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Nancy Guthrie Introduces “The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books”

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

What kind of king and what kind of kingdom are we asking for when we pray this prayer Jesus taught us to pray? Nancy Guthrie’s new study, The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books, encourages readers to see the kingdom of God not only as it once was, but also as it is now, and as it will be one day.

Over ten weeks of guided study, relevant teaching, and group discussion, Guthrie traces the history of the people of God from the time they entered the Promised Land through a series of failed kings, exile, and finally their return to await the true King. Readers will see Jesus as:

  • the greater Joshua who leads his people into rest;
  • the greater Boaz who has done all that is necessary to redeem;
  • the greater King who will sit on David’s throne forever;
  • the greater Restorer who is building his church from ruined stones.

Watch the introduction to the study as well as a few clips from the companion teaching DVD:

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June 26, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News,Video | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:43 am | 0 Comments »

Video: “Christ + City: Why the Greatest Need of the City Is the Greatest News of All”

Why does God seem to be calling so many people to cities? How should we think about and engage with the cities of the world?

Christ + City not only reveals to us an incredible opportunity, but also explains why God loves cities, how and why we should live in them, and what we can do to reach them for his glory.

Listen in as Pastor Jon Dennis, author of Christ + City, and others share their love for these cultural centers and their desire to see the kingdom of God take root in the city.

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June 20, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News,Video | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:55 am | 0 Comments »

Evangelical Unity and Denominational Diversity (book excerpt)

Denominations. The word itself can spark strong reactions, leading us to consider the strengths and weaknesses of our factions. Is unity even possible?

Showing how denominational affiliation can be natural without being negative, and how evangelical diversity can help rather than hinder Christian unity, Why We Belong explains both the personal and doctrinal reasons each of the following contributors fit not only in their church, but also in the Church:

  • Gerald L. Bray (Anglican)
  • Timothy F. George (Baptist)
  • Douglas A. Sweeney (Lutheran)
  • Timothy C. Tennent (Methodist)
  • Byron D. Klaus (Pentecostal)
  • Bryan Chapell (Presbyterian)

Demonstrating why Christians have legitimate reasons for identifying with a particular denomination, Why We Belong also helps us appreciate something much larger than our own traditions—the family of God.

Preview an excerpt from the book:

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June 19, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News | Author: Crossway Staff @ 10:36 am | 0 Comments »

A Message from our President on Flood Recovery Progress

Dear Friends,

I am deeply grateful as I write to you today – to our great Lord and Savior and to you personally – for your prayers and partnership with our ministry at Crossway.

One month ago, we asked for help in a very challenging situation. As you know, devastating storms swept though the Chicago area in mid-April, which resulted in unprecedented flooding in Wheaton, causing major damage throughout Crossway’s headquarters. Our first-floor offices, meeting rooms, computer room, and on-site bookstore were extensively damaged by two feet of floodwater.

We quickly realized that extensive work would be needed, both to recover from the flood and to flood-proof the perimeter of our building and protect against this happening again. But more importantly, the unanticipated costs threatened our ability to maintain several key global ministry initiatives in the coming year.

It has been humbling indeed to see the Lord’s extraordinary provision – through the outpouring of prayer, encouragement, and financial support of the Lord’s people around the world. During the last four weeks, we have received well over 2,000 emails and letters of encouragement, including gifts of support from over thirty nations around the world – from churches, friends in the publishing industry, and thousands of individuals – mostly from people whom I have never met before but who nonetheless graciously responded and faithfully prayed. As I signed the thank-you letters and noted the gift receipts, I was often deeply moved (even at times to tears) by the extraordinary goodness of the Lord and his people.

Initial estimates for recovery and flood-proofing our building focused on waterproofing all of the entry doors, strengthening outer walls, and sealing the foundation perimeter. After several meetings with building engineers and architects, it became clear that more extensive work on the property and perimeter of the building would be necessary. Although the initial repair estimates have nearly tripled, the Lord has clearly provided through your generous help.

Remarkably, as recovery and flood-proofing costs increased, so did the amount of support, corresponding almost exactly to the new cost estimate. Most importantly this means that key ministry projects can be sustained this year – including the means for (1) completion of the Chinese translation of ESV Study Bible notes and features, for publication of the New Testament in Mainland China next year (DV); (2) distribution of an additional 20,000 Chinese-English Bibles in Mainland China (bringing the total now close to 250,000); (3) the completion and strategic distribution of the Gospel Transformation Bible project; and (4) developing the first editions of our Knowing the Bible studies for free digital access worldwide.

All of this is to express my deep gratitude to you. Because of your support, we are emerging from this time of crisis with renewed strength and the means to carry forward the ministry God has entrusted to us – to develop and publish vital, gospel-centered materials; to equip believers; and to share the gospel and the truth of God’s Word with a world that is desperately lost apart from Christ.

With my great appreciation for you,

In Christ our Savior,


 

Lane T. Dennis, PhD

President

June 13, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Company Updates,News | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 2:37 pm | (2) Comments »

“On the Christian Life” Series Co-editors, Justin Taylor and Stephen J. Nichols, Discuss the Newest Addition

DIETRICH BONHOEFFER died a martyr’s death at the young age of 39 and remains one of the most influential pastor-theologians of our time. His writings teach us the value of cross-centered theology, and his courageous actions against the Nazi regime compel us to consider the cost of discipleship.

With insight, clarity, and wisdom, Stephen Nichols guides readers through the words and deeds of this humble yet heroic pastor, whose example shows us that the heart of the Christian’s life flows from the cross, for the world.

Watch as series co-editors, Justin Taylor and Stephen J. Nichols, discuss Nichols’s newest addition—Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life—and the series as a whole.

Video Time-stamp Index:

0:00 Pronouncing Bonhoeffer
0:31 Vision for the “on the Christian Life” Series
2:44 Why study Bonhoeffer?
3:19 The short but fruitful life of Bonhoeffer
5:08 Was Bonhoeffer an evangelical? Was he orthodox?
6:14 Bonhoeffer’s understanding of the Trinity
6:46 Bonhoeffer’s stance on justification
8:16 Bonhoeffer’s view of Scripture
12:10 How does this book differ from Eric Metaxas’s Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy?
14:40 Conclusion: A great next step after reading Metaxas’s biography

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June 12, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Church History,Interview,Life / Doctrine,Video | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:07 am | 0 Comments »