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Weekly Ebook Specials: Titles by Tim Chester

In conjunction with the release of Tim Chester’s Good News to the Poor, we’re excited to offer a few other books by Pastor Chester for $1.99 each. See below for the complete list!

To learn more about each title, click on the covers below to find them at Crossway.org. You’ll also find the ebooks at their reduced prices on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshout, Christianbook.com, eChristian, ibooks (apple), Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 8/5/2013.*

Featured New Release:

Good News to the Poor Cover 

Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel

By Tim Chester

The chasm between evangelism and social action needs to be bridged. Chester convincingly argues that the truth of the gospel is best understood and embraced in the context of loving action and gospel-centered community.

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Praise for Good News to the Poor

Good News to the Poor is good news for readers thinking through the relationship of evangelism to social action. Tim Chester rightly emphasizes the centrality of the gospel as he compares dependency-creating welfare with dignity-embracing development.”
Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-chief, World News Group

Tim Chester shows that gospel proclamation and tangible acts of love, service, and mercy toward our neighbors should not be pitted against each other—God’s grace motivates action, and words and deeds go together.”
Justin S. Holcomb, Executive Director of the Resurgence; Adjunct Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

 

This Week’s Ebook Specials:

Total Church

Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community

By Tim Chester, Steve Timmis

$12.99 $1.99

Two pastors outline and apply a pair of overarching biblical principles that call the current body of Christ to a deep restructuring of its life and mission.

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Everyday Church

Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

By Tim Chester, Steve Timmis

$11.99 $1.99

Offers a missional reflection on the book of 1 Peter as well as practical ideas for churches to engage those who are unchurched in an increasingly post-Christian context.

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You Can Change

You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions

By Tim Chester

$12.99 $1.99

A practical, interactive, and biblical book designed to help Christians in all stages of life find victory over sin by focusing on what God has already done in them. Chester focuses on heart change, not mere change of behavior, as he reminds us that God is already powerfully at work in our lives.

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Coming Up Next Week: Resources for Leaders

*Note: Some discounts may be unavailable outside the United States due to international rights agreements.

July 30, 2013 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Ted Cockle @ 3:04 pm | 0 Comments »

Good News to the Poor (Book Excerpt)

Help them or tell them? Be like Jesus or talk about Jesus? Social action or gospel proclamation?

We can find ourselves gravitating toward one of these modes over the other—maybe even pitting word against deed, as if the two were mutually exclusive. Yet Good News to the Poor shows us how both are integrated in the biblical vision of mission that we would be both loving evangelists and loving activists.

Learn more about Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel by Tim Chester (July 2013). .

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Praise for Good News to the Poor

Good News to the Poor is good news for readers thinking through the relationship of evangelism to social action. Tim Chester rightly emphasizes the centrality of the gospel as he compares dependency-creating welfare with dignity-embracing development.”
—Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-chief, World News Group

“The Christian church has at its best been known for its exemplary love and sacrificial service to ‘the least of these’: the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized. Tim Chester shows that gospel proclamation and tangible acts of love, service, and mercy toward our neighbors should not be pitted against each other—God’s grace motivates action, and words and deeds go together.”
—Justin S. Holcomb, Executive Director of the Resurgence; Adjunct Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

“Tim Chester provides a timely reminder that Christianity at its best is actually a well-balanced combination of social action and gospel proclamation. This book does an excellent job removing the perceived wall between these two camps. Chester challenges the Christian church to work for justice and peace in the process of calling individuals to conversion and the new birth. This book is a much-needed call for a renewed understanding of the Christian calling.”
—Ben Peays, Executive Director, The Gospel Coalition

“What’s the relationship between the gospel and social action for the believer? I’ve been asked that question many times over the years, and it is one we must answer well. If we do not get the relationship between the gospel and social action right, we will likely end up undermining both of them. This is why Tim Chester’s Good News to the Poor is an essential book for Christians. He argues persuasively and winsomely that gospel proclamation and social action are inseparable.”

