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Weekly Ebook Deals: Featuring Titles from Gospel Coalition Breakout Speakers

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a week since the end of the Gospel Coalition conference! For this week’s ebook deals, we’ve selected titles from several of the conference breakout speakers to help you in your life and ministry.

To learn more about each title, click on the covers to find them at Crossway.org. You can also find these at the reduced price at AmazonBarnes & Noble, Bookshout!, Christianbook.com, eChristian, Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site.

Discounted prices available through 4/22/2013.

Featured eBooks:

Loving the Way Jesus Loves

Loving the Way Jesus Loves

By Phil Ryken

$11.99 $4.99

Seasoned pastor and college president Phil Ryken offers a unique exploration of 1 Corinthians 13, showing how every aspect of this famous chapter is perfectly illustrated in the life of Jesus Christ.

Work Matters

Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work

By Tom Nelson

$12.99 $4.99

Connects Sunday worship to Monday morning by engaging the theological basis of God’s plan for everyday work and giving readers practical tools for understanding their own gifts.

The Joy of Calvinism

The Joy of Calvinism: Knowing God’s Personal, Unconditional, Irresistible, Unbreakable Love

By Greg Forster

$12.99 $4.99

A positive guide to the principles of Calvinism. Forster shows how God’s love and our joy lie at the heart of this often misunderstood theology by systematically deconstructing negative misconceptions and positively reshaping the truths they reflect.

Dangerous Calling

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

By Paul David Tripp

$15.99 $5.99

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.

The Lamb of God

The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy

By Nancy Guthrie

$13.99 $5.99

This ten-week Bible study in the popular Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series completes Guthrie’s coverage of the Pentateuch, showing how to see the person and work of Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Happy reading!

April 17, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Conferences,Digital,Discipleship,Faith,Leadership,Loving Others,Ministries,Preaching and Teaching | Author: Ted Cockle @ 11:00 am | 1 Comment »

The Generosity Test for Love

One of the hardest people to love is a self-righteous sinner who thinks he has his spiritual act together.

We find just such a person in the Gospel of Mark. The rich young man was a know-it-all. He had such a high opinion of himself that he refused to confess his sin. Most of us would not have liked this man at all.


In fact, it was just because Jesus loved this man that he gave him the generosity test for love. He wanted him to see that he was not the lover he thought he was, that he needed more of the love of Jesus in his life.

This remarkable detail gives us a glimpse of the love that Jesus has for us. We are not any more lovable than the man who thought he knew how to love. But Jesus still looks at us with a heart of love. He helps us see that we are not the lovers that we think we are, either. But he does not stop there. By his death on the cross he offers forgiveness to our loveless hearts. Then he sends his Holy Spirit so that we can start to love the way that he loves.

We are nothing without love—this is the message of 1 Corinthians 12:1–3. But Jesus does nothing without love—this is the message of Mark 10, and indeed everything else in the whole Bible: It was love that brought Jesus down from heaven to Bethlehem. Love that caused him to perform miracles and preach the gospel. Love that led him through the sufferings of Calvary and the cross. And love that exalted him to glory.

Jesus Christ is the eternal incarnation of the love of God. Therefore, it is with love that he looks at us now—as much love as he had for the man he met in Mark 10.


Adapted from Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Phil Ryken.


February 12, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Books,Life & Doctrine,Loving Others,Sanctification,The Christian Life | Author: Ted Cockle @ 8:00 am | 0 Comments »

The Gospel and Moving Toward the Lost and Broken

In their book Faithmapping, Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper challenge us as we witness to our communities (emphasis ours):

We don’t necessarily need training or a new set of skills to be witnesses, we just have to believe that the gospel is truly good news.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus is continually saying that he must go on to other villages (Mark 1:38; Luke 4:43). Jesus’s life is a movement toward people who are lost and broken. The incarnation is a story about God, in infinite power and holiness, moving toward us, enduring the humiliation of becoming human, bound up in a body with hands, feet, and speech, living a common, ordinary life for thirty years. It’s a movement from the glorious to the obscure, a journey of seeking us out. That movement continues throughout Jesus’s life. He moves toward the unacceptable members of society like tax collectors and prostitutes. He moves toward women who were marginalized in a male-dominated culture. He moves toward blue-collar workers like fishermen. He moves toward outcasts who are sick or disabled.

