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Video: God’s Broken and Redeemed Work-in-Progress

In the video below, Rob Bentz sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book, The Unfinished Church: God’s Broken and Redeemed Work-in-Progress.

Interview: Rob Bentz and Justin Taylor
from Crossway on Vimeo.


  • 00:13 – Tell us a little about yourself.
  • 00:30 – Why did you choose “unfinished” as the main metaphor you use to describe the church?
  • 02:09 – What sets this book apart from other books about the church?
  • 03:31 – What do you think of the statement, “I love Jesus…it’s the church I can’t stand”?
  • 04:46 – What do you mean when you talk about the “church of the mirror”?
  • 05:44 – Why is genuine biblical encouragement so important for the church?
  • 07:00 – How does the ongoing process of sanctification relate to the ongoing presence of sin in the church?

Learn more about the book and download an excerpt.

September 15, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News,Video | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

Video: Features of the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible


The ESV Women’s Devotional Bible–published a few weeks ago–is a new resource designed to help strengthen women in their walk with God.

The following video gives a helpful overview of the Women’s Devotional Bible content, features, and aims:

Summary of Features:

  • Size: 5.375” x 8.375”
  • 8.5-point type
  • 1,664 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Dictionary of key terms
  • Two-color interior
  • 16 articles
  • 365 devotionals
  • Book introductions
  • Character profiles
  • Free online access through ESVBible.org

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September 11, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,News,Video | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:52 am | 0 Comments »

Amazon’s Recent Kindle Paperwhite 2 Update

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In August, Amazon released a software update for the Kindle Paperwhite 2nd Generation. The update automatically downloads and installs when the device is connected to the internet via WiFi. The update includes new features such as automatic sync to the furthest read page, PDF preview, and easy access to e-book samples for any physical book you’ve ordered.

However, the update also caused certain links within some e-books to break, including within Crossway’s ESV Reference Bible and ESV Study Bible e-books.

Please Note: Updates to correct the broken links caused by the software update are now available. Customers who purchased the ESV Study Bible directly from Amazon should have received an email with instructions for downloading the updated file.  Although the email referenced “editorial changes,” the changes were exclusively technical in nature (i.e. addressing the broken links).

Updating Your ESV E-Books

To download the update for the ESV Study Bible visit amazon.com/myk to sign into your Kindle account and access your bookshelf. There you should find an option to download the update to your Paperwhite 2.

To download the update for the ESV Reference Bible you’ll need to delete the file from your device and download it again from the cloud. This should bring the newest update to your device.

Important Note About Notes and Highlights: Before updating your ESV e-books, please note that your notes and highlights will not appear in the updated e-book file on your Kindle device. Crossway does not have access to any of your notes or highlights, as this feature is managed exclusively by Amazon.

However, your notes and highlights will remain accessible through your online account at kindle.amazon.com under “My Highlights.” Make sure the Annotation Back-Up setting is turned on before you download the update so all your notes and highlights are saved to your account.

To ensure you have received the updated file, navigate to the Copyright page. Under the Text Edition information the new version number should be listed: 2014.08.b.mobi.

If you’re unable to download the updated files after following these steps, or if you have other issues regarding notes and highlights, please contact Amazon’s Kindle Support. You can also read more information about the Kindle software update here.

For more digital and tech updates, follow us on Twitter (@CrosswayDigital).

September 10, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Digital News,E-Books,ESV,ESV Study Bible,News | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

Midweek Roundup – 9/10/14

Each Wednesday we share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week.

1. Sam Storms on liking Jesus but not the church

I’m thoroughly convinced that people who declare their affection for Jesus but not the Church know little if anything about the Jesus they profess to admire. These people probably ignore the fact that this Jesus spoke more about hell and eternal condemnation than all the other NT authors combined.

2. Reformed Forum interviews Michael Haykin and Jeffrey Robinson Sr. about their new book, To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy

Drs. Michael Haykin and Jeffrey Robinson Sr. join us to speak about John Calvin and Calvinism’s legacy in missions. Their book To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy explores John Calvin’s theology concerning missions, the history of his involvement in foreign missions, and the influence of other Calvinistic missionaries of later times.

3. Steve Timmis on the “pillar of truth”

At first reading, 1 Timothy 3:15 seems somewhat disconcerting. In it, Paul is explaining to Timothy why he is writing to him. It concerns the church: “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.”

4. Russell Moore on the church and violence against women

We must teach from our pulpits, our Sunday school classes, and our Vacation Bible Schools that women are to be cherished, honored, and protected by men. This means we teach men to reject American playboy consumerism in light of a Judgment Seat at which they will give account for their care for their families. It means we explicitly tell the women in our congregations, “A man who hits you has surrendered his headship, and that is the business both of the civil state in enacting public justice and of this church in enacting church discipline.”

5. TGC interviews Greg Forster about his new book, Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It

Forster contends that America—and the world—need to see joy-fueled discipleship lived out by individual believers. That means we need to stop distorting Christianity in ways that wrongly lead others to see it primarily as a formula for eliciting conversions or as a political movement.

| Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,Midweek Roundup,News | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

Midweek Roundup – 9/3/14

Each Wednesday we share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week.

1. 20 quotes from The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper

1. Many Christians were raised to be suspicious of Hollywood entertainment, but all of the warnings seem to have done little to curb what people watch, except, perhaps, to add a patina of shame to any admission of viewing. (17)

2. Storytelling—be it literature, theater, opera, film, or re- ality TV—doesn’t aim at our rational mind,…It aims at the imagination, a much more mysterious and sneaky part of us, ruled by love, desire, and hope. When people, against their better judgment, find themselves hooked on a show, we can trace the line back to find the hook in their imagination. (19)

2. Rob Bentz on the importance of pastoral presence

Today, courtesy of social media, the ministry of presence is even more needed and relevant than it was a generation ago. Most of the people in our congregation have all the friends, followers, contacts that anyone could want. Yet someone with whom they can enjoy an honest conversation of some degree of depth is rare.

This is why the spiritual leaders of our day must be those who sit, eat and live among the people we seek to serve. It’s not enough to sit in our office and fire off emails, newsletters or blog posts. We must be among our people—loving them and encouraging them with our pastoral presence.

3. Kevin DeYoung shares 5 tips for leading your small group

2. Think through your questions ahead of time.

If your group consists of nothing but very mature Christians who have known each other for years you may be able to get away with little preparation. But that’s not the make up of most groups (and if so, it’s probably time to mix things up a little for the sake of newcomers and those just starting out as followers of Christ). Make sure your questions are crisp and clear. If you aren’t sure what you are asking, you can be sure no one else will either.

4. Ligon Duncan on Victoria Osteen, the glory of God, and Reformed worship

This next installment of “What our Gathered Worship Should Look Like” has been helped by the internet storm caused by Victoria Osteen (wife of Joel Osteen of “Your Best Life Now” and prosperity gospel fame) because of comments she made in a recent service at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. In exhorting the audience to participate, she laid out a case for why they ought to be motivated to do so. In sum, she said, affirmatively:  “You’re not doing it for God, you are doing it for yourself, really.”

5. Nicole Whitacre on how to be patient with your children

Stephanie’s has a two-year-old whom she loves to pieces, but who whines a lot. Ashley has five children at home under the age of nine. Both wrote to ask “how do you stay patient with young children?” I can certainly relate. Impatience is a common temptation for us as moms. So, as I always do, I asked my exceptionally patient mom (she raised me after all!), and wrote down a few of her suggestions.

September 3, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,Midweek Roundup,News | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »