Video Interview with Marcus Doe

Catching Ricebirds by Marcus DoeThis remarkable autobiography is a journey from terror, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and joy. Catching Ricebirds: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go is Marcus Doe’s true story as a Liberian refugee who lost his family and fled his country, and ultimately learns to forgive and find peace again.

 


In this gripping autobiography, a refugee recounts his journey from fear, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and forgiveness. Marcus Doe was born in Liberia, West Africa, in 1979. Affectionately nicknamed “Jungle Boy” by his family, he reveled in his childhood life and was hardly aware of the dangerous political climate swirling around him. But by mid-July 1990, a violent civil war erupted and Liberia was thrown into a time of fear, starvation, and death. Separated from his family, Marcus embarked on a remarkable journey to escape the war-ravaged country he loves and the wounds that he carried in his memory. But God’s light reached him in this darkness. Where he had been filled with hatred, Marcus slowly learned to forgive. Now his mission is to bring the hope and the peace of Christ to others.

Marcus’s life unfolds in four movements: first as a young boy living in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, during a period of growing unrest; second as a refugee fleeing from rebel forces that would kill him and his family without a second thought; third as a wanderer in foreign countries – Ghana, the United States – unable to return to his childhood home; and finally as an adult, coming to grips with the loss he experienced and longing to see his own healing extend to others still haunted by Liberia’s suffering.

To read more about Marcus’s story and get more information on this powerful and eye-opening book, check out this blog post.

Nathan Roberts Talks about Surface Tensions

For some, our media-saturated culture points to the decline of Western civilization; for others, it points to the dawn of a bright future. For Nathan Roberts, the mediated landscape is a place to thoughtfully engage with these tensions. This unique memoir, meditative and philosophical, chronicles Nathan’s absorption in the vital, inspiring, and often maddening power of media and entertainment. With wry self-effacement and raw honesty, he calls us to conceive of media not only as an abstract, postmodern phenomenon, but as a digital architecture that creates real meeting space. Exploring social media, music, film, art, theater, standup comedy, and more, Nathan shows us a world of entertainment that reflects the universal hunger for connection.

9781619707665Nathan Roberts is an arts, culture, and creative nonfiction writer working toward a PhD in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. His writing has been featured on TIME.com, Patheos.com, The High Calling, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Find him on Facebook at facebook.com/nathanrobertsauthor, on Twitter @nathandroberts, and at his blog, Fade Into Focus, at nathandroberts.com.

For more information about Surface Tensions, visit our website.

What is The Complete Jewish Study Bible?

The Complete Jewish Study BibleComing September 2016! The Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the newly updated text of the best-selling Complete Jewish Bible with detailed notes and comprehensive study material to help both Jewish and Christian readers understand and connect with the essence of their faith—God’s redemptive plan for his people. From Hendrickson Publishers and Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources.

Christians and Messianic Jews who are interested in the rich
spiritual traditions of their faith will be thrilled with this brand new
study Bible. The Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the
updated text of the Complete Jewish Bible translation with extra study
material, to help readers understand and connect with the
Jewish roots of the Christian faith.

The Complete Jewish Bible shows that the word of God, from Genesis to
Revelation, is a unified Jewish book meant for everyone–Jew and non-
Jew alike. Translated by David H. Stern with new, updated introductions
by Rabbi Barry Rubin, it has been a best-seller for over twenty years. This
translation, combined with beautiful, modern design and helpful features,
makes this an exquisite, one-of-a-kind Bible.

Unique to The Complete Jewish Study Bible are a number of helpful articles
and notes to aid the reader in understanding the Jewish context for the
Scriptures, both in the Tanakh (the Old Testament) and the B’rit Hadashah
(the New Testament).

For more information about The Complete Jewish Study Bible and to preorder, visit this link.

“If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?” and Other Questions with Kent Crockett.


Hendrickson Publishers interviewed Kent Crockett about his newly released book 
If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?

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1. What’s the first step somebody should take if they want to improve their prayer life? 

God tells us that He is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). So the first thing we must do is get rid of all pride and self-sufficiency, and humbly come to Him with a sincere heart. This places us in a position where we can connect our heart to God’s heart.

 

2. Can you describe your own process of coming to learn how and why to pray?

Years ago when I was a new Christian, I didn’t pray very often because I didn’t understand why I needed to pray. If you don’t know why you’re doing something, it won’t be long before you quit doing it. I figured that since God knew everything, it was a waste of time telling Him what He already knew.

