The world is changing. Recent events have caused many people to stop and wonder why things are happening the way that they are. Science, politics, sexuality—all are moving in different directions at a rapid pace, leaving the church to wonder how to regain its voice in a culture that continues to ignore or ridicule the gospel message. How do pastors and ministry leaders respond to this? Should we follow the dictates of the culture, close ranks and ignore what’s going on around us, or is there a better way forward? Is there a voice that can help us instead engage the world instead of abandoning or surrendering to it?
For the very first time, Tim Keller’s bestselling works are available to pre-order! Containing all of his New York Times bestsellers (The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Prayer) plus other popular titles such as Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, Every Good Endeavor, Preaching, and more, this collection provides works that touch every aspect of the Christian life. Whether it is apologetics, preaching, counseling, or praying, Tim Keller provides biblically grounded wisdom to help you on your Christian walk.
Learn John Piper’s Bible study methods right in the world’s most powerful Bible software. Featuring 100 videos, Look at the Book focuses directly on the text of Scripture with nothing coming between you and the text. Watch as John Piper underlines, circles, and notates the text while offering a running commentary that shows you how to do your own in-depth Bible study. Each video comes with an outline, study questions, principles for Bible reading, and links to relevant articles on Desiring God’s website.
Committed to historical, Christian truths, these collections contain some of the most beloved writings in theology, biblical studies, ministry, and Christian living. Leading lights such as Bruce Ware, Thomas Schreiner, Gerald Bray, Wayne Grudem, and Elyse Fitzpatrick provide engaging insights from a biblical perspective. Check out some of the new Pre-Pubs from Crossway.
Reformed theology has always had a vibrant community of theologians. John Calvin arguably wrote the first systematic theology with his Institutes of the Christian Religion. Since Calvin’s day, luminaries like John Owen, Charles Hodge, and Louis Berkhof have articulated distinctly Reformed points of view in their now-classic systematic theologies.
In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, popular pastors and writers such as R.C. Sproul and J.I. Packer brought Calvinism into the mainstream, compelling Time magazine to call New Calvinism one of the “ten ideas changing the world right now.”
Christmas was easily my favorite holiday when I was kid. My family kept so many traditions that made the holidays special. However, it wasn’t until I became a youth pastor in my native Kentucky that I understood just how stressful Christmas could be. As anyone who works as a pastor or teacher in the church knows, Christmas time is filled to the brim with carol singing at nursing homes, choir practices, special Christmas events that bring the community into the church, and meetings to discuss the church’s plans for the coming year. On top of this, the congregation (rightly) expects to hear a word from the pastor and teachers about the nativity of our Lord.
As a youth pastor, I was tasked with teaching through the Christmas story with our teenagers. My resources, however, were pretty bad. I had a few single-volume commentaries on Matthew and Luke and the book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a great book but not exactly prime study material. I was absolutely unprepared for what is arguably the heaviest teaching season of the year.
This Christmas, you and your teaching staff can avoid running into the “book barrier” by picking up key resources for preparing Sunday School lessons and sermons. Here are a few of the resources that I return to again and again for lesson prep.
For C.S. Lewis, the acclaimed Christian apologist and author, a permanent sense of longing characterized his deepest held beliefs about Christianity. He identified this feeling with the idea of sehnsucht, a German word meaning “longing” or “desire”. Sehnsucht appeared in many of Lewis’ favorite works of literature, including Norse mythology, the poems of Wordsworth, and the children’s stories of George Macdonald. It was “that unnameable something, desire for which pierces us like a rapier at the smell of a bonfire, the sound of wild ducks flying overhead, the title of The Well at the World’s End, the opening lines of Kubla Khan, the morning cobwebs in late summer, or the noise of falling waves.”
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The Founders Press Study Guide Commentaries offer solid exegesis, clear explanation, and practical insights into eight New Testament books. These concise resources are the perfect marriage of study guide and commentary, offering scholarly exposition in an easily digestible form. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary distinguished professor of New Testament Curtis Vaughan works section by section through the books of Acts, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, James, and 1–3 John.
Helpful for both pastors and laypeople, these six volumes are packed with accessible and practical insights. These well-loved guides aid readers in understanding the biblical text and applying it to everyday life—as well as helping pastors and leaders in sermon preparation and Bible study teaching.
How should Christians relate to the Old Testament Law? Ever since Paul addressed this issue in his epistles, theologians have agreed that our relationship to the Law has changed on account of the death of Christ. But grasping the exact nature of that change has proved more difficult—not to mention controversial. Martin Luther proclaimed “whoever knows well this art of distinguishing between Law and gospel, him place at the head and call him a doctor of Holy Scripture.”
Tom Schreiner has entered into this centuries-old debate with his work 40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law, July’s Free Book of the Month. Schreiner is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Praised by Simon Gathercole as “an enormously valuable volume”, this work contains timely answers to Christians’ questions regarding the role of the Law in the Christian life.
I sat down with Schreiner to learn how modern-day Christians should think about the Old Testament Law.