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LIVING AS JESUS’ APPRENTICE

There is a road to life in the unshakeable king-


dom of God, but it’s not an easy journey.

“We cannot enter into the kingdom unless


we take our cross and die to ourselves,” writes
author James Bryan Smith. “We often assume
that this will be painful. And of course it is.
But what is the alternative? I can, for example,
choose to navigate my life, choose to live as I
want, and aim at fulfilling all of my desires.
This will result in that despair Kierkegaard
wrote of, the sickness unto death. . . . The
wisest choice, then, is to surrender.”

In The Magnificent Journey, the author shows us


the better road, the road less traveled, but the
road full of riches. Along the way he introduces
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the sustenance we need for the deepest, most
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you reply by December 17, 2018. joy-filled journey of our lives—the journey
into the heart of God.

James Bryan Smith is the author of The Good and Beautiful God and the Apprentice
series. A founding member of Richard J. Foster’s spiritual renewal ministry,
Renovaré, he also serves as the director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian
Spiritual Formation at Friends University. Smith is an ordained United
Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches.

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“In The Magnificent Journey you will be embraced by the story of the kingdom of
God, a story that leads us into faith, hope, love, and—best of all—joy. This book, when
accompanied by the grace of God’s Spirit, can guide churches into that surprise called joy.”
—S C O T M c K N I G H T
Northern Seminary

“To be a Christian is not so much a conferred “With the depth of a scholar and the posture of a
status as it is a journey we embark upon— friend, James Bryan Smith offers profound truth
a journey toward Christlikeness. . . . James Bryan we are desperate to remember: God is near, Jesus
Smith blazes a trail for all who desire to live deep is with us, and his kingdom remains strong and
in the kingdom of Christ.” unshakable. If you’re looking for the kind of truth
that actually makes a difference in your life, this
—Brian Zahnd, pastor of Word of Life Church,
book is a must-read.”
St. Joseph, Missouri
—Emily P. Freeman, author of Simply Tuesday
“Too often our thinking about growing as followers
of Jesus is focused on our own activities for God. . . . “I am grateful to God for Jim and for this
Smith speaks here from lived wisdom about the trans- wonderful guide to kingdom life. It offers
forming privilege of loving abandon to divine generosity.” beauty and wisdom and power.”
—Alan Fadling, author of An Unhurried Life —John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Church

“Deep and accessible, profound and personal, James “James Bryan Smith masterfully pulls from all
Bryan Smith offers the very best writing in spiritual different voices and movements in the Christian
transformation. He’s the ideal guide for this magnifi- tradition to chart the way of Jesus. . . . Most
cent journey. Walk with him and you will become the critically, he casts a vision of life that makes me
good and beautiful you that God created you to be.” long to know Jesus more.”

—Ken Shigematsu, pastor of Tenth Church, —Tish Harrison Warren, author of Liturgy of
the Ordinary
Vancouver, BC

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The Magnificent The Good and


Story Beautiful Life
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PASTORAL THEOLOGY
MAPPING HOLY OF CREATION
GROUND

The doctrine of creation is crucial to the


Christian faith, but it has often been maligned,
misinterpreted, or ignored. What does it mean
today to both affirm the goodness of God’s
creation and anticipate the new creation?

The Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT) seeks


to assist pastors in the study and production of
biblical and theological scholarship for the theo-
logical renewal of the church and the ecclesial
renewal of theology. Based on the third annual
CPT conference, this volume brings together the
reflections of church leaders, academic theolo-
gians, and scientists on the importance—and the
many dimensions—of the doctrine of creation.

Contributors engage with Scripture and scien-


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beginning and ending of God’s good creation.

Gerald Hiestand is the interim Todd Wilson is the president


senior pastor at Calvary Memorial and cofounder of the Center
Church in Oak Park, Illinois, and for Pastor Theologians and
the cofounder and director of the former senior pastor of Calvary
Center for Pastor Theologians. Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois.

Together they are coeditors of Becoming a Pastor Theologian and Beauty, Order, and Mystery.

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“The doctrine of creation looms large over all areas of life. Of the many
important takeaways in this book, one is surely the call to pastor-theologians to tear
down the dichotomy between the spiritual and the material. These essays remind
us that the gospel is good news for the whole creation.”
— K E V I N J . VA N H O O Z E R
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

A LOOK INSIDE
Part I: The Doctrine of Creation Expressed 7. Wendell Berry and the Materiality
1. Reading Genesis 1 with the Fourth of Creation (Stephen Witmer)
Commandment: The Creation Week as a 8. Creation, New Creation, and
Calandar Narrative (Michael LeFebvre) the So-Called Mission of God
2. Galaxies, Genes, and the Glory of God (John Walton)
(Deb Haarsma) Part III: The Doctrine of Creation Practiced
3. Mere Creation: Ten Theses (Most) 9. Intellectually Frustrated Atheists and
Evangelicals Can (Mostly) Agree On Intellectually Frustrated Christians:
(Todd Wilson) The Strange Opportunity of the Late-Modern
4. All Truth Is God’s Truth: A Defense of World (Andy Crouch)
Dogmatic Creationism (Hans Madueme) 10. It All Begins in Genesis: Thinking
Part II: The Doctrine of Creation Explored Theologically about Medicine, Technology, and the
Christian Life (Paige Comstock Cunningham)
5. Is the World Sacramental? Ontology,
Language, and Scripture (Jeremy Mann) 11. Justice, Creation, and New Creation:
In Christ All Things Hold Together
6. Irenaeus, the Devil, and the Goodness of (Kristen Deede Johnson)
Creation: How Iranaeus’s Account of the Devil
Reshapes the Christian Narrative in a 12. Creation, Theology, and One Local
Pro-terrestial Direction (Gerald Hiestand) Church in Southern California
(Gregory Waybright)

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Becoming a Pastor Beauty, Order, and


Theologian Mystery
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DANIEL
Paul R. House
Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries
Daniel asserts that the meaning of history is that God’s kingdom is
coming. As it does, faithful people persevere in their work for God.
In this Tyndale commentary, Paul House shows how Daniel rewards
readers who embrace its historical, literary, and theological features
as key means of personal and community formation.
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MINDFUL SILENCE
Phileena Heuertz
Foreword by Richard Rohr, Afterword by Kirsten Powers
The hallmarks of contemplative spirituality—solitude, silence, and
stillness—have never been more important. Filled with insights and
wisdom from personal experiences, Phileena Heuertz introduces us
to themes and teachers of contemplative spirituality, as well as several
prayer practices, inviting us to practice faith through prayer.
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TEACHING ACROSS CULTURES


James E. Plueddemann
In our globalized world, educators often struggle to adapt to the
contexts of diverse learners. In this practical resource, educator and
missiologist James Plueddemann offers field-tested insights for teach-
ing across cultural differences. He unpacks how different cultural
dynamics may inhibit learning and offers a framework for integrating
conceptual ideas into practical experience.
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YOU WELCOMED ME
Kent Annan
“Are we for them or against them?” In this practical book on the refu-
gee and immigrant crises around the world, Kent Annan explores
how fear and misunderstanding can motivate our responses to peo-
ple in need. Instead, he invites us into stories of welcome, laying out
simple practices for a way forward across social and cultural divides.
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CAN “WHITE” PEOPLE BE SAVED?


Edited by Love L. Sechrest, Johnny Ramírez-Johnson, and
Amos Yong
Missiological Engagements Series
White normativity as a way of being in the world has been parasiti-
cally joined to Christianity, and this is the ground of many of our
problems today. Written by a world-class roster of scholars, this vol-
ume develops language to describe the current realities of race and
racism, challenging evangelical Christianity to think more critically
and constructively about race, ethnicity, migration, and mission in
relation to white supremacy.
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WOMEN IN GOD’S MISSION


Mary T. Lederleitner
Women have advanced God’s mission throughout history, but often
face particular obstacles in ministry. Mission researcher Mary
Lederleitner interviewed respected women in mission leadership
from across the globe to gather their insights, expertise, and best
practices. These real-life stories will shed light on dynamics that
inhibit women, giving both women and men resources for partner-
ing together in effective ministry and mission.
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PSALMS 73-150
Edited by Herman J. Selderhuis
Reformation Commentary on Scripture
Christians have often turned to the Book of Psalms as a signifi-
cant resource for Christian belief and practice, and as the church’s
prayer book and hymnal. The Protestant reformers also turned to
the Psalms during their time of significant spiritual renewal, theo-
logical debate, and ecclesial reform. In this RCS volume, Herman
Selderhuis guides readers through Reformation-era commentary on
the second half of the Psalter.
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KIDNER CLASSIC COMMENTARIES

Derek Kidner’s long-respected commentaries


will live on in this collection.

PSALMS 1-72 PSALMS 73-150 PROVERBS JEREMIAH


Derek Kidner Derek Kidner Derek Kidner Derek Kidner
Kidner Classic Kidner Classic Kidner Classic Kidner Classic
Commentaries Commentaries Commentaries Commentaries
For many, the Psalms are Together with its Proverbs—a book full The book of Jeremiah is
the richest part of the companion volume of wisdom, and yet a full of national tragedy
Old Testament. Derek (Psalms 1—72), both book demanding all one’s and the drama of redis-
Kidner provides a fresh of which were for- wisdom to understand. covering the forgotten
and penetrating guide merly part of the Derek Kidner has not book of Mosaic law.
to Psalms 1—72. He Tyndale Old Testament only provided a running The rediscovered book
analyzes each psalm in Commentaries series, commentary on the whole of God’s law transforms
depth, comments on this introduction and of Proverbs, but has also Josiah, Jeremiah, and
interpretative questions, commentary will inspire included two helpful the future of the world.
and brings out the uni- and deepen personal study aids: a set of subject This former The Bible
versal relevance of the worship. guides that bring together Speaks Today volume
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MIRACLES

Wondering how miracles and


supernatural ministry appear in the
Bible and how they might apply today?

