In the John Blanchard Collection, the internationally-known preacher, teacher, and author brings fresh insight to numerous apologetic topics. Defending the Christian faith, John Blanchard tackles such issues as morality, Scripture’s inerrancy, suffering and pain, heaven and hell, God’s existence and relevancy, and the importance of Christ’s coming, death, and resurrection. He engages “new atheism,” traces the development of atheistic and agnostic thinking, presents Darwinian evolutionism’s flaws, and illustrates the importance of science in the Christian faith. The collection also includes devotional readings and studies on the Minor Prophets, Mark, Luke, and James, as well as Blanchard’s popular Complete Gathered Gold—a compilation of thousands of quotes from hundreds of sources.
Perfect for students, pastors, and laypersons alike, the Logos edition of these apologetic works is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages are linked directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important theological concepts are linked to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of resources in your digital library.
One of the things that distinguishes humankind from every other species on earth is that we have a moral dimension. A moral law seems to be programmed into our psychological “software” and our awareness of it is triggered by the conscience, a mysterious monitor that pokes its nose into every nook and cranny of our lives.
Why should this be the case? Does our moral sense come from nature? Is it nothing more than a cultural phenomenon? Is personal preference the deciding factor? Have we any right to question another person’s moral choices? Are there consistent guidelines for deciding whether something is good or evil, right or wrong, just or unjust?
Beyond these and other related questions lies an even greater one: Can we ever find a solid and coherent basis for morality unless our world view has God at the very centre of it? Getting the right answers may change your life.
Over 20 years ago John Blanchard compiled “A treasury of quotations for Christians” called Gathered Gold. It was so well-received that it had to be reprinted several times and augmented by two further volumes, More Gathered Gold and Sifted Silver. Now this material is available to a new readership and in a new format. Approximately 1,000 quotations have been added, bringing the total to 16,000 quotations.
With quotations from hundreds of sources, The Complete Gathered Gold is sure to be a valuable resource for preachers, Bible class teachers and group leaders, as well as a “gold mine” for all Christians to dip into whenever they would like to read a gem of truth on any of the 600 subjects covered.
In this volume, author John Blanchard engages with the so-called “new atheism” promoted by Richard Dawkins in his books The God Delusion and The Greatest Show on Earth. He concisely—but clearly—outlines Dawkins’ views and arguments, deftly demonstrates how shallow and illogical they often are, and provides God-centered alternatives that are altogether superior.
Blanchard tackles such subjects as the importance but limitations of science, the origin and significance of morality, and Dawkins’ abysmal ignorance of theology and the Bible. He then goes on to explain the nature of true faith before ending with a clear presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Perfect for our skeptical times, this book will demonstrate to any open-minded reader that, contrary to Dawkins’ atheistic claims, biblical Christianity is reliable and relevant, powerful and persuasive.
—Edgar Andrews, emeritus professor of materials, University of London
This award-winning title traces the development of atheistic and agnostic thinking over the past 2,500 years and shows how thinkers like Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Neitzsche, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Bertrand Russell, and others have shaped many people’s thinking today.
It also pinpoints the flaws in Darwinian evolutionism and in claims made for it by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and others, explains why secular humanism self-destructs, reveals why there is no conflict between science and belief in God, exposes fatal errors in nine world religions and fourteen major cults, and shows why the existence of evil and suffering is no reason to deny God’s existence.
This is Blanchard at his best: immensely thorough, crystal clear, devastating in his logic, compassionate at heart. No stone is left unturned: a brilliant defense of belief in God—and its implications!
—Andrew Anderson, International Baptist Church of Brussels
This book is a remarkable outcome of 40 years or so experience of John Blanchard as an evangelist, Bible teacher, and writer. His incisive style combined with his ability to draw upon a wide range of sources have resulted in a book in which the overall flow of thought provides an immensely readable and persuasive argument for the classical, biblical, Christian faith.
—J. M. V. Blanshard, fellow, Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)
John Blanchard not only has the knack of answering a skeptic’s questions with precision, clarity, and subtle humor, he has the uncanny ability to answer questions before they arise in the skeptic’s mind. This book is destined to be a classic on the subject.
—Wade Burleson, pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Enid, OK
Anyone reading this volume will immediately see the level of study and research that has gone into its preparation. Its scope and subject matter are of the greatest importance today and it is to be hoped that it will have the impact upon people’s thinking that it deserves.
—A. T. B. McGowan, honorary professor of Reformed doctrine, University of Aberdeen
A veritable tour de force. Not only does the author fairly and squarely face the doubts and contradictions posed by unbelievers, but he also provides evidence that is both accessible and convincing.
