Catalogue of Upcoming Crossway Books… including books by two friends!

March 25, 2010

You can find my favourite publisher, Crossway Books, upcoming Summer/Fall 2010 catalog here. I generally recommend all their books. This catalog is special though as it contains two books by two dear friends.

Fred Zaspel finally finishes his grand work of seeking to synthesize the thought of B.B. Warfield in his new book, The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary. Weighing in at 525 pages this book will be out in September. Get it!

Carol Cornish has finished her book The Undistracted Widow: Living for God After Losing Your Husband due out August. Carol, who lost her own husband, is probably the most useful woman I have seen for the church of Jesus Christ even after she lost her husband.

Fred was my wife’s pastor and married us. Carol spent time doing some pre-marital counseling with us before we got married. I love them both dearly and am so thankful God is using them to help Christ’s church! Pre-order these books today!

February Giveaway Winner!

March 5, 2010

The winner of our Crossway Books 2010 Giveaway here at the blog is…

Marguerite Harrell!

She will win a copy of D. A. Carson’s Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus.

I will post my review of Scandalous in the near future. You can be the winner of the March volume from Crossway Books which will be Mark Driscoll and Gary Breshears, Doctrine: What Christian’s Should Believe.

Find out how to enter the contest here:

Book Review – Raised with Christ

January 23, 2010

Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything. By Adrian Warnock. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.

It seems that all it takes to receive a book offer nowadays is to have a successful blog (I’m still waiting for my offer!). Those popular bloggers that write often begin to develop their writing ability and develop an audience and it is no wonder that publishing companies notice them. As I am a frequent reader of Adrian Warnock’s blog I can attest to Warnock’s wonderful ability to communicate and to communicate important theological truths to those who might not have a seminary education. For those of us with a seminary education, we are put in our place on how to communicate the unsearchable riches of Christ to those around us! But I digress…

Warnock has authored a fascinating new book on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But not just the resurrection, but on the importance of the resurrection. The book deals with how the resurrection of Christ affects absolutely everything. There have been other books written on the historicity of the resurrection, the theological importance of the resurrection, and other concepts around the resurrection but Warnock has helped those who are simply striving to live the Christian life in the pew to understand how the resurrection affects everything. And he does this admirably. As the Western Church has in some areas denied the resurrection and the rest have often denied the power of the resurrection, it is so important to be reminded of the what and why of the resurrection of Christ today in our churches.

Warnock begins his volume with the standard fare of treating the historicity, the understanding of resurrection in the time of the Old Testament and New Testament, and some of the initial theological implications of the resurrection. But Warnock’s book begins to really resonate when he begins dealing with the neglect of the resurrection in the church. “To only think of Jesus as a long-haired, gentle man in a robe and wearing sandals has devastating effects on the church…. The world seems blind to the Bible’s description of the resurrected Jesus, full of power and authority” (p. 68). It is true the resurrection has never left the church but we may not always give full credence to it and to its effects in the life of the Christian and the church.

He continues to provide an overview of the importance of the resurrection and glimpses of the resurrection in the Bible. Moving on though Warnock gives to me as the most important section of the book, the second half beginning with chapter 8 and “What Did the Resurrection Ever Do For Us?” In this fascinating chapter Warnock outlines the importance of the resurrection in our lives. It is not simple theological abstract truth but is absolutely crucial for the Christian and the church. Surveying the preaching in the Book of Acts Warnock outlines a number of attendantĀ  results of the resurrection (p. 114):

  • The sending of the Spirit (Acts 2:33)
  • Physical healings (Acts 3:15-16)
  • The conversion of sinners (Acts 3:26)
  • Salvation by union with Jesus (Acts 4:11-12)
  • Jesus’ role as the leader of his church (Acts 5:30-31; 9)
  • Forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:30-31)
  • Comfort for the dying (Acts 7)
  • The commissioning of gospel messengers (Acts 9; 10:42)
  • Freedom from the penalty and power of sin (Acts 13:37-39)
  • Assurance that the gospel is true (Acts 17:31)
  • Our own resurrection (Acts 17:31)
  • Jesus’ future judgment of this world (Acts 17:31)

It is amazing. The resurrection does not just promise us eternal life, but is the basis for all of the above realities in the life of the church and the Christian and this simply from the book of Acts!

Warnock moves on to treat other theological realities in the life of the Christian and the church that have results from the resurrection that we don’t always make connections: justification, sanctification, prayer, revival, glorification and other important areas in our Christian lives. Do we, for instance, believe in the resurrection as only once happened and never again, or do we believe that the Lord revives dead hearts to life? Do we pray to that end just as those in church history did for revival? “Where are the miracles? Where are the salvations? Where are the damatic acts? Where is God? The answer is, he is still here, he is still in the business of bringing life where there is death, and he still is the One who answers by fire. As churches we can ask him for the fire of revival… (p. 179).” Where indeed? The resurrection not only is the promise of our eternal life but is the promise of God that He is still in the business of resurrection!

This book is one of the most important, in my humble opinion, ever written on the topic of the resurrection. It is not that Warnock has necessarily said anything that has not been said before in different places and in different ways. Instead, the value in the book is that Warnock has made the sort of hum-drum reality of the resurrection come to life for the church and the Christian! The resurrection of Christ, far more than just some historical event, has ongoing ramifications in the our lives today! The resurrection has great implications for our lives and we fully grasp the nature of and importance of the resurrection of Christ it will profoundly change our lives. That is where this book is so important. It makes so much of the resurrection! And rightly, we should make much of it. Hopefully this book will drive more preachers and teachers to talk about the importance of the resurrection. I heartily recommend Warnock’s book to this end. May the resurrection again be a topic of constant address in the church and may we live like a community brought from death to life in our own resurrection!

For more information on this book see the website that goes along with this book,

This book was given away as part of the Working out Salvation with Fear and Trembling 2010 Crossway Book Giveaway. If you would like to enter the contest to win other Crossway titles in 2010 check out the contest here:

And the January Winner Is…

January 20, 2010

Announcing the winner for the month of January for the Working out Salvation with Fear and Trembling 2010 Crossway Book Giveaway is…

Jordan Rieck, better known as King’sBro, the writer of the blog, The Visit Back to the Truth. Contact me with your mailing address so we can send you out your free copy!

Dave wins a free copy of Adrian Warnock’s book, Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything. This book, just released in January is heavily endorsed by many evangelical leaders. I would highly recommend you purchase this book and read it carefully for your own edification and growth in Christ! Check also the website of the book here. Also, be on the lookout for my review of the book posted here on the blog in the next few days.

And, you can get in on the action for February’s book giveaway where we’re giving away D.A. Carson’s, Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. Just see the details about the giveaway here.

Button Available for 2010 Crossway Book Giveaway

January 15, 2010

Thanks to Bob Hayton over at Fundamentally Reformed we now have a button you can post on your own websites and blogs to advertise the Crossway Book-a-Month Giveaway for 2010.

Here’s how it looks!

Here’s the HTML for you to use to put it on your site:

<a href=”; target=”_blank” title=”The 2010 Crossway Book Giveaway, click to enter”><img src=”; width=”180″></a>

If you use this button on your website and leave a comment that you have done so on this post here you will receive another chance to win each month!