The Historic Faith eBook Sale

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To quote author Justin S. Holcomb, “Obviously, Christianity did not begin when we were born… Today’s Christianity is directly affected by what earlier Christians chose to do and to believe.”

Want to explore what earlier Christians chose to do and believe? Here is an eBook sale for you: The Historic Faith eBook Sale.

Titles in this sale include:

Church History, Volume One: From Christ to the Pre-Reformation by Everett Ferguson is 71% off. View the table of contents. Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine by Gregg R. Allison is 71% off. View a sample. The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testament within Its Cultural Context by Gary M. Burge, Lynne H. Cohick, and Gene L. Green is 74% off. View a sample. Luis de Molina: The Life and Theology of the…

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Why Should I Know the History of Christianity? Here Are 5 Reasons

Jeremy Bouma on 6 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

9780310536284_imageEdmund Burke famously said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

Perhaps there is no more urgent task for the church today than heeding these words. Ian Shaw aims to help us.

In Christianity: The Biography Shaw charts the story of Christianity from its birth and infancy among a handful of followers of Jesus Christ, through its years of development into a global religious movement, spanning continents and cultures and transcending educational and social backgrounds. Here’s why:

Understanding and preparing for the future of the church requires opening the book of its past. The biography of Christianity has not been one of constant advance and progress. In times of growth Christians should not exult overmuch; in times of decline they should not despair. (3)

Burke and…

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Top 12 Biblical-Theological Posts in 2015

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The end of the year provides us two opportunities: to remember the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to reflect upon what we’ve learned this year.

Here are 12 of this blog’s most read and talked-about posts from 2015.

These posts represent a cross-section of cutting-edge research and deep reflection on the Person and theology of the Christian faith. They also showcase a number of existing and emerging voices breathing new life into biblical and theological studies. We trust this review of the top biblical-theological articles in 2015 will inform, encourage, and enliven your faith and studies in the coming year.

#1) Did Jesus Lie? (John 7:8) – Mondays with Mounce 275

Jesus told his brothers he wasn’t going to Jerusalem for the festival…then he…

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Celebrating Reformation week, we are excited to offer a 2-day flash sale:

Systematic Theology & Historical Theology eBook FLASH SALE

You can take advantage of special pricing in two ways:




For the first time, we’ve collected together Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem, one of the best-selling systematic theology books of all time, and Historical Theology by Gregg R. Allison, a companion text to Systematic Theology that explores the history of each major Christian doctrine. Save 80% on the bundle!



Individual BooksINDIVIDUAL EBOOKS | $7.99 EACH

Systematic Theology and Historical Theology eBooks will also be on sale individually for $7.99 each. You’d save 77% and 74%, respectively.



Shop now!…

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Why Study Church History? John Woodbridge Gives an Answer

Jeremy Bouma on 3 years ago. Tagged under ,.

This question often reflects what Church historian Timothy George has called the imperialism of the present. We 21st century Christians often believe that current, modern, present ideas about God and interpretations of Scripture deserve to trump those from the past.

Thus how earlier believers have interpreted Scripture and understood the Christian faith is not only ignored, but actively overcome. And part of the resulting fallout is a belief that studying Church history is a pointless waste of time.

I've been there myself. As a young evangelical reacting to my conservative upbringing, I was quick to latch onto the latest theological morsels falling off the shelves of post-evangelicalism. Yet what I needed wasn't to reimagine the Christian faith for the present day, but to rediscover it from past days.

We need the historic Church, we need to study Church history. And John…

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“Church History, vol 2: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day” Review Giveaway

Jeremy Bouma on 3 years ago. Tagged under ,.

**UPDATE 8/30/13: Thanks to everyone who was interested in reviewing and rating this book! Congratulations to the following 25 people who were the winners in our random selection:

Erick Loh, Luke Geraty, Jim West, Jorge Roa, John Wiley, David A Booth, Craig Falvo, Paul Schultz, Christopher Nyland, Donny Friederichsen, Keith McKenzie, Nate Claiborne, Brian Hohmeier, Stephen Fulmer, Bill Mazey, Hau Tzeng Au Yeong, Warren Kelly, Daniel Thompson, Jacob Van Sickle, Bruce Shauger, Christopher Kerr, Leslie Kay Vail, John Yi, Paul A. Nierengarten, and Scott Elliott.

You will receive your review copy in the next 1-2 weeks. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the book, so be sure to leave a comment here when you are finished!

9780310257431If you have…

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Wednesday Giveaway — Church History, vol 2: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day

Jeremy Bouma on 4 years ago. Tagged under ,.

**UPDATE 8/16/13—The winner of this giveaway is Larry R., who said Athanasius was his favorite historic theologian, "because he was part of fighting for a key doctrine against much opposition." Thanks to every body else for sharing!

9780310257431It's been said that two things are responsible for our modern faith: the Holy Spirit and the Communion of Saints. Unfortunately, it's this last part that often gets sidelined, particularly in Evangelicalism.

While Christians are often schooled in the Bible, the fundamentals of Christian theology, and the historic hymns, the history of the Church and Her theology is often an afterthought.

Thankfully there's a new resource to help bring Church history back into the center of the Church's life—and today we're giving away a…

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Putting Historical Theology to the Test

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Historical Theology It's one thing to look through a book like you would browse through it in a bookstore, it's another thing altogether to put that book to the test as a tool for serious research.

Last week I spent most of Friday and Saturday working on a paper about John Calvin’s theology of baptism. I had the expected resources of course, a couple editions of the Institutes, a handful of other books by Calvin like The Secret Providence of God, and a floor covered in piles of other volumes. 

Along with these I was able to turn to Gregg Allison’s Historical Theology

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Coming Soon: Historical Theology by Gregg Allison

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Historical Theology Coming in March, students of Christian thought will have available an excellent and in depth new volume - Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine.

Written by Gregg Allison, professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, this book seeks to address the central tenets of the faith in a topical-chronological order.

Within each theological topic Dr. Allison traces the historical development that the doctrine took, examining everything from Athanasius on the Incarnation to Barth on Election.

The format should look quite familiar to those who have used Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology in the classroom or to assist personal study. This is intentional, as Historical Theology is meant to be a companion volume to Systematic Theology as well as a stand alone resource.

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