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When Worlds Collide: Where is God?
by R.C. Sproul

In his latest book, R. C. Sproul discusses the role of God when the ideas of men collide and wreak havoc. God has not abandoned His people, says Dr. Sproul, but while His hands pour out blessing upon blessing, they also bring calamity and darkness. Dr. Sproul's analysis is challenging, but it is one that no Christian can afford to ignore. For it is only when we begin to understand the nature of God that we can ever hope to trust in His sovereignty during times of terror or sorrow. Crossway Books: $14.99

Building Strong Families
edited by Dennis Rainey

Dennis Rainey, the executive director and co-founder of Family Life, edits this selection of essays about building families in this new millennium. The essays include challenging words on issues ranging from gender roles, sexual intimacy, and raising boys and girls that will help create strong parenting mentors within the home, the church, and the community. Contributors include Steve Farrar, Susan Hunt, Robert Lewis, and John Piper. Crossway Books: $12.99

Pray Timer: Real Time For Real Prayer
by C. Thomas Wright

In Pray Timer, Dr. Wright offers practical insights about why prayer is important and why how you pray is important. The study includes very practical suggestions about how to set a regular prayer schedule, as well as challenges about who to pray for. The book is actually meant to support software that includes a database for creating a regular schedule of prayer. The software helps to manage requests from the national and international level to the church and individual level. North American Mission Board: $18.99 (Available through Lifeway)

The Glory of Christ
edited by John H. Armstrong

The Glory of Christ challenges and guides readers in looking for fresh revelation of the person of God's unique Son, Jesus Christ. Chapters are drawn from sessions given at the "Solus Christus: Rediscovering the Wonder of Christ's Glory" conference, presented by Reformation and Revival Ministries. Contributors include John Armstrong, Jim Elliff, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., and J. I. Packer. The authors believe that true revival will come only when we as God's people return to the centrality of Jesus Christ. "Recovering the wonders of Christ alone is not merely an antiquated slogan of the 16th-century Reformation," declares this book. "It is the flame which will ignite a new reformation today." Crossway Books: $14.99

Unveiling Islam
by Ergun and Emir Caner

As sons of a Muslim muazzein (Islamic cleric), the Caner brothers have first-hand knowledge of the major beliefs and daily practices of Islamic life. Now Christians, the Caners are in a unique position to present an insider's look at Muslim beliefs.

In a sympathetic yet honest presentation, the Caner brothers offer clear explanations of what is and what is not Islamic doctrine and the religion's impact on daily life. Western readers will find this candid presentation extraordinarily helpful. Kregel Publications: $12.99

Computer Study Aids

Bible Explorer 3
by Epiphany Software

Whether you are a pastor, teacher, or a new Bible student, Bible Explorer 3 is designed to save you time and broaden your horizons. Epiphany supports this claim with a total satisfaction 30 day guarantee: if it isn't everything they say it is, just return it!

Bible Explorer now includes more powerful features and improved ease of use. But it also blends the power of Windows software so seamlessly with novel Internet features that Christian Retailing magazine proclaimed "Bible Explorer takes software to a new level." (Sept. 3, '01). And Your Church magazine said that "Bible Explorer 3 from Epiphany Software exemplifies a new generation of Bible software in that it combines the richness of a personal reference library with powerful sermon preparation tools and revolutionary Internet capabilities" (Aug. '02).

Whether you want a tool for personal study and devotions, creating lessons, or sermon preparation, Bible Explorer 3 has unsurpassed capabilities. Epiphany Software: $379.95

Pastor's Library
by Logos Research Systems

This software boasts many resources for proper sermon preparation. It has more than 165 Bibles and reference works (14 translations, 3 leadership series, 4 ministry series, dictionaries, commentaries, outlines, hermeneutics, and more) transformed into your personal research assistant. Just enter a specific passage, click "Go," and you'll have your favorite resources at your fingertips! Check out www.logos.com/demo for a demonstration of the Pastor's Library. Logos Research Systems: $299.95

Research Resources

The Minor Prophets: Volumes 1& 2
by James Montgomery Boice

Volume 1 surveys Hosea through Jonah, and volume 2 covers Micah through Malachi. Both volumes offer thorough interpretation of the text in a clearly written manner that will inform and help a wide range of readers, from serious Bible students to interested laypersons. Based on messages Boice preached, these expositional commentaries explain the meaning of the text verse by verse and section by section. They also guide readers on how to apply the truths they find, as Boice relates the concerns of the text to today's world, the church, and the realities of the Christian life. Baker Books: $27.99 each

Practical Word Studies in the New Testament
by Leadership Ministries Worldwide

This is one of the most practical word study volumes available. It outlines five biblical translations, with references back to Greek and to corresponding verses. It also lists practical ways to illustrate how each word can be applied in life today. Each page is an easy to use chart format that helps you keep definitions and meanings clear. This volume is a companion to the Preacher's Outline and Sermon Study, and is also easy to use with Strong's numbering system. Each word is also referenced to the NIV Concordance and the NASB Concordance. Leadership Ministries Worldwide, 2 volumes: $99.95

The New Encyclopedia of Christian Martyrs
compiled by Mark Water

The New Encyclopedia of Christian Martyrs offers a comprehensive history of Christian martyrs from New Testament through modern times. Stories are gleaned from a variety of sources and are arranged chronologically. Historical features are interspersed throughout, describing related subjects such as tortures of first-century Christians, and providing added insight into the reasons for persecution. Other special features include Christian teaching and statements on martyrdom and persecution, as well as prayers, diaries, and famous quotations of martyrs. Baker Books: $29.99

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
edited by Thomas C. Oden

The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture does what very few of today's students of the Bible could do for themselves. With the aid of computer technology, the vast array of writings from the church fathers — including information only available in the ancient languages — have been combed for their comment on Scripture. From these results, scholars with a deep knowledge of the fathers and a heart for the church have hand selected material for each volume of this 11-volume set, shaping, annotating and introducing it to today's readers. Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church. InterVarsity Press, complete set: $440.00

A Modern Grammar for Classical Hebrew
by Duane A. Garrett

One of the few Hebrew grammar books written with the student in mind rather than the scholar, A Modern Grammar for Classical Hebrew focuses on pedagogy for the minister who needs to learn Hebrew. This book does a rapid overview of the essentials of grammar and then gets into the original text and can be easily integrated into a classroom setting. Broadman & Holman: $34.99

The Kregel Pictorial Guide to Bible History
by Tim Dowley

Bible history for the average Christian! This survey of both Old and New Testament history is packed with essential information that is both informative and interesting.

When did the Exodus take place? Who was the Roman emperor at the time of Jesus' birth? When did the Jewish exiles return to Judah? Who was king of Israel at the time of the first Olympic games?

These and many other questions are answered in this full-color book and historically accurate fold-out timeline. Along with all the important biblical dates, the timeline features many events from the contemporary world of politics and the arts making it invaluable for classroom use. Kregel Publications: $9.99

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