—Dan Cruver, Director, Together for Adoption; author, Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father

“A vital challenge to gospel people to follow in the footsteps of William Carey. Consistent, mission-minded evangelicals have always refused to choose between a commitment to gospel proclamation and an active concern for the poor. Tim Chester digs deep into the Bible to show us why both are vital and what it means to be Christ’s people in a world of need.”
—Keith Walker, Director, SIM-UK/N. Europe

“This important, well-written book is a must-read for those looking for a way to integrate word and deed to advance God’s purposes in our needy world.”
—Tom Sine, author, Living on Purpose: Finding God’s Best For Your Life

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Weekly Ebook Specials: For the Pastor

In his new book, The Pastor’s Justification, Jared Wilson points out a common struggle of pastors:

The pastoral fraternity is an interesting one. We are a motley bunch of fools. Different personalities and tribes, different methodologies and styles, not to mention denominations and traditions and, of course, theologies. But there is something both lay elders and career elders have in common, something I’ve seen in the thirty-year senior pastor of a southern megachurch as well as the bivocational shepherd of a little, rural New England parish, the laid-back fauxhawked church planter and the fancy mousse-haried charismatic, and in nearly every pastor in between: a profound sense of insecurity for which the only antidote is the gospel.

This week’s ebook specials were picked especially for the pastors and church leaders out there. Each of these books points to the security found in Christ with practical, gospel-centered wisdom from your co-laborers.

To learn more about each title, click on the covers below to find them at Crossway.org. You’ll also find the ebooks at their reduced prices on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshout, Christianbook.com, eChristian, ibooks (apple), Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 7/29/2013.*

Featured New Release:

The Pastor's Justification

The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry

By Jared C. Wilson, Foreword by Mike Ayers

Neither a how-to manual nor an academic treatise on pastoral ministry, this book of biblical exposition, pastoral confession, and gospel exultation directs pastors to their only justification: the finished work of Christ.

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This Week’s Ebook Specials:

Dangerous Calling

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

By Paul David Tripp

$15.99 $3.99

Recognizing the widespread struggles facing pastors today, Tripp exposes and exhorts the cultures that train and support our church leaders so that they can lead well and our churches can be healthy.

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Faithmapping

Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey

By Daniel Montgomery, Mike Cosper

$12.99 $2.99

Helps Christians cultivate unity within the church by articulating a holistic view of the Christian life—the whole gospel for the whole church to the whole world.

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Gospel-Centered Discipleship

Gospel-Centered Discipleship

By Jonathan K. Dodson, Foreword by Matt Chandler

$9.99 $2.99

Experienced discipler and church leader, Jonathan Dodson, redresses defective forms of discipleship and offers a practical model for creating a reproducible, gospel-centered alternative.

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Sensing Jesus

Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being

By Zack Eswine

$15.99 $2.99

Presenting sound pastoral theology couched in autobiographical musings and emotive prose, this book offers a fresh and biblically faithful approach to the care of souls, including your own.

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Preaching Christ in All of Scripture

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture

By Edmund P. Clowney

$14.99 $2.99

Clowney lays the theoretical foundation for preaching Christ in the whole Bible and offers up practical tips for preparing such a sermon. Book also contains many of the author’s own sermons as examples to draw from.

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Am I Called?

Am I Called?: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry

 By Dave Harvey, Foreword by Matt Chandler

$9.99 $1.99

Sharing from his wealth of personal experience and illustrating from history, Harvey explores biblical principles and revealing questions to help prospective pastors discern their calling.

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Coming Up Next Week: Books by Tim Chester

*Note: Some discounts may be unavailable outside the United States due to international rights agreements.

July 23, 2013 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Ted Cockle @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

Weekly Ebook Specials: Defining, Defending, and Living out the Gospel

Galatians exists for grace.