—Daniel Webber, mission director, European Missionary Fellowship
John Blanchard’s arguments lead to the inevitable conclusion that atheism is both illogical and untenable. Anyone who remains an atheist after reading this volume does so in willful contradiction of the overwhelming evidence for the existence of God.
—A. J. Monty White, former chief executive, Answers in Genesis
The theory of evolution has been called “the most powerful and the most comprehensive idea that has ever arisen on earth.” It has been so passionately argued and so heavily promoted in the mass media that millions of people with no scientific expertise assume it must be true.
Evolutionism says that life on earth began by chance in some kind of chemical “soup,” and claims that Homosapiens is the latest product of a vast sequence of species that led from the first living cell through invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, furry quadrupeds, and ape-like mammals. What is the evidence for this fascinating scenario? Can we prove that life began in this way? What are the odds against such a thing happening? Has archaeology found clear links between all species without limitation? Can we really show that all life forms owe their distinct existence to random, unplanned, accidental genetic changes? Or is there another explanation?
In this volume, John Blanchard tackles an age-old question that is still troubling many thoughtful people today—and gives a clear and convincing answer, drawing on material from some of the greatest scientists in history. Easy to read and packed with excellent illustrations.
Has science got rid of God? Is atheism essential to scientific progress? If you think the answer to both questions is ‘yes,’ read this book and think again! In a pithy series of discussions John Blanchard cogently argues that the answer has to be otherwise and shows that the whole arena of science rests on divine foundations.
—Colin Runciman, professor, Department of Computer Science, University of York
Aided and abetted by the mass media, those who insist that science makes Christian faith untenable grow increasingly strident. In this readable and scintillating response John Blanchard answers these claims with facts, clarity, and impeccable logic. This book will encourage Christians and challenge those who are not. It should be read by both.
—Edgar Andrews, emeritus professor of materials, University of London
With the skill of a neurosurgeon, John Blanchard deals with the false assumptions behind the idea that science and God are incompatible. In this rational and honest approach he demonstrates that far from being nonexistent, God is the source and sustainer of all true science and scientific principles.
—James D. Blankenship, former president and CEO, EmpowerMD.com
John Blanchard believes that Christians are meant to enjoy the Bible, and that reading the Scriptures should be an exciting adventure into God’s truth and purposes for our lives.
This book is written out of two firmly held convictions. The first is that the Bible is the Word of God. The second conviction is that Christians are meant to enjoy the Bible. It is meant to be a constant means of enlightenment, enrichment, and encouragement, its dynamic influence bringing a deepening joy into our daily lives. Sadly, many Christians seem to fall short of that experience. They read the Bible, perhaps regularly, but if they were to be absolutely honest about their reading they would have to confess that the whole business has become a duty rather than a delight. Others have gotten into a rut over the method they use for studying the Bible, becoming bored rather than blessed. However, Scripture is not basically meant to be a rescue operation. This volume illustrates how you can enjoy the Bible and find a daily source of spiritual power in it.
Do you want a lifetime of rich, delightful study of the Bible? Is there a simple, reliable, clear, yet substantial resource that provides a superb background and framework? Yes! John Blanchard’s How to Enjoy Your Bible.
—J. Ligon Duncan III, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
Simple, vivid, warm, practical, and searching, it is all that we have come to expect of its author.
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
This book by John Blanchard goes beyond merely being helpful. I would put it on the ‘must read’ list of every believer. It will be an enormous help, encouragement and motivator for all who read it.
—Frank Retief, emeritus presiding bishop, Church of England, South Africa
No Christian will fail to be thrilled, stirred, and challenged by this timely reminder of the divine source, steadfast preservation, and timeless relevance of the Book of Books, which alone transforms lives.
—Jonathan Wood, pastor, Whittlesey Baptist Church, Cambridgeshire, England
Writing with his usual clarity John Blanchard enthuses about the Bible, giving the reader a hunger to plumb its depths and delight in its riches. I will be warmly and enthusiastically commending it to my own people.
—Philip Hair, minister, Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
We are all indebted to John Blanchard for such a profound presentation. I regard this as the best introduction to the Scriptures and their companionship that a Christian could first read.
—Geoff Thomas, pastor, Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales
Superb! Packed full of helpful information and useful tips, this accessible little volume will give you an appreciation of, and deepen your delight in, the Bible as the Word of God.
—Steven Curry, pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, Bangor, North Ireland
Ever since humankind has lived on earth we have been teased or tormented by questions that seem programmed into our humanity.
