James the Just Presents Applications of Torah: A Messianic Commentary Book Cover James the Just Presents Applications of Torah: A Messianic Commentary

Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources
Jul 15, 2012
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When we view Ya'acov (James) for who he was: a chief rabbi, a Torah scholar, a Bible commentator, and akin to a high court judge, then we can better understand the purpose of his book. One of the main thrusts of Ya'acov's teaching is encouraging the practical application of the Torah's teachings.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for James the Just Presents Applications of Torah: A Messianic Commentary (Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I recommend this book to those interested in the Jewish background to the New Testament.”  Reviewer: Val Belley Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a great tool for pastors, seminary students, and all believers who wish to grasp what James was saying to that first century audience and how those truths relate to us today.”  Reviewer: Michael Boling Rating: 5 Stars

“I greatly enjoyed this book.” Reviewer: Tina Garrett Rating: 5 stars

“I recommend this book to those interested in the Jewish background to the New Testament.” Reviewer: Karen Lyons Rating: 4 Stars

“”This is an interesting and enlightening study on the Book of James.”  Reviewer: James Pate Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book to those interested in the Jewish background to the New Testament.” Reviewer: Debbie White Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a helpful book.”  Reviewer: Conrade Yap Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a helpful book I plan on reading again.” Reviewer: Josh Wolf Rating: 3 Stars

“This is one of those commentaries that makes you stop and read … slowly.” Reviewer: Martin Pitcher Rating: 4 Stars

“Those who appreciate unwrapping the truth of biblical intent through its original language, and in it’s original background will truly appreciate this book.”  Reviewer: Xi Ming Rating: 4 stars

Preaching by Ear by Dave McClellanAccording 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 pre-modern method of oral preparation and delivery largely has 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.

Table of Contents:
Prologue
Part 1: Preparing the Preacher
1. Something Old, Something New
2. The Wise Preacher: Augustine’s Homiletic
3. Baloney: Why We Trust Some Speakers and Dismiss Others
4. Quintilian: A Surprising Preaching Tutor

Part 2: Developing an Orally Based Model of Preaching
5. Why God Is Partial to the Spoken Word
6. Tongue before Text: Introduction to Orality
7. Finding the Sermon That’s “Already There”
8. Swallowing the Word: Building a Sermon Inside You
9. Going Off Script: The Internalized Sermon in the Live Room

Praise for Preaching by Ear:

“McClellan understands the embodied miracle of communication, in which speech reaches from the vocal chambers and mind of the speaker to the ear and interiority of the listener, heart speaking to heart. In the authenticity of his preaching life, he also knows the commitment of putting one’s whole life at the service the Word. In his scholarship, Pastor McClellan has paid forward his understanding of the arts of rhetoric and his love of the preaching life to hundreds of preachers—and I am one of them. Like Cicero and Augustine, and with the clarity of seasoned insight, McClellan knows how to teach, to delight, to persuade.”
—Gregory Heille, O.P., Professor of Homiletics, Aquinas Institute of Theology, Past President, Academy of Homiletics

“Sermons are delivered orally, so why should they be conceived and gestated in literacy? Using Augustine, Plato, Aristotle, and especially Quintilian, Preaching by Ear explores the art and science of orality. Homiletics owes much to classical rhetoric, and McClellan continues to show us why. He challenges us to live lives of curiosity and worship, study and pray ourselves deep into the text, ‘map’ (not outline) the sermon, practice aloud, and then step out in faith without the safety net (or is it a straightjacket?) of written notes. Written by a pastor and scholar, Preaching by Ear will inform and challenge you.”
—Jeffrey D. Arthurs, Professor of Preaching and Communication; Chair, Division of Practical Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

About Dave McClellan:
Dave McClellan is senior pastor of The Chapel at Tinkers Creek in Streetsboro, Ohio, and an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and John Carroll University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Grace College and a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary before completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Communication from Duquesne University. Dave has served as an editor for Homiletics and contributed to the Journal of the Evangelical Homiletic Society, Leadership Journal, and Preaching Today. He is married to Karen and they have two grown children, Kelsey and Kyle.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Weaver Book Company
  • ISBN:  9781941337028
  • Page Count: 192

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: November 17-30, 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 Amazon.com.

Invitation to PhilippiansThis six-volume series 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.”

Titles include the following:

  • Invitation to Philippians: Building a Great Church through Humility (124 pages; $14.99)
  • Invitation to James: Persevering through Trials to Win the Crown (134 pages; $14.99)
  • Invitation to the Life of Jacob: Winning through Losing (168 pages; $14.99)
  • Invitation to Galatians (forthcoming)
  • Invitation to Joshua (forthcoming)
  • Invitation to Mark (forthcoming)

Praise for the Series:

“Preaching is the rudder of the church; it provides direction, clarity, and the raw material the Holy Spirit uses to transform lives. Every honest pastor wants to become a more powerful and effective communicator and Sunukjian’s Models of Biblical Preaching series is one of the most effective tools I know. His coaching and example have had a significant role in shaping how I teach God’s Word today and I highly recommend his work to you.”
—Chip Ingram, Senior Pastor at Venture Christian Church; Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry

“These model sermons remind us that exposition should be interesting, relevant, and at the same time thoroughly biblical. These messages should not just be read by pastors, but by anyone who wants their soul blessed by the transforming truth of the Scriptures.”
—Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor, The Moody Church

About Donald Sunukjian:
Donald R. Sunukjian holds a Ph.D. from UCLA in Speech Communication and a Th.D. in Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary, where he taught preaching for more than ten years. He is now Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, where he has taught preachers since 1996. He has also served as senior pastor for fourteen years.

