My Queen is Back!

I’ve just got my Queen back! She spent the last 3.5 days in Florida babysitting three of our grandchildren there so that their parents could also have some good husband-wife time. 

My Dad used to say about my Mother, “The older we get the more we need each other.” Isn’t that the truth—actually, it’s an understatement! I missed her a lot—like ¾ of me was missing; its great to feel “complete” again.

How to Cope With Unjust Criticism

We are living in extraordinary times.

Are you experiencing unjust criticism as a disciple of your Savior and Lord in the midst of these tumultuous times? Do you feel like your cross is too heavy for you to bear? You may find peace by looking to Jesus Christ who was falsely accused to the max, was even called a devil, and then was crucified live on a cross.

As you look to Him by Spirit-given grace and faith, remember four things:

  1. Remember that He said that a servant is not greater than his Lord and as they have done to Him, so they will do to you. Don’t be surprised by painful, unjust criticism.
  2. Remember to pray that the Holy Spirit will sanctify the criticism to your soul and life, fulfilling His own promise that all things will work together for good to those who love God.
  3. Remember to pray for grace to carry your end of the cross submissively and to His glory.
  4. Remember that Christ will outlast your critics and vindicate you—if not here, then hereafter.

Don’t faint. Keep on keeping on; run the race of faith by setting aside sin and by looking to Jesus, the Author and finisher of your faith (Heb. 12:1-2). I wish you a rich measure of His grace to carry your end of the heavy cross of unjust criticism.

For more on coping with criticism, see “Pastors and Their Critics: A Guide to Coping with Criticism in the Ministry,” by Nick Thompson and me. (Ninety percent of this book is applicable to any Christian facing criticism—not just pastors.)

https://www.heritagebooks.org/products/pastors-and-their-critics-a-guide-to-coping-with-criticism-in-the-ministry-beeke-thompson.html

Studies in Puritanism and Piety Journal

We have now posted our second issue of a relatively new online periodical, “Studies in Puritanism and Piety Journal,” which is edited by Crawford Gribben, Adriaan Neele, Herman Selderhuis, Jan van de Kamp, Greg Salazar, and me.

The newly posted issue contains articles on the reception of Richard Baxter’s writings, William Ames on the authority of conscience, and spiritual warfare in Puritan practical divinity. If you feel ministered to by the Puritans, you will enjoy reading this periodical!

http://www.studiesinpuritanism.org

“The Beauty and Glory of Christian Living” in Korean

Today we received “The Beauty and Glory of Christian Living” (300 pages; Seoul: Reformed Practice Books), edited by me, in Korean. It contains 12 chapters on living out the Christian faith on a variety of subjects: The Christian Life Inside Out, Living by the Spirit’s Sanctifying Ministry, Living on Things Above, Living by the Means of Grace, Living in the Family, Living in the Workplace, Living Evangelistically, Living in the Furnace of Affliction, Living Morally in a Sexually Immoral Word, Living Positively in a Negative Culture, Living Through Sickness and Death, and Living Hopefully in Hard Times. Pray that God will bless this practical book richly to Korean readers.

Calvin on Sovereignty, Providence, & Predestination

Today we received 1000 copies from Free Grace Press of my new little book, “Calvin on Sovereignty, Providence, & Predestination” (70 pages), in which I aim to make Calvin accessible to readers of all ages on these grand and glorious doctrines.

After explaining Calvin’s emphasis on God’s sovereignty in the context of His fatherly rule and showing how Calvin answers eleven practical (and contemporary!) questions about God’s providence, I show how he teaches that election is the friend of sinners and that reprobation glorifies God and humbles us.

Will you pray with me that God will mightily bless this little book to clear up many misunderstandings about these important doctrines through Calvin’s clear, biblical teaching?

https://www.heritagebooks.org/products/calvin-on-sovereignty-providence-and-predestination-beeke.html

Two Job Opportunities at Reformation Heritage Books

Dear RHB Friends and Customers,

As you may know, Reformation Heritage Books plans to move into a new building this spring. In preparation, they are looking to hire a new Bookstore Manager and Café Assistant.

If you are interested, or may know of somebody who is, please click the links below to find out more details! Relocation assistance to the Grand Rapids area will be made available for the right candidate(s).

Bookstore Manager position: https://bit.ly/RHBopening1

Café Assistant: http://bit.ly/RHBopening2

Reformed Systematic Theology Reading Plans

Chapel Library graciously wrote up, typeset, and published a one year five-day per week reading plan for each of the first two volumes of “Reformed Systematic Theology” by Paul Smalley and me, averaging about four pages a day. A goodly number of people are using this plan for their daily devotional reading and are finding it useful and edifying.

Volume 1 (1300 pages) covers the doctrine of revelation and the character of God, and Volume 2 (1360 pages) covers the doctrines of man and of Christ. You can receive these reading plans free of charge from www.ChapelLibrary.org or www.heritagebooks.org.

If you don’t have the books yet, RHB is offering both volumes at 50% discount at the present time. Each chapter aims to explain a particular doctrine of Scripture to you from a biblical, historical, experiential, practical, and doxological perspective, so that you will never say again that doctrine is dull or dry. Rather, as Luther said, “Doctrine is heaven”—for “by these things men live!”

Vol. 1: https://www.heritagebooks.org/products/reformed-systematic-theology-volume-1-revelation-and-god-beeke-smalley.html

Vol. 2: https://www.heritagebooks.org/products/reformed-systematic-theology-volume-2-man-and-christ-beeke.html

Weekly Sermon Quote – January 17, 2021

God’s Promise

Our son who is on vacation with his family sent us this picture which he took while listening to sermonaudio.com

Yesterday I had the privilege of baptizing three children in our church, including our seventh precious grandchild. My sermon was on Genesis 17:9-14.

We covet your prayers that God would continue to fulfill His promise in Psalm 128:6—especially in the deepest sense of inward peace that flows out of union with Christ and genuine conversion: “Thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.”

Three New Puritan Reprints from RHB

Today Reformation Heritage Books released three new Puritan reprints—all great classics that aim for our growth in grace in different areas of the Christian life:

The Duty of Self-Denial and Ten Other Sermons” by Thomas Watson
The Pleasantness of a Religious Life” by Matthew Henry
Heaven Opened: The Riches of God’s Covenant” by Richard Alleine