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Job Opening – Online Marketing Coordinator

At Crossway we have the remarkable privilege of publishing the ESV Bible and other resources that proclaim the gospel and apply the truth of God’s Word to every area of life. This is why Crossway exists. And we’re looking for help!

Today we posted this job description for a position that will support Crossway’s publishing ministry with an emphasis in online and digital marketing.

What type of person are we looking for?

1. Digitally-savvy. Someone who loves the way the internet and digital tools can be used for the cause of Christ.

2. Skilled communicator. Someone with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

3. Effective project manager: Someone who thrives on organizing details and managing complex projects.

4. Flexible: Someone who works well with a variety of personalities and projects, discerning the best ways to get things done as part of a team.

5. Loving: Someone with a sincere care for others and heart for service.

6. Ambitious: Someone whose ambition is, as Jim Collins puts it, “first and foremost for the cause, for the company, for the work, and not themselves.” Or as the Apostle Paul spoke of Timothy in Philippians 2:20:

“I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.”

In other words, we’re looking for a marketer who loves the gospel, is driven by the gospel, and wants to see the interests of Christ advance for the good of others and the glory of God.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, please read the full job description and read how to apply.

March 20, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Books,Company Updates,General,News & Announcements | Author: James Kinnard @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

An Interview with Crossway Employees

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We asked a few Crossway employees to answer a question regarding their journey with Scripture. May their responses be an encouragement to you.

Q: What is a passage of Scripture that has been meaningful in your life and why?


And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

“This amazing verse comes towards the end of an amazing chapter of an amazing book. It speaks of an almighty, sovereign God who is not unapproachable or remote, but who can be known and loved and who knows those who love him, whom he called from the fathomless eons of eternity. This God knows what is good for his children, whom he loves, and causes whatever happens to those who love him to be ultimately for their eternal good. He is the author of our salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ and definer of good and love, most perfectly expressed in his beloved Son.

This verse has been with me throughout my Christian life, sometimes as a comfort, sometimes with conviction, and sometimes as a challenge; but always revealing that God is God: all-knowing, all-loving, all-good, and all-wise. I marvel that he loves such a sinner as me, and yet I can love him who first loved me. I am blessed to be in such nail-scarred hands.”

Anthony Gosling
Vice President, Sales


But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. – Titus 3:4-7

“Titus 3 is one of my favorite passages. Paul provides practical instruction for living out our faith, specifically in how we treat one another. Our motivation to ‘show perfect courtesy toward all people’ (Titus 3:2) comes from recognizing that God lavished love and mercy on us when we were far from worthy of such grace. A reminder of just how bleak our lives were prior to salvation (Titus 3:3) is immediately followed by one of the most beautiful pronouncements of the gospel in all of Scripture.”

Erika Allen
Editor, Bibles


I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. – Philippians 2:19-22

“For the last several years I’ve reflected often on Paul’s words in this passage. I’m challenged by what Paul identifies here in Timothy–a man who has chosen to live triply for others. Paul commends Timothy’s genuine concern for the Philippians, his service to Paul (as a son with a father in the gospel), and his focused commitment to Jesus Christ. This passage grabs me as a powerful summary of the kind of man I want to become: spending my life for the good of others, serving and supporting my colleagues, and in all things seeking the interests of Christ our Lord.”

James Kinnard
Executive Director, Marketing


For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! – Psalm 84:11-12

“There are so many meaningful Scriptures (naturally!), but one that I find myself going back to a lot in life is this verse in Psalm 84. Many times I find myself longing for different seasons of life or for specific prayers to be answered, especially when my plans differ from what God actually ordains in my life. When I read this verse, I’m reminded that he is sovereign and no matter my circumstances, whether he’s withholding something or allowing circumstances that are not ideal, that it is ultimately for my good. If it is good for me to have a particular job… he will let it come to pass. If it is good for me to have a family… he will let it come to pass. If it’s any good thing for me… he will allow it.

Knowing I am ‘blessed’ when I trust in him in all circumstances helps me to focus on the eternal value of each walk in life. I just love the visual of the Lord shining brightly on us as the sun, and yet providing a shield of protection when needed. His bestowing favor and honor for his work in our lives is just a beautiful picture of him pouring out grace in our lives.”