The most important go far beyond those that focus on the kind of issues millions face every day—marriage problems, financial worries, failing health, pain, loneliness, insecurity, and depression. They ask such things as “Why am I here?”; “Would it matter if I had never been born?”; “Does life need to have any meaning?”; and “What happens to me when I die?”
Yet these questions eventually funnel into others that are even deeper: “Is there anything beyond ‘one’ universe?”; “Are we biological accidents living for a blink of time in a vast and vacant cosmos?”; “Is there other (and greater) intelligence elsewhere?”; “Is there a theory of everything, or one reality that governs all the others?” Then comes the ultimate question: “Is anybody out there?” This volume explores the issues—and points to the answers.
From time to time, philosophers, scientists, authors, and other movers and shakers have hit the headlines with claims that God is non-existent, irrelevant, or “past his sell-by date.”
This book has been written specifically for those who take a similar line, who think that God is non-existent or irrelevant, or who are in some way skeptical about the whole issue.
Although on the same theme as Does God believe in Atheists? this is an entirely new book aimed toward those who consider themselves to be atheists and to challenge their view. Each chapter ends with a “witness” who from their own personal experience supports the claim made by the author in the chapter.
Does God exist? If so, how can he sit by through pain, suffering, and injustice? Hasn’t science explained him away? With brilliantly researched, intelligently constructed, logical arguments, John Blanchard provides the most thought-provoking, scholarly yet accessible responses I have ever read. This book is a must for the serious thinker.
—Jill Garrett, board member, Open Doors USA
A fascinating panorama of major issues, from philosophy to genetics, from Darwinism to the problem of death. John Blanchard has a masterful command of the pertinent literature, and drives his argument home with telling quotations from opponents and friends alike.
—Edgar Andrews, emeritus professor of materials, University of London
This outstanding work irrefutably shows that atheism is pure fantasy and that God has no expiration date—past, present, or future.
—George Vaughan, director of digital program management and business development, Subscribers Network Services, USA
Here is a book that will change lives. I could not put it down. It deals with the biggest questions anybody could ask, and gives answers that even the most belligerent skeptic will find convincing.
—Les Ebdon, vice-chancellor, University of Bedfordshire
Christianity stands or falls on one stupendous event: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If he is now no more than a handful of dust and bones lying somewhere in Israel, the Christian faith lies buried with him. In this new publication, John Blanchard examines the evidence, assesses the alternatives, and provides a convincing conclusion.
Here is a little volume that will strengthen the faith of countless Christians—and give them a dynamic means of sharing the faith with others.
Jesus Christ either rose from the dead or he did not—and Christianity is only credible if he did! The truth is, no matter how often this particular ‘cold case’ file is reviewed, the evidence always points unwaveringly in the same direction. Relentlessly hunting down and dispatching alternative theories, old and new, John Blanchard leaves his readers not merely with a clear conclusion, but also with a stark choice.
—Jonathan Stephen, principal, Wales Evangelical School of Theology
. . . the author effectively deals with the factual basis and intrinsic significance of the physical, bodily rising again of Jesus Christ from the dead. John Blanchard, in addressing the question of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, persuasively counters false ideas that deny either the possibility or actuality of Christ’s resurrection. He also powerfully brings out the central importance of that historical event for Christian faith and life after death. This is a welcome and needed emphasis for our skeptical age, and the booklet contains an appealing evangelistic message for those who are unconvinced and unbelieving.
—John W. Keddie, minister, Free Church of Scotland, Bracadale, Isle of Skye, Scotland
This volume includes 62 guidelines for personal reading through the Gospel of Luke. Both stimulating and challenging, this series of notes is designed to explain Luke’s Gospel and to help you see its relevance to everyday living. Outline expositions and pithy comments make Luke Comes Alive! ideal for discussion groups and Bible studies, as well as personal reading.
A simple way to introduce these studies in the Minor Prophets will be to ask and answer several questions about them: Who were they? Why are they known as “Minor Prophets”? When and where did they live? What was their ministry? What was their message? Once we have answers to these questions we will be in a position to look at the prophets’ main themes before focusing on one specific statement made by each one of them.
Not only should we rely wholeheartedly on the faithful exposition of the Bible as the written Word of God, we should not insist on signs and wonders as an authentication of a preacher’s ministry. The message is clear: if people will not listen to the Word of God and turn to him in repentance and faith as a result, no “signs and wonders” will move them to do so, not even a long-buried friend coming back to life.
The Bible is the only infallible Word we have or need, revealing to us that in the Lord Jesus Christ we have the Prophet to end all prophets, the Priest to end all priests, and the King to end all kings. Our great need today is not for prophets but for preachers, men who will give themselves sacrificially to the study of the Word of God and to its systematic exegesis and exposition, “rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and applying its truth to their hearers.
