I received this email today from WTS books.
A couple of endorsements for the membership book:
“Church leaders across many denominations will find this little book filled with practical ideas and good arguments that will help us cure Christians in our culture today of their allergy to church membership, pastoral authority, life accountability, and any limits to their personal freedom.”
—Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
“We live in an age where people relate to and make decisions about church much like they do with a restaurant. We desperately need to be awakened from our consumeristic slumber. This book is the wake-up call that is needed to turn church consumers into gospel participants.”
—Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, MO; author, For the City and Church Planter
And for the discipline volume:
“Far too few biblically grounded, pastorally sensitive books on church discipline remain in print today. I know of none that is as exegetically accurate, practically relevant, and filled with real-life case studies of how churches should deal with a wide variety of common situations. On top of all this, Leeman is helpfully succinct and remarkably clear. Highly recommended!”
—Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary
“This book is an outstanding, one-of-a-kind theological work. Leeman has shown that church discipline is an essential dimension of the disciple-making process, and thus an extension of the preaching of the gospel itself. He shows that our overly-narrow focus on the ‘number of decisions’ might actually be hindering us from guiding people in the repentance that leads to life. I believe this will be the definitive work on church discipline, and our elders plan to use this work as our guide.”
—J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina
The 60% off sale on these ends on May 1.
9Marks has also published 10 interactive study guides looking at the various marks of the church. Each study can be done in 6-7 weeks, and can be done by individuals, Sunday School classes, small groups, etc. If you buy 5 or more copies of a single title, you can get an extra 10% off.
Finally, B&H has published a new book by Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert entitled Preach: Theology Meets Practice—a nuts-and-bolts book on the theology and practice of preaching God’s word. WTS is selling it for 50% off for one week.
Here are a few endorsements:
“I have often wished I could spend a day with some master expositors I admire just to watch how they study and prepare to share the Word of God from the pulpit. How do they choose a text or strategize to help their people grasp the big picture? How would they decide how to balance preaching from both testaments or different genre of Scripture? What does the very personal thought process and the crafting of the sermon look like? And how do they show faithfulness to the text as the author has written it while acknowledging the entire canon and its testimony of Christ? That’s why I love Preach! It affords the reader the opportunity to engage two great preachers in a warm conversation that will reap preaching dividends for a lifetime of ministry. Part philosophy, part methodology, but all encouragement, this is the best book on preaching I’ve read in a long time.”
– Hershael W. York, associate dean, School of Theology Victor & Louise Lester professor of Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“This little book gets at the heart of expositional preaching in a clear, concise, and enjoyable way. The theological section is insightful and powerful, the Christ-centered emphasis is timely, and the practical instruction is helpful. The gracious, encouraging, and pastoral tone makes you want to improve but also allows you to marvel at the privilege of preaching. I loved hearing of the differences in approaches between Dever and Gilbert—from sermon introductions to sermon notes/manuscripts to “sermon walks.” Both, driven by the same convictions, work at their craft in unique ways. I also love the various ways they do exposition, such as book overview sermons and preach- ing through large portions of Scripture. I plan on using this book in class for students preparing for ministry, but seasoned preachers will also find encouragement and help as they continue to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ.”
– Tony Merida, lead pastor, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, North Carolina and Associate Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“I’ve always considered it a privilege to spend time with Mark Dever — his fellowship has edified, encouraged, enlightened and enthused me. This book on preaching invites us into the ongoing conversation with his colleague Greg Gilbert. From their shared theological commitment to preaching God’s Word, it provides a plethora of practical clues to the art of preaching a sermon. It will stimulate both the novice and the experienced to improve our preaching. Buy it for yourself or your pastor.”
– Phillip Jensen, Dean of Sydney at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia