DESIGNED FOR DIGNITY
What God Has Made It Possible for You to Be
Richard L. Pratt, Jr.
“The police found a desperate note left on the nightstand. ‘Don’t cry for me,’ the wrinkled paper said. ‘I’m not even human anymore.’ Just a few floors below, advocates of the New Age Movement gathered in the convention center. After several rousing talks, a well-known celebrity led the crowd in a unison chant, ‘I am God! I am God!’”
People are confused about who they are. Popular psychology and evolutionary science only add to the confusion and aimlessness. As Christians, we too can be puzzled about self-image and human worth. What has God made us? What have we made of ourselves? And what has God made it possible for us to be? Richard L. Pratt answers those questiOns in the light of the biblical teachings on creation, the Fall and redemption. Surveying God’s unfolding grace from Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David, to Christ, Pratt shows how God’s amazing design for humanity can be realized in His people.
Richard L. Pratt, Jr., is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He holds a Th.D in Old Testament studies from Harvard University and is the author of Pray with Your Eyes Open and Every Thought Captive.
HE GAVE US STORIES
The Bible Student’s Guide to Interpreting Old Testament Narratives
Richard L. Pratt, Jr.
Stories are among the primary means God uses to reveal His truth to us in Scripture. The Old Testament is filled with stories: Noah and the ark, David and Goliath, Daniel in the lion’s den, Ruth and Boaz-stories of great men and women of God.
What does God want us to learn from these stories? Is there more to them than meets the eye? Richard L. Pratt says yes. A gifted Old Testament scholar and teacher, Pratt carefully outlines a method for grasping the wisdom of these ageless narratives. Beginning with the role of the Holy Spirit, he sets forth a three-step process of biblical interpretation.
• Preparing for Old Testament Narratives
• Investigating Old Testament Narratives
• Applying Old Testament Narratives
Pratt is sensitive to the needs of both the beginner and the theological student. He insightfully guides us through considerations of attitudes and orientation, language and history, writers and characters, scenes and events, ancient and modern cultures and more.
THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER
Rediscovering the Centrality of the Church
Peter J. Leithart
The “cultural war” is heating up. At issue are sexual behaviors, family values, educational priOrities, the environment and much more.
Mounting attacks on biblical ideals accentuate the need for a new strategy among Christians. While more and more seek to advance God’s kingdom through social and political action, such worthy efforts are powerless if the church abandons its central role and mission.
What is the kingdom of God? And what must the church be and do to see that kingdom come in greater power? Peter J. Leithart answers those questions with discernment and unwavering conunitment to biblical priorities. Highlighting the war behind the cultural war, he calls us to a deeperappreciation of corporate worship, church discipline, the Word and sacraments, and prayer.
Peter J. Leithart is pastor of Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church near Birmingham, Alabama. He received the M.A.R. and Th.M. degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary and is co-author of numerous books, including The Reduction of Christianity, with Gary DeMar.