Preaching by Ear: Speaking God’s Truth from the Inside Out Book Cover Preaching by Ear: Speaking God’s Truth from the Inside Out

Weaver Book Company
October 1, 2014

According to Kenton Anderson, professor of homiletics at ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University, this volume represents "a powerful tool" because it offers a new (actually old) model of preaching. For centuries, preaching has been shaped from a literary standpoint (i.e., reading, writing, outlining, and displaying sermons), but a premodern method of oral preparation and delivery has largely been forgotten. Preaching by Ear hearkens back to an earlier era when sermons were rooted inside the preacher and moved out in a natural and powerful way.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Preaching by Ear: Speaking God’s Truth from the Inside Out (Weaver Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I love this book!” Reviewer: Ben Toh Rating: 5 Stars

Preaching by Ear is truly an interesting and helpful book.” Reviewer: Mike Boling Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend reading Preaching By Ear if you are a pastor looking at various methods for preaching.”  Reviewer: Beth Saathoff Rating: 3 Stars

Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church Book Cover Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church
Weaver Book Company
November 11, 2014
Models of biblical preaching of Philippians by veteran preacher and teacher of preachers provides a model of preaching using a combination of solid scholarly study, fidelity to the meaning and intent of the biblical author, oral clarity, contemporary relevance, humor, and creativity. “Pastors who plan on preaching through any of these biblical books,” says Sunukjian, “could be drawn to these sermons as models or as stimulating prompters for their own messages.”

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church Series (Weaver Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This is a work I would happily recommend to anyone wanting to go deeper into the book of Philippians.” Reviewer: Paul Horne Rating: 4 Stars

“These sermons will help both preachers and congregants grow in their faith and their knowledge of God’s Word.” Reviewer: Louis Zinc Rating: 5 Stars

“I liked the small sermon series that the author has presented here and I look forward to reading the rest in the series.”Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson Rating: 5 Stars

“I would recommend this to anyone wanting to have more insight into the book of Philippians, those who may teach a Bible study, and of course this would be a great help to pastors.” Reviewer Maryann Bell Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book foremost to pastors but also to all who want to better understand the book of James and its message of perseverance.” Reviewer: Mike Boling Rating: 5 Stars

“If you have a library for sermon preparation, or a library full of books for devotional study, this book will make a great addition to it.”   Reviewer: Donna Safford Rating: 4 Stars

“If you preach or teach, this is a volume to have at your side.” Reviewer: Dave Marrandette Rating: 4 Stars

“I enjoyed these messages and would recommend them to other.” Reviewer: Shawn Covington Rating: 3 Stars

“I recommend this book as a secondary resource to a pastor who is working through Philippians and as a devotional book to a lay person who is studying Philippians on their own.” Reviewer: Jeremy Horneck Rating: 4 Stars

Invitation to James makes excellent devotional reading.” Reviewer: David Hodges Rating: 5 stars

“This is a very helpful book for preachers and lay Christians.” Reviewer: Conrade Yap Rating: 5 Stars

“This is an edifying, spiritual growth book that can be used as a devotional or even assist in sermon preparation.” Reviewer: Theron St. John Rating: 4 Stars

Salt, Light and Cities on Hills by Melvin TinkerIs it possible to co-ordinate evangelism and social action in such a way that it reflects faithfully the pattern of the New Testament; enabling each to reinforce the other while avoiding the extremes of exclusive gospel proclamation on the one hand and the collapsing of evangelism into social action on the other? How has the present situation of tension and controversy amongst evangelicals on this issue come about? Are there lessons which we can learn from our evangelical forebears? How does what they believed and acted contrast with their 21st century theological offspring? What might a biblically shaped and theologically informed co-ordination between evangelistic activity and social action look like on the ground in 21st century Britain? These are some of the questions Melvin Tinker explores in this book in the hope of moving beyond caricatured, entrenched positions to a better rounded and clearly recognizable evangelical appreciation.

The work of leaders such as John Stott and Tim Keller are considered in this new book. Passages from Isaiah and the Sermon on the Mount are given careful consideration and practical examples from the author’s own ministry in Hull are given. This is a book that is both readable and important for all who are looking at the shape of evangelism in Britain today.

This is a book that is both readable and important for all who are looking at the shape of evangelism in Britain today.