But as I studied the Scriptures, it became clear to me that there are four distinct purposes of prayer, which I explain in the book. Once I understood these reasons to pray, it motivated me to talk with God about everything.

 

3. Can you talk briefly about the four purposes of prayer?

The first reason is to dialogue and fellowship with God. He could have said, “There’s no such thing as prayer. You have to go your entire life without talking to Me.” But the Lord wants to communicate with us, so He gave us the privilege of talking with Him.

The second reason to pray is for us to participate in God’s will being done on earth. The Lord could have done everything for us by Himself, but instead He instituted prayer so we can be co-laborers with Him.

The third reason is to show God how desperately we want something. When we examine various instances in the Bible, we find that answers came to those who were the most desperate.

The fourth reason for prayer is to release our burdens to God. Problems can weigh us down and the way we release them is by placing them in God’s hands through prayer.

 

4. What did you learn while writing this book?

I’ve learned that praying, or our failure to pray, makes a difference in how things turn out for us. Many good things will not happen in our lives, and in others’ lives, unless we pray. Otherwise, praying wouldn’t serve any purpose.

 

5. Of all the prayers in the Bible, which is the one that most people overlook, and which is the one you pray the most?

I believe we often overlook Jesus’ command, “Pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:28). It goes against our nature to pray for those who abuse us, but since Jesus is the one who answers our prayers, He must have told us to do this for a good reason. Praying for your enemies releases the Holy Spirit to convict them of their abusive behavior.

The prayer that I probably pray the most is the prayer of thanksgiving. Jesus healed ten lepers but only one took the time to thank Him. Jesus wanted to know where the other nine were, which means He wants to be thanked. There are hundreds of things to be thankful for every day but we must look for them. As I go throughout the day, I’m continually thanking God for different things. Being thankful also helps me keep a positive attitude.

 

6. What works can we expect from you in the future?

I’m writing a book of 365 daily devotions. Most of the changes in my life have come from hearing a truthful statement that grabbed my heart. This book will be different from other devotional books because each daily devotional is based on an insight that changed my life.

Kent Crockett’s book, If God Knows What I Need, Why should I Pray? comes out June 1st, but you can pre-order it at the Hendrickson’s store website.

What Should We Do about Church Conflict? “Redeeming Church Conflicts” Authors Weigh in.

 Hendrickson Publishers interviewed  Tara Barthel and David Edling  about their upcoming book, Redeeming Church Conflicts.

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1. Who should read this book? Is it for church leaders who are going through conflict, or does it contain helpful advice for any churchgoer?

Because church conflicts affect both members and leaders of churches, we filled Redeeming Church Conflicts with advice and encouragement for everyone. We help pastors, elders, and deacons not to fear church conflicts, but to see them as part of the ministry that God has given to the church. Likewise, church members who find themselves caught in conflicts are given the theological tools and perspectives that allow them to find hope even in the midst of the painful suffering associated with church conflict. Leaders and churchgoers alike will learn from an historical perspective that the church has always faced conflicts and that these situations are being used by God to refine them both as individual Christians and as the body of Christ—the church—that God has called out to be His witness.

2. What steps can readers take in preventing church conflict before it escalates and causes long-term damage?

As readers of this book will come to appreciate, often conflicts come from a wide array of situations and circumstances that they can neither foresee nor control. But they can live and possess the eternal perspective that is taught in Scripture: to trust and believe that “all things” (even church conflicts) are under God’s sovereign control. That readers can view these conflicts not as random, out-of-control events, but as eternal assignments intended for their good. Even painful church conflicts provide opportunities to grow in spiritual maturity and conformity to Christ! This book helps Christians to engage their church conflicts with hope, in a manner that reflects and trusts in God’s all-knowing and all-wise nature. Reading and studying Redeeming Church Conflicts, either individually or in a church class, can prepare every churchgoer and leader for the day that conflicts visit the church.

3. If someone is going through a particularly difficult church conflict, how do they know if they should step away and leave the church or not? Is there ever a time when it’s permissible to just step away and start somewhere new?

There is no short or easy answer to the question of if and when it is wise and appropriate for someone to leave their church. However, we do address this question in Redeeming Church Conflicts and in supplementing articles on our website (www.redeemingchurchconflicts.com). Two things to consider (in this short answer format) would be:

  1. Is it possible that the best question to ask is not when to consider “stepping away” but rather, “How do my membership vows apply in this situation, especially in light of the Lord’s call on my life to be a peacemaker (Matthew 5:9)?”
  1. Since God is sovereign and this situation is God’s assignment to my church, how should I be a humble learner from this “school of conflict?”

Of course, the time may come when it is appropriate to leave a church. But we have often found that when people immediately and instinctively run away from church conflicts, they may have areas of spiritual immaturity in their lives. It takes faith, godliness, humility, patience, and deep love for God and “neighbor” (especially our closest neighbors—our fellow church members) to persevere through the pain and misery of church conflict. Every attempt should be made to “maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Only when it becomes absolutely clear that neither redemptive discipline nor any other tool that God has given the church has been effective to resolve serious, entrenched conflict—the kind that indicates that this church may no longer actually be a church—only then should a church member or leader leave their church and seek a new fellowship of believers with whom to worship and serve.

4. What important lessons did you end up learning while writing this book?

Lesson One: God is far wiser, far more gracious, and far more loving to his people then they can possibly imagine! As we summarized the church conflicts and Christian conciliation cases wherein we have been privileged to serve, both of us were struck anew that this is God’s church and that His people have a share in sustaining and maintaining its witness in a world that has decided to turn away from God and devalue His church. As God’s people serve and witness in this capacity, He truly does give us “everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).

Lesson Two: God often uses the refining fire of church conflict as one tool to conform his children to Christ (Romans 8:28-29) and to build his church (Ephesians 4). The conflicts that challenge the church are merely part of that ongoing building process. Our trust in God grew through remembering again all of the churches and individuals who accepted the challenge of church conflict and embraced it as co-laborers with one another and with God.

5. Going through conflict at church can be an emotionally and spiritually damaging experience. What hope or encouragement can you offer people who have gone through conflict like this and been hurt or burned?

We would never minimize the terrible suffering related to church conflict. As professional mediators, both of us have helped thousands of Christians in all sorts of conflicts, but some of the harshest situations and most hopeless people we have encountered have been in the conflicted churches we have served. That said, every word that we wrote in response to questions 1-4 is true! God is still God and He not only knows the pain and anguish Christians feel in church conflicts, he is sovereign over every detail. In Redeeming Church Conflicts, we encourage Christians to remember that Christ died for them—he knows their pain and he cares. We give biblical and practical tools to help Christians in conflicted churches to trust that even if they may feel “damaged,” they are still God’s eternal children. He will bring them through this emotionally draining, excruciatingly painful suffering. They do not need to retreat in misery! They can, instead, grieve with hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13) and embrace the truth that they are called to continue in Him whose Word says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

Church conflicts are under God’s sovereignty. All Christians in all situations can learn and grow in spiritual courage and maturity, being readied for His next assignment in life and in the church. Redeeming Church Conflicts comforts, equips, and gives HOPE all because Christ promises that His church will withstand the gates of hell (Matthew 16:18).

To learn more about Redeeming Church Conflicts, visit Hendrickson’s store website.

Happy Elizabeth Goudge Day!

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Though her life may have been modest and quiet, Elizabeth Goudge’s writings are far from that. In boldness, hope, and vividness her novels paint pictures of normal people who struggle with conflicts that we too battle on a daily basis. Goudge’s flowing writing and wise insights spattered throughout her books are like gold nuggets for her readers to find. This quote from Our Own Country, a blog post on Elizabeth Goudge’s Green Dolphin Street, lightly touches upon these ideas: “Goudge, in her ever-illuminating, imaginative, and beautifully delicate writing, seemed to reach out and touch me somewhere sensitive in my heart.” Goudge’s wisdom and appreciation for every aspect of life guides her readers toward the same mindset; before we know it she infuses our hearts with joy and thankfulness for the little things—a stormy afternoon, the waves crashing against the shore, a flourishing garden—as well as the big things—family, romantic love, spirituality.