Sunukjian is the author of Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance (Kregel), which is a leading textbook on the craft of preaching. It was awarded the annual preaching book award for PreachingToday.com in 2007, and it has been translated in French, Korean, and Spanish. He has contributed to The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Biblical Preaching, Bibliotheca Sacra, Walvoord: A Tribute, and The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching. Dr. Sunukjian has conducted pastors’ conferences in most metropolitan centers of the United States and maintains a regular preaching schedule.

His passion is to see God’s Word presented with accuracy, clarity, interest, and relevance. With doctorates in theology and communication and fourteen years as a senior pastor, he brings both scholarship and experience to these six expositions.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Weaver Book Company
  • Invitation to Philippians: Building a Great Church through Humility
    • ISBN: 9780989167147
    • Page Count: 124
  • Invitation to James: Persevering through Trials to Win the Crown
    • ISBN:  9781941337042
    • Page Count:  134
  • Invitation to the Life of Jacob: Winning through Losing
    • ISBN:  9781941337103
    • Page Count:  168

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: November 10-23, 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 Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Persuasive Preaching. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Persuasive PreachingMichael Dudit, executive editor of Preaching Magazine, writes in the foreword that “the reader will find in this book a valuable discussion of what persuasion really is, what the Bible has to say about it, how it is modeled in the New Testament, and what role persuasion should and should not play in our own preaching in the twenty-first century. The author has provided solid biblical content and practical guidance that will be a powerful resource for preachers and church leaders. He writes with clarity and—dare I say it?—persuasive power. I hope you will be as blessed by this book as I have been.”

Praise for Persuasive Preaching:

“Persuasive Preaching presents the biblical and practical case for persuasion that balances the inherent power of God’s Word and the ever-present power of God’s Spirit (from the divine perspective) with the expositional power of God’s preacher (from the human perspective) so that those who hear the truth of Scripture might grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. For the preacher to do less is for him to be disobedient to Scripture and attempting more is to sinfully and unsuccessfully usurp God’s role summarizes the ultimate implication of this most thorough treatise. May Overstreet’s work have a wide hearing for God’s greater glory!”
—Richard Mayhue, Executive Vice President and Dean, The Master’s Seminary

“When it comes to preaching, if you think that persuasion is unnecessary, unethical, or unbiblical, Overstreet’s case for it will make you think again. Read and weigh the evidence and I suspect you will take steps to work on persuasion in the pulpit. The lexical data alone, make this volume worth owning.”
—Greg R. Scharf, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

About R. Larry Overstreet:
R. Larry Overstreet (Ph.D., Wayne State University) is adjunct professor of the Ph.D. program at Piedmont International University. Formerly he was director of the Doctor of Ministry program and professor of pastoral theology at Corban University School of Ministry (formerly Northwest Baptist Seminary), Tacoma, WA. In addition, he was a pastor of churches in Michigan and Indiana for 17 years, and he is the author of Biographical Preaching: Bringing Bible Characters to Life.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Weaver Book Company
  • ISBN: 9781941337004
  • Page Count: 312

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: November 3-16, 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 Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Persuasive Preaching. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Tailor-made just for kids ages 5-14, this highly anticipated His Kids United volume features young voices bringing a renewed energy to holiday classics along with four contemporary originals.

Track List:

  1. Here We Come A-Caroling (Wassail Song)
  2. Light Up The World (feat. Jovany Javier)
  3. Jingle Bell Rock
  4. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  5. All I Have To Give
  6. Light of Christmas
  7. Jingle Bells
  8. No Better Holiday
  9. Away In A Manger
  10. Christmas Time Is Here
  11. I Hope This Gets To You
  12. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

About His Kids United:
His Kids United
Parents of four themselves, His Kids United founders Jimmy and Mai Swan recognized a gap in the supply of uplifting Christian music kids can truly appreciate. A labor of love transformed the best of CCM into an album with which their own children would quickly fall in love.

“Up until now, there have been no other products like His Kids United CDs,” says Jimmy Swan, executive producer of the project. “Why wouldn’t parents want to invest in positive Christian music for their children? And while the music is focusing on kids ages 5 to 14, we’re finding that young adults and even parents enjoy listening to the music, too!”

Proceeds of His Kids United Volume One CDs benefit the Dallas Neighborhood Art & Music School—also known as NAMS School of Music—where all of the tracks are recorded and produced with NAMS students performing on the series.

Swan felt it was paramount to have a consistent group of kids performing on the series, and his friendship with the school’s director, Levi Bradford, made the collaboration a natural fit.

“Kids listen to kids,” says Swan. “Parents are careful to teach their kids about ‘stranger danger.’ When an adult approaches a kid, they tend to get shy. But the minute another kid enters the room, there is an instant connection. As a parent, I want to impact my kids with spiritual messages and let them rejoice in the Lord. What is the best way to do this? Let them connect with their peers!”

“Our mission with this series is to give kids an opportunity to be encouraged, inspired and drawn to the Lord through the powerful tool of music, and give them something to relate to,” Swan says.

Album Information:

  • Publisher: His Kids United
  • Track Count: 12

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: November 3-16, 2014
  • Available Formats: MP3 Digital Download
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.