Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jonathan Edward's Sermons.

The Select Sermons of Jonathan Edwards gathers together nineteen of the most well-known sermons by the influential 18th century American Christian preacher. Sermons include the convicting treatises  “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” “The Vain Self-Flatteries of the Sinner,” and “The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners.” 

It is often assumed that Edwards was simply a hell, fire and brimstone preacher. That simply is not the case. Edwards consistently warned his flock about the danger of sin but also edified and uplifted his congregation with encouraging  sermons such as “Many Mansions,” and “The Excellency of Christ.” These selected sermons feature Edward's wide range of entreaties to his flock.

Alacrity Press is proud to republish this Christian classic that is as relevant today as when it was first published. It is available in the Alacrity Press Amazon store.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Witness in the Stars

How did early people know what God expected of them?  In Genesis chapter 4, the Bible states, "The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” Hundreds of years before God gave the Mosaic law, people had an understanding of the moral law. But how was this knowledge transmitted to succeeding generations. Theologian E.W. Bullinger believes that God's plan for mankind was on full display in His creation -- the stars.
E.W. Bullinger was one of the most prolific writers among theologians of the 19th century. His outstanding scholarship resulted in classics such as Number in Scripture. In The Witness of the Stars, Bullinger takes the reader back in time before God had given a written revelation. He asks the question, Did God leave Himself without a witness? Bullinger resoundly answers NO! He then proceeds to show how God declared his sovereignty over creation through the stars in the heavens. Bullinger strips away pagan falsehoods to reveal how the heavens truly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only hope of salvation. 
   Communicating via the stars may seem a may seem an odd idea in the modern age. If anything, the stars are associated with idolatrous and futile astrology. Bullinger does not believe that early men tried to tell the future through the stars, but could see the story of God's redemptive plan in the stars. At a time when the world was sparsely populated--relatively speaking and lacking electricity, the night sky would have lit up as a powerful testimony to God's creative and sustaining power.
     Originally published in 1893, Alacrity Press is proud to make this classic book available to our generation. It is available now in the Alacrity Press bookstore. The ISBN-13 is 978-1505784947

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

South Carolina Genealogy

Alacrity Press is proud to publish our first genealogy book. A Thin Black line traces members of a South Carolina family. The book is available now in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

A descendant, of South Carolina natives, Mrs. Highsmith records an amateur tracing of paternal and maternal lines. This book is a first attempt to collate family notes of ancestors who lived in the general vicinity back to, at least, the early 1800s. Plans for a future, more detailed, version is hoped in the years to come. Original research failed to trace the Black family back to Scotland (Lamont, McGregor, McLean of Durat clans) and the Turner/Knighton family to Scotland (at least the Lamont clan) and England.

Paternal lines include the antecedents of the Black and Yount families (The Black family contains antecedents of the Black, Taylor, and Huckaby families in the Union, Buffalo, Gaffney, and Limestone areas of South Carolina, while the Yount family contains antecedents of the Yount, Heck, and Kanipe families from Tennessee and the Union, Gaffney, and Pacolet Mills areas of South Carolina). 

Maternal lines include the antecedents of the Turner, Knighton, Langston, Hopkins, Malone, and Ray families from the Union, Buffalo, Gray Court Owens, and Enoree areas of South Carolina. Be sure to get your copy of A Thin Black Line.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

First published many decades ago, E.W. Bullinger’s Number in Scripture remains a first-rate scholarly study of the importance of numbers in scripture. Bullinger’s work edifies Christians and challenges cynics by expertly surveying the intricate design and purpose in God’s inspired word. Though the reader will find reading Number in Scripture from cover to cover satisfying, it is in many respects a reference book. Both Bible teachers, preachers, layman, and new Christians will benefit by keeping this book nearby while studying the Bible. 

The book has many interesting lists including, but certainly not limited to the 27 sieges of Jerusalem, the ten times the people shouted for joy, seven weak things in Judges, and seven oak trees. While written in a format resembling entries in an encyclopedia, we are sure you will enjoy reading the book from cover to cover.

The book includes original Greek words and their English equivalents. Hebrew words are rendered in their English equivalent.  Alacrity Press is proud to make available this classic Christian work for today’s generation of believers. It is available now on Amazon and in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Consolation of Philosophy

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius was a 6th century nobleman, politician, and most notably—a philosopher. In his lifetime he saw the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the establishment of the Ostrogoths. He served a year as Consul but eventually came under suspicion of treasonous dealings with the Eastern Roman Empire. King Theodric the Great imprisoned Boethius and eventually executed him. While awaiting his fate in prison Boethius wrote The Consolation of Philosophy, a book about the weighty issues of life. Framed as a dialogue between Boethius and Philosophy (personated by a woman), Boethius discusses inequality and the overruling importance of Providence. Along with his translations of Aristotle and other Greek classics, Boethius’ writings had a profound impact on scholars of the Middle Ages. The book is available now in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

The Peloponnesian War is an account of war between the Delian league, led by Athens and the Peloponnesian League, led by Sparta, as told by Thucydides, an Athenian historian and general. Thucydides covers the time period between 433 and 411 B.C. His candid, and generally unbiased account, investigates the causes of the war, military technology, and the temptation of expaning empire that enticed Athens into conflict. The Peloponnesian War has been considered a historical and military classic since ancient times.  Now you have the chance to read and learn from one of the great minds of history.

The History of the Peloponnesian War is available now in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

Monday, April 21, 2014

What role does emotion play in worship?

Jonathan Edwards published A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, more commonly known as Religious Affections, in 1746 to explain how true salvation occurs. The work was born out of a concern for outbursts of emotion that were common during the Great Awakening (which had begun in Edward’s church in 1734). In this work Edwards explains how emotion and intellect may both be present but are inadequate for salvation. A show of emotion is neither evidence of or evidence against one’s salvation. It is God’s “converting grace” that leads people to recognize and accept salvation through Jesus Christ. Edwards systematically explains that the true religious affections are the Fruits of the Spirit—all of which must flow out of love for Christ.

Alacrity Press is proud to republish this Christian classic that is as relevant today as when it was first published. It is available in the Alacrity Press store.