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Beyond Nineveh—God is Still Relentlessly Pursuing Rebels

1In Surprised by Grace Tullian Tchividjian shows readers that the message of Jonah goes beyond Nineveh. We want to draw your attention to a few more interviews and reviews on this great book!

Justin Taylor: An interview with Tullian on Gospel and Law. Read it here.

Kevin DeYoung: “Surprised by Grace is well-written, exegetically careful and pastorally sensitive. Tullian mines the world of literature, art, and theology to bring out the abiding significance of this beloved story. And through it all, he points us to Christ.” Read the full review.

Matthew Robbins:  If, like me, you grew up hearing the story of Jonah but never really listening to it, let me encourage you to read this book. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and the book of Jonah demonstrates that his grace was just as prominent in the Old Testament as during the time of Christ and today….I repeatedly saw myself in Tchividjian’s descriptions of Jonah’s responses to God, and this book encouraged me that God’s relentless grace pursues me in exactly the same way it did Jonah so long ago.” Read the full review and find out how you can win a copy of Surprised by Grace.

May 28, 2010 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:40 am | 1 Comment »

What Does Jonah Have to do with Worship, Grace, and You?

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In Surprised by Grace, Tullian Tchividjian shows readers that the book of Jonah has a lot more to it than a man and a fish. It has everything to do with worship, grace, and you. See what pastors and reviewers are saying:

  • Matt Chandler: “You should read Surprised by Grace by Pastor Tullian as soon as you can…it stirred my heart to worship.”
  • Stephen Altrogge: “The great strength of this book is that it looks at grace from a fresh perspective. In our Christian ghettos, grace is a word that gets tossed around rather casually. I recommend Surprised by Grace to all those who feel that they’ve become overly familiar with grace.” Read full review here.
  • Nathan Bingham: “In the age of the celebrity, Tullian Tchividjian reminds us that the gospel isn’t for the elite, but shockingly, the gospel is for losers!” Check out how to win a free copy here.
  • Zach Nielsen: “The gospel is not just for the all-star and the illustrious and the legendary. It’s for the loser. It’s for the defeated, not the dominant.” See full excerpt here.
  • Terry Delaney: “If you think Jonah is all about a big fish swallowing a rogue prophet and spitting him on land so he can finally begrudgingly do what God has for him to do, then you need to read this book. I promise that you will be the better in so doing.” Read full review here.
  • Trevin Wax: “Are you tribal or missional? We can’t escape a stark contrast in this story—the tribal mindset of Jonah versus the missional mindset of God.” Read full excerpt here.
May 27, 2010 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News | Author: Crossway Staff @ 6:28 am | 0 Comments »

Worship, Fears, & Idolatry

Albert Pinkham Ryder's oil painting on canvas of Jonah. Reprinted by permission of Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC / Art Resource, NY (ART256201)

Albert Pinkham Ryder's oil painting on canvas of Jonah. Reprinted by permission of Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC / Art Resource, NY (ART256201)

In Surprised by Grace, Tchividjian gets to the heart of worship, fear, and idolatry:

What you choose to attribute ultimate worth to—what you choose to worship—depends on what you fear the most. If you fear loneliness, you worship relationships. You depend on them to save you from a meaningless life. If you fear not being accepted or esteemed, you worship your social network, the way you look, the car you drive, or the amount of money you make. You depend on these things to validate your existence. If you fear insignificance, you end up worshiping your career or your accomplishments.

Behind everything you worship is some fear that, without this person or thing, you’d be lost. We’re all worshipers—but God is the only reliable object of worship because nothing and no one extends these things like God does in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

According to the Bible, anything we worship—other than God himself—is an idol. Idolatry is centering our attention and affection on something, or someone, smaller than God. In fact, most idols are good things in our lives that we turn into ultimate things, things that take God’s place as we unconsciously depend on them to give our lives meaning and security.

Idolatry is trying to build our identity around something besides God. And this is not just a problem for non-Christians; it’s a problem for Christians too. Christians also are guilty of trusting in things smaller than God to give their lives meaning and significance. So, let’s not make the mistake (like Jonah does here) of thinking that idolatry is only a non-Christian problem.

(Modified excerpt from Surprised by Grace pp 120-121)

May 25, 2010 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Fear / Anxiety,Life / Doctrine,Sanctification,The Christian Life | Author: Crossway Staff @ 1:25 pm | (3) Comments »

The Sword by Bryan Litfin

The Sword Trailer from Crossway on Vimeo.

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May 21, 2010 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News,Video | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:08 am | 0 Comments »

God engages us at the intersection of our ambitions…

Dave Harvey explains why ambition is important:

Dave Harvey: “Why is ambition important?” from Crossway on Vimeo.

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May 18, 2010 | Posted in: Book News | Author: Crossway Staff @ 7:39 am | 0 Comments »