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48-Hour Reformation Day Sale!

It’s Reformation Day!

So we selected some books and Bibles for a special 50% off discount. The two-day sale starts today, October 31, and runs through the end of Friday, November 1.

Click on the links or images below and then add them to your Crossway cart.

Remember, Crossway Impact members receive $5 flat-rate shipping on their orders. Learn more or sign up here.


The Reformation

The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World

By Stephen J. Nichols

Print: $14.99 $7.49

Ebook: $10.99 $5.49

Stephen J. Nichols takes a key period in time, the Reformation, and presents its major players in a fresh way. From Martin Luther, a simple monk who wielded the mallet, to kings and queens, this book goes behind the scenes to uncover the human side of these larger-than-life Reformers.

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Church History

Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious

By Christopher Catherwood

Print: $12.99 $6.49

Ebook: $9.99 $4.99

In this concise, accessible guide, author Christopher Catherwood takes his readers through the history of the faith, educating them about the uniqueness of Christianity from its birth to the diverse, global Evangelical Church we know today. Church History is the perfect place to start for anyone who wants to know where to begin this quest for knowledge.

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The Church History ABC's

The Church History ABC’s: Augustine and 25 Other Heroes of the Faith

By Stephen J. Nichols

Print: $15.99 $7.99

Ebook: $10.99 $5.49

The Church History ABC’s is a fun way for kids to learn about great figures in Christian history. Twenty-six heroes of the faith march through the alphabet, boldly telling their stories in language children can understand.

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The Barber Who Wanted to Pray

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray

By R.C. Sproul

Print: $17.99 $8.99

This imaginative tale, based on a true story, tells how a barber’s life is changed as he encounters a model for prayer by using the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Apostles’ Creed. R. C. Sproul’s beautifully illustrated story will engage children and help them learn to pray according to the Bible.

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Mark: A 12-Week Study

By Dane C. Ortlund

Print: $8.99 $4.49

Ebook: $6.99 $3.49

The Gospel of Mark paints an important portrait of Jesus as Israel’s promised Messiah. Mark’s account also makes clear how Jesus’ kingship confounds public expectations by emphasizing his humility, suffering, and sacrifice. This accessible guide is filled with wise reflections on the biblical text and helps us understand vibrant faith and authentic discipleship in a deeper way.

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Genesis: A 12-Week Study

By Mitchel M. Kim

Print: $8.99 $4.49

Ebook: $6.99 $3.49

This guide helps us see how the storyline of Genesis foreshadows and connects to the good news about Jesus, and offers penetrating exegetical insights for those of us seeking to better understand God’s plan to bring blessing to all nations.

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Isaiah: A 12-Week Study

By Drew Hunter

Print: $8.99 $4.49

Ebook: $6.99 $3.49

The book of Isaiah reminds God’s people of the magnitude of humanity’s sin, the judgment that we all deserve, and how God displays his glory by saving sinners. This guide shows us how the prophet’s message ultimately anticipates the work of Jesus Christ, the servant-king whose death results in new life for all who trust in him.

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James: A 12-Week Study

By Greg Gilbert

Print: $8.99 $4.49

Ebook: $6.99 $3.49

The book of James has a well-deserved reputation for providing practical advice, yet it also contains challenging teachings. Through clear exposition of the biblical text and thoughtful application questions, this guide helps us rightly understand James as a stirring exhortation to fruitfulness—ultimately reminding us of the necessary connection between genuine faith and heartfelt obedience.

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John: A 12-Week Study

By Justin Buzzard

Print: $8.99 $4.49

Ebook: $6.99 $3.49

The Gospel of John is arguably the most theologically and philosophically profound account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. From revealing Jesus’ cosmic identity as being with the Father “in the beginning,” to recounting the many miraculous signs attesting to his mission and divinity, this guide encourages us to worship Christ as Lord and to follow him on mission in the world.

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Romans: A 12-Week Study

By Jared C. Wilson

Print: $8.99 $4.49

Ebook: $6.99 $3.49

The book of Romans was Paul’s greatest literary achievement, a majestic letter in which the apostle explains crucial doctrines such as original sin, substitutionary atonement, and justification by faith alone. This guide explains the biblical text with clarity and passion—helping us to follow along as Paul recounts the history of salvation and illuminates the glories of the death and resurrection of Christ.

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Personal Reference Bible

All Personal Reference Bible Editions

The ESV Personal Reference Bible is a compact reference Bible in a single-column setting. Building on the original Personal Size Reference Bible, this new edition has been completely redesigned. The layout now utilizes line-matching, a design method which significantly improves readability on Bible paper. Also featuring a concordance and a full set of cross-references, the Personal Reference Bible is the ideal portable reference Bible.

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Journaling Bible

All Journaling Bibles

The one-and-only Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day. With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features 2-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries. This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.