Here are some more lovely words taken from several thoughtful bloggers on the impact of Goudge’s writing:

9781598568417“This afternoon, when the orthodontist’s waiting room faded away and the little English village of Appleshaw formed around me, and the house with the green door, and Queen Mab’s hazelnut-sized coach in the collection of ‘little things,’ I knew I’d remembered how to breathe again.” ~Melissa Wiley on The Scent of Water

“The immanence of God is beautifully depicted in this quiet story of quiet lives against an eternal backdrop.” ~Janet Goodrich on The Scent of Water, Across the Page

“I stayed up late every night for a week absolutely gripped by [The Rosemary Tree]. I didn’t rush through it—it’s far too good for that—but I read it every spare moment. …Goudge depicts the world as it is, with that deep undercurrent of the supernatural and poetry that this world has.” ~Suzannah Rowntree on The Rosemary Tree, Vintage Novels

9781619706279“She recognizes a spiritual element in beauty of any form, whether manmade or natural, and looks for it in her characters. If there’s the tiniest grain, she will find it, and so her books are imbued with joy.” ~Jodie Roberts on The Rosemary Tree, Geranium Cat’s Bookshelf

“Why not pick up one of Elizabeth Goudge’s books? She will challenge you even as she transports you to a gentler time of village life in England.” ~Amy Boucher Pye on The Scent of Water

“What I appreciate about her is the honesty of her writing; I never have the feeling that she’s playing for effect or trying to bamboozle her readers. When her characters are people of faith, it is because it is an inseparable part of their being, one that is explored in complex and sensitive ways.” ~Lory, The Emerald City Book Review

9781598568875“Why do I like Elizabeth Goudge? Her books draw me into another world. They are imbued with a sense of God and the wonder of his creation, salvation and providence. They spur me on to self-denying love, courage in suffering, faithfulness in relationships, discipline in obedience, and joy in God’s world.” and “I finish her novels with quotes and ideas I want to reflect on further and with that little sigh of regret that comes at the end of a good book.” ~Jean Williams on The Dean’s Watch, In All Honesty

“There is such benevolence in this book that reading it is like drinking a glass of spring water on a hot parched day. The prose is kind, drawing in your senses and filling you with the beauty of an England that is at once long vanished and yet is eternal.” ~Viv Tuffnell on The Scent of Water, Zen and the Art of Tightrope Walking

“Sometimes you run into a book that has to be savored. The Dean’s Watch, by Elizabeth Goudge, is such a book.” ~Hannah Long on The Dean’s Watch, Longish

If you’re as curious about Elizabeth Goudge’s life as I am, visit Deborah Gaudin’s compilation bibliography of Goudge’s life. For more information about Goudge’s individual novels, visit Hendrickson’s website.

It is with joy and thankfulness that all of us can celebrate Goudge’s inspirational novels. Happy 116th Birthday Elizabeth Goudge!

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Interview with Marcus Doe

Hendrickson Publishers interviewed  Marcus Doe about his newly released book, Catching Ricebirds.

Interview_MarcusDoe1. How did you know when it was the right time to tell this story?

I began writing the story shortly after I began telling the story. I rarely told the story to anyone for about fifteen years. I may have told two or three people, but the vast majority of my friends had no idea what I had been through. When I began writing the story, I began to wrestle quite vividly with the idea of forgiveness as expressed by Jesus in the sixth chapter of Matthew’s gospel. It was about 2008 when I recognized that I needed to unburden myself of the load of hate that I dragged through life. I knew I had to be set free. It was about midway through the first draft of the book that I took the trip to Liberia to search for the man who killed my father. I knew the story would not be complete if I didn’t make at attempt to see him face to face. I knew then it was time to tell the whole story.

2. Can you say more about the writing process? What difficulties did you have? Were there any major changes along the way? Any surprises?

I had never written anything substantial or meaningful before. In the beginning I doubted I had the discipline or the skill of a writer to undertake such a huge project. I took three years to finish the first draft. I was committed to writing at least one paragraph a day over that period. There were a few difficulties. The most obvious one was quickly apparent; I never learned how to type. The second was how to tell a story that had political, ethnic, and religious overtones while  weaving my personal story throughout. The third was the emotional pain of writing and re-living the saddest, most tragic moments of my life slowly and in detail. Once I visited Liberia there weren’t any major changes to the book. The biggest surprise was obviously being published. I am still pinching myself. I didn’t think what I had written would be worth publishing. I thought my friends might take the time to read it but nothing else. To get a contract from a publisher was a huge surprise!

3. What do you see happening in your future? The future of Liberia?

My wife and I are still evaluating what we can do to best give back to the country that we love dearly. We are looking at different ways we can contribute to the rebuilding of the country.

We see a very bright future for Liberia; I have huge hopes for the country. If we as a people can make a pledge to hold our leaders accountable for the development and future of the country and resist the urge to give up and become cynical, I think together we can climb up out of this period of reconstruction and thrive as a nation. Political stability, the eradication of corruption, and an emphasis on the quality of education are very important for the future of Liberia. In my opinion we need more leaders who are willing to sacrifice for the future of the country.

4. The subtitle of your book is “A Story of Letting Vengeance Go.” Apart from letting vengeance go, what are you hoping readers learn from your story?

There are a few things I hope readers can take from this book. For the reader living in the west, I hope this brings to light the reality of war, and the children that suffer through it. The lingering effects of war are lifelong. The physical losses can sometimes be recovered but the trauma takes time to heal. I also hope that after reading this book, readers can come to a different approach to those who have hurt us deeply and find a way to start walking the path of forgiveness.

To learn more about Catching Ricebirds, visit Hendrickson’s store website.

 

 

Reflecting on Charles Spurgeon’s Sermons on the Lord’s Supper

by Ben Bowden, Marketing Assistant.

Charles H. Spurgeon was a renowned English preacher of the nineteenth century. No preacher since has been as widely cited for devotions and sermons.  I recently had the privilege to read and reflect on Spurgeon’s Sermons on the Lord’s Supper.

 At the Last Supper, the disciples experienced the presence of Jesus. They shared three intimate experiences together: they ate food, they prayed, and they even sang.  The disciples were used to his presence because they had been with Jesus for three years. Experiencing Jesus in this way is something we can barely imagine. We long to know him in the same obvious and tangible way, in the way that Thomas so desperately wanted to after the resurrection.

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We Desire to Be Part of the Family

Through his death, Jesus has redeemed us. Spurgeon says, “The infinite gift of God’s own Son is a far greater one than all that can be included in the term ‘all things.’” What could we possibly want more than to be in communion with Christ, to be in his presence?

The Lord’s Supper, often called communion, is meant to be a communion of the believer with Christ. To be a Christian is to desire this closeness and intimacy with him. Spurgeon says that the Lord’s Supper is also intended to be a communion among believers, bringing together brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus is at the center of a circle, and as everybody gets closer to him they also get closer to each other.

We want to be in his presence because we know what it’s like to be away from him. We don’t like to be alone. In fact, Genesis tells us that God made a companion for Adam because “It is not good that man should be alone.” We were made to be part of a family! When we are outside of Christ, as Spurgeon says, we are orphans without a father to provide for us, guide us, or protect us. Jesus himself knew what it was like to be alone. In the garden of Gethsemane, when Judas comes to betray Jesus, the disciples scatter and abandon him. Even those who said they would remain with him fled. Even more than this loneliness in the garden, however, Jesus experienced what it was like to be away from God when he was on the cross. His cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” shows the desperation we feel when we are not with God.

 

The Holy Spirit Unites the Family

 The Lord’s Supper offers the chance to commune with and be close to God regularly, but it’s important to remember that we have Christ with us daily in the form of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is Christ’s representative on earth, as Spurgeon puts it. The Lord’s Supper is a special time for us to come to God, but he is daily coming to us through the Spirit. When he does visit, our hearts are happy and we experience “peace, then rest, and then joy of soul.”

Families are joined by a common spirit of unity that covers them, and are united by the blood that runs through them. The same is true for the family of God. But for Christians, it is the Spirit that runs through us and blood that covers us. The same blood we remember when we come to the Lord’s Table.

Today, we have a passion to grow close to and know Jesus in the same way the disciples did. Although we must wait until heaven for this intimacy, we should be emboldened by the presence of the Spirit. We should remember that since coming to God we are no longer orphans, but sons and daughters. We are no longer alone, but we are part of the family God. How great it is when that family comes together to partake of the Lord’s Supper.

Are You Engaged–in Your Work?

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by Wayne Kirkland, co-author of Where’s God on Monday?

It’s 10am Monday and Hugh is already feeling bored and unmotivated, his mind is already drifting to the events of the previous weekend.

It had been downhill pretty much from the start of the day. The boss had made his customary entrance, slapping a wad of edited papers on Hugh’s desk without so much as a nod. Hugh groaned. He knew from hard experience what that meant. The week before he’d done his best to draft the policy recommendation even though his motivation was about as low as the Stock Exchange.

