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The Stories We Tell

The Stories We Tell

by Mike Cosper

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More Than Just Entertainment: Our Favorite TV and Movies Echo Gospel Truth

The average American watches 5 hours of TV daily and, each year, we collectively spend about $30 billion on movies. Simply put, we’re entertainment junkies.

But can we learn something from our insatiable addiction to stories? Mike Cosper thinks so—arguing that popular shows and movies speak volumes about who we are as broken people living in a broken world. From horror flicks to rom-coms, the tales we tell and the myths we weave inevitably echo the one, great narrative underlying all of history: the story of man’s tragic sin and God’s triumphant salvation.

Cosper shows how modern entertainment reveals humanity’s universal longing for redemption as he explores a variety of genres, influential films, and shows, ultimately teaching us how to engage with and evaluate what we watch.

 

“Drawing upon a dazzling breadth of stories told through film, television, and literature, Mike Cosper examines—critically and charitably, wisely and generously—the culture-shaping power of stories and how all reflect in some way the grand story of creation, fall, and redemption. Skillfully and compellingly written, The Stories We Tell is essential reading for anyone consuming, engaging, or shaping the culture.”
—Karen Swallow Prior, author, Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More

“Mike helps us make sense of what is true and good in the stories our culture consumes, and he does it without leading us toward syncretism. With the amount of TV and movies our culture devours, this book is a must read.”
—Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network

 

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Edwards on the Christian Life

Edwards on the Christian Life

by Dane C. Ortlund

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Exploring the Beauty of God

Jonathan Edwards is widely hailed as the greatest theologian in American history. In Edwards on the Christian Life, Dane Ortlund invites us to explore the great eighteenth-century pastor’s central passion: God’s resplendent beauty.

Whether reflecting on the nature of love, the preeminence of Scripture, or the glory of the natural world, the concept of beauty stood at the heart of Edwards’s theology and permeated his portrait of the Christian life.

Clear and engaging, this accessible volume will inspire you to embrace Edwards’s magnificent vision of what it means to be a Christian: enjoying and reflecting of the beauty of God in all things.

 

“Jonathan Edwards is widely known as a hellfire-and-brimstone preacher. Serious students, like Dane Ortlund, have long known he was much more. In this book Ortlund puts his careful research to good purpose as he demonstrates convincingly that the center of Edwards’s concern was always and supremely beauty—in God, from God, and for God. Grateful readers will find this book highly informative on Edwards and deeply encouraging for the Christian life today.”
—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

“No one has taught me more about the dynamics of Christian living than has Jonathan Edwards. And no one has more clearly articulated the role of beauty in Edwards’s understanding of the Christian life than has Dane Ortlund. If you’re unfamiliar with Edwards, or if you wonder how beauty could possibly have any lasting effect in your growth as a Christian, this book is for you.”
—Sam Storms, Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

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Churches Partnering Together

Churches Partnering Together

by Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks

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How to Work Together for the Sake of the Gospel

Most churches in the U. S. have less than 75 members. Many of these congregations barely have enough money to pay their pastor’s salary, much less launch a movement or host a conference. How can they hope to make an impact beyond their own walls?

In Churches Partnering Together, Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks show how all churches—big andsmall—can do more together than they can do apart. Looking to the New Testament for guidance, this practical book will help pastors, church leaders, and laypeople alike think creatively about gospel-driven church partnerships in their own communities and around the world.

 

“God can and does work miracles through local churches linked together by the gospel for the sake of loving their communities by introducing them to Jesus. I love the vision Chris and Matt live out and lay out in this book. May their tribe increase!”
—Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; coauthor, A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir

“One of the most important lessons from the New Testament is that gospel churches naturally cooperate in gospel ministries. That’s why I welcome this new book by Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks. The rising generation of young evangelicals needs to embrace once again a fully biblical understanding of cooperation so churches united in faith can cooperate together to share the gospel with the world.”
—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

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God’s Design For Man and Woman

 God’s Design For Man and Woman

by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Margaret E. Köstenberger

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Careful Discussion of an Important Issue

This thorough study of the Bible’s teaching on men and women aims to help a new generation of Christians live for Christ in today’s world. Moving beyond other treatments that primarily focus on select passages, this winsome volume traces Scripture’s overarching pattern related to male-female relationships in both the Old and New Testaments. Those interested in careful discussion rather than caustic debate will discover that God’s design is not confining or discriminatory but beautiful, wise, liberating, and good.

  

“The brilliant and respected Andreas and Margaret Köstenberger are wise experts, guiding us through the Bible for a substantive, gospel-rich, and pastorally applied theology of masculinity, femininity, and the goodness of our differences by God’s design.”
—Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; author, Tempted and Tried

“Returning to a topic on which they both have already shown mastery, the Köstenbergers here round off their achievements with a full, lucid, and compelling demonstration that all Scripture treats male leadership as the creational pattern. Complementarians in particular will find here an invaluable resource, as indeed will any other open-minded Bible students.”
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

 

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Women of the Word

WOTW by Jen Wilkin


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Bible Study for the Heart and Mind

We all know it’s important to study God’s Word. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What’s more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture.

In Women of the Word, popular Bible study teacher Jen Wilkin challenges hungry women to go deeper in their study of Scripture, offering a clear and concise plan to equip them to engage God’s Word. Whether young or old, married or single, this book will energize and equip women for Bible study aimed at transforming both their hearts and minds.

 

“Wilkin’s challenges to the status quo, grounded in years of observation, ring with gentle wisdom and guide readers in how to study the Bible with greater depth.” (July 14, 2014)
Publishers Weekly

“This book responds to the feelings-driven, me-centered approach that has too often dominated our study of the Scriptures. Jen encourages women to grow in knowledge of the Word in order to know our Lord. She speaks out of her own joyful and growing experience of learning to dig in. May her voice be joined by many others!”
Kathleen B. Nielson, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

 

July 21, 2014 | Posted in: 2014_07 July Book Releases | Author: Janni Firestone @ 6:15 pm | Comments Off »

The Wonder-Working God

Wonder-Working Godby Jared C. Wilson


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Seeing The Glory of Jesus in His Miracles

Walking on water. Multiplying the fish and the loaves. Raising Lazarus from the dead. The miracles of Jesus may be well known, but they are often treated as nothing more than fanciful tales. Written as a companion volume to The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables, this book by Jared Wilson argues for the historicity and importance of the miraculous events surrounding Jesus’s life and ministry. From the humble wonder of the incarnation to the awesome glory of the transfiguration, Wilson shows readers how the amazing miracles described in the Gospels attest to Christ’s divinity, authority, and ultimate mission: restoring us and this world to a right relationship with God.

 

“Christianity is supernatural. We read the Bible and see God doing things that can’t be explained rationally. That is the God we long for, One who can do extraordinary things in and around our ordinary lives. But Christianity is about God, not just what God does. I love this book, because Jared Wilson helps us worship the miracle worker, and not settle for just wanting and worshiping miracles.”
Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; Vice President, Acts 29; Chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals; author,
The Dude’s Guide to Manhood

 

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Dispatches from the Front

Dispatchesby Tim Keesee

 

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True Stories of Gospel Advance

Most Christians in the West know little about the dangers believers face in other parts of the world. Tim Keesee, a veteran missionary and executive producer of the award-winning Dispatches from the Front DVD series, leads readers to experience global Christianity, exploring the faith and lives of Christians living in some of the world’s most perilous countries.

The incredible accounts included in this compelling travelogue—stories that span the globe from China to Afghanistan—highlight the bold faith and sacrificial bravery of God’s people. Ultimately, Dispatches from the Front magnifies Christ’s saving work in all the earth, encouraging Christians to stand firm in the gospel and joyfully embrace their role in its unstoppable advance!

 

“Beware of Dispatches from the Front if you don’t like being moved and inspired and shaken out of the ruts of your life. These are kingdom stories that build faith in the present providence of God over his mission and stir up action for the sake of lost and hurting people near and far. I would love to see thousands of people mobilized as senders and goers for the sake of the glory of Christ and the relief of suffering on the frontiers, especially eternal suffering.”
—John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary

 

May 7, 2014 | Posted in: 2014_05 May Book Releases | Author: Janni Firestone @ 1:55 pm | Comments Off »

The Word of the Lord

Word of the Lordby Nancy Guthrie


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Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament

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Seeing Jesus in the Prophets

“We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth.” (John 1:45)

In the Old Testament, God spoke to his people through prophets—men specially called to speak God’s Word to his people. The New Testament makes it clear that such prophets, whether chastising or comforting, testified to Israel’s final redemption and ultimate hope: Jesus the Messiah.

Through 10 weeks of guided study, participants will explore the sacrifice of Isaiah’s suffering servant, the stubbornness of Jonah, and more. Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie shows how all of the prophets, whether chastising or comforting, point forward to Israel’s final redemption and ultimate hope. The Word of the Lord helps readers see Jesus, the true and living Word of God, in the Old Testament.

 

“It’s not hyperbole to say, ‘It’s about time.’ While there are good books out there telling pastors how to preach Christ from all the Scriptures, there have been very few Bible studies for laypeople—especially for women—along these lines. Nancy Guthrie does an amazing job of helping us to fit the pieces of the biblical puzzle together, with Christ at the center.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Calvin on the Christian Life

 

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The Unfinished Church

Unfinished Churchby Rob Bentz


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A Work-In-Progress

“I love Jesus but hate the church.”

We hear this kind of talk all the time, but what if it’s profoundly mistaken? Rob Bentz challenges readers to rethink this popular—yet ultimately harmful—mentality with a biblical alternative to the church bashing so prevalent in our society today.

Drawing on his experience as a pastor, Bentz helps those disenchanted with the local church to rediscover its importance for the Christian life by examining the biblical, theological, and historical reasons why Christians should embrace Gospel-centered community—even when it’s hard.

Honest yet hopeful, The Unfinished Church provides an encouraging look at God’s ultimate building project: his church.
“Reader beware! If you don’t want to be inspired to love quirky, diverse, often unlovable, certainly sinful people—like those in your church—well, put this book down now. Rob Bentz seems to think this is precisely what God had in mind when he redeemed us and planted us in a local church. Personally, I’d rather be entertained in a church full of people like me who are easy to get along with. Bentz says otherwise. Of course, he’s right, which is why this may be one of the most important books on the church you read this year.”
Mark Galli, Editor, Christianity Today

 

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April 6, 2014 | Posted in: 2014_04 April Book Releases | Author: Janni Firestone @ 8:14 pm | Comments Off »