New Books and Bibles
Below is a list of the new and notable resources releasing this month from Crossway. Titles include A Dozen Things God Did with Your Sin (And Three Things He'll Never Do) by Sam Storms and God, Technology, and the Christian Life by Tony Reinke.
Philippians: Living for Christ
Join Lydia Brownback as she walks chapter by chapter through the book of Philippians. Paul’s letter demonstrates the abundant joy that is possible through unity in Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. By understanding Philippians, believers learn how to find contentment in God, even during difficult times.
“The brilliant and beautiful mix of sound teaching, helpful charts, lists, sidebars, and appealing graphics—as well as insightful questions that get the reader into the text of Scripture—make these studies that women will want to invest time in and will look back on as time well spent.”
—Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher; author, Even Better than Eden
The Mission of the Triune God: A Theology of Acts
In The Mission of the Triune God, author Patrick Schreiner argues that Luke’s theology stems from the order of his narrative. He shows how the major themes in Acts, including the formation of the church, salvation offered to all flesh, and the prolific spread of the gospel, connect. Through Schreiner’s clear presentation and helpful graphics, readers follow the early church as it grows “all under the plan of God, centered on King Jesus, and empowered by the Spirit.”
“Patrick Schreiner has given us a solid look at the theology of one of the most underappreciated books of the New Testament: the book of Acts. He shows clearly how Luke’s look at history and the promise that is at the heart of the early church is not about the acts of the apostles but about the unfolding acts of God that are still at work in our world. This work will develop your appreciation for what God has done and is doing, and who we are called to be as members of his church.”
—Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement, The Hendricks Center, Dallas Theological Seminary
Mission Affirmed: Recovering the Missionary Motivation of Paul
In Mission Affirmed, Elliot Clark seeks to reshape our motivation by considering the example of Paul the missionary. The desire for God’s approval is what formed his ambition and directed his methods, and it should guide ours too. In these pages, we rediscover how pursuing God’s praise can both motivate and regulate our gospel ministries. We also refocus—as missionaries, pastors, churches, and individuals—on what matters more than a mission accomplished: a mission God affirms.
“Mission Affirmed is immensely practical, challenging, accessible, and hopeful. It is a call to be more thoroughly and thoughtfully biblical about why we do the things we do in missions. All of us— whether pastors or church members, goers or senders—could all benefit from this insightful book.”
—Gloria Furman, author, Missional Motherhood; coeditor, Joyfully Spreading the Word
A Dozen Things God Did with Your Sin (And Three Things He'll Never Do)
In his latest book, Storms addresses anxiety over sin by reminding believers of the good news of the gospel. Beginning with an explanation of the glory of penal substitution, he walks through 12 things God did with their sin, including forgiving it, passing over it, and casting it into the depths of the sea. He also explains 3 things God will never do with their sin, such as counting it against them. Walking through the Bible’s teaching, Storms helps believers find freedom, joy, and peace in knowing what God has done (and will never do) with their sin through the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus.
“Sam Storms has written a wonderful book on the cross of Jesus and how to live in the power of God’s forgiveness.”
—Jack Deere, Associate Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary; author, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit
Demystifying Decision-Making: A Practical Guide
Writing from her own experience and pointing to biblical examples, Aimee Joseph offers a biblical and theological framework for decision-making. She explains God’s design for humans as decision-makers, the biblical model for making choices, common wrong approaches, practical tips, and what to do when you’ve made a poor decision. With the philosophy that “as we shape our decisions, our decisions shape us,” Joseph teaches readers how to worship and draw closer to Christ through their daily decisions.
“Aimee Joseph is a faithful guide as we navigate both large and small dilemmas. In the pages of this book, we learn to weigh our choices according to God’s word and his will and come away with a renewed trust in the God who sovereignly ordains all things. Whatever you are trying to decide, I trust you will find this book a helpful resource.”
—Megan Hill, author, Praying Together and A Place to Belong; Editor, The Gospel Coalition
God, Technology, and the Christian Life
To build a biblical theology of technology, journalist and tech optimist Tony Reinke examines nine key texts from Scripture to show how the world’s discoveries are divinely orchestrated. Ultimately, what we believe about God determines how we respond to human invention. With the help of several theologians and inventors throughout history, Reinke dispels twelve common myths in the church and offers fourteen ethical convictions to help Christians live by faith in the age of big tech.
“Tony Reinke’s book God, Technology, and the Christian Life is panoramic and penetrating. I doubt there has ever been a more sweeping treatment of technology so firmly tethered to Scripture—and therefore so realistic and hopeful. Writing as a ‘tech optimist’ who trusts in God’s providential orchestration over all things, Reinke offers us an expansive and compelling ‘biblical theology of technology.’ God’s glory is the end of creation and the aim of all innovations. Apart from Christ there is no art, no science, no technology, no agriculture, no microprocessor, and no medical innovation. If God is the center of our life, technology is a great gift. If technology is our savior, we are lost. This is a mind-expanding, heart-stabilizing, God-glorifying, joy-sustaining book.”
—John Piper, Founder and Teacher, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary; author, Desiring God