Religion huddles up. It builds up hedges that define who is in and who is out, and it rigorously defends those boundaries. The gospel moves outward. God moves toward us, and as his witnesses, we move outward too, moving toward people who are marginalized and excluded by the boundaries of religion. Like Jesus, the gospel should compel us outside our circles of familiarity, to the marginalized, the “least of these” of our society. In fact, something is terribly wrong with our understanding of the gospel if it is not continually moving outward.

A church that isn’t witnessing, that isn’t moving outward, doesn’t have a problem with technique. It doesn’t need a new program. Its problem is first and foremost a gospel problem. Witnessing is a natural response to the experience of God’s grace, and its power lies entirely in the gospel. If we’re not compelled to share the gospel, we should wrestle with whether we actually believe it.

Adapted from Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey, by Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper

Daniel Montgomery (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the founder and lead pastor of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and founder of Sojourn Network.

Mike Cosper is one of the founding pastors of Sojourn Community Church, where he serves as the pastor of worship and arts. He is also founder of Sojourn Music and contributes regularly to the Gospel Coalition blog.

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3 Limitations We Face In Ministry, and What We Can Do About Them

First, we can only be at one place at one time, which means that Jesus will teach most of us to live a local life. We will resist and want to act like we are omnipresent. But he will patiently teach us that as human beings we cannot be, and this admission will glorify God. Others will likewise resist Jesus and want you to be omnipresent. They will use his name to praise or critique you accordingly, but they too will have to learn that only Jesus can be with them wherever they are at all times. This fact is actually good news for them and for us.

Second, we cannot do everything that needs to be done, which means that Jesus will teach us to live with the things that we can neither control nor fix. We will want to resist Jesus and act as if we are omnipotent, but we will harm others and ourselves when we try. Others will also resist Jesus. Using his name, they will praise or critique us according to their desire that we fix everything for them and that we do it immediately. But they will have to learn too that only Jesus can fix everything and that there are some things Jesus leaves unfixed for his glory.

Third, we are unable to know everyone or everything, which means that Jesus will teach us to live with ignorance, our own and others’. In other words, we are not omniscient. Jesus will require us to stop pretending that we are. Others will resist Jesus and in his name praise us or critique us on the basis of their estimation of what we should know. They will have to learn that only Jesus knows everything they need; his invitation to faith and to trust in his knowing is a good one.

What Do You Need to Surrender?

Ask yourself this question: Which are you more tempted to pretend that you are: an everywhere-for-all, a fix-it-all, or a know-it-all? What do you feel you will lose if you stop pretending in these ways and entrust yourself to Jesus?

Jesus invites everywhere-for-alls, fix-it-alls, and know-it-alls to the cross, the empty tomb, and the throne of his grace for their time of need.

Adapted from Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being, by Zack Eswine

Video: John Piper Speaks at Wheaton College

John Piper recently spoke at Wheaton College, addressing the community with a talk entitled “Race, Repentance, and Rejoicing: Ethnicity in the Christian Church”. You can watch the talk and listen in on the panel discussion and Q&A time here.


  • 00:15—Dr. Ryken, President of Wheaton College, welcomes listeners and introduces John Piper.
  • 03:17—Dr. Ryken introduces the panel: Lisa Fort, David Choi, and Al Guerra. Vince Bacote serves as the moderator.
  • 04:55—Piper begins his address.
  • 46:25—Danny Aguilar share about Wheaton’s heart for diversity.
  • 51:50—Panel discussion begins with each panelist sharing their opening thoughts.
  • 1:12:26—Beginning of Q&A (questions were submitted by those in attendance)
We hope that this call for unity within the body of Christ is an encouragement to you. If you’re interested in learning more about Bloodlines, we invite you to read a chapter or watch the book trailer.


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