Latest eBook Offerings From Search and Trace

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Christian Life, Pastoral Theology, Preaching, Sovereignty of God

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1. Homiletics and Pastoral Theology By William G.T. Shedd

Free!

Shedd explores not only the intellectual responsibilities of clergy, but also the pastoral function of leadership. Although Shedd is often remembered as a theologian and historian, he also devoted his writing to the theory and practice of preaching. He forcefully argues that rhetorical elegance—the kind required for good preaching—is not merely a matter of aesthetics, but of ethics. He describes the relationship between eloquence and exegesis, the process of choosing a text and crafting a sermon, and the nature of extemporaneous preaching. The second half of this volume defines and explains the relationship between preaching and pastoral theology.

Dr. W.G.T. Shedd expounds almost every aspect of preaching, analyzing its nature, outlining the main features which should characterize powerful preaching and describing the approach, plan, actual construction and refinements of a sermon. This volume was used for many years as a standard textbook in several theological seminaries throughout the United States.

The second part of the volume is devoted to the vital subject of Pastoral theology. Here Shedd is equally thorough and deals with the essential character of a minister, his way of life, his duties, his work of visitation and finally, his work of catechizing his people so as to be informed as to their progress and position in relationship to the preaching.

2. Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ By John Piper

$7.99

“Pastors, make sure your people read this book! I know of no one who has so clearly addressed the relationship of man’s sin and God’s sovereignty as John has done in Spectacular Sins.”
-Randy Pope, Pastor, Perimeter Church, Duluth, GA

About Spectacular Sins
John Piper delivers powerful biblical reassurances to bolster readers’ trust in the sovereignty of God and the supremacy of Christ when evil and tragedy come. 
 

If God governs the sinful acts of men, then does the devastation caused by those terrorists, dictators, murderers, cheats, and abusers discredit Jesus’ words: “All authority in heaven and earth belongs to me”? When heart-rending news comes of the latest accident, illness, or natural disaster, can we really believe that in Jesus, “all things hold together”?

Though God has not answered all of our questions about sin and suffering, there are things he wants us to know, things he declares in his Word-such as what’s at stake in the “spectacular” sins of others and the horrible tragedies of this life; their global purpose, both historically and today; and what these events say to us personally.
 
As John Piper works through these biblical truths, this book will bolster readers’ trust in the utter sovereignty of God such that they’ll be less timid in their witness and less afraid of whatever may come. It is also a joy-infused declaration that because everything occurs through Christ and for Christ and his glory, they are forever secure in him.
 
Endorsements

“When it comes to holocausts or other horrors, most of us assume God has his hands tied and his back to the wall. We figure the devil wreaks havoc when God’s not looking; we rationalize the Lord’s ‘mistakes,’ figuring he absentmindedly took his hands off the wheel when tragedies happen. But John Piper paints a different picture from the pages of Scripture that will strengthen your heart, bolster your faith, and deepen your understanding of the ‘largeness’ of God’s sovereignty.” Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

“I had to read this book twice. The weighty truths about the sovereign wisdom and power of God unpacked in these pages created in me an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and ultimate safety. To be reminded of his might over everything is priceless, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to preach the same again.” Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Highland Village, Texas; author, The Explicit Gospel

“Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ. Wow! Spectacular and sin! I’ve never seen those words together before. And who but John Piper could so brilliantly weave them into the same lyric as the global, purposeful glory of Christ! This man never ceases to inspire me to be more awestruck with the supremacy of Jesus.” Chris Tomlin, Recording Artist, Song-writer and Lead Worshiper

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Comments
  1. Rod Thomas says:

    yes please!

  2. bsthames says:

    Thank you search and trace for being right on time. I’m on my way to the site to pick up my copy now…

  3. Neil Henry says:

    Kindly forward a copy of Shedd’s book – much appreciated!

  4. Allen says:

    Please send me a copy.

    Thank you

  5. Des says:

    Hi All
    Please send me a copy of Shedd’s book. Thank you.

  6. Johan says:

    Hi,

    Please send me a copy of William GT Shedd’s book
    Thanks
    Johan

  7. ALLAN says:

    Hi

    Please send me the free William GT Shedd’s book.
    .
    Thank’s

    Allan

  8. Tim Millward says:

    Please may I have John Piper’s book.

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