IN DEFENSE OF MIRACLES JESUS THE MIRACLE WORK


MIRACLES Douglas Connelly MIRACLE WORKER Jordan Seng
Edited by R. Douglas LifeGuide® Bible Graham H. Twelftree We are a supernatural
Geivett & Gary R. Studies Jesus was viewed by many people. Made in the
Habermas of his contemporaries as image of God and called
Most of us could use a
Can modern intellectu- miracle. And the Bible a miracle worker. And to follow a risen Lord
als believe in miracles? tells astonishing stories many scholars today through the world God
Editors R. Douglas of God’s power poured would agree that Jesus made—we’re anything
Geivett and Gary R. out. What do these was a healer and an exor- but normal. Jordan Seng
Habermas provide a events have to do with cist. But what does this tells remarkable stories
collection of essays to us? How can we experi- mean? This study of the of physical healings and
refute objections to the ence the power of God miracles of Jesus examines prophetic messages. He
miraculous and set forth in the battles we face the miracles within each reflects on the possibility
the positive case for every day? This twelve- Gospel narrative. The and limitations of a con-
God’s action in history. session Bible study author evaluates Jesus’ own temporary ministry that
This comprehensive, explores the miracles understanding of the mir- believes in the power of
up-to-date discussion of God to help you acles, weighs the historical God, and helps us train
should not be overlooked discover how he works reliability of the miracle and prepare ourselves for
by anyone concerned in our world—yesterday stories, and considers the when God works through
with the current debate and today. question of miracles and us in the lives of others.
over miracles. the modern mind.
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YEARLY DEVOTIONALS

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study to take you through 2019.

KNOWING GOD JOURNEY WITH ME ANCIENT QUIET TIME BIBLE


THROUGH THE Catherine Campbell CHRISTIAN GUIDE
YEAR DEVOTIONAL Edited by Cindy
Catherine Campbell
J. I. Packer invites you to journey Edited by Cindy Bunch
Compiled and with her this year as Crosby Do you want to dis-
Edited by Carolyn she shares 365 Bible General Editor cover the riches of
Nystrom meditations that have Thomas C. Oden Scripture and draw
Here is a daily guide touched her heart and This devotional guide closer to God? Based
through one of the changed her life. Using follows lectionary cycle on the LifeGuide Bible
most treasured books of an eclectic mix of read- C, which begins in Studies series, the
Christian spirituality: ings, character cameos, Advent 2018. This guide Quiet Time Bible Guide
J. I. Packer’s Knowing God. and anecdotes, Catherine to prayer and reflec- takes you through
Each day you’ll read takes us across new ter- tion combines excerpts 365 days in the New
Scripture and a brief rain every day. As surely from the writings of the Testament and Psalms,
passage about the glory as winter blossoms into church fathers as found engaging the Scriptures
and joy of being in rela- spring, and autumn in the Ancient Christian inductively and estab-
tionship with God. An eventually carpets sum- Commentary on Scripture lishing a connection
idea at the end of each mer lawns, God’s word with a simple structure with God to carry you
day’s reading will help will excite, challenge, for daily or weekly read- through the day.
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DISRUPTIVE CHRISTIANITY AT FROM JERUSALEM PREACHING AS


WITNESS THE CROSSROADS TO TIMBUKTU REMINDING
Alan Noble Michael J. Kruger Brian C. Stiller Jeffrey D. Arthurs
What should Christian Christianity in the twenty- What has led to the Foreword by John
witness look like in our first century is a global church’s vibrant growth Ortberg
contemporary society? phenomenon. But in the throughout the Global
In this timely book, second century, its future South? Brian Stiller We know of the
Alan Noble looks at our was not at all certain. identifies five key factors preacher’s roles as both
cultural moment, char- Michael Kruger’s intro- that have shaped the teacher and proclaimer,
acterized by technologi- ductory survey examines church, from a renewed but Jeffrey Arthurs adds
cal distraction and the how Christianity took openness to the move another assignment: the
growth of secularism, root in the second cen- of the Holy Spirit to Lord’s remembrancer. He
laying out individual, tury, how it battled to the empowerment of explains how to stir
ecclesial, and cultural stay true to the vision indigenous leadership. the memory of Christ-
practices that disrupt of the apostles, and how Discover the surpris- followers, fanning the
our society’s deep-rooted it developed in ways ing story of the global flames of faith through
assumptions and point that would shape both advance of the gospel. vivid language, story,
beyond them to the the church and Western And be encouraged that delivery, and ceremony.
transcendent grace and culture over the next two Jesus’ witness continues The church needs to be
beauty of Jesus. thousand years. to the ends of the earth. reminded of the great
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