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The Grace Controversy: Timothy George Seeks to Bring Understanding & Unity to the Conflict Over the Doctrines of Grace

Amazing Grace

by Timothy George

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The Grace Controversy
Timothy George Seeks to Bring Understanding & Unity to the Conflict Over the Doctrines of Grace

Wheaton IL—The word grace is both at the heart of the Christian faith and the heart of the most heated controversies in the history of the Christian church. The dispensations or doctrines of grace have divided those of a Calvinistic persuasion and those of an Arminian persuasion for years.

Rather than division, author Timothy George writes, “God’s grace should provoke wonder and worship among all God’s children.” In Amazing Grace, George takes a look at some of the most debated questions surrounding the doctrines of grace. Grounded in scripture, his insights promote both unity and understanding as we seek to know the God of the Bible.

Originally written to address the “Calvinism controversy” brewing within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), this study was used in thousands of churches and study groups throughout the SBC and beyond.

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“Amazing Grace by Timothy George is an amazing little book! It is biblical and practical, theological and missional. It delves into the mystery of divine sovereignty and human responsibility, providing wonderful insight while also allowing the tensions of Scripture to remain. I was blessed by the book the first time I read it. I enjoyed this edition even more.”—Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“It is hard to be simultaneously boring and polarizing, but the Calvinism/Arminianism debates typically are both. The arguments are often filled with the kind of ‘bitter jealousy’ and ‘selfish ambition,’ the Scriptures identify as ‘demonic.’ Timothy George’s Amazing Grace is different. In this book, a world-renowned Christian scholar walks through the biblical texts about God’s purpose of grace in a way that is honest, easy to understand, and charitable to those who disagree. Whether you are a Calvinist, an Arminian, or somewhere in between, you’ll learn something from this book. You’ll also see modeled how to converse with those who disagree with you. And, more than all that, you’ll put the book down at the end and worship our love-driven, grace-filled God. This is the best book on God’s grace in print today.”—Russell D. Moore, Dean, School of Theology; Senior Vice President for Academic Administration; Associate

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Enslaved by Addiction and Abuse: Mars Hill Pastor Offers Message of Redemption

Redemption

by Mike Wilkerson

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ENSLAVED BY ADDICTION AND ABUSE
Mars Hill Pastor Offers Message of Redemption

Wheaton IL—“If we’re honest, we all are in some way limping towards the kingdom,” explains Mark Driscoll, Pastor at Mars Hill Church. Here’s a snapshot of what lies under the surface of our culture: 41% of the entire population has at some point in their life been sexually assaulted or abused. More than 70% of men between ages 18-34 visit a porn site in a typical month, 47% of families would actually say that porn is a problem in their household. And nearly 19% of workers age 18-25 have used illicit drugs in the past month.
Whether it’s addiction, abuse, or related problems—at the root lies either sin or the effects of sin. The result is often self-selected slavery to things such as drugs, sex, alcohol, food, gambling, and pornography. There is an urgent need for seemingly normal Christians to have redemption from sin and its effects.

“Our sin problems are ultimate worship problems,” Mike Wilkerson writes in Redemption. “Redemption is more than mere deliverance from trouble,” Wilkerson explains. “It restores us to the very purpose for which we were created, the worship of God.” Redemption began as Mars Hill’s gospel-based curriculum for support-recovery groups.

Working through the redemption story line of Exodus, readers will see that we are all prone to set up idols in our hearts. Despite our reckless chasing of idols, God is even more reckless in his pursuit of us: slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Restored to his presence, beholding his glory, we are changed to live new lives with new desires. In the end, the reward of freedom from slavery is not merely the stopping of some habitual sin or the comforting of some lingering wound; it is more: satisfaction and rest in God himself.

Endorsement:
“This is a wonderful piece of gospel work. It is case-study rich, evidencing lots of wisdom in the ways of people who suffer. It is theology rich, exegeting in a very practical way the transforming power of the gospel and all the ways we are tempted to distort or minimize it. This needs to be published and distributed widely. I know of no other work that does what Wilkerson has done. It surely does advance the cause of applying the gospel to brokenness of this generation. Well done!”—Paul Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries

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Rid of My Disgrace

A Message of Redemption for Victims of Sexual Assault

Justin and Lindsey Holcomb

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Rid of My Disgrace
A Message of Redemption for Victims of Sexual Assault

Wheaton IL—Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. The numbers are staggering. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime.

The traumatizing effects resulting from sexual assault can range from the obvious physical effects to sleep depravation, anxiety, fear, depression, social withdrawal, flashbacks, self-mutilation, guilt, and the list goes on. In Rid of My Disgrace, Justin and Lindsey Holcomb proclaim a message of healing and hope to victims who know the depths of destruction and overwhelming sense of disgrace associated with sexual assault. The message of the gospel can do what self-help books and methods can never do. It applies grace to disgrace and redeems what has been destroyed.

“We believe that the only thing that gets to the depth of the devastation of sexual assault is God’s one-way, unconditional love expressed through, and founded on, the person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ,” explain the Holcomb’s. “And in response to sin and its effects, God’s radical grace and redemption are at the center of responding to the pain and needs brought on by a victim’s experiences.”

