Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics Is Now Complete

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The fifth and final volume of Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics is now available! For over five years, Richard B. Gaffin Jr. has been diligently working to bring this classic work into English for the first time ever. The first four volumes were extremely well received, with Michael Horton likening them to “a lost Shakespeare play recently discovered.”

This last volume presents Vos’ views on Ecclesiology, the Sacraments, and Eschatology. First, he deals with the essence and organization of the Church and its purpose. Then, Vos moves the discussion to the Means of Grace, going beyond merely the sacraments of baptism and the Eucharist into issues of the Word of God and Gospel Proclamation as well. Lastly, he concludes with his examination of eschatology both in the sense of “things to come” and also in the sense of the current state of the Church as existing in the “already, but not yet.”
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Revealing the Heart of Prayer in the Gospel of Luke

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God’s Word is transformative. It is this conviction which gives the Transformative Word series its name and its unique character. Series Editor Craig G. Bartholomew has worked alongside authors from around the world to identify a key theme in each book of the Bible, and each volume provides careful Biblical exegesis centered on that gripping theme. The result is an engaging, accessible thematic exploration of a biblical book, poised to offer you new and refreshing insights.
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Setting the Stage for Biblical Understanding: An Interview with Matthew Emerson and Heath Thomas

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We recently had the chance to talk with two authors from the Transformative Word series to get their take on what makes this series valuable. Matthew Emerson wrote the volume on Revelation and Heath Thomas wrote the volume on Habakkuk.

What makes the Transformative Word series unique?

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Matthew Emerson: In my experience writing my Revelation volume and perusing the others published so far, Transformative Word is unique in a few ways. First, the series is unique in its aim. Each volume is an overview of a particular biblical book. While some commentaries provide overviews in their introductions, these titles seek to do so in a way that is directly applicable to the reader. Second, Transformative Word is unique in its audience. Many publishers go for the “scholarly but for lay people” market, but I think Lexham has actually pulled it off with this series. These volumes are written by those with scholarly ability who nevertheless are deeply connected to and involved in the church, perhaps even vocationally. The authors thus bring both academic ability and pastoral sensitivity to their writing.

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Is Your Bible Study Missing a Thematic Perspective?

TW-Promo-BlogHeaderCommentaries are a beloved and vital resource for modern students of the Bible. They give us expert insight into each verse of each chapter of each book of the Bible, and are often a great starting point for deeper research. But one thing the standard commentary typically doesn’t include is an emphasis on the themes of the given book. That’s where a thematic Bible study series truly shines.

Thematic studies center their exegesis around a specific theme or topic found in scripture, providing a unique, often narrative-driven perspective on the biblical book. This allows our theology to be shaped by the grand exegesis of scripture as opposed to having a single verse attempt to explain a theme or inform our theology. And our understanding of the Bible, as a whole, is enhanced when we’re able to properly grasp the themes and topics woven within Scripture.

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Take a Personal, Guided Tour Through the Gospels

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“Location, location, location.” Anyone familiar with real estate has certainly overheard this mantra at some point. The geographic features of a particular location influence so much of our human experience. Even beyond the aspects of climate, landscape, and natural resources, geography leaves a lasting mark on the development of societies and cultures in any given area.

Many of the most well-known narratives in Scripture are rife with geographical elements that are often overlooked because of our distance from the Holy Land. Many of Jesus’ parables and illustrations are steeped in geographic details, but some of these important and distinctive details are lost in translation—we’re simply too far removed from these locations to understand their geographic significance. Imagine having a personal tour guide of Jerusalem and the surrounding area, giving you an on-the-spot explanation of what you’re seeing and how it informs the biblical text.

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The Osborne New Testament Commentaries Come Highly Recommended

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Last month, we announced the Osborne New Testament Commentaries written by respected biblical scholar Grant R. Osborne. As a culmination of his life’s ministry, he’s bringing his academic acumen to an accessible, application-focused commentary. Osborne highlights the riches of the New Testament, making each book valuable for pastors and all who consider themselves students of Scripture.

Decades of research, writing, and teaching has earned Osborne immense respect from his peers. Richard E. Averbeck declares him one of the “premier New Testament commentators of our day.” and George H. Guthrie calls him a “first-tier biblical scholar.” With such glowing affirmations, it’s no wonder the endorsements for his new commentary series have been flowing in.

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Coming Soon: The Lexham Methods Series

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The Lexham Methods Series is finally in production and will ship by the end of the year.

Way back in 2012, we announced an incredible new resource to help you understand the Bible better than ever before—the Lexham Methods Series. These four volumes enable you to learn, refresh, and master the tools of biblical scholarship. The series provides a comprehensive yet introductory treatment of all the major biblical interpretation methods.

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10 Thought-Provoking Quotes from Abraham Kuyper

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Abraham Kuyper was one of the most extraordinary individuals of his time. A prolific intellectual, theologian, and politician, he devoted much of his writing towards developing a public theology. His passion was to faithfully understand and engage culture through a Christian worldview. In his view, seeing Jesus as King is foundational to bridging the gap between the believer’s life inside the church and outside the church.

In Pro Rege, Kuyper argues that Christians can only engage culture fully when they realize that Jesus is the ruler of the world. The insightful and challenging reflections found in this volume have great relevance to modern Christians as we wrestle with the same questions Kuyper was in his day. And for the first time ever, volume one of this classic work is available in English. We’re so excited that his stimulating reflections are available in English that we’ve pulled together 10 of his most poignant quotes to share with you.

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Why Jesus’ Kingship Should Change Our Approach to Culture

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All Christians agree that Christ is God—the doctrine of the Trinity is at the core of what we believe, and the church affirmed Jesus’ divinity in its early councils. Though we know the Bible affirms this, it even more clearly presents Jesus as our King. A quick Logos search shows that even Christ’s enemies called him a king (Matt 27:11; John 18:37; 19:19; Acts 17:7). Over a hundred verses in the New Testament affirm Jesus as Lord. Elsewhere he is even called the King of other kings (for example, 1 Tim 6:15; Rev 17:14). And in Matthew 28:18, Jesus himself says that he has all authority in heaven and earth.

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The Book of Revelation as a Work of Devotion

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Last week, we announced a new verse-by-verse commentary series from respected biblical scholar Grant Osborne. As a culmination of his life’s ministry, Osborne is bringing his theological acumen to an accessible, application-focused commentary. The Osborne New Testament Commentaries are for people seeking a straightforward explanation of the text in its context, avoiding both oversimplification and technical complexity. Osborne brings out the riches of the New Testament, making each book accessible for pastors and all who consider themselves students of Scripture.

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