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Succeeding At Seminary
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Seminary is an important step toward ministry–but only when you make the most of it.
Many seminarians finish their education with regrets and missed opportunities. They feel spiritually drained, they never connected with their professors or colleagues, they are plagued with a long list of What Ifs?, and worry they wasted this time. And many, as they enter the ministry, discover gaps in their education and are left thinking, If only my seminary had taught me that.
Prepare for your calling and make the most of your theological training with Succeeding at Seminary. Seminary president Jason K. Allen provides guidance for incoming and current seminary students on how to maximize their education experience. You’ll learn how to select the right institution and weigh the pros and cons of online or in-person classes. You’ll also receive tips for developing rapport with peers and professors and get insights for how to navigate a work, study, and family-life balance to help you survive the rigors of advanced theological learning.
Seminary can offer the opportunities and education you need to flourish in ministry, but only if you are ready to make the most of it. With Succeeding at Seminary, you’ll get the guidance and encouragement you need to maximize your seminary opportunity and excel in your calling.
Power In Weakness
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Envisioning cruciform community built on resurrection hope
After Paul’s encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, he turned from coercion and violence to a ministry centered on the hope of Christ’s resurrection. In earthly terms, Paul had traded power for weakness. But-as he explained in his subsequent letters-this weakness was actually the key to flourishing community that is able to experience God’s transformation, restoration, and healing. What would it mean for pastors today to take seriously Paul’s exhortation in 1 Corinthians 11:1 to imitate me as I imitate Christ and lead their congregations in this way?
Instead of drawing leadership principles and practices from the worlds of business, education, and politics-which tend to orient churches around institutional power and image maintenance-Timothy Gombis follows Paul in resisting the influence of the present evil age by making cruciformity the operating principle of the church. Gombis guides the reader through practices and patterns that can lead a congregation past a focus on individual salvation, toward becoming instead a site of resurrection power on earth.
Recovering Biblical Manhood And Womanhood
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A Guide to Navigate Evangelical Feminism
In a society where gender roles are a hot-button topic, the church is not immune to the controversy. In fact, the church has wrestled with varying degrees of evangelical feminism for decades. As evangelical feminism has crept into the church, time-trusted resources like Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood help remind Christians of what the Bible has to say.
In this new edition of the award-winning best seller, more than 20 influential men and women such as John Piper, Wayne Grudem, D. A. Carson, and Elisabeth Elliot offer thought-provoking essays responding to the challenge egalitarianism poses to life in the church and in the home. Covering topics like role distinctions in the church, how biblical manhood and womanhood should work out in practice, and women in the history of the church, this helpful resource will help readers learn to orient their beliefs with God’s unchanging word in an ever-changing culture.
Systematic Theology Second Edition
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The most widely-used text of the last 25 years in its discipline, Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem has been thoroughly revised and expanded (all 57 chapters) for the first time while retaining the features that have made it the standard in its field: clear explanations, an emphasis on each doctrine’s scriptural basis, and practical applications to daily life.
With several hundred pages of new content, this new edition now includes the following distinctive features.
*Updated, fuller analysis of several recent controversies within evangelicalism, including the eternal relationship between the Father and the Son in the Trinity, the question of God’s atemporal eternity, the role of women in the church, seeker-sensitive churches, miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, and contemporary worship music.
*New, thoughtful critiques of open theism, the new perspective on Paul, Molinism (or middle knowledge), Free Grace theology, and the preterist view of Christ’s second coming
*Completely revised, stronger chapter on the clarity of Scripture
*Completely revised, stronger chapter on creation and evolution (including a longer critique of theistic evolution)
*New discussion of how biblical inerrancy applies to some specific problem verses in the Gospels
*Additional material respectfully explaining evangelical Protestant differences with Roman Catholicism, Protestant liberalism, and Mormonism.
*Completely updated bibliographies
*All Scripture quotations updated from RSV to ESV
*An explanation of why monogenes in John 3:16 and elsewhere should be translated as only begotten rather than merely only (this is a change from the first edition)
*A contemporary worship song added at the end of each chapter (while retaining the traditional hymns as well)
*Numerous other updates and corrections
Part of the brilliance of Systematic Theology over the years has been its simplicity and ease of use. Each chapter follows the same structure. First, there is discussion of the doctrine being considered, such as justification or the Trinity or the deity of Christ. An explanation of where that doctrine is supported in the Bible and possible objections follow. Personal application and key terms to know for personal growth are then provided. Chapters also include a scripture memory passage, references to other literature on the topic, and suggested hymns and worship songs.
If you are someone who thinks theology is hard to understand or
Passions Of The Heart
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Enticed by rage, sensuality, or pride, anyone can become caught up in previously unimaginable acts. Experienced biblical counselor John Street takes a hard look at the heart idolatries that lead even Christians to commit egregious sexual sin . . . showing how to bring lasting change by identifying the underlying motivations of the heart.
Here there is hope: any sin can be forgiven, and Christ gives men and women the grace to mortify fleshly desires and to humbly live for him.
Some Pastors And Teachers
Some Pastors and Teachers is a volume for every minister’s study and indeed for the bookshelves and bedside tables of everyone who has a concern for the ministry of the gospel and the well-being of the church in the twenty-first century. In many ways, it reflects the biblical vision of what every minister is called to be: pastor, teacher, counsellor, and example-but also a man who is growing spiritually, both in understanding and in character, before the eyes of his congregation.
In five sections and thirty-nine chapters, Sinclair B Ferguson writes on pastor-teachers whose life and work have left an indelible mark on his own life, and then leads us in a series of chapters on the teaching of John Calvin, John Owen and the seventeenth century Puritans. This is followed by studies of Scripture, the ministry of the Spirit, the nature of Biblical Theology, the work of Christ, adoption, the nature of the Christian life and other important doctrines. The final section discusses various aspects of preaching, including preaching Christ from the Old Testament, the importance of theology, reaching the heart, and concludes with a decalogue for preachers. All this, as the epilogue makes clear, is set within the context and goal of doxology.
Here is a book to return to again and again, for instruction, for challenge, and also for enjoyment. While written particularly with ministers in view its style makes it accessible to all. Dr Ferguson describes Some Pastors and Teachers as a series of small gifts for fellow-ministers and others, written as an expression of the love of Christ. It is calculated to help both ministers of the gospel and entire congregations to realize Paul’s vision of churches growing up into Christ as they are nourished and taught by their pastors and teachers.
From Weakness To Strength
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In this honest book, pastor and author Scott Sauls exposes the real struggles that pastors and Christian leaders regularly face. Sauls shares his own stories and those of other leaders from Scripture and throughout history to remind us that we are human, we are sinners, and we need Jesus to help us thrive as people and leaders.
For Christian leaders-both inside and outside of the church-weaknesses that are left unchecked can lead to a downfall that is both public and painful. They want to lead with character and live like Jesus, but ambition, isolation, criticism, envy, anticlimax, opposition, restlessness, and insecurity can get in the way. From Weakness to Strength provides leaders with tools to draw near to Jesus and stay encouraged and hopeful, even (and especially) when sin and struggle get in the way.
Anger And Stress Management Gods Way
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Anger and stress may be commonplace, but they are still destroyers that will cause devastating harm if left unchecked. By God’s grace, however, no one needs to be overcome by ungodly anger or stress. Experienced and internationally respected biblical counselor Wayne Mack shows how to apply God’s Word to finding true and authoritative help, explaining principles that can be adopted for lasting positive change. Includes study questions and evaluation materials.
Biblical Counseling Guide For Women
Real answers to a woman’s dilemmas can all be found in one book-the Bible. Yet pinpointing specific answers can often be a challenge. In this scripturally sound and socially relevant guide, the husband-and-wife counseling team of John and Janie Street delves into 50 common physical and emotional problems faced by women today. They look at issues such as anxiety and depression, marriage and family struggles, and afflictions such as eating disorders and chemical abuse.
Addressing each area of concern with sensitivity and clarity-while emphasizing the underlying message of God’s grace-the Streets offer a clear description of each challenge that women face. They then guide you to the Bible to discern the related verses and illustrations that address the specific problem, offering immediate help and lifelong healing.
Equally valuable for both the individual woman searching for solutions and those who help hurting women. Counselors, pastors, and teachers will greatly benefit from this accessible resource. Also recommended for classes and home Bible study discussions.
Faithfulness : No More Excuses
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Faithfulness is one of the most important qualities necessary for Christian service. God’s people are God’s stewards, and so we are accountable to him. Recognizing our responsibility to be faithful is an important step in the Christian journey: embracing this truth can lead to profound Christian ministry.
Are you faithful? There are some simple, and perhaps surprising, ways to find out. Biblical counselor Lou Priolo defines faithfulness and provides three tests for assessing your trustworthiness. You will be challenged by how you score! Through instruction and straightforward exercises, he helps you to turn from fear and excuses and embrace your God-given responsibilities. As you are faithful in little things, God will give you increasing opportunities to be faithful with much, much more.
Live Smart : Preparing For The Future God Wants For You (Reprinted)
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A Guide to Living Wisely While You’re Young
As a professor and youth director, author Dan Dumas has seen that young people have high expectations for themselves. They want their lives to matter, and there’s no reason our expectations for them should be any different.This book presents practical tools and biblical advice to middle school and high school-aged readers so they can make the most of their youth. It covers everything from making the right friendships to how to think about education and how to invest in their relationships with God. The habits a person forms when they’re young can last a lifetime–now’s the time to make it count.This book is ideal for parents and youth pastors to give to young people to read on their own or study in groups.
Theology Of Biblical Counseling
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Since the beginning of the biblical counseling movement in 1970, biblical counselors have argued that counseling is a ministry of the Word, just like preaching or missions. As a ministry, counseling must be defined according to sound biblical theology rather than secular principles of psychology. For over four decades, biblical theology has been at the core of the biblical counseling movement. Leaders in biblical counseling have emphasized a commitment to teaching doctrine in their counseling courses out of the conviction that good theology leads to good counseling…and bad theology leads to bad counseling. A Theology of Biblical Counseling is a landmark new book that unpacks the core theological convictions that underlie sound counseling, and practical wisdom for counseling today. Dr. Heath Lambert shows how biblical counseling is rooted in the Scriptures while illustrating the real challenges counselors face today through true stories from the counseling room. A substantive textbook written in accessible language, it is an ideal resource for use in training biblical counselors at colleges, seminaries, and training institutes. In each chapter, doctrine comes to life in real ministry to real people, dramatically demonstrating how theology intersects with the lives of actual counselees.
Zeal Without Burnout
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A Neglected Truth
1. We Need Sleep
2. We Need Sabbath Rests
3. We Need Friends
4. We Need Nourishment
5. A Warning: Beware Celebrity
6. An Encouragement: It’s Worth It
7. A Delight: Rejoice In Grace Not Gifts
Lots of people who are involved in Christian ministry (whether paid or unpaid) find themselves having to step back from it. They have not lost their love for Christ, or their desire to serve him. But for one reason or another, they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on.
Christopher Ash knows this experience all too well. As a pastor of a growing church, and then in his role training people for ministry, he has found himself on the edge of burnout a number of times, and has pastored many younger ministers who have reached the end of their tether.
His wisdom has been distilled into this short, accessible book, in which he reveals a neglected biblical truth and seven keys that flow from it. This practical and biblical guidance will help enthusiastic Christians gain the mindset and lifestyle to protect themselves from burnout and serve Jesus for the long term in a sustainable way.
Who is this book for? Here is Christopher’s answer from the introduction:
I write for all zealous followers of Jesus. Perhaps especially for pastors and Christian leaders ~ to those entrusted with pastoral oversight under God. Some of us have the privilege of being set free from other jobs to devote ourselves to this work; others combine pastoral leadership with normal secular work. But I write also for the many keen Christian men and women who, in addition to normal life ~ busy jobs, parenthood, and so on ~ labor sacrificially to serve in their local churches. The young father holding down a pressured job but also teaching the church youth group. The unmarried woman bearing the weight of much responsibility in her workplace, but also heavily involved in pastoral support and care in her church. The older couple whose gifts and skills are in great demand both at work and in church. And many others like them.
Christopher brings to this important subject, not just a personal experience of burnout, but a keen eye to the Bible, and wise pastoral insight into the pressures many of us face as we live for Jesus.
From the foreword by Alistair Begg
Why not read Zeal without Burnout with others so that you can discuss the issues, spot the warning signs and keep each accountable? Our ministry pack is designed to make that easy and affordable to do.
Compassion : Seeing With Jesus Eyes
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Compassion is the emotion most frequently attributed to Jesus in the Gospels. But compassion is more than an emotion-it is a God-centered, God-inspired way of looking at the world. God commands us to love, so compassion is not an option! We should not try to serve people without a love for God. We must not try to serve God without a love for people, writes Joshua Mack. Using Jesus and Paul as our examples, Mack shows why compassion is central to our profession of faith and gives practical starting points for treating others as God desires.