During the craziness of the past few months, we’ve sought to create content that we feel is timely, but also future-oriented for when the dust settles into whatever “new normal” God’s providence might bring us.
The result was three books, each one having a specific reason for being being published beyond what each dealt with in the pages.
Your Neighbor & Praising God: What is Christian Service in a Community
It was our firm belief that this was not a time for the Church (God’s people), and churches (local institutions), to focus on preservation. It was, and is, time to reassess our resources, those in need around us, and what biblical means can make those two meet.
Your Neighbor & Praising God is a book to help equip the Church in understanding that it is in her jurisdiction, one required by God, to help the poor, oppressed, and sick. It not only provides a theology for action, but also over 20 concrete applications. All of this is rooted in an exposition of Psalm 146.
Knowing that there are a multitude of settings, challenges, and resources that the Church may find itself dealing with, we sought to create something to help God’s people come up with more applications that suit their locale. This led us to create a companion “worksheet” called Praise in Action. It takes an individual, community, or church through the process of going from problem to service.
Hope Defined: A Postmillennial Primer
The second book originally came into existence as a position paper for a local church. We decided that the position paper could be a great help as an easily attainable booklet, which we called Hope Defined, when we noticed that fears only seemed to multiply during this time: fear of overreach, sickness, death, etc. The eschatological system of Postmillennialism offers not only hope for the future, but hope in the present. Every struggle to deny your flesh and give your obedience to God, every brushing up against the effects of the fall (sin and death) and the oppressive measures of draconic rulers and governments – all have a purpose.
Every evil fills up the cup of wrath that pours out at different times to purge the world of disbelief and unrepentant enemies of the covenant. God establishes the work of the righteous.
The Hands That Will Restore Humanity: A History of Christian Service and Applications for Today
The last book we published, The Hands That Will Restore Humanity was intended to show that serving those in need, and restoring people to better stations in life, is not a strange activity to the Church throughout history. The book covers the early church, the work of the early monks and their monasteries, the Genevan diaconate model, moving people from poverty to productivity, and the poor-tithe.
There are two important developments in this book. The first is what we call The Monastic Trade School. There is an outline for the curriculum/classes, with goals and objectives, and how they might be staffed and organized.
The second development is the office of deacon as God’s ordained welfare officer. This is developed in the chapter on the Genevan diaconate and appendix called, “The Deacon as Levite.” This understanding, and the subsequent implementation, would do much in the endeavor to push back the overreach of the State.
Published with intention
The intention behind these publications seek to solve three problems:
Full heads with empty hearts. Full hearts with empty hands. Full hands with empty heads.
These books, and those we hope to publish in the future, seek to fill heads with God’s revelation, foster a love for what God loves and a hatred for what God hates in the heart, and finally urge hands to godly action, equipping them with tools to do productively. If you are looking for something to read from the same worldview, but with no price tag, join us for our exposition of Ecclesiastes.
Matt is a husband, father, and an avid reader. He holds a bachelor’s degree from New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy in Applied Christian Studies.