In the past three-plus decades, a significant conversation has taken place among American Protestants about worship. As a result, countless books have been written on the subject. We have read books on music and worship, ancient-future worship, worship as spiritual formation, worship and the arts, worship and children, even life as worship.

Listen to that conversation, however, and you will notice one word conspicuously absent. While the heart and soul of the Christian life is love, and while the apostle Paul (I Corinthians 13) insists that worship without love fails to be worship, recent conversations on worship fail to answer this simple question, “What’s love got to do with it?”

In this volume, Sam Hamstra answers that question and more by identifying biblical principles that shape our love as worshipers. The end result is an invaluable resource for worshipers and for those responsible for planning corporate worship.

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  1. “You Will Be Better Off Without Me” (Text: John 16:5-15)
  2. “A House is Not a Home” (Text: Acts 2:1-13)
  3. “Legalism, Licentiousness, or Life?” (Text: Galatians 5)


During the relatively short history of American Protestantism countless pastors, theologians, and pastor-theologians have addressed a variety of pragmatic issues facing Christian congregations. No one has done so with greater theological precision and passion than the Reformed theologian John Williamson Nevin (1803–1886). Nevin made his mark in American Protestantism with the publication of ‘The Anxious Bench’ and ‘The Mystical Presence’. In this resource, Sam Hamstra brings to light Nevin’s previously unpublished “Lectures on Pastoral Theology,” a work that provides students with a more comprehensive portrait of one of the nineteenth century’s leading Reformed theologians in America. Hamstra’s introduction provides an important companion to Nevin’s “Lectures,” one that includes application for twenty-first-century pastors, as well as a surprise for those familiar with Nevin’s critique of New Measures. To order this resource, go here.


Of all the books of the Bible, few are as fascinating or as bewildering as Revelation. Is the book of Revelation a blueprint for the future that needs decoding if we want to understand current events? Is it a book of powerful imagery, with warnings and promises for the church throughout the ages? Or is it essentially an imaginative depiction of historical events in the first century? Four Views on the Book of Revelation explores the four main views in which Revelation is understood: preterist, idealist, classical dispensationalist futurist, and progressive dispensationalist.  In this resource, Sam Hamstra presents the idealist view.  This book, in its 18th printing, can be ordered online here.