Any book that encourages us to study the Minor Prophets has to be welcomed. Any book written by John Blanchard has to be welcomed. So this book promises to be a great treat.
—Phillip Jensen, dean, St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia
Thank you John Blanchard for this excellent resource. It is full of information, explanation, and inspiration. You have whetted my appetite to dig deeper in the Minor Prophets.
—Kenneth Clarke, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin, and Ardagh, Ireland
This volume is simple without being simplistic, and doctrinally rich without sounding dull and dry. Best of all, it persuasively presents the truth about Jesus Christ in such a coherent way that anybody who reads it can’t possibly miss its message.
A magnificent work by a gifted man.
—Adrian Rogers, former pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
In this superlative book John Blanchard has greatly increased the debt we already owe him.
—Alec Motyer, former principal, Trinity College, Bristol, England
Here is communication par excellence . . . presented with comprehensive authority, nobody who reads this can possibly miss its message.
—John F. MacArthur Jr., pastor-teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA
Highly recommended . . . Here, instead of the fuzzy versions of the Christian faith . . . are the facts of the matter splendidly brought together and clearly argued.
—Dick Lucas, emeritus rector, St. Helen’s Bishopsgate, London, England
Quite honestly a brilliant book, and one which could be of enormous benefit to Christian and non-believer.
Racy and readable, clear and convincing.
When a person becomes a Christian, nothing is more important than that they should begin reading the Bible on a daily basis. It is “the living and enduring word of God” by which his people are helped to learn more about him, to grow in grace, to discover God’s purpose for their lives, to resist temptation, and to live in a way “worthy of the Gospel.”
Read Mark Learn has been specifically written to get new Christians started on this exciting journey. It divides the Gospel of Mark into 45 daily readings, with a page of easy-to-read notes on each passage, leading the reader through Mark’s exhilarating record of Christ’s life on earth.
No part of the Bible is more dynamically relevant to today’s ethical culture and spiritual climate than the Letter of James. It tackles twenty-first century issues head-on, ruthlessly exposing our pressures and problems and showing how they can be overcome by the indwelling grace of God. John Blanchard vividly expounds this message with clarity and conviction—and with an enthusiasm that makes Truth for Life a book to read, studied, and lived!
God has greatly blessed John Blanchard with the gifts of exposition and clarity. You will not find the Letter of James made plainer or more applicable to life.
The exegesis is adequate yet concise, contemporary and incisive, with vivid illustration and anecdote. Personal testimony, discerning application, humor, and zest build up a fine commentary.
—The Christian Record
If Christianity can become as real and refreshing to the many who will, I hope, read this book as it is to the author, then this ought to be a bestseller.
—Word in Action
A veritable feast of good things. It cannot help but profit the diligent reader.
John Blanchard shows faultless theological balance. This book is practical, relevant, and soundly based . . . I commend it most warmly to the reader.
—Fred Catherwood, former director general, National Economic Development Council
Health, finance, family, the future—life is full of questions. There are deeper questions, too. Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Does life have any purpose? But the ultimate questions are about God. Does he exist? What is he like? Can I know him and experience his power in my life? And if so, how? This little volume tackles these vital questions head-on—and answers them simply, clearly, and directly. Read it carefully. It could change your life—forever.
Nobody can think seriously about hell and remain emotionally and psychologically unaffected. The idea that after a few years of life on earth an untold number of human beings, many of whom would be thought of as decent, law-abiding citizens, will spend eternity in indescribable agony and exposed to God’s relentless anger is overwhelming.
Reaction to the paralyzing prospect of everlasting punishment varies from those who dismiss the whole idea because they reject the authority of Scripture to those who seek to soften its impact by reducing hell to manageable proportions. What does happen after death? What if the traditional pictures of hell as a place of endless punishment and suffering are true? What if millions of ordinary men and woman are on their way there? What if we are? And if so, is there any way in which we can avoid hell or evade it? These are vitally important questions and this book sets out to find answers to them.
“Where do we go from here?” is the final question all humanity faces, and this volume tackles it head-on. Exactly what does happen to us when we die? The immediate future of the body is fairly obvious, but what about the spirit or soul? Is it annihilated or reincarnated? Is it conscious or unconscious? Do we face endless pain or endless pleasure? Is there a “second chance” to put things right? Do we have to wait until after we die to find out? This volume answers these and other questions biblically, clearly, and in a user-friendly way. Here is an ideal resource to share with people who have no grasp of the Christian message.
