Since God sent his Son to be born of a woman so that we might receive adoption as sons (Galatians 4:4-6), Christmas provides a unique opportunity to celebrate our adoption by God. Jesus was born in Bethlehem to redeem us to that we could be brought into the family of God for life (forever). Therefore, to celebrate Christmas is to celebrate our vertical adoption.
Archive for November, 2009
If you’ve been using the audio features of the ESV Online Study Bible over the past year, you may have noticed some strange blips and beeps in the recording, or verses that cut off before they were finished. We’re pleased to announce that our engineers have deployed a new back-end to the ESV audio which corrects these problems, bringing you a pure, uncorrupted listening experience. You don’t need to change anything to make this work, just keep using the “Listen” links at the top of each passage.
A few weeks ago, the Crossway Blog ran a series on the ESV Study Bible, one year after its publication. The intent was to honor God and give thanks for how this resource is being used by the church around the world. Here’s a roundup of those posts:
- Behind the ESV and ESV Study Bible
- Preaching the Gospel in the Philippines
- Africa for Jesus
- Biblical Leadership Training in Sierra Leone
- ESV Study Bibles in Eger, Hungary
This series ended with “A Word from J.I. Packer“, in which Dr. Packer encapsulates why we’re so excited about this resource:
[The ESV Study Bible] is a study Bible which not only explains the texts and expounds them accurately, but it has in it a whole series of articles for the making and shaping of discipleship to Jesus Christ on the basis of the Bible. It can be, in a very significant sense, a single-volume resource for pastoral ministry, and indeed for personal life, because it’s doing the job which professional catechists have been doing ever since Christianity started—teaching people the truths that Christians live by and teaching them how to live by those truths.
Read the rest of Dr. Packer’s comments on his role in and his enthusiasm for the ESV Study Bible.
A Sneak Preview of Tullian Tchividjian’s Surprised By Grace
“Behind everything you worship is some fear that, without this person or thing, you’d be lost. Life wouldn’t be worth living. Your fears cause you to attribute ultimate worth either to things such as success, reputation, family, relationships, or to God. Either you believe your life would be meaningless without your friends, or your career achievement, or your children, or your possessions, or your social status, or whatever, or you believe your life wouldn’t be worth living without God, because you know he alone can provide everything you need (and, in fact, long for)—justification, love, mercy, grace, cleansing, a new beginning, eternal approval and acceptance, righteousness, and rescue.”
Read his entire excerpt here.
Today’s trackback title is Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen, ED. by Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor. John Owen’s three classic works on sin and temptation are profoundly helpful to any believer who seeks to become more like Jesus Christ.
“Do you mortify;
do you make it your daily work;
be always at it while you live;
cease not a day from this work;
be killing sin or it will be killing you.” (pp. 50)
Here’s a reminder of how Trackback Thursday works: Simply link to the blog post from your blog, leave a comment on Crossway’s Facebook Page, or re-tweet Trackback Thursday on Twitter @Crosswaybooks. Winners are picked on Friday morning.