Why We Should Depend on God: An Excerpt from Jonathan Edwards’ Sermon “God Glorified in Man’s Dependence”

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is primarily remembered today as America's most gifted and influential theologian, especially in his active role in the first "Great Awakening." For over twenty years, Edwards served as pastor of the Congregational Church in Northampton, Massachusetts, followed by a ministry among Native Americans in Stockbridge. In 1757, he became president of the … Continue reading Why We Should Depend on God: An Excerpt from Jonathan Edwards’ Sermon “God Glorified in Man’s Dependence”

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Letting God Be God: Karl Barth’s Journey with John Calvin

On the occasion of the 131st anniversary of the birth of Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886–1968) and the yearlong commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we’d like to share some of Barth’s perspectives on John Calvin. The following is an article by Peter Anders, excerpted from The Reformation Then and Now: 25 … Continue reading Letting God Be God: Karl Barth’s Journey with John Calvin

15 Marks of the Christian Life from The Paradox of Holiness by Donald G. Bloesch

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director, Hendrickson Publishers There are books that ought to be read. And then there are books that must be read. The Paradox of Holiness and Faith in Search of Obedience are books that must be read by those among us who seek to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed in … Continue reading 15 Marks of the Christian Life from The Paradox of Holiness by Donald G. Bloesch

Joy & Sorrow (and Everything in Between) in Elizabeth Goudge’s Novels

By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant If there’s one thing that I’ve learned to appreciate more from reading Elizabeth Goudge’s books, it is the incontestable linking of sorrow and joy as well as the beautiful experiences that are birthed as a result of the mixing of the pair. Life offers all of us myriad … Continue reading Joy & Sorrow (and Everything in Between) in Elizabeth Goudge’s Novels

A Final Word on Pesach (Passover) from Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline

Before Passover (Pesach) officially ends (read this excerpt from The Complete Jewish Study Bible for a background on this important Jewish holiday), we’d like to share an interesting thought from Meredith G. Kline from his chapter titled “The Feast of Cover-over” in Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline. In this chapter, Dr. Kline provides a different … Continue reading A Final Word on Pesach (Passover) from Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline

Celebrating Pesach (Passover)

This year, Passover (or Pesach) begins at dusk on Monday, April 10. For those who would like more details on this traditional Jewish celebration—especially from the perspective of a believer in Yeshua (Jesus)—we are featuring an excerpt from “The Holy Days of Israel” article on Pesach found at Exodus 12:11–20 in The Complete Jewish Study … Continue reading Celebrating Pesach (Passover)

The Gospel’s Meaning in Christ: A Lenten Reflection from Calvin

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director In this year of commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I thought we might take another look at John Calvin (for my earlier article, see “Five Hundred Years Later, Does the Reformation Still Matter?”) as we leave Lent and move toward Holy Week and then Easter. Hendrickson Publishers recently … Continue reading The Gospel’s Meaning in Christ: A Lenten Reflection from Calvin

Why it’s Important to Enter the Desert: A Lenten Exercise

by Carl Nellis, Associate Editor The reality is that the troubles we go through affect who we are. Nobody can be unchanged by living through difficult times. Therefore it is vital to affirm this truth: we are more than our trouble. —Simon Stocks, Songs for Suffering We have passed Ash Wednesday, when we bow under … Continue reading Why it’s Important to Enter the Desert: A Lenten Exercise

A Theological Treatise on Agape Love

Donald Bloesch—the beloved American theologian—catalogs his thoughts on biblical love in the following excerpt from The Paradox of Holiness. These paragraphs are taken from the beginning of the chapter dedicated to the subject of agape love. Let this whet your appetite for more of Bloesch's thoughtful musings on God and our relationship to Christ. Love … Continue reading A Theological Treatise on Agape Love

Excerpt from Exponential Groups by Allen White

To celebrate the release of Exponential Groups on February 1st, we're happy to provide you with the introduction to this eye-opening book about expanding small group ministries. Readers of Exponential Groups will learn how to connect their "unconnected" members into community, recruit the group leaders needed to connect and grow their congregation, coach group leaders … Continue reading Excerpt from Exponential Groups by Allen White