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A Letter from Lane Dennis Regarding the Flood

Dear Friends,

As you may have heard, the Crossway building was flooded recently, on Thursday, April 17, during the extraordinary downpour that hit the Chicago area. The area surrounding our building was underwater for many blocks, and we ended up with 20 inches of water in our building. The effect of the flood was to wipe out all of our first-floor offices, about 35 in all.

The entire Crossway staff has responded tremendously, working tirelessly to get us up and running the next day—relocating key staff, moving vital IT resources, and setting up customer service teams at our off-site warehouse. However, everything on the first floor will need to be rebuilt, and all the furniture replaced, a process that will take four to six months.

We are currently assessing the damage and negotiating with our insurer, but a sizable portion of the losses, repairs, and restoration will not be covered by insurance. Additionally, we will need to make significant modifications to the building, to protect against the possibility of future flood damage.

I didn’t think we would ever have to go though the same waters that we did about three years ago—though in the Lord’s providence this is the case. But even though we have experienced both flood and fire in recent years, our confidence is all the more in the Lord, who alone is our hope and our salvation. Several Scriptures of encouragement come to mind:

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2)

“But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again” (2 Corinthians 1:9)

“We went through fire and through water,
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance” (Psalm 66:12)

May we have great confidence in “the place of abundance” that the Lord will provide in his grace and mercy, through Christ our Savior. We “trust in you, O Lord. . . . You are [our] God. [Our] times are in your hand” (Psalm 31:14, 15).

We are deeply grateful to each of you—for your friendship and partnership in our ministry, for your prayers in this time of trial, for your continued encouragement and help as we recover from the flood. Once again, we see this as an occasion to trust the Lord to accomplish far beyond anything we can ask or think—to continue faithfully providing God’s Word and gospel-centered resources to serve the church, to proclaim the gospel, and to reach a world that is desperately lost without Christ. May the Lord use this challenge to bring us closer to himself, for the furtherance of the gospel, and for the display of his glory.

With our great appreciation for each of you,



Lane T. Dennis, PhD

President and CEO, Crossway

April 26, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Company Updates,News | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 4:07 pm | (6) Comments »

iOS App Released for ESV Global Study Bible

Crossway is pleased to announce the release of an iOS app for the ESV Global Study Bible. It features all the content of the print edition of the Global Study Bible, including study notes, book introductions, the global message of each Bible book, and articles.

You can download it in the iOS app store for $9.99.


| Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Digital News,ESVBible.org,Mobile Apps,News | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 11:29 am | (13) Comments »

Greg Thornbury discusses “Recovering Classic Evangelicalism” with John Wilson

Watch as John Wilson (Books and Culture) interviews Dr. Gregory Thornbury, author of Recovering Classic Evangelicalism (March 2013).

From the Back Cover

Using the life and work of Carl F. H. Henry as a key to evangelicalism’s past and a cipher for its future, this book provides crucial insights for a renewed vision of the church’s place in modern society and charts a refreshing course toward unity under the banner of  “classic evangelicalism.”

Learn more

Read an Excerpt

Download a PDF of the excerpt

April 22, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Church History,Culture,Evangelicalism,Life / Doctrine,The Christian Life,Video | Author: Crossway Staff @ 2:31 pm | (3) Comments »

Update on the Flooding at Crossway

Crossway’s offices in Wheaton, IL experienced substantial flooding last Wednesday and Thursday (April 17–18). Crossway is located in one of several neighborhoods in Wheaton where storm sewers were overwhelmed from heavy rains.

These photographs show the flooding and its aftermath:

The front parking lot of Crossway

Flooded front entrance


Josh Dennis, Senior VP of Design, in first floor hallway

6 additional inches of water outside an office

Many titles from lower bookshelves ended up on the floor

Good News tracts

Cleanup progress Monday morning

We’re trusting in God’s provision and plan in the midst of these difficult circumstances, and ask for your prayers as we recover over the coming months. Please also pray for the many families and businesses in Wheaton and other Chicago suburbs that were affected by last week’s flooding.

| Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Company Updates,News | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 10:00 am | (19) Comments »

Piper Sermon Archive on ESVBible.org

In partnership with our friends at Desiring God, we’re excited to announce that John Piper’s complete sermon archive is now available to all ESVBible.org visitors.

These sermon transcripts represent some 3.5 million words of teaching from over 30 years of Piper’s preaching ministry. The sermons are fully integrated with ESVBible.org and we invite you to explore the complete archive by visiting ESVBible.org, clicking on the cloud icon in the upper left corner, and toggling “John Piper’s sermons.”

Our heart for this free resource is that many would grow in their knowledge of and love for God’s Word. May God use it for the fame of his name.

John Piper is teacher and founder of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served as pastor for preaching and vision for over 30 years at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

April 18, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Digital News,ESVBible.org,News | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 1:16 pm | (11) Comments »