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Navigating Your Calling and Career

Ask any five-year old, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and they’ll have a ready answer. Ask twenty-five year olds the same question, and you’re likely to hear tales of confusion and frustration.

Colin Creel’s Crossroads: Navigating Your Calling and Career explores the biblical view of calling and practically applies it to career. Readers in any stage of life who are experiencing frustration in establishing a career or uncertain of their life’s direction will benefit from the wisdom found in Creel’s book. That said, we wanted to bring Crossroads back to your attention as it’s particularly helpful for high school and college students anticipating upcoming graduations. You may know some!

Learn more about Crossroads or click below to read a sample chapter, “Discerning Your Call”.

April 30, 2009 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

Themelios Reviews Recent Crossway Titles

341See what Themelios reviewers are saying about:

Driscoll and Breashears’ Death by Love

…Death by Love is biblically orthodox, theologically comprehensive, and provides one of the most practical and pastoral applications of the truth of Jesus’ substitutionary atonement in print. (Read the full review.)

Colin Duriez’s Francis Schaeffer

Connecting the young Schaeffer to the more famous, older man is a great strength of Colin Duriez’s book. It has become well-accepted to break Schaeffer’s life up into segments and to characterize him as three different people. There is the young, fire breathing fundamentalist eager to “be ye separate” from the impure compromisers; the artsy, compassionate, bohemian founder of L’abri in Switzerland; and then the old man, brushing off his best instincts and returning to his fundamentalist roots to fight for the doctrine of inerrancy and “Christian America.” While it is possible to reach such a conclusion by looking at his early career and then considering the chronological development of his publications, this book rejects that approach by portraying Schaeffer as a consistent personality throughout. (Read the full review.)

Reynolds and Overton’s The New Media Frontier

In sum, this volume makes a sustained argument throughout: The new media have revolutionized the way people communicate and are here to stay. Thus, believers must think critically about these changes and utilize the best of them for the glory of God and the furtherance of his kingdom. Through its timely analysis and stable framework, this book will help believers execute this task as they navigate through the ‘new media frontier’ and beyond. (Read the full review.)

Themelios is an International Journal for Pastors and Students of Theological and Religious Studies.

April 28, 2009 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 12:07 pm | 0 Comments »

New ESV Study Bible Designs


The Mahogany, Trellis and Brown/Cordovan, Portfolio designs for the ESV Study Bible—both TruTone covers—are now available.

Learn more about the ESV Study Bible.

| Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: James Kinnard @ 9:44 am | Comments Off »

Mohler calls Worldliness “Powerhouse of a Book”

Dr. Mohler’s review in the latest Southern Seminary Magazine (Spring 2009, Vol. 77, No.1):

Worldliness — Honest Talk About Seduction

My friend C. J. Mahaney and a few of his friends have written a powerhouse of a book in Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World (Crossway). In its essence, worldliness is “a love for the fallen world,” Mahaney explains. “It’s loving the values and pursuits of the world that stand opposed to God.” More emphatically, it is “to gratify and exalt oneself to the exclusion of God.”

Just in case anyone might miss how to apply this, Mahaney and his team go right after major temptations inherent in worldliness. Craig Cabaniss writes about worldliness and media with good insight. To no surprise, Bob Kauflin goes after music, bringing the same theological insights he brings to his music ministry. Take this zinger, for example: Kauflin warns that a sign that music has become an idol is when our passion for Christ has waned but our passion for music has not.

Dave Harvey writes about worldliness and “our stuff.” (Loved his warning about “virtual giving.”) Mahaney then turns to worldliness and dress, offering good and much needed advice, and Jeff Purswell concludes by talking about the Christian’s right understanding of the world. We are not here by accident.

Worldliness offers other good features, including a foreword by John Piper. Most importantly, the book is Gospel-centered and avoids both legalism and antinomianism. Read it, savor it, ponder it… and then give a copy to someone else.

Read Chapter 1 – “Is This Verse in Your Bible?”:

April 25, 2009 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: James Kinnard @ 11:28 am | 1 Comment »

Missing Chapter from The Pursuit of Holiness

This past week I spent some time with Bob Bevington, coauthor with Jerry Bridges of The Bookends of the Christian Life. It was intriguing to learn from Bob that the First Bookend is essentially the chapter Bridges wishes he had included in The Pursuit of Holiness. First published by NavPress in 1979, The Pursuit of Holiness has sold well over a million copies and has influenced many pastors and growing Christians over the past 30 years.

If you’ve never read The Pursuit of Holiness, or it has been 20 years, you should pick it up. But you might also consider reading this new book alongside it, as Bridges and Bevington support the pursuit of holiness with the two bookends of the Christian life: the righteousness of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

View inside The Bookends:

April 24, 2009 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: James Kinnard @ 7:58 am | 0 Comments »