent” in “Outlines of Theology” (Chapter 25). These will provide the student with a foundation on which to build with this magnificent work on the atonement.
Author: Jonathan Edwards
This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare’s finesse to Oscar Wilde’s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim’s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.
Jake Colsen, an overworked and disillusioned pastor, happens into a stranger who bears an uncanny resemblance (in manner) to the apostle John. A number of encounters with John as well as a family crisis lead Jake to a new understanding of what his life should be like: one filled with faith bolstered by a steady, close relationship with the God of the universe. Facing his own disappointment with Christianity, Jake must forsake the habits that have made his faith rote and rediscover the love that captured his heart when he first believed.
Compelling and intensely personal, SO YOU DON’T WANT TO GO TO CHURCH ANYMORE relates a man’s rebirth from performance-based Christianity to a loving friendship with Christ that affects all he does, thinks, and says. As John tells Jake, “There is nothing the Father desires for you more than that you fall squarely in the lap of his love and never move from that place for the rest of your life.”
Author: J. C. Arnold
In Why Forgive? Arnold lets the untidy experiences of ordinary people speak for themselves–people who have earned the right to talk about forgiving.
Some of these stories deal with violent crime, betrayal, abuse, hate, gang warfare, and genocide. Others address everyday hurts: the wounds caused by backbiting, gossip, conflicts in the home, and tensions in the workplace. The book also tackles what can be the biggest challenge: forgiving ourselves.
Author: Søren Kierkegaard
Provocations contains a little of everything from Kierkegaard’s prodigious output: his famously cantankerous (yet wryly humorous) attacks on what he calls the “mediocre shell” of conventional Christianity, his brilliantly pithy parables, his wise (and witty) sayings. Most significantly, it brings to a new generation a man whose writings pare away the fluff of modern spirituality to reveal the basics of the Christ-centered life: decisiveness, obedience, and recognition of the truth.
Author: Vincent Cheung
This is a collection of articles on Christian philosophy and apologetics. It answers a number of objections raised by some professing Christians against biblical metaphysics, epistemology, and apologetics. It is a corrective to both evidentialism and counterfeit presuppositionalism. Chapters include: “Occasionalism and Empiricism,” “The Fatal Maneuver,” “Professional Morons,” “Power Apologetics,” and “The Preacher Speaks Philosophy.”
Author: Sir William M. Ramsay
Sir William M. Ramsay (1851-1939) served as the first professor of classical art and archaeology at Oxford University. At the turn of the century, he engaged in extensive exploration of the antiquities of Turkey and contributed to the study of classical archaeology, geography, and New Testament studies. He is the author of many books, including historical commentaries on Galatians, First Corinthians, and the Pastoral Epistles.
Author: R. C. Sproul
How do I pray? How do I study the Bible? How do I worship? How do I serve? How do I become a good steward? These are the questions every Christian should be asking. The answers are what every Christian needs to know. In Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow, acclaimed theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul guides his readers through the basic training of Christianity and reveals the five most vital fundamentals of the Christian faith: Prayer, Worship, Service, Study, and Stewardship.
Author: Courtney Joseph
Courtney Joseph shares how we can apply each of the virtues listed in Proverbs 31 in our day-to-day lives. This eBook (PDF version) is available free for subscribers of Women Living Well. There is also a free video series that goes along with the book.
Author: A. W. Tozer
To have found God and still to pursue Him is a paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religious person, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux stated this holy paradox in a musical four-line poem that will be instantly understood by every worshipping soul:
We taste Thee, O Thou Living Bread,
And long to feast upon Thee still:
We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead
And thirst our souls from Thee to fill.
Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. Let A. W. Tozer’s pursuit of God spur you also into a genuine hunger and thirst to truly know God.
Author: Thomas A Kempis
The Imitation of Christ discusses liberation from worldly inclinations, recollection as a preparation for prayer, the consolations of prayer, and the place of eucharistic communion in a devout life. With its simple, readable text, this translation will appeal to new readers as well as to those already familiar with this religious classic.
If a man tells you that he is fond of the Imitation, view him with sudden suspicion; he is either a dabbler or a saint…Heaven help us if we find easy reading in the Imitation of Christ — Ronald Knox None, I believe, except the Bible, has been so universally read and loved by Christians of all tongues and sects — Thomas Carlyle The most influential devotional book in Western Christian history — Professor John van Engen
Author: George Foxe
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, is a work of Protestant history and martyrology by John Foxe, first published in English in 1563 by John Day. It includes a polemical account of the sufferings of Protestants under the Catholic Church, with particular emphasis on England and Scotland. The book was highly influential in those countries, and helped shape lasting popular notions of Catholicism there. The book went through four editions in Foxe’s lifetime and a number of later editions and abridgements, including some that specifically reduced the text to a Book of Martyrs.
