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Weekly Specials: Theology in Community Series

This month marks the release of Fallen: A Theology of Sin, the newest volume in the Theology in Community series edited by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson.

The Theology in Community Series assembles a world-class team of scholars bringing their unique expertise to bear on a biblical and theological topic from the perspectives of biblical theology, systematic theology, history, pastoral application, missiology, and cultural analysis. These volumes—written in community and combining academic acumen with a pastoral ethos—provide pastors, leaders, and laypeople an up-to-date resource for exploring both theology and practice with accessible depth.

With the release of Fallen: A Theology of Sin, we’ve discounted the previous volumes in the series in both print and digital formats.

To learn more about each title, click on the covers below. The print deals are only available on Crossway.org; the ebook deals are also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshout, Christianbook.com, eChristian, ibooks (apple), Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 9/9/2013.*

This Week’s Specials:

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God

Edited by Christopher W. Morgan, Robert A. Peterson

Print: $18.99 $9.99

Ebook: $12.99 $3.99

First-rate evangelical scholars collaborate to articulate a robust theology of the kingdom of God across multiple disciplines.

“…biblically informed, theologically incisive, and pastorally sensitive.”
—Stephen T. Um, Senior Minister, Citylife Presbyterian Church, Boston, Massachusetts; Adjunct Faculty, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Buy: Print | Ebook

 

The Deity of Christ

The Deity of Christ

Edited by Christopher W. Morgan, Robert A. Peterson

Print: $24.99 $9.99

Ebook: $16.99 $3.99

This multidisciplinary treatment of the doctrine of Christ’s deity combines first-rate evangelical scholarship and rich application with substantial and accessible theological content.

“…a well-crafted, faithfully biblical, meticulously worked out study of the deity of Christ that brings us from the Old Testament through the New Testament, and into the modern world. This is a superb study.”
—David F. Wells,
Distinguished Senior Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Buy: Print | Ebook

 

 

The Glory of God

The Glory of God

Edited by Christopher W. Morgan, Robert A. Peterson

Print: $23.99 $9.99

Ebook: $16.99 $3.99

Köstengerger, Longman, Gaffin, and other collaborating scholars from multiple disciplines guide believers through a biblical and theological treatment of the glory of God. This theologically substantial and accessible book will greatly benefit readers in their personal studies and ministries.

“…an overarching and powerful portrait of God’s grandeur, beauty, and transcendence. I am pleased to recommend this outstanding volume to students, lay leaders, pastors, and theologians alike.”
—David S. Dockery,
President, Union University

Buy: Print | Ebook

 

Suffering and the Goodness of God

Suffering and the Goodness of God

Edited by Christopher W. Morgan, Robert A. Peterson

Print: $23.99 $9.99

Ebook: $16.99 $3.99

When believers face suffering and hardships, the question they most often ask is, Why? Suffering and the Goodness of God offers biblical truths concerning suffering, and it challenges believers to promote justice in the harsh, unsure world and to emulate God’s grace as they minister to those who are suffering.

“The editors and authors have thoroughly combed the Scriptures to give us the answers we need in tough times. This book should help both those who are suffering and those called upon to comfort and encourage others in their suffering.”
—Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness

Buy: Print | Ebook

 

Featured New Release

Fallen: A Theology of Sin

Edited by Christopher W. Morgan, Robert A. Peterson

Everyone knows the world is broken. Leading evangelical scholars join forces to explore the biblical doctrine of sin from a variety of angles, including historical theology and the modern world. Part of the Theology in Community series.

“…the most far-reaching, well-rounded modern treatment of sin that I have ever read. I commend it very highly.”
—Jason C. Meyer, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Learn more about Fallen

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

September 3, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Theology,Weekly Ebook Specials | Author: Ted Cockle @ 3:35 pm | 0 Comments »

Bonhoeffer’s 7 Ministries of the Church

Adapted from Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life: From the Cross, for the World by Stephen J. Nichols.

“Lord, what would you have me to do?”

If Bonhoeffer were to meet a person with such questions he would say:

Do something. Serve somebody. That is ministry. That is God’s will.

Certainly there is legitimacy to taking stock and being strategic and asking soul-searching questions. There’s also a place for waiting on God, for times of withdrawal and personal meditation. But sometimes we overthink it, and sometimes we overindulge the self.

In Bonhoeffer’s thinking, every child of God is a minister; all Christians are called to ministry. Bonhoeffer sees our task of ministry in seven particular ministries in the church (listed in Life Together). All of us can do at least one of them well, many can do a few of them well, and even a few gifted individuals in the church can do them all well.

In other words, we can all do something. We are all called to ministry.

For Bonhoeffer, ministry is not about power and authority, but service. The word itself, diakonia, means service, a word held in high esteem by Bonhoeffer. His list of ministries, then, reflects this fundamental starting point of what ministry is about.

  1. The ministry of holding one’s tongue

    Bonhoeffer pegs silence as a self-discipline worthy of highest virtue. “Where the discipline of the tongue is practiced right from the beginning, each individual will make a matchless discovery. He will be able to cease from constantly scrutinizing the other person, judging him, condemning him, putting him in a particular place where he can gain ascendency over him.”

  2. The ministry of meekness

    “He who would learn to serve must first to learn to think little of himself.”

  3. The ministry of listening

    Listening—attentive, sympathetic listening—comes far too hard for us. Comparatively, talking comes far too easy. It’s the reason James the brother of Jesus had to warn us to be “quick to hear” and “slow to speak” (James 1:19) and not the other way around. As Bonhoeffer points out, “He who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God too.”

  4. The ministry of helpfulness

    Bonhoeffer challenges us here to “be interrupted by God,” to put our plans on hold and to help those who come across our path and need help.

  5. The ministry of bearing

    Not only are we called to help, but we are also called to bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2). Bonhoeffer speaks of it as our duty; in fact, he says, “It is the fellowship of the cross to bear the burden of the other. If one does not experience it, the fellowship he belongs to is not Christian. If any member refuses to bear that burden he denies the law of Christ.”

  6. The ministry of proclaiming

    Once these first five ministries and their respective obligations are in place, then Bonhoeffer turns to the “platform” ministries. Bonhoeffer stresses the need for authentic Christian living before the action of proclamation. To put this colloquially, one needs to “walk the walk.”

  7. The ministry of authority

    The exercise of pastoral authority—the second of the “platform” ministries. Bonhoeffer makes the case that without the first five ministries, the platform ministries, just like the preaching in the opening scene of his novel, become little more than the bellowing of hot air.

For a more in-depth look at these ministries and other reflections on Bonhoeffer’s understanding of the Christian life, learn more, download an excerpt, or buy now.

 

June 27, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Church and Ministry,Discipleship,History and Biography,Spiritual Growth | Author: Ted Cockle @ 9:38 am | (2) Comments »