Of course, by now Hugh has hardened to the fact that all of his efforts go to waste on a daily basis. It is not uncommon for the boss to abruptly change his mind and state that such-and-such a document or letter is no longer needed.

Survival in such an office environment is not easy. But over time Hugh has subconsciously developed a number of effective (though short-term) diversionary tactics to get his head out of the prospect of another mind-numbing day. Without a thought, he clicks onto the Net to check out the weekend’s sports results. Sweet relief! Man U won an away game. All is well with the world!

 

Are you engaged?

One of the big issues in the workforce today is worker engagement. Numerous surveys have been conducted in recent years that demonstrate a low level of motivation, sense of ownership and commitment by a high number of people in their jobs.

Engagement has to do with being energized with our work. It leads to giving our all to the tasks at hand.

On the contrary, disengaged workers are those who are just going through the motions. They struggle to exhibit any strong sense of ownership and responsibility for their work. In fact, if bedrock honesty was tapped, the truth is such people would prefer to be somewhere else – they are only there because of a lack of other options.

 So what determines the level of engagement in our work? Leadership writer Patrick Lencioni suggests that the three main reasons for disengagement are anonymity (feeling unappreciated and invisible), irrelevance (as though our work doesn’t really count or isn’t valued), and immeasurement (inability to measure tangible results).[1] When these are our dominant feelings, our work is likely to be a miserable experience.

 

Why Christians should be engaged workers

Let’s face it: all of us have elements of our jobs and roles we don’t particularly enjoy. This could be because of the reasons Lencioni advocates, but it could equally be because we’re not well suited to the tasks, or it could even be that we don’t get along with colleagues.

While there is no doubt all these factors make it extra challenging to be engaged in our work, as Christians we don’t have to be bound and limited by them.

If we passively rely on our bosses and work environments to give us the feel-good factor, or if we spend much of our time wishing we had a better job, then we’ll never take responsibility for our call to give 100%, to be truly engaged.

We are, after all, working for the ultimate boss. Nothing we do is ever wasted. God values and treats every offering of work we produce as worthwhile – whether or not others around us appreciate or acknowledge our effort. What’s more, it’s not necessarily what we do but how we do it that counts most. As Paul states:

Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.  Colossians 3:23-25 The Message 


 

[1] See Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job (Jossey-Bass, 2007).

 

 

9781619707078Where’s God on Monday introduces readers to a basic theology of work. Written in fourteen engaging chapters, this book teaches us what the Bible says about work and how to work out our faith every day of the week. Each chapter includes questions and exercises for small group or individual reflection, blending theological reflection with practical application.

The Glory of the Cross – Resurrection

gloryofthecross-easterblogsIn the spirit of the Easter holiday, we have been sharing quotes from our new release The Glory of the Cross by James Philip that reflect on the major stages of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Visit our previous posts—The Last Supper & Gethsemane, Reflections for Good Friday, and In the Tomb—for sneak peeks into this intellectual and moving book. Enjoy this last blog post and also don’t forget to visit our website to get more information about Philip’s beautiful and brief meditations on Christ’s life-changing sacrifice.

“In 2 Corinthians 5 we see the love of Christ in the death that he died; the reconciliation achieved in that death; and how we become new creations when we hear and receive the great invitation. Then comes our wonderful commission by God himself to preach the reconciling word.

The word ‘reconciliation’ is used five times in 2 Corinthians 5: twice of God’s reconciling work in Christ, twice of the ministry he has committed to us, and once in the exhortation made in the gospel, ‘Be reconciled to God.’ Reconciliation is central to our message.

If we are gripped by the truth of the gospel, we find ourselves compelled to tell others. What a privilege beyond imagination that we should be Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us (2 Corinthians 5:20).”


9781619707580The Glory of the Cross takes us through a series of meditations on the last hours of Jesus’ life, from the Last Supper to Calvary. James Philip, Scottish theologian and pastor, brings unusually perceptive insight into Christ’s “fierce, costly love.” This book is intended to be read in both personal devotion and together with others.

A blend of doctrinal instruction and pastoral application, poetically and intelligently written. A foreword by Sinclair Ferguson emphasizes Philip’s depth of feeling and clarity of expression. A study guide in the back of the book makes this book useful for Bible studies, Sunday schools, and church small group settings.

For more information or to purchase, visit this link.