Danielle Dyba
Customer Service Representative


The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. – Psalm 16:5–11

“These verses serve as a guidepost for me, pointing to what is most important. Regardless of the material possessions and career success I acquire in this life, the Lord is the most important thing I have. Through the work accomplished by Christ, the boundary lines of my spiritual inheritance ‘have fallen for me in pleasant places.’ Moreover, fellowship with the Lord leads to ‘fullness of joy’ and ‘pleasures forevermore.’ In times when desires for earthly things reign in my heart, I am both challenged and comforted by these words. What can be more satisfying than life in Christ? ‘Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices.”

Andrew Tebbe
Marketing Manager


He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8

“Micah 6:8 is every legalist’s favorite verse, mine included. This verse aided in my middle school struggle to answer the question ‘What do I need to do to be right with God?’ As a budding legalist, naturally I was drawn to a list of specific requirements.

  • Do justice? Check.
  • Love kindness? Check.
  • Walk humbly, (not wanting to sound arrogant) check.

But, where I missed the main point, God was faithful to reveal himself.

Through his Word, God showed Christ taking the just punishment I deserved. He showed Christ displaying the greatest act of loving kindness. And he showed Christ walking humbly…even to death on a cross. In this way, Micah 6:8 has become even more meaningful to me than it ever could have been as a list of things to cross off. Instead, I see it as a list of things Christ has already crossed off on my behalf. Praise God!”

Ted Cockle
Design Coordinator


Do you have a passage of Scripture that has been particularly meaningful to you? Post to comments and share with us!

 

March 6, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,General,Life & Doctrine,Q&A,Spiritual Growth,The Bible,The Christian Life | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:55 am | (2) Comments »

Midweek Roundup – 1/15/14

Each Wednesday we like to 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 break for the middle of your week, encouraging your faith and equipping you for life and ministry.


1.  David Gibson responds to Andrew Wilson’s review of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

Andrew engages the book on two levels. First, the standard reviewer’s approach of evaluating conclusions drawn and answers given but secondly, and much more interestingly, he asks whether the book is even asking the right questions, so much so that the matter of how we do theology is up for grabs. This is delightful to read as an editor of the volume, for we intended the first chapter in the book to be precisely an essay in theological method and to raise exactly the kind of questions about questions which Andrew is asking. He even wonders if he is offering a “normal review” (although any review which concludes by summarising four sections of the book is still offering an overall perspective), but I certainly think it’s this kind of review which is potentially fruitful whether we reach agreement or not.

2. The Gospel Coalition interviews David Wells about God in the Whirlwind

What are you aiming to do in God in the Whirlwind that you haven’t already accomplished in previous books?

Apparently nothing, according to Christianity Today, who got their foot in the door a month before the book was due to appear! God in the Whirlwind, they claim, is just a rehash of older thoughts. Had they been correct, it would’ve been so much easier to write than it was!   

What I’ve done in God in the Whirlwind is respond to what some critics have said over the years. They’ve complained that while I’ve exposed plenty of problems in society and in the church, I haven’t lifted a finger to show the way out. So that’s what I’ve tried to do in this book.

3. Video: Justin Holcomb, Trillia Newbell, and Scotty Smith discuss what it takes to prevent sexual abuse in the church

Caring for victims of sexual abuse is crucial. But what if it didn’t need to come to that? What if we were exercising better preventative care in our churches?

In this roundtable video, Trillia Newbell, Scotty Smith, and Justin Holcomb discuss how churches can more intentionally and effectively preempt abuse. …

Instituting clear policies and procedures is a powerful way of saying We don’t put up with this here, adds Holcomb, co-author of Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault (Crossway, 2011). ”Far from being anti-grace, policies are actually the enactment of grace for our children.”

4. Denny Burk reflects on egalitarianism and the functional authority of Scripture

Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist, has a lengthy blog post expressing her disagreement with Candace Cameron Bure. Last week, Bure was in the news for defending a complementarian view of gender roles. Bessey argues that Bure’s decision to submit to her husband is both unbiblical and harmful to women. Bessey’s remarks are pretty standard egalitarian fare. There’s nothing really new at all in her critique of complementarianism.

Nevertheless, there was one line in her post that jumped off of the page at me. It stood out not because it is new, but because it is “Exhibit A” of what is wrong with egalitarian exegesis.

5. Video: Kent Hughes talks about liberating ministry from “success syndrome”

 

January 15, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Books,General,Midweek Roundup,Midweek Roundup,News & Announcements | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:30 am | 0 Comments »

Learning to Love in the Midst of Suffering

This guest post is from Paul Miller, best-selling author of A Praying Life. His latest book is A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships (January 2014).


