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The Pastor’s Justification (Free Excerpt)

“What Jared has written here is, for me, an instant classic.”Joe Thorn

Ministry can be brutal. Leaders face discouragement, frustration, and exhaustion—and they often face it alone. Helping fellow pastors refocus on the gospel, pastor Jared Wilson here offers practical insights, real-life anecdotes, and in-your-face truth related to the ups and downs of pastoral ministry. Honest yet hopeful, this creative fusion of biblical exposition and personal confession will help pastors weather the storms of ministry by rooting their identity in Christ.

Endorsements for The Pastor’s Justification

“Wilson is one of my favorite thinkers. Of the books he has written, this one is especially edifying to me. He knows the highs and lows of our calling. His conviction, passion, and wit pour out onto the page as he shepherds those of us who are shepherding the flock.”
MATT CHANDLER, Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; author, The Explicit Gospel

“Jared exercises his considerable pastoral compassion and skill to offer a fresh, much-needed word for burned-out pastors.”
DANIEL MONTGOMERY, Pastor, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville

“Jared is a welcomed guide for pastors who want off of the performance treadmill.”
DARRIN PATRICK, Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; author, Church Planter

“Pastor, you are not alone—your feelings of loneliness, fear, insecurity, and mediocrity are shared by all pastors, to one degree or another. Every congregation should want their pastor to read this book, and every pastor will want his congregation to do the same.”
BURK PARSONS, Pastor, St. Andrew’s Church; Editor, Tabletalk magazine

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Weekly Ebook Specials: Leadership Resources

We hope to see some of you at Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit later this week. We’re eager to talk with leaders about the forthcoming ESV Gospel Transformation Bible and Kevin DeYoung’s Crazy Busy—two resources that will make a unique contribution to life and ministry in our day.

For the leaders we won’t get to see see this week, we’ve discounted a selection of resources just for you.

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 8/12/2013.*

This Week’s Ebook Specials:

Leaders who Last

Leaders Who Last

By Dave Kraft

$11.99 $1.99

The Christian life is like a race, and too many Christian leaders stumble, burn out, or veer off track. What will it take for you to be a leader who finishes well? This book models a practical and godly approach to leadership that will equip pastors, elders, and small group and volunteer leaders. Part of the Re:Lit series.

“A book for leaders who want to keep growing in their understanding of leadership, finish strongly, and lead with passion.”
—Mike Treneer, International President, The Navigators

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Mistakes Leaders Make

Mistakes Leaders Make

By Dave Kraft

$11.99 $1.99

Using his extensive leadership experience, Dave Kraft identifies the top ten most fatal (and commonly unaddressed) mistakes leaders make to help readers avoid these errors and have ministries and relationships that last.

“Should be required reading for every ministry leader.”
—Patrick Lencioni, President, The Table Group

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Church Planter

Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission

By Darrin Patrick, Foreword by Mark Driscoll

$12.99 $1.99

Darrin Patrick examines the biblical criteria of the man, the message, and the mission behind every church plant. An invaluable resource for both pastors and seminary students considering a church plant and for those seeking to better understand the gospel in their own churches.

“A great book on church planting that balances the personal spiritual issues with the theological, cultural, and technical. Church planters should all read this.”
—Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

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The Leadership Dynamic

The Leadership Dynamic

By Harry L. Reeder III, with Rod Gragg

$9.99 $1.99

With his three-pronged approach to leadership development, a veteran pastor presents a biblical model of multiplication that continuously raises up leaders and strategically deploys them in ever-increasing waves into the church and the culture. An important addition to any church’s training strategy.

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Coming Up Next Week: Work in the life of the Believer

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August 7, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Church and Ministry,Leadership,Weekly Ebook Specials | Author: Ted Cockle @ 9:05 am | 0 Comments »

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Crazy Busy Book


We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all.

That’s why Kevin DeYoung addresses the busyness problem head on in his forthcoming book, Crazy Busy — and not with the typical arsenal of time management tips, but with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots.

Crazy Busy is coming to a store near you on September 23rd!

Pre-order now or visit CrazyBusyBook.com for the following:

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August 1, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Giveaways,Leadership,Vocation | Author: Ted Cockle @ 2:42 pm | 0 Comments »

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: 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

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July 23, 2013 | Posted in: Leadership,Preaching and Teaching,Weekly Ebook Specials | Author: Ted Cockle @ 8:15 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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