Growing in Knowledge
Understanding the Gospel
by Darrell L. Bock & Daniel B. Wallace
A highly readable response to the so-called gospels circulating in the halls of academia. In an easy-to-undestand style, Bock and Wallace attempt to challenge modern scholastic reinterpretations of Jesus of Nazareth given by Bart Ehrman, Elaine Pagels, and James Tabor. In Dethroning Jesus, they deliver their own judgments as renowned scholars and the leading textual scholars of New Testament manuscripts and anthropology, helping readers sift through hype and separate the fact from the fiction of higher criticism. This is highly recommended reading for students who are reading Ehrman, Pagels, Crossan, and others who seek to separate the "Jesus of History" from the "Christ of Faith."
by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp
A changed heart is the bright promise of the gospel. When the Bible talks about the gift of a new heart, it doesn't mean a heart that is immediately perfected, but a heart that is capable of being changed. Jesus' work on the cross targets our hearts, our core desires and motivations, and when our hearts change, our behavior changes. It's amazing to watch people who once seemed stuck in a pattern of words, choices, and behaviors start living in a new way as Christ changes their hearts.
by Michael R. Emlet
"An anti-dote to 'take two verses and call me in the morning.'"
Michael R. Emlet gives you the tools to connect the Bible to your life and to the lives of your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. You will learn to understand people and God's Word in ways that promote gospel-centered, rich conversations that help you and those you know grow in love for God and others. This book will make the whole Bible come alive to you. Instead of platitudes, you can offer a cup of living water to those who are struggling in this broken world.
by Milton Vincent
A Gospel Primer has one basic purpose: help Christians to clearly, confidently and consistently "rehearse" the Gospel to themselves. What does it mean to "rehearse", well, in short, it means to stir yourself up, by way of reminder. Remind yourself of the Gospel. The whole Gospel. And just as is characteristic of the Gospel, allow the truth of that Gospel to change us as we dwell and meditate on it. Vincent does a marvelous job in with both poetry and prose in reminding us of the gospel truths, saturating this little books with Scriptural promises. A must-have for every believer!!
By Steve Jeffrey, Michael Ovey, and Andrew Sach
The belief that Jesus died for us, suffering the wrath of his own Father in our place, has been the wellspring of hope for countless Christians through the ages. However, with an increasing number of theologians, church leaders, and even popular Christian books and magazines questioning this doctrine, which naysayers describe as a form of "cosmic child abuse," a fresh articulation and affirmation of penal substitution is needed. And Jeffery, Ovey, and Sach have responded with clear exposition and analysis. They make the case not only that the doctrine is clearly taught in Scripture, but that it has an impeccable pedigree and a central place in Christian theology, and that its neglect has serious consequences.
By Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck
Pastor DeYoung and sports columnist Kluck thoroughly probe the emerging church from a theological and on-the-street perspective. Resourcing interviews, articles, books, blogs, and experiences, they carefully examine the movement's views on Scripture; the wrath of God; the place of Jesus; spiritual journey vs. pilgrimage; and more. A systematic, thought-provoking, and accessible "dialogue."
By John Stott
Why should the cross--an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust--be the emblem of our worship and the axiom of our faith? And what does it mean for us today? In this thoughtful, comprehensive study of Scripture, tradition and the modern world, John R. W. Stott brings you face to face with the centrality of the cross in God's plan of redemption.
By Jonathan Edwards
This treatise by one of America's greatest minds and one of the Church's greatest theologians deals with the relationship between God's sovereignty and humanity's will. An excellent treatment of the subject and well worth the effort of a complete read.
by Andreas Kostenberger and Michael J. Kruger
Kostenberger and Kruger present clear and simple arguments to combat Walter Bauer and Bart Ehrman's hypothesis that the early church had no orthodox belief system. They contend that the presence of various divergent beliefs in the early church in no way means that the apostles felt Christians were free to pick and choose any belief that they desired, but rather that there was a truth and deception, an orthodoxy and heresy distinguished within the earliest evidence available, the New Testament. If you've read Ehrman and Bauer, this is definitely worth the read.
by Charles and Janet Morris
In the late summer of 2003, Charles and Janet Morris received the devastating news that their eldest son had died of a drug overdose. Reeling from the aftershocks of Jeff's death, the Morris family clung to the only thing they felt they could count on - and they were not disappointed.
Saving a Life is the first time Charles and Janet have publicly shared their journey through tragedy to finding real joy in Christ. This book speaks not only to families grieving for a loved one, but for anyone experiencing a tragedy of any kind.
Man in the Mirror
By Patrick Morley
This powerful book invites men to take a probing look at their identities, relationships, finances, time, temperament, and integrity, and then directs them to take the first time step toward lasting change. The Man in the Mirror has helped hundred of thousands of men understand the person who stares back at them in the mirror each morning. Featuring focus questions in each chapter The Man in the Mirror is perfect for personal and small group use.
Four Pillars of a Man's Heart
By Stu Weber
Building upon the "Four Pillars of Manhood" model set forth in his bestseller Tender Warrior, author Stu Weber leads readers in an expanded, in-depth biblical exploration of what it means to be a king, warrior, mentor, and friend. Addressing key circumstances faced by men of all ages and backgrounds, Four Pillars of a Man's Heart focuses on areas of struggle and opportunity faced by husbands, fathers, and single men of all ages and backgrounds.
By Steve Farrar
This bestselling classic encourages and equips Christian men to lead their families successfully through hazards and ambushes like divorce, promiscuity, suicide, and drug addiction. Men will find practical insight on topics such as a father's influence, maintaining purity, and husband-and-wife teamwork. In this war, renowned men's author Steve Farrar emphasizes, Jesus Christ is looking for men who will not die, but live for their families.
By J.I. Packer
Over the past twenty years J.I. Packer's classic has revealed to over a million Christians around the world the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God. Next to Scripture, this could be the most significant book you will read this year, or next.
By John Piper
Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. In this paradigm-shattering classic, newly revised and expanded, John Piper reveals that the debate between duty and delight doesn't truly exist: Delight is our duty. Readers will embark on a dramatically different and joyful experience of their faith
Let the Nations be Glad
By John Piper
In our worship of God we encounter God's glory. The overflow from our worship is a desire to share God's glory with others (the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever), and we naturally become missional. When Jesus was asked what the kingdom of God was like, he compared it to a pearl so valuable that one would sell all they owned simply to possess it. Does that seem like duty to you? Instead, Jesus calls us to a new mindset, which flows from the mindset that worship creates in us. Thus, according to Piper, does worship become the goal of missions and the fuel which makes missions possible.
and 21st Century Man
By C. John Miller
Repentance is an attitude beginning at conversion. Throughout the Christian life it is a drawing near to God of the whole person, a humbling of the heart expressed in daily response of obedience to the love and will of the heavenly Father.
Let Pastor Miller guide you through the painful but liberating practice of repentance.
The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God
By D.A. Carson
In doing away with trivialities and cliches, this work gets to the heart of this all-important doctrine from an unflinching evangelical perspective. Yet it does so without losing its personal emphasis: for in understanding more of the comprehensive nature of God's love as declared in His Word, you will come to understand God and His unending love for you more completely.
The Gagging of God
By D.A. Carson
Is Jesus the only way to God? This clear, critically-acclaimed, scholarly response to that question affirms the deep need for the Gospel's exclusive message in today's increasingly pluralistic global community. The Gagging of God offers an in-depth look at the big picture, shows how the many ramifications of pluralism are all parts of a whole, and then provides a systematic Christian response.
Seeing with New Eyes
By David Powlison
Seeing with New Eyes is a resource for counselors that helps them to see the human condition through the lens of scripture. With fresh insight Powlison shows that the Bible has the ability to change lives.
By C.S. Lewis
Arguably the 20th century's most influential Christian writer, C.S. Lewis sought to explain and defend the beliefs that nearly all Christians at all times hold in common. His simple yet deeply profound classic, originally delivered as a series of radio broadcasts, is a book to be thoroughly digested by believers and generously shared with skeptics.
By Octavius Winslow
A wonderful book on the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life, Winslow is a thoroughly equipped master of God's Word. With deft language and a firm grasp of the presence of the Lord, this pastor who filled Spurgeon's pulpit from time-to-time is a must-read.
We Would See Jesus
By Roy & Revel Hession
It's easy to forget that nothing we do will make us more acceptable to God. Jesus came to set us free to serve Him in the freshness and spontaneity of the Spirit, and to receive the ABUNDANT blessing God has for us.
Let your life be transformed as you learn to see Jesus, who is both the blessing and the way to that blessing - the means and the end.
By Marva J. Dawn
Boomers vs. busters, clergy vs. laypeople, organists vs. guitarists---"worship wars" are tearing our churches apart! In this provocative book, Dawn calls us to more God-centered worship and away from the "entertain me" attitude. You'll learn practical ways to determine the best methods for deepening worship life, nurturing new and mature believers, and strengthening your ministry in the church and the world.
By Marva J. Dawn
Learn how worshiping with appropriate adoration can liberate the hearts of jaded churchgoers who are trapped in today's postmodern, media-saturated culture! Based on solid theological and biblical foundations, Dawn offers experience-based insights to help you navigate beyond destructive worship wars and stimulate renewal in your congregation.