Praise for Salt, Light and Cities on Hills:

“This excellent book provides not only a succinct and thorough overview of the major issues, but also outstandingly helpful reflection on the key Biblical texts. Written by a church leader, and therefore a practitioner, it is full of useful material. I recommend it most highly for anyone wanting to think seriously about the relationship between the Gospel and social action.”
-William Taylor, Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate, London

“Tinker’s book shakes up settled patterns of thinking about evangelism and social responsibility. And a good thing, too! His clear-eyed understanding of the gospel, invigorating exegesis, and a seasoned outlook enable him to bring clarity and insight to this discussion. I very much appreciate his work.”
-David F. Wells Distinguished Research Professor Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

About Melvin Tinker:
Melvin Tinker has served as Vicar of St John Newland since 1994, Melvin read Theology at Oxford University and trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall. He has previously been curate at Wetherby Parish Church, Chaplain to Keele University and vicar of All Hallows, Cheadle. As well as speaking around the country and abroad, Melvin is the author of over fifty published articles dealing with a wide range of subjects relating to ethics and theology. He is also the author of several books, including, ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ (CFP), ‘Reclaiming Genesis’ (Monarch) and ‘Intended for Good- The Providence of God’ (IVP).

Book Information:

  • EP Books
  • ISBN:  9781783970438
  • Page Count: 129

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: December 29, 2014 – January 4, 2015
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi eBook (Kindle), & .epub eBook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and

Christian BioethicsLiving in an era of highly technical medicine is comforting and sometimes confusing. How should Christians make life and death decisions? How do we move from an ancient text like the Bible to twenty-first-century questions about organ transplantation, stem-cell research, and human cloning? What kind of care do we owe one another at the end of life? Is euthanasia a Christian option?

Using a dialogue format, an ethicist and physician talk about how to think about thorny ethical issues. Combining their backgrounds in medicine and theology, they deal with real-life moral questions in an accessible way. C. Ben Mitchell and D. Joy Riley let readers eavesdrop on their conversation about the training of doctors, the interpretation of the Bible, and controversial issues like abortion, assisted-suicide, genetic engineering, and in vitro fertilization.

The book examines these topics under three general headings: the taking of life, the making of life, and the faking of life. Christian Bioethics is a guidebook for pastors, health care professionals and families—anyone facing difficult decisions about health care.

About the Authors:

C. Ben Mitchell is Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and an ordained minister with pastoral experience. He received his Master of Divinity degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in Medical Ethics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

D. Joy Riley, M.D., M.A. (Bioethics), is Executive Director of The Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture in Brentwood, Tennessee, and also serves as ethics consultant for a Nashville, Tennessee, area hospital. Board certified in internal medicine, her writing and lecture topics include medical ethics, organ transplantation ethics, stem cell research, genetics, and assisted reproductive technologies.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: B&H Academic
  • ISBN:  9781433671142
  • Page Count: 224

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: December 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and

Does the concept of loving law sound strange to you—like two things that just don’t go together? Christians today often don’t want to read about law because they would rather revel in gospel and grace. Yet the Bible clearly links law with love, a connection we see in Psalm 119. In these insightful meditations, author Glenda Mathes sheds light on this “long psalm that often gets short shrift.” A closer look at Psalm 119, in particular, and several other psalms and Old and New Testament passages encourages readers to discover the delight of God’s written Word and rejoice in loving His law.

Praise for Discovering Delight:

“This collection of meditations on loving God’s law by Glenda Mathes is a jewel. Mathes’s primary aim is to encourage her readers to discover delight in God’s law and commandments, especially as this is expressed in Psalm 119. She fulfills this aim admirably in a series of brief meditations, each of which brims with helpful insights into the riches of the good gift of God’s holy law. While Mathes observes that ‘loving law clashes in modern ears like clanging cymbals,’ her meditations invite the reader to joy in God and His good commandments.”
— Cornelis Venema, president and professor of doctrinal studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary

“Discovering Delight focuses on a timely subject, the relationship a Christian has with God’s law, in an accessible way. If you like the idea of daily devotionals but wish they went a little deeper, this is the book for you. Glenda Mathes offers a commendable style of commentary-meets-personal-devotional. She provides the context, meaning, and personal application of Scripture that will lead the reader to greater pleasure and true joy in God’s law.”
— Aimee Byrd, author of Housewife Theologian and cohost of the Mortification of Spin podcast.

About Glenda Mathes:
Glenda Mathes is an author and editor who lives with her husband near Pella, Iowa. They have four adult children, two of whom are married, and five grandsons.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN:  9781601783523
  • Page Count: 160

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: December 15-21, 2014
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi eBook (Kindle), & .epub eBook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and