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Drawn to Jesus in “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”

Are you and your family planning to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader this month?

If you’re familiar with The Chronicles of Narnia, you know there’s more to the story than meets the eye. While C.S. Lewis didn’t write The Chronicles as a pure allegory, many characters and events often correspond to the biblical narrative.

In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Aslan tells the two Pevensie children that their adventures in Narnia have come to an end. Edmund and Lucy are upset at the thought of never returning to this country.

“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”
“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.
“Are—are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.
“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”

Edmund and Lucy’s adventures in Narnia helped them come to know Aslan (Jesus) better, and our adventures in Narnia can do the same for us. But sometimes, we may miss the deeper truths behind the stories.

Christin Ditchfield has a great book to help families enjoy the biblical parallels, principles, and related scripture readings from The Chronicles of Narnia (of course including an entire section on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader). A Family Guide to Narnia can both start intentional conversations about the movie (or the book) or lead into scripture readings and family devotions.

To mark the opening of Dawn Treader (Dec 10), we’re giving away a copy of A Family Guide to Narnia. Just tell us a little about who you’re planning to take to the film, and why, and we’ll announce the winners on Dec 3rd!

November 30, 2010 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 9:02 am | (18) Comments »

DG Live with Darrin Patrick Now Online

Desiring God’s recent interview with Darrin Patrick—author of Church Planter and Vice President of Acts 29—is now available.

Stream the video below, or right-click to download the audio or download the video.

November 29, 2010 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 3:15 pm | 1 Comment »

How Your Church Can Sample the ESV (for Free)!

Is your church interested in learning more about the ESV Bible? In our desire to serve both pastors and church staffers, we encourage you to request a free ESV church kit or a sample pew Bible.

The ESV Church Kit contains:

  • Three Sample ESV Bibles
  • A Copy of Choosing a Bible by Leland Ryken
  • ESV Informational Brochures
  • ESV Study Bible Sampler
  • Current ESV Bible Catalog
  • ESV Pew Bible Order Form

Request a free church kit here. Request a sample pew Bible here. Learn more about the ESV translation here.

Note: Free samples and kits are for US and Canada only.

| Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 11:27 am | (2) Comments »

Sproul’s Expositional Commentary on Acts Now Available!

R. C. Sproul’s newest volume in the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary Series is now available! Sproul walks readers through the story of the Gospel spreading to the Gentiles by dividing the book of Acts into short increments and examining key themes and background. “This is an expository commentary, drawn from real preaching to a real church in a real world of pain, sorrow, joy, and faith,” Sproul explains.

R.C. Sproul has been pastoring St. Andrew’s Chapel in Florida since 1997. The St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary Series is a written collection of Sproul’s Scripture-centered sermons over the years. Learn more about the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary Series or buy your copy of Acts. 1 & 2 Peter will be available in March 2011.

November 23, 2010 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News & Announcements | Author: Crossway Staff @ 11:52 am | 1 Comment »

Linking the Gospel and the Life of the Mind

The gospel inevitably sparks intellectual curiosity and deliberation. Do you every wonder why that is? Why is it that wherever the gospel goes the academy follows? Bradley Green’s book The Gospel and the Mind explores this correlation between the gospel and the mind, and in doing so addresses five theological themes and their relevance to the intellectual life:

  1. The realities of creation and history
  2. The notion of a telos or goal to all of history
  3. The cross of Christ
  4. The nature of language
  5. Knowledge, morality, and action

This postmodern age has balked at incorporating faith or religion into reason, but religion is at the root of any culture that values reason and intellectual pursuits. “A sustainable and meaningful life of the mind,” Green posits, “will prosper and grow only in soil nurtured by a Christian vision.”

Learn more about The Gospel and the Mind.

November 19, 2010 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News & Announcements | Author: Crossway Staff @ 6:00 am | 1 Comment »