Introducing the Cutting Edge Series with Michael Bird

CuttingEdge-JustCover-223Yesterday marked the release of Lexham Press’ newest series, Cutting Edge. The first book in the series, David deSilva’s Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel, is now available for pre-order! To celebrate the series’ debut, we’re offering Transformation for the low price of $6.95 for the first two weeks. Pre-order it now before the price goes up!

Edited by renowned scholar Michael Bird, the Cutting Edge series engages significant topics in contemporary biblical scholarship, making them applicable in the life of the church and accessible to busy students of the Word.

We asked Michael Bird a few questions about this exciting new series:

What are the goals of the Cutting Edge series?

The purpose of the series is to provide, as the name says, cutting-edge studies on important and disputed topics relevant to the contemporary church. It aims to explain to pastors, students, and laypeople the significance of some major ideas that are floating around in biblical and theological studies. In some cases, the volumes will suggest fresh and provocative approaches to tired old topics.

How does the Cutting Edge series respond to major issues the church is facing?

Each short book will offer a brief engagement with a controversial topic. The volumes are designed to be accessible for nonspecialists, allowing them to understand the issues and appreciate what the debate is about. The series will force readers to think through the issues and decide on the best option.

How will Cutting Edge connect our users with the latest in biblical scholarship?

The Cutting Edge series provides Logos users with the opportunity to access the best and brightest in theological studies right on their screens. If you want to keep up with the latest trends in biblical studies or hear a scholar’s proposal on how to make sense of a controversial subject, this will be the place to do it.

What sets the Cutting Edge series apart from similar products?

There are a number of introductions to current issues in either journals or lengthy volumes. This series is meant to be a short and concise introduction to disputed areas that’s deliverable on Logos platforms and associated media.

We can’t wait to release this first book in the series. In Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel, David deSilva will expand your definition of the gospel message as presented in Paul’s letters. He argues that it is far richer than the “get out of hell free” pass that some Christians have unintentionally reduced it to today. Instead, deSilva will help us explore how Paul’s words in Romans speak of the gospel as the means to transform and renew all of creation—including ourselves.

Don’t miss out on this excellent new volume. Pre-order Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel before the price goes up!

Save Time with a Better Small Group Curriculum

studies-in-faithful-living-patriarchs-collection-complete-church-curriculumAs a small group leader, I’m always on the lookout for high-quality curricula that will save me time.

My church, like many others, increasingly relies on small groups to foster spiritual growth in the community through prayer, service, and study. Because of this, a lot of responsibility falls on the shoulders of small group leaders. It’s an amazing privilege and opportunity, but finding exceptional small group curricula is time-consuming. Great curricula include excellent academic content and conversation topics, but they’re not too challenging or inaccessible. I end up spending a lot of time tweaking and refining curricula to make up for missing aspects. What I want are multifaceted curricula that will give me this time back. The Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection has been my answer.

Spending your time wisely

The Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection is a three-volume resource with incredible time-saving potential. This collection includes all-encompassing character studies on three patriarchs: Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph. Group members can pick up the individual books, and leaders can benefit from discussion guides and videos in the complete church curriculum.

When my small group went through Abraham: Following God’s Promise, we found accessible biblical teaching, engaging prose, and motivating application. Every chapter focuses on an important event in Abraham’s life, beginning with an orientation on theme, literary context, and historical and cultural background. Then the chapter offers a deeper look into the story through the lenses of interpretation, original language, and theology. The Studies in Faithful Living volumes even show you how each event connects to other parts of the Bible and other ancient texts—something my small group found especially fascinating. Every chapter ends with application for everyday life and discussion questions that cultivate transformation and action.

The Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection offers me three valuable character studies that I’m confident my small group will engage and enjoy. I don’t have to spend time tweaking, altering, or tailoring—instead, I can use that time to plan service events or social activities. I can meet with group members individually, and I can pray for them outside small group. The possibilities are endless.

Start saving time, and breathe easy. Pick up the Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection for your small group today!