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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: Titles by Tim Chester

In conjunction with the release of Tim Chester’s Good News to the Poor, we’re excited to offer a few other books by Pastor Chester for $1.99 each. See below for the complete list!

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 8/5/2013.*

Featured New Release:

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Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel

By Tim Chester

The chasm between evangelism and social action needs to be bridged. Chester convincingly argues that the truth of the gospel is best understood and embraced in the context of loving action and gospel-centered community.

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Praise for Good News to the Poor

Good News to the Poor is good news for readers thinking through the relationship of evangelism to social action. Tim Chester rightly emphasizes the centrality of the gospel as he compares dependency-creating welfare with dignity-embracing development.”
Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-chief, World News Group

Tim Chester shows that gospel proclamation and tangible acts of love, service, and mercy toward our neighbors should not be pitted against each other—God’s grace motivates action, and words and deeds go together.”
Justin S. Holcomb, Executive Director of the Resurgence; Adjunct Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

 

This Week’s Ebook Specials:

Total Church

Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community

By Tim Chester, Steve Timmis

$12.99 $1.99

Two pastors outline and apply a pair of overarching biblical principles that call the current body of Christ to a deep restructuring of its life and mission.

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Everyday Church

Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

By Tim Chester, Steve Timmis

$11.99 $1.99

Offers a missional reflection on the book of 1 Peter as well as practical ideas for churches to engage those who are unchurched in an increasingly post-Christian context.

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You Can Change

You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions

By Tim Chester

$12.99 $1.99

A practical, interactive, and biblical book designed to help Christians in all stages of life find victory over sin by focusing on what God has already done in them. Chester focuses on heart change, not mere change of behavior, as he reminds us that God is already powerfully at work in our lives.

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Coming Up Next Week: Resources for Leaders

*Note: Some discounts may be unavailable outside the United States due to international rights agreements.

July 30, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Church and Ministry,Discipleship,Evangelism,Weekly Ebook Specials | Author: Ted Cockle @ 3:04 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

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

*Note: Some discounts may be unavailable outside the United States due to international rights agreements.

July 23, 2013 | Posted in: Leadership,Preaching and Teaching,Weekly Ebook Specials | Author: Ted Cockle @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

Let’s talk about . . . Sex and Money

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We live in a world obsessed with finding it, passionate to enjoy it, and desperate to maintain it. Chief among such pleasures are sex and money—two pleasures unrivaled in their power to captivate our attention, demand our worship, and drive us to hide or to despair.

In Sex and Money (now available), seasoned counselor and pastor Paul David Tripp pulls back the curtain on the lies that surround us and on the distortions we often overlook. As he exposes the insanity of our culture, he also wisely speaks to our own tendencies to fall prey to sexual and financial idolatry.

Sex and Money ultimately directs us to God’s Word and the liberating power of the gospel, offering real-world advice, and giving us the guidance we need to find true joy and enduring satisfaction.

Praise for Sex and Money

“I’ve come to count on Paul Tripp’s books to be biblical, Christ-centered, deep, engaging, and well-written. Sex and Money is no exception. Its insights into our cultural idolatries and God’s transforming grace are priceless.”
—RANDY ALCORN, Author, The Purity Principle and Managing God’s Money

“Fresh. Honest. Real. Paul Tripp tackles the familiar snares of sex and money with fresh perspective, honest answers from God’s Word, and a real sense of our need for God’s grace. I commend this new resource to you from my friend and ministry partner.”
—JAMES MACDONALD, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel

“This is a humble, hopeful, relevant book—a wonderful reminder that Jesus’s way truly is easy and his burden is light. I highly recommend it.”
—CHRIS BRAUNS, Pastor, The Red Brick Church

“In Sex and Money, Paul Tripp has taken two of the greatest idols and unmasked them against the glorious gospel. If you really want to unseat the insanity and power of lust and materialism in your life, this book will take you to the one true solution—Jesus himself.”
—JAY THOMAS, Lead Pastor, Chapel Hill Bible Church

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Weekly Ebook Deals: Books You’ll Actually Read

When it comes to communicating key Christian truths, length is not always necessary. This was Mark Driscoll’s foundational vision for the Book You’ll Actually Read series—to provide busy Christians with books they’d surely have time to read . . .

  • . . . On Church Leadership
  • . . . On Who Is God?
  • . . . On the Old Testament
  • . . . On the New Testament

Along with the newest volume—On the Grace of God—we’re pleased to offer the entire Book You’ll Actually Read series digitally for $1.99 each.

To learn more about each book, click on the covers below to find them at Crossway.org. You will find them at their reduced prices on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook.com, eChristian, Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 4/29/2013.

Featured eBooks:

On the Grace of God

New Release!

On the Grace of God by Justin S. Holcomb

$7.99

This small book, which can be read in about an hour, shows how God’s grace is the foundational theme and primary message of all of Scripture. Part of the A Book You’ll Actually Read series.

Rid of My Disgrace

Rid of My Disgrace by Justin S. Holcomb, Lindsey A. Holcomb

$12.99 $0.99

*Featured in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.*

A compassionate and hopeful resource to help adult victims of sexual assault move from brokenness to healing. This book outlines a theology or redemption and includes an application of how the disgrace of the cross can lead victims toward grace.

Discounted Series eBooks:

On Church Leadership

On Church Leadership by Mark Driscoll

$7.99 $1.99

In this concise book, one of America’s most influential pastors puts forth a model of church leadership that is both biblically sound and practically effective. Part of the Re:Lit:A Book You’ll Actually Read series.

On Who is God?

On Who Is God? by Mark Driscoll

$7.99 $1.99

It’s one of mankind’s oldest questions, over which countless religions and philosophies have collided: Who is God? In this quick read Mark Driscoll, one of America’s most influential pastors, provides clear, biblical answers to who God is and how he relates to us. Part of the A Book You’ll Actually Read series.

On the Old Testament

On the Old Testament by Mark Driscoll

$7.99 $1.99

This quick read gives a solid and simple introduction to the Old Testament. Mark Driscoll, one of America’s most influential pastors, answers nine common questions about the Old Testament and gives an overview of the various kinds of OT literature. Part of the A Book You’ll Actually Read series.

On the New Testament

On the New Testament by Mark Driscoll

$7.99 $1.99

This brief book gives a solid and simple introduction to the New Testament. Spend just one hour with this book and you’ll find answers to many common questions about the New Testament, such as, Who wrote it? and Does it contain any errors? Part of the A Book You’ll Actually Read series.

Happy reading!

April 24, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Church and Ministry,Digital,Leadership,Ministries,New Testament,Old Testament,Publishing | Author: Ted Cockle @ 10:37 am | (3) Comments »