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An Urgent Message from Our President

Dear Friends of Crossway,

As you may have heard, a flood recently swept through Crossway’s headquarters. About two feet of water poured into our 32 first-floor offices due to unrelenting rains. The damage was extensive and repairs and rebuilding will take five or six months. You can see the damage here in this video.

More important, however, is the impact this could have on major ministry projects that we have planned.

As a not-for-profit ministry, Crossway is not only committed to publishing the ESV Bible and gospel-centered content, but also to providing God’s Word to hundreds of thousands of people overseas, either free or at a substantially reduced cost. Because of the recent flood, however, some of these international ministry efforts are now at risk.

Your willingness to stand with us today will help Crossway recover and carry forward our not-for-profit ministry and our strategic efforts to reach the world with the gospel and the truth of God’s Word.Give Now

That’s why mails rioting to you — first, to ask for your prayers at this critical moment; and, second, to ask (if the Lord should lead you) for a gift of support. Your gift will help us cover three things: (1) the portion of the damage not covered by insurance, and (2) the installation of new safeguards to flood-proof our building. But most importantly (3) your gift will help ensure that crucial Bible ministry projects can continue to advance.

I would be deeply grateful to you if you are able to help us at this critical time. Specifically, we need your help to raise $360,000 by the end of our fiscal year, May 31st. Your support will make it possible especially for us to continue moving forward with the following priority projects:

  • Translation costs for the ESV Chinese Study Bible, to be published in Mainland China
  • Printing costs for 60,000 copies of the Chinese-English ESV bi-lingual Bible, also for publication and distribution in Mainland China
  • Completion and global distribution of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible this fall
  • Development of the Knowing the Bible studies, to be offered free digitally worldwide

Though we don’t know exactly how the Lord will use these events for his kingdom and for his glory, we are confident in his grace and mercy and in his gracious provision for the work he has called us to do – trusting his words in Isaiah 43:2: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.

With my great appreciation for your prayers and support,

Lane T. Dennis, PhD


May 8, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Company Updates,Event,Ministry | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 2:30 pm | (2) Comments »

A Letter from Lane Dennis Regarding the Flood

Dear Friends,

As you may have heard, the Crossway building was flooded recently, on Thursday, April 17, during the extraordinary downpour that hit the Chicago area. The area surrounding our building was underwater for many blocks, and we ended up with 20 inches of water in our building. The effect of the flood was to wipe out all of our first-floor offices, about 35 in all.

The entire Crossway staff has responded tremendously, working tirelessly to get us up and running the next day—relocating key staff, moving vital IT resources, and setting up customer service teams at our off-site warehouse. However, everything on the first floor will need to be rebuilt, and all the furniture replaced, a process that will take four to six months.

We are currently assessing the damage and negotiating with our insurer, but a sizable portion of the losses, repairs, and restoration will not be covered by insurance. Additionally, we will need to make significant modifications to the building, to protect against the possibility of future flood damage.

I didn’t think we would ever have to go though the same waters that we did about three years ago—though in the Lord’s providence this is the case. But even though we have experienced both flood and fire in recent years, our confidence is all the more in the Lord, who alone is our hope and our salvation. Several Scriptures of encouragement come to mind:

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2)

“But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again” (2 Corinthians 1:9)

“We went through fire and through water,
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance” (Psalm 66:12)

May we have great confidence in “the place of abundance” that the Lord will provide in his grace and mercy, through Christ our Savior. We “trust in you, O Lord. . . . You are [our] God. [Our] times are in your hand” (Psalm 31:14, 15).

We are deeply grateful to each of you—for your friendship and partnership in our ministry, for your prayers in this time of trial, for your continued encouragement and help as we recover from the flood. Once again, we see this as an occasion to trust the Lord to accomplish far beyond anything we can ask or think—to continue faithfully providing God’s Word and gospel-centered resources to serve the church, to proclaim the gospel, and to reach a world that is desperately lost without Christ. May the Lord use this challenge to bring us closer to himself, for the furtherance of the gospel, and for the display of his glory.

With our great appreciation for each of you,



Lane T. Dennis, PhD

President and CEO, Crossway

April 26, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Company Updates,Event,News & Announcements | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 4:07 pm | (6) Comments »

Update on the Flooding at Crossway

Crossway’s offices in Wheaton, IL experienced substantial flooding last Wednesday and Thursday (April 17–18). Crossway is located in one of several neighborhoods in Wheaton where storm sewers were overwhelmed from heavy rains.

These photographs show the flooding and its aftermath:

The front parking lot of Crossway

Flooded front entrance


Josh Dennis, Senior VP of Design, in first floor hallway

6 additional inches of water outside an office

Many titles from lower bookshelves ended up on the floor

Good News tracts

Cleanup progress Monday morning

We’re trusting in God’s provision and plan in the midst of these difficult circumstances, and ask for your prayers as we recover over the coming months. Please also pray for the many families and businesses in Wheaton and other Chicago suburbs that were affected by last week’s flooding.

April 22, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Company Updates,Event,News & Announcements | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 10:00 am | (19) Comments »

The Pastor and Professionalism

The theme of this year’s Desiring God Pastor’s Conference is “Brothers, We Are Still Not Professionals.” Pastor John Piper, in Brothers, We Are Not Professionals writes, “The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and the heart of the Christian ministry.” Instead, pastors ought to “reclaim the centrality of the supernatural in ministry.”

What does this practically look like in the life of the pastor? Desiring God Executive Editor David Mathis suggests it’s more about remembering to fulfill biblical priorities than avoiding professional tendencies.

In the concluding chapter of The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor he writes:

The temptations are great, in the life of both the pastor-scholar and the scholar-pastor, to give greater and greater attention to the peripheral things, to the multitude of marginally important subjects. The peripheral and marginal no doubt at times do need our attention, at times even great attention. But as a Christian leader, whether pastor-scholar or scholar-pastor, the servant of the Lord comes back again to the old, old story that is the very heart of the faith. It is the gospel that apostle Paul says is of “first importance” (1 Cor. 15:3).

To this end, Mathis closes with a prayer:

That all our thoughtful shepherding and all our pastoral scholarship may be to the great end of having the gospel message about Jesus dwell richly (Col. 3:16) both in us and in our people; that knowing Jesus would be the great end of all our pastoring and our scholarship; that we ourselves, in all our preaching, writing, studying, and counseling, would continue to see ourselves as the great beneficiaries of his great grace; that into eternity we would be followers of Jesus more and more shaped, saturated, and transformed by his person and work. To Jesus, the great pastor-scholar, be the glory. Amen

February 5, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Event | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:45 am | 0 Comments »

EVENT: Join Paul Tripp in Louisville for “Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Ministry”

For all of the privilege and potential of local church ministry, it’s important to remember that ministry is accompanied by a unique set of obstacles and temptations. How can we ensure that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not only operating in the lives of those being ministered to, but transforming the ones doing ministry as well?

This special event with Paul David Tripp will both diagnose and propose solutions to the unique challenges that impact every minister of the gospel. You’ll come away with solid strategies for fighting the war that rages not only in the momentous moments of ministry, but also in the unique challenges of ministry.

WHERE? Heritage Hall at SBTS (2825 Lexington Rd. Louisville KY 40280)
WHEN? October 16, 2012 at 7pm.
HOW DO I GET TICKETS? Simply click here.

Learn more Tripp’s newest book Dangerous Calling or check out the video trailer.

September 22, 2012 | Posted in: Church and Ministry,Event,Leadership | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 9:00 am | 0 Comments »