Author: Regina Clarinda
On a lovely Tuesday morning, July 19th 2011, while I was having a quiet time with God, the Lord Jesus visited me for the first time. It was a beautiful encounter. He told me that He would visit me again a week later from then, and He would see me for seven consecutive days. As He had promised, a week later, He visited me again. Jesus continued to visit me in the following days, until seven days were through. Each day the Lord brought me into the spiritual realm and showed me wondrous and astounding things. He showed me many things, including the secrets of the end of time.
The Lord told me to write it all down in a book. “My daughter,” He said, “The book will illuminate the hearts of many people. It will be read around the world. Many hearts will be renewed and faith will be rejuvenated.” I believe it will happen as He said. This book you are reading right now is filled with Divine revelations, messages, and warnings. There are revelations regarding the end of time, as well as revelations about the dangers threatening mankind in the spirit realm. God loves us so much that He wants to warn us about these dangers that have destroyed the faith of many believers. He wants to make us aware of these things, and equip us, so we will know what we are supposed to do when facing these dangers. Our loving Creator wants us to keep walking in the path of righteousness because He longs for us to see Him one day. He longs for us to live with Him throughout all of eternity. God wants to bless us with eternal life, joy, and love. He wants us to hold on to our faith in Him no matter what our circumstances, or what people around us have to say. God wants us to stand firm in the faith and remain vigilant in our Christian walk, as the days are evil.
This book will help and encourage you to do so. I pray that when you read through this book, you may experience love and serenity in Jesus Christ. May this book brings you closer to our loving Savior. I pray that it will not only touch your heart, but that it will transform your life as well.
Author: Angelena Jackson
The Church should be the salt of the world, but somewhere along the way, we traded
our salt for fame and fortune. Some of our modern churches look more like a nightclub
than a house of prayer.
As long as the pastor is talking about getting blessed, the people
are dancing in the aisles and running to the altar to throw money at him like he’s some
strip dancer. It’s quite a spectacle, but I can understand their confusion because some of
our pastors seem to be more interested in entertaining than they are in preaching the Word
Yes, I said it. It’s time for somebody to say something so it might as well be me.
Author: Matthew Henry
The commentaries by Matthew Henry retail for various prices depending on where you purchase and what format you get it in.
This will deliver a PDF version that can be read on phone, tablet, or computer.
Author: Alfred Edersheim
Alfred Edersheim (March 7, 1825 – March 16, 1889) was a Jewish convert to Christianity and a Biblical scholar known especially for his book The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah (1883).
This volume is a classic for many amateur Bible scholars. It was once a seminary must-read. My first hard back copy was given to me by a retired pastor. This book will help you understand the life styles and context of the time and atmosphere that Jesus lived in.
Author: John Piper
Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him.
Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.
Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist’s abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus—not only as our Lord and Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure.
Authors: David Mathis & Jonathan Parnell
Seminary can be thrilling, with the potential to inspire and equip church leaders for a lifetime of faithful ministry. But it’s not without its risks. For many who have ignored the perils, seminary has been crippling. But with an extra dose of intentionality, and God’s help, this season of preparation can invigorate your affections for Jesus.
How to Stay Christian in Seminary takes a refreshingly honest look at the seminarian’s often-neglected devotional life, offering real-world advice for students eager to survive seminary with a flourishing faith.
Author: Johann Christoph Arnold
In Sex, God, and Marriage, Arnold addresses the pain resulting from broken relationships and the misuse of sexual intimacy. He provides fresh biblical insights into critical issues including the sacredness of sex, the struggle against temptation, the decision to remain single or to marry, child rearing, and divorce and remarriage. Sex, God, and Marriage offers hope, healing, and a new beginning to those who have experienced discouragement or failure.
Sex, God, and Marriage carries a Foreword by Mother Teresa and was formerly titledA Plea for Purity. Also available, a free study guide to facilitate group discussion or personal study.
Author: M. G. Easton
Easton’s Bible Dictionary provides informative explanations of histories, people and customs of the Bible. An excellent and readily understandable source of information for the student and layperson. One of Matthew George Easton’s most significant literary achievements.
The first edition was published in 1893  and a revised edition was published the following year. The most popular edition, however, was the third, which was published in 1897, three years after Easton’s death. The last contains nearly 4,000 entries relating to the Bible from a 19th-century perspective. Many of the entries in Easton’s are encyclopedic in nature, though there are also short dictionary-like entries.
Author: John Piper
At Desiring God, one of our most accessed pages online is a set of questions John Piper put together for couples preparing for marriage (chapter 1 in this eBook). There is some of the typical stuff—like friends and entertainment and lifestyle and children—but many have found that John’s way of putting the question helps get right at some pretty deep stuff.
And then there’s the questions about theology, worship and devotion, and the roles of husband and wife—questions that far too many couples don’t think to ask. When preparing for marriage, or even in just beginning to consider it, it is of immense help to have the perspective not only of a seasoned husband of over 40 years, but also a seasoned pastor and theologian.