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Single Column Journaling Bible

All Single Column Journaling Bibles

The ESV Single Column Journaling Bible is a complete redesign of the original Journaling Bible. The Bible text is now laid out in an easy-to-follow, single-column format. Ruled lines in the extra-wide margins match up with each line of Bible text, enabling users to more easily align their notes with specific verses. With high-quality Bible paper and cover materials, the Single Column Journaling Bible is a durable edition for anyone who wants to capture notes, prayers, or personal reflections in their Bible.

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

October 31, 2013 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:00 am | (9) Comments »

Midweek Roundup – 10/30/13

Every Wednesday we like to share a few recent links that you may find informative, insightful, or helpful. The articles and posts will often be related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting break for the middle of your week, encouraging your faith and equipping you for life and ministry.

1. Michael Ives challenges Christians to think carefully about Halloween

I realize that there are many good believers who don’t see a problem with the festivities, and I’m not prepared to discount the evident grace of God that they have. Further, we are, every one of us, filled with sins and blind spots, myself included. But it is troubling to me how little argument is made against Halloween within the Church. So if you’re on the fence – and even if you’re not – may I at least challenge you with the following questions, friend?

2. Carl Trueman on the increasing power of subjective emotion in our society

More seriously, I am struck once again at how the personal preferences of nebulous groups of people and the language of subjective emotion seem to be exerting an increasingly intrusive power over the politics of everyday life. Even the concept of airline security is now coming to be influenced by such. Perhaps this is merely material for wry reflections on contemporary life; maybe it is an ominous sign that the language and logic of public discourse are being permeated and indeed overwhelmed by those psychological and subjective notions of oppression to which there is no possibility of reasoned response and which are thus ultimately inimical to civilized debate and civic freedom.

3. Video: Mike Bird offers some advice to seminarians

Some good advice below from Mike Bird, author of a new biblical and systematic introduction to Evangelical Theology. For more along these lines, see the forthcoming How to Stay Christian in Seminary by David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell.

4. John Piper encourages parents to require obedience from their children

The defiance and laziness of unbelieving parents I can understand. I have biblical categories of the behavior of the spiritually blind. But the neglect of Christian parents perplexes me. What is behind the failure to require and receive obedience? I’m not sure. But it may be that these nine observations will help rescue some parents from the folly of laissez-faire parenting.

5. Paul David Tripp helps us evaluate whether or not we’ve been taken “captive”

Whether it’s the opinion of a friend, the lyrics of a song, the words of a text, an article from a newspaper, the plot of a sitcom, some information on a website, or the worldview of a great movie, your eyes are receiving and your mind is being influenced by a thousand voices every day. Each is telling you how to think, and in telling you how to think, is telling you how to live. We never interpret the events of our lives on the basis of pure objectivity; we’re always influenced by a myriad of cultural and interpersonal influences.

October 30, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Midweek Roundup,News | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:00 am | 0 Comments »

Christ in All of Scripture – James 2:14-19


James 2:14-19

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!

James explores the nature of saving faith. There is a “faith” that cannot save. Such faith has kind words but no deeds, no aid for the naked and hungry. It is “dead” because it rests in ideas, not in a life dependent upon and reflective of Jesus (vv. 14-17). Orthodox theology “apart from works is useless” (v. 20). Demons prove this, since they hold to orthodox ideas about God yet live in terror since they don’t trust him (v. 19).

James does not suggest, then, that faith plus works equals justification. He agrees with Paul that faith alone justifies. But he knows there is a so-called “faith” that is dangerous because it deludes but does not justify. He contrasts that with the faith that does justify—a living faith that by its very nature reflects the One on whom our faith rests, delighting to love others in concrete ways.

This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.


October 28, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Biblical Studies,Gospel Transformation Bible,Life / Doctrine,New Testament | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:30 am | 0 Comments »

Weekly Specials – Preaching the Word

In 1 Timothy 4:1-2, the Apostle Paul issues a solemn charge to Timothy and to all the pastors and elders who follow in his footsteps: preach the Word.

Designed to support pastors and elders carrying out this crucial command, Crossway’s Preaching the Word commentary series combines rigorous scholarly insights related to the biblical text with wise pastoral reflections aimed at helping preachers apply God’s Word to the lives of their hearers.

Our hope is that the four commentaries listed below will assist you in your study of the Word—whether you’re a pastor preparing to preach on Sunday or a layperson seeking to go deeper in your own personal devotions.

To learn more about each title, click on the covers below. The print deals are only available on Crossway.org. The ebook deals are available on Crossway.org; after 24-hours, they will also be available at AmazonBarnes & NobleBookshoutChristianbook.comeChristianibooks (apple)Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 11/3/13.*



Proverbs: Wisdom that Works

By Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

Print: $27.99 $9.99

Ebook: $19.99 $3.99

Unpacking the book of Proverbs in twenty-one straightforward sermons, pastor Ray Ortlund provides the encouraging, biblical view of money, sex, power, and the common realities of everyday life.

