Paul’s Countercultural Worldview in Philippians

The newest volume in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series is Philippians by Mark J. Keown. In his epistle to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul addresses internal struggles and external pressures that the church faced. In this volume, Keown shows how Paul appeals to Christ’s exemplary acts of humility and sacrifice to encourage believers to live worthy of the gospel in every aspect of life. Through rigorous examination of the original Greek text and engagement with the latest scholarship, Keown delivers an in-depth commentary on Philippians that captures the message of Paul’s letter for believers today.

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The First Great Theological Battle in the History of the Church

In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul sought to correct a church that had lost the heart of the gospel. Dr. Grant Osborne calls this letter “the first great theological battle in the history of the church.” At the core of the disagreement was the place of traditional Jewish religious practices for Gentle converts to Christianity. The Jewish Christians of the Galatian churches believed that Gentles had to become Jews—be circumcised and submit to the Mosaic law—before they could be saved. These Judaizers were convinced that the law was still the heart of the gospel, rather than Jesus’ actions on the cross.

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Save 30% on Your Favorite Lexham Titles This Month Only

Throughout May, we’re featuring Faithlife’s very own publishing imprint, Lexham Press. Our roots are in creating innovative resources designed for and integrated into the Logos Bible Software platform. You can get great deals on many of these digital-native resources like the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary, the Lexham Bible Guides, and much more!

Here are three collections that you won’t want to miss:

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How to Prioritize Your Spiritual Life in Seminary

Danny Zacharias and Ben Forrest believe there are certain skills and habits that apply to anyone in a seminary context. Their new book, Surviving and Thriving in Seminary, equips students with the skills to succeed—spiritually, relationally, and academically. In this excerpt, Zacharias and Forrest tackle a temptation that all too many students fall prey to—neglecting their spiritual life.

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What I Wish I Had Known in Seminary

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Attending seminary can be a wonderfully challenging experience. But so many students enter their studies unprepared for the stress and hardships they might encounter. That’s why Danny Zacharias and Ben Forrest wrote Surviving and Thriving in Seminary. This academic and spiritual handbook provides advice on how to prepare your own heart and relationships, how to manage your time and energy, and how to acquire the study skills you need.

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What the Mystery of the Incarnation Teaches Us About Easter

The Christian faith is full of profound truths that defy human understanding. These grand mysteries point us to God’s greatness and goodness and, when contemplated, evoke awe and worship. At the center of our celebration of Easter are two of these mysteries, Jesus’ incarnation and resurrection. In this excerpt from The Majesty of Mystery, K. Scott Oliphint examines the relationship between these two mysteries to remind us of the glory and wonder of our God.

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Abraham Kuyper’s Theology of Everyday Life

Even if you’re unfamiliar with the works of Abraham Kuyper, you might recognize his most famous quote: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’”

For Kuyper, this deep awareness of God’s sovereignty had vast implications for daily life. Throughout his writings, he wrestled with how to reconcile the sovereign presence of God in this beautifully created world while witnessing the fallenness and brokenness of the present. The modern church still struggles to navigate this tension between the spiritual life and the secular world. That’s why, despite being a century old, Kuyper’s theology of everyday life is still relevant today.

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Visualize the Bible in a Whole New Way

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For modern readers of the Bible, studying the ancient context of the text can be extremely difficult. There are so many unfamiliar details that get lost in translation. Cultural concepts that would have been woven into the fabric of these ancient societies are foreign to us. Massive structures like the temple in Jerusalem must be pieced together in our minds using only the descriptions found in the text.

When we’re able to visualize these things—whether they’re an abstract concept or a physical object—they come alive.

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A Conversation with Michael F. Bird on Staying Curious in Bible Study

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The NIV Faithlife Study Bible invites you to explore the Bible and inform your faith. There is limitless depth to God’s Word—whether it’s studying the original biblical languages or the details of the ancient world, there’s always something new to learn. Discover intriguing insights in robust study notes based on the original languages of the Bible. Visualize the biblical story with stunning graphics that bring the ancient world—and the Bible—to life.

Whether you’re studying the Bible for the first time or the thousandth time, the NIV Faithlife Study Bible is the perfect tool to feed your curiosity about God and his work in the world.

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The NIV Faithlife Study Bible Is Now Available

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The NIV Faithlife Study Bible invites you to understand the Bible more fully—to feed your curiosity about God and His work in the world.

Adapted for print from the digital edition of the Faithlife Study Bible, this visually stunning study Bible delivers helpful insights designed to inform your faith. Innovative graphics and rich commentary are paired with the full text of the New International Version (NIV), the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible. The balance of striking graphics, comprehensive study features, and intriguing insights from multiple points of view will keep you curious as you explore the treasures of God’s Word.

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