John Blanchard is nothing if he is not precise in his use of words; everyone is weighed and meaningful. In Where Do We Go From Here?, John has also shown himself to be intrepid. Most of us will not read another publication on the subject of death, but even if we did, we would be hard pressed to find a better one than this. It is Bible based, thorough, and honest.
—Roger Carswell, Evangelist, Leeds, England
We live in what has been called “a world with ragged edges.” Earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, fires, famine, and other natural disasters kill millions of people and injure countless others, sometimes wiping out huge numbers within a few hours.
Every day, accidents claim an untold number of victims. Planes crash, trains are derailed, road vehicles collide, ships are lost at sea, buildings collapse, bridges give way, trees fall, machinery malfunctions. To make matters worse, disease cuts relentless swathes through humankind, causing immeasurable weakness, pain and fear, while “man’s inhumanity to man” brings a terrible toll of suffering.
Yet the Bible claims that God is in sole and sovereign control of everything that happens in the entire universe, that he “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” and that he is “compassionate and gracious” and “abounding in love.” Is there any way in which all of this can hold together? The answer may surprise you!
The Bible is the most revered book in the world; it is also the most reviled. Millions of people turn to it every day to find inspiration and direction for their lives, yet for two thousand years no other book has been so hated, vilified, and attacked. Many of its translators have been persecuted, tortured, and murdered, and countless copies of their work have been banned or destroyed. Yet for many people the Bible is neither loved nor loathed; it is nothing more than an ancient religious document that raises a host of questions. How can we know that the present text is anything like the original? Is it anything more than folklore? How can such an old book be relevant in the twenty-first century? Has science not taken its place as an explanation of the world and our place in it? Here are the answers.
Year after year, millions of people pitch into a growing whirlwind of activity in preparation for just one day: December twenty-fifth. Many of those who join in the excitement have at least some idea that this particular day is called Christmas day because it celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Yet, they have no idea why for millions of people around the world it has become the greatest highlight of the year. It’s time to ask some questions.
Who was this Jesus? Do we actually know when he was born? Was there a special purpose in his birth? Is there anything special that makes him stand out over the other 60 billion people that have lived on earth? How can a few years he spent here have any possible relevance for people living in the twenty-first century? Why should we bother to find out?
In this lively volume Blanchard strips away the myths and tells like it is. Here is the real story. The dynamic truth that over the centuries has revolutionized countless lives. Read it carefully. If you get the message, no Christmas Day will ever be the same for you again—nor will any other day!
For centuries, symbols have been used as a means of identification, often in an immediate, compact, and powerful way. For some two thousand years, Christianity has had a symbol that is universally recognized—a simple cross. Yet the cross represents not the character, life or teaching of the founder of Christianity, but the gruesome way in which he was put to death while still in his early thirties.
For millions today, a cross has become little more than a charm or good luck bracelet, tattooed on their bodies, or worn as jewelry. The huge gap between the original event and the current symbol therefore raises some massive questions:
Here is a volume that answers all these questions—and many more—and makes it crystal clear that in the death of Jesus lies our only hope of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
Have you ever wondered why Christians see so much significance in the death of Jesus Christ on a cross? Why did Jesus have to die? Why such a humiliating public execution? And what does His death mean for me? John Blanchard answers those questions and, drawing on the eyewitness accounts recorded in the Bible, he explains the meaning of the cross in a clear, simple, powerful way.
—John F. MacArthur Jr., pastor-teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA
In these pages that mighty work which in all its greatness was accomplished on Calvary’s cross by the Lord who is both Creator and Redeemer is brought before us with clarity, reverence and spiritual insight. In the Savior who suffered on Golgotha we see the glory of the only God there is, his amazing grace to those who put their trust in him. Here we meet the foundation for God’s gift of everlasting life.’
—Geoff Thomas, pastor, Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales
John Blanchard superbly invites the reader in his typically serious, yet relevant, way to examine why Jesus should die as He did. Here is a thrilling reminder of what God did, in the sending of His Son, to secure salvation. I shall certainly be encouraging my people to use this resource so that many others may, in Watts’ words, survey the wondrous cross!
Urgently needed, lucidly written, Blanchard drives home the meaning of the cross of Jesus. No topic is more important than this one. Without the cross (and the substitutionary atonement of which it speaks), we are doomed for eternity. Read this and then, with the Apostle Paul, boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
—Derek W. H. Thomas, professor of systematic and historical theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
John Blanchard entered fulltime Christian ministry after 13 years in the Guernsey Civil Service, and is now an internationally-known author, teacher, and conference speaker. Nearly 15 million copies of his publications are in print in some 40 languages.