Lexham Black Friday Deals: 3 for under $15

Normally, there’s not much you can do with $15. You can buy lunch or a book . . . 

But this week, you can do a whole lot more. [Read more…]

The Lord’s Prayer Reminds Us: God Doesn’t Need Our Prayer

This excerpt is adapted from The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father by Wesley Hill, a new release from Lexham Press.

At the center of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, He offers to his disciples a model for prayer. This would not have seemed at all unusual to Jesus’ followers. Many teachers who attracted crowds in Palestine, like Jesus did, were expected to pass on their insights about how best to beseech God, and Jesus wouldn’t have raised any eyebrows by conveying his. In the Gospel of Luke, for instance, Jesus’ disciples are the ones who prompt His instruction: “Lord, teach us to pray, as John [the Baptist] taught his disciples” (11:1). [Read more…]

Free Commentary on Mark, Plus Savings on Beth Moore, John Piper & More

Whether you’re asking deep, theological questions that would be Greek to most people, or you’re studying actual Greek, or you want to know “What’s God’s will for my life?”, you’ll find something for you in November’s deals. [Read more…]

Facing Rejection in Your Calling? Remember Mark 6:1–6.

Pursuing your calling brings victories—and rejections. 

If downheartedness tempts you to lose focus, remember this thought from beloved rector and Bible scholar R. T. France: “Not everyone was impressed by Jesus.”1

Consider Jesus’ rejection as told in Mark 6:1–6 in the below excerpt from November’s free book of the month, R. T. France’s commentary The Gospel of Mark (NIGCT). [Read more…]

Free This Month: Commentary on Mark’s Gospel from a World-Class Scholar

Looking for an immensely practical commentary—one that helps you see God’s Word more clearly? 

November’s free book, by world-class scholar R. T. France, is for you.

Working from his own translation of the Greek text and culling from research into the world of first-century Israel, France provides an extensive introduction to Mark’s Gospel, followed by insightful section and verse commentary. [Read more…]

‘You Are God’s Tool’: 8 Compelling Ulrich Zwingli Quotes

In almost any discussion of the Reformation, Luther’s name comes up first—as it should. 

Or should it? [Read more…]

How Luther Accidentally Sparked the Reformation

“They were superhuman.”

It’s easy to think that when it comes to the Reformers. They stood up to the world’s strongest power. They did what others didn’t dare to do. They changed the world.  [Read more…]

Save Time on Sermon Prep: Stock Up on Sermon Illustrations

What was the secret sauce in Spurgeon’s most powerful sermons? 

While the Holy Spirit is the source of true power behind any preacher’s sermon, there’s a craft to sermon writing—and Spurgeon mastered it. And more than anything else, Spurgeon mastered the art of the perfectly placed and eloquently delivered sermon illustration. [Read more…]

John Wycliffe: The Morning Star of the Reformation

The Trial of Wycliffe AD 1377 by Ford Madox Brown
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You know about Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli. You may even know about Thomas Cranmer and John Knox. . . . 

But what do you know about the forerunners of the Protestant Reformation? [Read more…]

Kanye Says Jesus Is King: What Does Tim Keller Say?

In case you haven’t heard, rapper Kanye West titled his newest album Jesus Is King. 

“Jesus is king.”

Just three words, but they carry a world of meaning.

Tim Keller explores that meaning in his book with the same title, Jesus the King. See how Jesus came as a king—but a king who had to bear the greatest burden anyone ever has. [Read more…]