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Win a Trip to the Desiring God National Conference

[UPDATE: ANNOUNCING OUR WINNERS!]

Thank you to all of those who signed up to the Crossway Newsletter and entered to win a trip to the Desiring God National Conference.

And now for our Winners!

Conference Trip Winners* – Please be sure to stop by our booth to say hello!

  1. Philip Ingram
  2. Holly Ferguson

Winners of the Desiring God Conference Booksets*

  1. Pratia Prentis
  2. Lyndsey Gambill
  3. Jesse Josephic
  4. Curt Amlong
  5. Michael Nolen

Winners of The Hole in Our Holiness*

  1. Robert War
  2. Celena Tyler
  3. Sarah Montgomery
  4. Peter McCarthy
  5. Todd Lynn
  6. Kati Taylor
  7. Dustin Shatto
  8. Paige Walker
  9. Naomi Habib
  10. Daniel Kim

*Note: Congratulations, winners! We will contact you within the next week to work out the details and make the necessary arrangements. Thanks!

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We’re excited to offer you the chance to win two trips to this year’s Desiring God National Conference (September 28 – 30 in Minneapolis, MN). Each winner will receive round-trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations for two nights, and two tickets for the 2012 conference entitled “Act the Miracle: God’s Work and Ours in the Mystery of Sanctification.”*

To enter the drawing, sign up for the Crossway Newsletter and check the box that reads, “Enter me to win a trip to the 2012 DG National Conference.”

Readers at least 18 years old and living in the contiguous U.S. can enter this special contest through Friday (8/31). Winners will be announced Friday afternoon.

Other prizes being given at random:

  1. 10 copies of Kevin DeYoung’s new book, The Hole in Our Holiness
  2. 5 sets of the books birthed out of past Desiring God conferences:

 

*No purchase necessary. Winners must be 18 years of age or older and live in the contiguous United States. Hotel accommodations will be made at Hilton Minneapolis from 9/28/2012 – 9/30/2012 (2 nights). Crossway will cover the base cost of each hotel room and reimburse airfare (not to exceed $1,000 per winner). Desiring God will provide the conference tickets. Any additional costs will be the sole responsibility of the winner.

 

August 28, 2012 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:19 am | 1 Comment »

Do You Love Leviticus?

Have you ever wrestled with the relevancy of the Pentateuch or struggled to reconcile the seemingly harsh actions of God in the Old Testament with the merciful and forgiving actions of God in the New Testament? Have you ever struggled to read through the first few books of the Bible, wondering why the law was so specific and how it applies to Christians today?

Nancy Guthrie wants to help you dig deeply into the Old Testament. Her latest Bible study, The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomyshows us how the Pentateuch and the Old Testament law prepare us for, and point us to, the perfect sacrificial lamb: Jesus Christ.

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12).

Learn more about The Lamb of God study. Complimentary resources for leaders are available online at SeeingJesusInTheOldTestament.com, and a DVD companion featuring 40-minute teaching sessions from Guthrie is available for purchase.

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We’d Love to Meet You this Fall!

One of our favorite parts about being at conferences is the opportunity to meet you. We’re always encouraged to hear what God is doing in and through your churches and communities, and we love to help you find the books and Bibles you’re looking for.

Every fall, many conferences and events take place that seek to build up the church. In light of that, we want to invite you to do two things:

  1. If you haven’t yet seen John Piper’s short video on how to maximize the impact of attending a conference, we highly recommend you do so! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find it.
  2. If you’re going to any of the conferences or events below, please stop by the Crossway booth and say hello! We want to meet you, hear how God is working, and serve you in any way we can.

Hope to see you soon!

September Events:

October Events:

And don’t forget to take a look at this short video from John Piper & Desiring God:

August 27, 2012 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Lindsay Tully @ 10:51 am | 0 Comments »

World Premiere of James MacMillan’s “Since it was the Day of Preparation”

James MacMillan’s Since it was the Day of Preparation premiers today at the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland.

This choral piece was co-commissioned by Crossway and Soli Deo Gloria, in collaboration with the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Music Festival Expo Fund and The Binks Trust. MacMillan is a renowned Scottish composer whose faith has deeply influenced his music. His hour-long chamber work centers on the figure of Christ (bass Brindley Sherratt), supported by only five instruments.

MacMillan uses the text of the ESV Bible, published by Crossway, to retell the greatest story ever told. “When I finished writing the Passion at the point where Christ dies, my mind turned immediately to the next bit of text, opening with the words ‘since it was the day of preparation,’” MacMillan said. “The challenge was to pick up the story again and take it right through to the Resurrection.”

MacMillan shares more about the setting of Since it was the Day of Preparation in the video below.

August 22, 2012 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,News,The Arts,Video | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 8:58 am | 0 Comments »

Medicine for Motivation

Excerpt from The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung

One of the reasons why I think Christians get tired of hearing about the law is because they never hear why they should obey the law. The imperatives hit us like a ton of study Bibles because we aren’t given any motivation for keeping God’s commands. Everything boils down to, “God said it, so do it.” Or on the oppo­site end of the spectrum, some Christians make it sound like grati­tude is the only legitimate motivation for obedience: “Look at everything Christ has done for you. Now be thankful and let the good works flow.” These are both true motivations for holiness, but they aren’t the only ones.

Jesus is the Great Physician, and like any good doctor he writes different prescriptions for different illnesses. The gospel is always the remedy for the guilt of sin, but when it comes to over­coming the presence of sin, Jesus has many doses at his disposal. He knows that personalities and sins and situations all vary. Jesus is not like a high school athletic trainer who tells everyone to “ice it and take a couple ibuprofen.” He’s not some quack doctor who always prescribes bloodletting. “High cholesterol? Here’s a leach. Overactive blad­der? I got a leach for that. Gout? A couple leaches will take the edge off.”

The good news is that the Bible is a big, diverse, wise book, and in it you can find a variety of prescriptions to encourage obedience to God’s commands.

Here are just some of the ways in which the Bible motivates us to pursue holiness:

  1. Duty. “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccles. 12:13).
  2. God knows all and sees all. “For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Eccles. 12:14).
  3. It’s right. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Eph. 6:1)
  4. It’s for our good. “Be careful to obey all these words that I com­mand you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.” (Deut. 12:28).
  5. God’s example. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiv­ing one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:32).
  6. Christ’s example. “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph. 5:2).
  7. Assurance. “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these quali­ties you will never fall” (2 Pet. 1:10).
  8. Being effective as a Christian. “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 1:8). 
  9. Jesus’ return. “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and god­liness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!” (2 Pet. 3:11–12).
  10. The world is not our home. “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul” (1 Pet. 2:11)

This list could easily be tripled. God doesn’t command obedience “just cuz.” He gives us dozens of specific reasons to be holy. God can prescribe many different medicines for motivation. If you’re struggling with por­nography, he might call to mind your identity in Christ or admon­ish you that the sexually immoral will not inherit the kingdom of God. If you are fighting pride, God might assure you that he gives grace to the humble or remind you that you follow a cruci­fied Messiah. He can highlight your adoption, justification, rec­onciliation, or union with Christ. God can stir you up to love and good deeds with warnings and promises, with love and fear, with positive or negative examples. He can remind you of who you are, or who you were, or who you are becoming. God can appeal to your good, the good of others, or his own glory. You could prob­ably find a hundred biblical reasons to be holy. And the sooner we explore and apply those reasons, the more equipped we’ll be to fight sin, the more eager to make every effort to be more like Christ, and the more ready to say with the apostle John, “his com­mandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

Learn more about The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung.

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