So says pastor Todd Wilson, author of the newest Preaching the Word volume—Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living. As evidenced by the subtitle, Wilson’s commentary unpacks how the Christian life is entirely rooted in the gospel of grace.

For this week’s ebook specials, we thought it fitting to feature several Crossway books that help us define, defend, and live out this great gospel of grace.

To learn more about each title, click on the covers below to find them at Crossway.org. You’ll also find the ebooks at their reduced prices on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshout, Christianbook.com, eChristian, ibooks (apple), Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 7/22/2013.*

Featured New Release:

Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living

Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living

 By Todd A. Wilson, Series edited by R. Kent Hughes

Paul’s letter to the Galatians provides key insights into salvation and the nature of grace. Drawing on years of pastoral ministry, Wilson leads readers through the book’s major themes with exegetical clarity and theological care. A Preaching the Word commentary.

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This Week’s Ebook Specials:

Gospel Wakefulness

Gospel Wakefulness

By Jared C. Wilson, Foreword by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

$12.99 $2.99

Wilson’s book will stir churches to live out the power of the gospel with a fervent, genuine zeal. Pastors, church leaders, and all in ministry, especially those who are tired or discouraged, will be uplifted, emboldened, and empowered by this book.

No Other Gospel: 31 Reasons from Galatians Why Justification by Faith Alone Is the Only Gospel

No Other Gospel: 31 Reasons from Galatians Why Justification by Faith Alone Is the Only Gospel

By Josh Moody

$13.99 $2.99

Stemming from a series of sermons delivered to his church, pastor Josh Moody presents the gospel of justification by faith alone, as proclaimed in Galatians. He examines thirty-one reasons Paul gives for this gospel.

What is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?

 By Greg Gilbert, Foreword by D. A. Carson

$9.99 $1.99

This contribution to the IXMarks series presents a straightforward statement of the gospel. Author Greg Gilbert guides both Christians and non-Christians to the Bible as we gain a clear understanding of the central message of God’s Word.

The Gospel and Scripture

The Gospel and Scripture: How to Read the Bible

 By Mike Bullmore, Series edited by D. A. Carson, Timothy Keller

$2.99 $0.99

A pastor outlines the relationship between the gospel and all of Scripture and suggests helpful strategies for reading and interpreting the Bible correctly. A Gospel Coalition Booklet.

The Plan

The Plan

By Mike Bullmore, Series edited by D. A. Carson, Timothy Keller

$2.99 $0.99

God has a perfect plan for the world, found in the Bible and centering around his promise to bring sinners to eternal life. Colin Smith traces God’s plan through the making and fulfillment of the promise. A Gospel Coalition Booklet.

 


Coming Up Next Week: Resources for Pastors

*Note: Some discounts may be unavailable outside the United States due to international rights agreements.

July 16, 2013 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Ted Cockle @ 11:26 am | 0 Comments »

Interview: K. Scott Oliphint, Author of “Covenantal Apologetics,” Interviewed by Justin Taylor

In what Dr. Albert Mohler calls “an arsenal of apologetic insight”, Covenantal Apologetics (July 2013) offers an introduction to Reformed apologetics, explores foundational principles, and gives guidance for talking with unbelievers.

Learn more about Oliphant’s “principles and practice in defense of our faith” in this extended interview with Justin Taylor:

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Video Time-stamp Index:

0:00 Why write an introduction to covenantal apologetics?
3:42 What are common missteps in evangelical approaches to apologetics?
7:31 What situations (if any) necessitate going on the offensive against unbelief?
12:52 What is the role of persuasion and argument in covenantal apologetics?
21:29 How can covenantal apologetics fight doubt within the hearts of Christians themselves?
24:41 Why did you include sample dialogues in the book, and how do you see these being helpful?
33:06 Closing Comments

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July 15, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Apologetics,Evangelism & Missions,Life & Doctrine,Ministry,Q&A,Theology,Video | Author: Ted Cockle @ 8:58 am | 0 Comments »