A Moral Collapse

Western society is in the midst of an unprecedented moral collapse. It is not just Christian moral values that are collapsing, but ancient pagan ones as well. For instance, the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar had multiple lovers, mostly arranged by his wife Olivia, so she could retain control over him, but the public face that Augustus and Olivia presented was of a happily married couple. Marriage was honored even though it wasn’t followed. Instinctively, pagans knew you needed to keep marriage front and center. In fact, when Nero blessed gay marriages the pagan revulsion was a key element of his downfall. Something new is going on in our culture that has never happened before.  It is creating moral havoc, leaving people’s lives in shambles. Let me explain.

A Theology of Feelings

A young married woman named “Sue”, a member of a strong evangelical church, told a close friend of mine recently after the church service almost as an aside, “I think I’ve outgrown my marriage.” When I heard this I had trouble suppressing the laughter. I said, “So her marriage vow ’til death do us part’ was just how she felt on the day of her wedding?”

Sue’s reflection was a perfect summary of Oprah’s theology of feelings applied to life. Feelings trumped commitment. But don’t blame Oprah. Orpah is just channeling 19th century thinkers like Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. “I’ve outgrown my marriage” is just another verse to Whitman’s poem “Song of MyseIf.”

Notice Sue’s choice of language. Sue used therapeutic language (the need for growth) to mask her self-will. To paraphrase her, “I’ve grown as a person. In fact, I’ve outgrown my husband, ready for a new relationship to enlarge my spirit.” Her self-deceit is breathtaking. Sue presents herself on an upward, Oprah-like trajectory of self-improvement, when in fact she is spiraling into herself, a black hole of narcissism.

It reminded me of Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss (greeting Jesus as a friend)—as if Jesus didn’t notice that Judas had 200 torch-bearing soldiers behind him, all armed to the teeth! Jesus brilliantly unmasks Judas’ self-deceit by comparing his outer presentation (the kiss) with his inner motive (betrayal). Jesus probes Judas’ soul, “Are you betraying me with a kiss?” It is a plea for integrity. So to Sue I ask, “Are you betraying your marriage vows with the language of self-improvement? Are you masking your narcissism with words of love?”

Sharing in Christ’s Sufferings

I’ve written A Loving Life to the Sue’s of this world and especially to their spouses—to the modern widows and widowers who have been discarded or found themselves trapped in an uneven or broken relationship, where they are loving without love in return. I don’t want them to just endure or grit it out, but in this hothouse of suffering to learn to love. I want Sue’s husband to learn “the fellowship of sharing in His suffering, becoming like Him in His death, to somehow attain the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:11).

So instead of being cranky or even bitter Christians, harping on our culture’s moral decline or the unfairness of our life, we can become overcomers who are filled with hope because of the resurrection of Christ. God specializes in capturing evil to do his wonders.  That is what the cross and resurrection are all about!


Paul E. MillerPaul E. Miller is executive director of seeJesus as well as the best-selling author of A Praying Life, among other works. With the help of his ministry staff, Miller creates and conducts interactive discipleship seminars throughout the world. He and his wife, Jill, live in the Philadelphia area and have six children as well as a growing number of grandchildren. His latest book is A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships.

 

The Boy and the Ocean Enhanced E-book Named on “iBooks Best of 2013″ List

Together, Max Lucado and T. Lively Flubarty have created a charming tale about the love of God that never ends. The Boy and the Ocean enhanced e-book was recently selected for inclusion on the iBooks Best of 2013 list (Nonfiction > Religion & Spirituality). To learn more about the book and to download a sample, click here.

The Boy and the Ocean enhanced e-book, available through iBooks, features a fixed layout (like The Big Picture Story Bible) that preserves the meticulously crafted page design of the original print edition. Fixed layout design offers the reader the opportunity to enjoy the words and illustrations the way the author and illustrator originally intended.

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Additionally, The Boy and the Ocean enhanced e-book features a read aloud option, allowing your child to follow along with the author as he narrates, watching each word illumine as it is spoken. When the narrator finishes the text for that section, the corner of the page curls, indicating it’s time to tap to the next screen. You can also set the pages to turn automatically.

Please note: to view this book with all of the enhanced features mentioned in this post, you must be operating a device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 OR a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

January 8, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,Books,Digital,Digital,E-Books,General,News & Announcements,Uncategorized | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:30 am | 0 Comments »