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The Gap Between Our Fear and His Calling

An Excerpt by Joseph V. Novenson from Heralds of the King pp. 29

9781433504020I was in India during one of the most stirring cross-cultural mission experiences I have ever known. While I was speaking in southern India to the General Conference of the St. Thomas Evangelical Church, the police arrived and vigorously opposed, in their native tongue, my preaching the gospel. Seeing that I was confused due to my linguistic ignorance, an Indian translator calmly explained to me that the police did not want me to continue. Fear immediately shot through me like electricity as I found myself confronted by official opposition to my carrying on ministry. Actually, “terror” seems a reasonable description of my emotional state. With that terror I sensed afresh the enormous gap between my spiritually fragile inner man and the remarkably high calling upon my life as Christ’s servant. My fear and his calling seemed separated by an unimaginably huge chasm.

This hardly seemed an appropriate moment to discuss options, but I awkwardly sought counsel from an Indian Christian near me. “What should I do?” I stammered.

He calmly counseled me in great contrast to my obvious abject terror. In a very matter-of-fact manner, he indicated that his Bible had a few verses in it that said to keep preaching when people told us to stop. Then, in the same matter-of-fact tone, he inquired whether or not those verses were in my Bible as well.

Needless to say, his gentle rebuke to my fear hit me like a brick bat across the bridge of my nose, and I began to cry. I realized, in my fear, that I was now standing where, for thousands of years, my forefathers and foremothers had stood when the authorities ordered them not to preach God’s truth. This brief mental connection with Christian history heightened my sense of the gap between my horribly fearful and weak condition and God’s incredibly high calling upon my life.

September 30, 2009 | Posted in: Books,Fear and Anxiety,Missions | Author: Crossway Staff @ 7:37 pm | 0 Comments »

Help Us Choose a Cover for “Leaders Who Last”

This coming February Crossway will be publishing a new book by Dave Kraft called Leaders Who Last, and we’d like your vote for the book’s cover. Here’s a short description:

If the Christian life is like a race, we must admit that too many Christian leaders stumble, burn out, or veer off the track. Clearly, it’s not automatic that a leader will finish well.

Based on Dave Kraft’s thirty-five years of leading, teaching leadership, and coaching dozens of Christian leaders, Leaders Who Last moves through three stages of leadership: foundations, formation, and fruitfulness. Concise, anecdotal, and packed with wisdom, this book will help you aim your ambitions, refine your character, and position yourself to be an effective leader who endures.

Please vote for your favorite cover below (and feel free to leave any comments). Thanks for taking the time to participate in this survey. We value your input!

September 29, 2009 | Posted in: Books,Leadership,Survey | Author: Crossway Staff @ 2:21 pm | (10) Comments »

“I’m not sure that American Christians are going to buy what Voddie is saying, but I think we need to hear it.”

Dr. Gary Chapman says, “I’m not sure that American Christians are going to buy what he (Voddie) is saying, but I think we need to hear it.” Dads, daughters, and sons can listen in to a discussion with Gary Chapman and Voddie Baucham on What He Must Beif He Wants to Marry my Daughter.

Fathers play a crucial role in both their son’s and their daughter’s lives. Baucham seeks to equip a new generation to know God, to follow God, and even more—to equip fathers in the next generation to do the same.

So what does a godly man look like? Does he lead like Christ? What is the man’s role as a husband? What if there are good men out there who don’t fit all of the standards of godliness? Baucham discusses these issues and exhorts dads to build into young men, to be willing to invest in their lives, and to disciple them.

Listen to the 4-part interview at this link under the heading “September 19, 2009 Broadcast: To Marry My Daughter.”

| Posted in: Books,Interviews,Men, Husbands, Fathers | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:54 am | (3) Comments »

Africa for Jesus

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Back to the Bible Training College equips pastors to bring the gospel to Africa. They describe their vision simply as “Africa for Jesus”. At present, their students are from 14 different countries across the continent; their goal is to be training pastors from all 52.

Through their ministry, 106 students and staff members in Barberton, South Africa recently received a new ESV Study Bible.

Here is a video that briefly highlights the vision of Back to the Bible and shows footage from the Training College as they distributed the ESV Study Bible and other resources:

| Posted in: ESV,Missions,Study Bibles,Video | Author: James Kinnard @ 8:45 am | Comments Off »

“Thank you for these, we’re going to need 5,000.”

When Janet Conrad, manager of By the Book in Edmond, Oklahoma, picked up a Share the Good News of Christmas gift bag at the International Christian Retail Show in July, she had the sense that it was a perfect fit for Henderson Hills Baptist Church. The church does a huge program every year before Christmas, during which they always give something away. “The pastor consistently recommends the ESV from the pulpit and has asked our bookstore to make sure we are well stocked with the ESV Study Bible,” said Conrad. “I knew this would be perfect for publicizing their Christmas program.”

But even though she saw the potential in the packet, she was still a little surprised when one of the pastors called her to say, “Thank you for bringing this to us. We think we’re going to need 5,000 of them.”

Recently, 101 cases of Share the Good News of Christmas gift bags arrived. According to Connie Goodson, Worship and Arts Director of Henderson Hills Baptist Church, the church plans to make the bags available to the church family immediately following Thanksgiving. They plan to share these with co-workers, neighbors, family, and friends to invite them to the church’s three-night Christmas production, weekend church services, and Christmas Eve services.

“The Share the Good News of Christmas gift bags are an ideal package,” added Conrad, “perfect in that they put the Word of God, as well as a tract by Max Lucado that gives the gospel, into the hands of people while also inviting them to come to a Christmas event to hear the gospel proclaimed.”

September 28, 2009 | Posted in: Christmas,Evangelism | Author: Crossway Staff @ 2:09 pm | 1 Comment »