Endorsement:

“I can’t express how grateful I am that someone is tackling this subject with both a pastoral heart and an understanding of how the devastating effects of sexual assault can wreak havoc for decades after the abuse. It is an epidemic issue where resources are scarce. There isn’t a weekend that goes by where we aren’t told a gut-wrenching tale of innocence stolen and left trying to help a man or woman make sense of their pain. I praise God for the gospel that can heal and restore and for the Holcombs that had the courage and wisdom to write this book for us.”—Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Highland Village, Texas

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The Legacy of the King James Bible

Celebrating 400 Years of the Most Influential English Translation

Leland Ryken

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THE LEGACY OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE
Celebrating 400 Years of the Most Influential English Translation

Wheaton IL—2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. It’s a perfect time to recall the story of its beginnings and its impact.

In The Legacy of the King James Bible, Leland Ryken writes a biography of one of the greatest and most influential books in the history of the world. The KJV began long before 1611 with the work of William Tyndale, it went to the Hampton Court during the reign of King Henry VIII, and eventually became what was considered a “poor and empty request from a handful of dejected Puritans, which was granted by the King as a sneer.” Yet with seemingly humble beginnings, its legacy continues to impact the English-speaking world today. “The history of English Bible translation that climaxed in the King James Version is one of the most exciting stories on record,” explains Ryken.

The influence of the King James Bible on English and American culture ranges from education, law, and government to preaching, music, art, and literature. No other English Bible, or perhaps even book, has come close to the impact of the KJV.

Endorsement:
“What a treat—the leading evangelical scholar on the Bible as literature discussing the Bible translation that is probably the greatest achievement in English literature! Ryken tells the story of how the King James Version came into being and describes its wide-ranging impact over the last four hundred years, while frankly contrasting the literary merits of the KJV with some of the modern translations. This is an important topic treated well. I found it riveting and edifying.”Ray Van Neste, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies; Director, R. C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, Union University

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Influential Young Evangelicals Outline the Relevance and Theological Foundations of Christian Orthodoxy

Don’t Call it a Comeback

Ed by Kevin DeYoung

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Influential Young Evangelicals Outline the Relevance and Theological Foundations of Christian Orthodoxy

Wheaton IL—Recent cultural interest in evangelicalism has led to considerable confusion about what the term actually means. Many young Christians are tempted to discard the label altogether. But evangelicalism is not merely a political movement in decline or a sociological phenomenon on the rise, as it has sometimes been portrayed. It is, in fact, a helpful theological profile that manifests itself in beliefs, ethics, and church life.

DeYoung and other key twenty and thirty-something evangelical Christian leaders present Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Same Evangelical Faith for a New Day to assert the stability, relevance, and necessity of Christian orthodoxy today. This book introduces young, new, and under-discipled Christians to the most essential and basic issues of faith in general and of evangelicalism in particular.

Kevin DeYoung and contributors including Russell Moore, Tullian Tchividjian, Darrin Patrick, Justin Taylor, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Tim Challies examine what evangelical Christianity is and does within the broad categories of history, theology, and practice. They demonstrate that evangelicalism is still biblically and historically rooted, and remains the same framework for faith that we need today.

Endorsements:

“I absolutely love this book! First, each chapter solidly tackles a critical component of our Evangelical faith and practice. Second, the authors demonstrate not only a strong grasp of God’s Word, but also of the perspective of church history, which is sadly lacking in most contemporary books. Third, these guys write tight, making every sentence count, so even though it packed with truth, the book is a quick read. I am so proud of these brilliant, godly men.”—Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church

“It brings this aging man great joy to see a rising generation address contemporary questions with theologically informed answers. These are the right guys, on the right topics, at the right time.”—C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries

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No Other Gospel

31 Reasons from Galatians Why Justification by Faith Alone is the Only Gospel

by Josh Moody

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NO OTHER GOSPEL
31 Reasons from Galatians Why Justification by Faith Alone Is the Only Gospel

Wheaton IL—In our fallen nature, we are prone to deviate from the true gospel. In fact, many churches today are vested with different forms of the Christian gospel. Gospels that pastor and author Josh Moody describe as “ineffective gospels that are marginalized by our predominant concern for ease or selfish ambition.” It is the gospel of man, not the gospel of God.

In No Other Gospel, Moody explains how “we tend toward human gospels.” We subtly move from the cross to bigger and better gospels that are essentially human in taste. While all true proclamations of the gospel center on Christ, not just start there.

No Other Gospel takes us back to a time when the gospel was similarly confused, and in danger of being watered down by an addition to it (which was really a subtraction from it). Believers must constantly battle to maintain the purity and simplicity of the gospel. Paul was acutely aware of this as he wrote his letter to the Galatians. He was writing to an established church—experienced believers who had started to slip in their gospel witness. Moody finds in Galatians relevance and parallels to many churches today that have become used to a gospel that is no gospel.

Endorsement:

Stemming from a series of sermons delivered to his church, No Other Gospel addresses thirty-one reasons Paul gives to not swerve from the pure gospel.
“Paul’s Letter to the Galatians so strongly and passionately articulates the gospel of grace that it has proved transforming in many generations of preachers from Luther to Wesley and beyond. Here Josh Moody reinforces that heritage for the twenty-first century.”
—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity Schoolthis generation. Well done!”

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