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preaching in the NTAuthor(s): Jonathan Griffiths
Publisher: IVP Academic
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Many Christians share the assumption that preaching the word of God is at the heart of God’s plans for the gospel in our age, that it is vital for the church’s health, and that it is the central task of the pastor-teacher. Many helpful books on preaching are available. The vast majority are concerned with “how-to,” but relatively few focus primarily on the character and theology of preaching according to Scripture.

Two key, interrelated questions need to be addressed. First, is there such a thing as “preaching” that is mandated in the post-apostolic context―and, if there is, how is it defined and characterized? Second, how does post-apostolic “preaching” relate to the preaching of the Old Testament prophets and of Jesus and his apostles?

In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume Jonathan Griffiths seeks answers to these questions in the New Testament. In Part One he gives an overview of the theology of the Word of God, surveys Greek terms related to preaching, and looks at teaching concerning the scope and character of other word ministries in the life of the church. In Part Two his exegetical studies concentrate on teaching that relates especially to the post-apostolic context. In Part Three he summarizes the exegetical findings, sets them within the context of biblical theology, and proposes a number of broader theological implications.

Griffiths’s accessible, scholarly investigation will be of value to scholars, pastors, preachers, and Bible teachers.

Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship, and to point the way ahead.


Halfway HerbertAuthor(s): Francis Chan
Publisher: David C. Cook
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From best-selling author Francis Chan (Crazy Love and Forgotten God) comes a picture book for children 4 to 8. Halfway Herbert never completes anything. Homework remains half done, his room stays only partly clean, and dinner is never finished. Halfway Herbert somehow gets by. But when he tells a half-truth, he learns the importance of honesty and of following God with all his heart.

Through Chan’s trademark teaching and storytelling, children discover what living for God really means. Halfway Herbert offers parents a practical tool for inspiring godly character. Parents will appreciate that Chan, a father of four, understands the characher development issues parents face. And fans of his previsou books will treasure lessons geared especially for children.


stress lessAuthor(s): Donna K. Maltese
Publisher: Barbour Books
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This brand-new devotional guide features 180 readings and prayers designed to help alleviate your stresses as you learn to live in the freedom of Almighty God, who offers tranquility for your stressed-out soul. Inspired by this promise from God’s Word: “Make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. . . . Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11-12 MSG), Stress Less, Pray More reinforces the truth that with God, you can live stress-free every single day—whether you stress over piles of laundry, troubles at work, difficult relationships, finances, or something more.


roman imperial textAuthor(s): Mark Reasoner
Publisher: Fortress Press
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A selection of the most important sources for the cultural and political context of the early Roman Empire and the New Testament writings, Roman Imperial Texts includes freshly translated public speeches, official inscriptions, annals, essays, poems, and documents of veiled protest from the Empire’s subject peoples —all introduced by Mark Reasoner.



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