Proverbs: Wisdom that Works models powerful, profound, relevant expository preaching. The expositions are God-centered, Christ-centered, practical, evangelistic, life-changing, and life-giving.”
Sidney Greidanus, Professor of Preaching Emeritus, Calvin Theological Seminary

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The Song of Solomon

The Song of Solomon: An Invitation to Intimacy

By Douglas Sean O’Donnell

Print: $25.99 $9.99

Ebook: $13.99 $3.99

Exploring the poetry, themes, and wisdom of this song from a Christocentric perspective, O’Donnell elucidates on the greatest subject of all time—love.

“The wisest man this side of the incarnate Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit, on a topic that always grabs attention, in poetry, in the Bible—could it get any better than the Song of Songs? You won’t want to miss Doug O’Donnell’s exposition of the most sublime song.”
James M. Hamilton Jr., Associate Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Deuteronomy: Loving Obedience to a Loving God

By Ajith Fernando

Print: $44.99 $9.99

Ebook: $19.99 $3.99

This volume makes the message of Deuteronomy accessible and applicable to Christians today, showing that obedience is a response of love to the God who first loved us.

“This book is a deep well of Biblical study, ethical challenge, practical advice, pastoral wisdom, and spiritual warmth. It breathes love for God, God’s Word, God’s world, and God’s people.”
Christopher J. H. Wright, International Director, Langham Partnership International

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1-3 John

1–3 John: Fellowship in God’s Family

By David L. Allen

Print: $32.99 $9.99

This volume makes the message of Deuteronomy accessible and applicable to Christians today, showing that obedience is a response of love to the God who first loved us.

“A rich resource covering one of the New Testament’s most profound sections of Scripture, pastors and theologians of all persuasions will benefit from the thorough treatment Dr. Allen gives to these letters.”
J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina

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

| Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:00 am | (6) Comments »

Social Media Isn’t All that Social

At this point, it goes without saying that social media shouldn’t be called “social.” “Anti-social” media would be a better name for it. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, “social” media doesn’t serve to make us any more social at all. In fact, it too often makes us more isolated, more alone.

Real Relationship?

Social media does this through pretension. It pretends to connect us with others while it cheats us out of deep companionship, true knowing, and undistracted time with those we love. It amuses us, seeming to answer our desire for relationship while robbing us of the time we need to know and be known. It purports to establish relationships, while making us jealous of the lives of others, or by giving us a platform to brag about how full of friends and fun our lives are at any particular time. “Here’s my great dessert at this great restaurant with my great friends! Don’t you wish you were me?” is the underlying message.

Our “smart” phones (another misnomer) have only served to make us a society of lonely voyeurs and exhibitionists. Yes, we feel alone—but “smarter” technology isn’t the answer and social media is only compounding the problem.

The True Answer to Our Isolation

The answer to our lostness isn’t found in technological advances, a bigger Twitter following, or more Facebook likes. The answer to our aloneness isn’t technological at all. It is human to its core—not flashy, glitzy, or dreamed up in the Pacific Northwest. The answer to our isolation doesn’t come to us in gigabytes or new apps, but in blood and amniotic fluid, in pain and deep isolation. It is an ancient answer, an answer that was spoken before time. It is an answer Who is as near to you  . . . even nearer to you . . . than that piece of technology you can’t let go of.

The desire to know and be known is deep in of all of us but social media isn’t the answer. Paul knew the answer when he wrote,

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1 Cor 13:12)

The answer to our aloneness is Love Incarnate and the amazingly great news is that Love incarnate is already among us; in fact, he is one of us. His name is Immanuel, “God with us”, and His purpose is to be with us and among us; to let us know that we are already known and already deeply loved . . . and that he truly understands us—not simply by his omniscience but by life lived as one of us. His media was a stone feeding trough, a hillside with lilies where he fed hungry families, a bloody cross, and an empty tomb . . . and he did it all so that we would know that we are not alone.

Forever Known

Sure, the siren’s song of false relationship blares loudly and incessantly. In fact, you’re probably reading this because you answered her call. But don’t expect her to give you something she can’t. She can’t give you union with another or the knowledge that you are already known. Only the incarnate Christ is able to do that and the good news is that he has. And his life means that you will never be alone.

Elyse M. Fitzpatrick (MA, Trinity Theological Seminary) is a counselor, a retreat and conference speaker, and the head of Counsel from the Cross Ministries. Fitzpatrick has authored 18 books, including her most recent title from Crossway, Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ (trailer, excerpt).



October 25, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Culture,Life / Doctrine,The Christian Life | Author: Crossway Author @ 8:00 am | (2) Comments »