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With contributions from the who's who of Reformed Evangelical Christianity, including Matt Chandler, Mark Dever and John Piper, the Crossway Preaching and Ministry Collection will re-inspire you to take the gospel seriously in the context of church ministry. From preaching the gospel message to ensuring that you as a pastor are applying the gospel to your own life, this collection covers the gamut of church life and ministry.

The topics covered are useful for pastors, leaders and anyone invested in the vitality of their church. From church planting, to common challenges, counseling, preaching and the doctrine of the church, there is a massive amount of material here to inspire, challenge, teach and give wisdom.

In the Logos editions, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage of preaching and ministry issues from a Reformed Evangelical perspective
  • Combination of biblical doctrine and practical wisdom
  • Brings the Gospel to the centre of the church

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12 Challenges Churches Face

  • Author: Mark Dever
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 192

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Long time pastor and leading authority on church health, Mark Dever draws from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians to tackle twelve major challenges facing the church today. Gain biblical insight and practical answers to issues including imposters, legalism, autonomy and decline. Both church leaders and laymen will benefit from this book with Dever insisting that church health should be the concern of every believer and that God can overcome the most difficult of challenges.

As a leading voice for reformation in the twenty-first century, Mark Dever calls evangelicals to love the church as much as we love Jesus. In this exposition of 1 Corinthians he gives clear pastoral individual for the difficult problems addressed in a difficult book of the Bible, confronting not only the controversial issues that always face the church, but also the spiritual dangers that lurk behind them.

Philip Graham Ryken, president, Wheaton College

Twelve Challenges Churches Face is a careful exposition of 1 Corinthians. It is both theological and practical in its goal to foster healthy churches. You will be edified and encouraged by Pastor Dever's treatment of important issues that confront the church on a daily basis.

Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Mark Dever is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and pastor of 9Marks Ministries. Dever speaks regularly at national conferences, and has authored more than a dozen books, including The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, What Is a Healthy Church?, and It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement.

Am I Called?: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry

  • Author: Dave Harvey`
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 224

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Many have the skills to lead a church, but only some are called. Dave Harvey helps those considering pastoral ministry to see God’s active role in the process of discerning their calling. Learn what God's Word says about discerning your calling within the context of a Christian community and put it into practice using six diagnostic questions to help you process that call. This book explores biblical and practical principles for determining the pastoral call and will guide you through that all-important process with wisdom and confidence in God’s faithfulness in your life.

This is the fullest, most realistic, down-to-earth, and genuinely spiritual exploration of God’s call to pastoral ministry that I know. I recommend it most highly.

J.I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

Every generation needs a fresh army of gospel men with a sense of destiny in their hearts. They aren’t looking for a job. They are following a call. God is setting them apart to pastoral service. Are you one of those men? Dave Harvey’s wise book will help you answer that question.

Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., lead pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee

Discerning God’s call with clarity is an ongoing challenge, but a necessary journey. Dave Harvey has written one of the most helpful, practical books on Christian calling that I’ve read. Am I Called? guides a wide range of readers, not just pastors, through God’s call to ministry in their lives. I know I will be sharing Am I Called? with many in the years to come.

Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

Dave Harvey is the pastor of preaching at Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee, Florida. Dave has over 25 years of pastoral experience and has traveled nationally and internationally teaching Christians, equipping pastors, and training church planters. He is the Executive Director of Sojourn Network, founder of AmICalled.com, and serves on the board of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). Dave is the author of Am I Called?, Rescuing Ambition, and When Sinners Say I Do.

The Biblical Counseling Movement after Adams

  • Author: Heath Lambert
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 224

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Those inside and outside of the biblical counseling movement recognize growing differences between the foundational work of Jay Adams and that of current thought leaders such as David Powlison. But, as any student or teacher of the discipline can attest, those differences have been ill-defined and largely anecdotal until now.

Heath Lambert, the first scholar to analyze the movement’s development from within, shows how refinements in framework, methodology, and engagement style are changing the face of the biblical counseling movement as we know it—producing a second generation of counselors who are increasingly competent to counsel. Find out how the biblical counseling movement has changed and improved and how the present-day leadership differs from the leadership of the past, in a respectful effort to evaluate and advance the efficacy of biblical counseling.

Having been a part of biblical counseling for some twenty-five years, I greatly appreciate and whole-heartedly endorse Dr. Lambert’s incredible work. He informs the novice, the veteran, and the critic on how the great heroes of the biblical counseling movement have built upon one another. He shows how an understanding of the movement must proceed from both historical and biblical contexts. And, as he reflects on the past one hundred years of church history, Lambert contributes a clear perspective on present day biblical counseling by This book is an excellent resource for explaining the history of the biblical counseling movement, including the successes and failures along the way. Heath Lambert presents a great framework for all who want to grow and advance biblical counseling.demonstrating its strengths and weaknesses. He does this work in a way that leaves readers challenged, more unified, and strengthened in their faith and resolve concerning the sufficiency of the Scriptures.

Stuart W. Scott, associate professor of Biblical Counseling, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Like any significant church movement throughout ecclesiastical history, the biblical counseling movement has been subject to many changes and considerable growth. It has become a worldwide, multi-cultural agent of change for the Church of Jesus Christ. Heath Lambert has written an amazing account of key influences that God, in his perfect sovereignty, has brought about in this movement. This factual account is an important contribution to understanding how and why the biblical counseling movement has had such a profound and lasting impact. It is a must read for anyone who desires to understand this movement.

—John D. Street, chair, MABC Graduate Program, The Master’s College and Seminary

This book is an excellent resource for explaining the history of the biblical counseling movement, including the successes and failures along the way. Heath Lambert presents a great framework for all who want to grow and advance biblical counseling.

—Dennis Lee, program manager, Hebron Center Addictions Recovery Program

Heath Lambert is assistant professor of pastoral theology and coordinator of the department of biblical counseling at Boyce College of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lambert is also pastor of Biblical Living at Crossing Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and sits on the review board for The Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the Biblical Counseling Coalition’s council.

The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel

  • Authors: Mark Dever and Paul Alexander
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 224

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Mark Dever and Paul Alexander propose a model of complete reliance and submission to the gospel when building a healthy church. Great resource for pastors, elders, and others interested in the vitality of their church. Readers can use the questions raised to assess their own church and take the principles presented to apply to their own church circumstance.

Here is one of the most faithful and insightful pastors of our time, addressing the most crucial issues of church life. Mark Dever refuses to separate theology and congregational life, combining pastoral insight with clear biblical teaching. This book is a powerful antidote to the merely pragmatic approaches of our day-and a refutation to those who argue that theology just isn't practical.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

This book is the perfect example of what a truly practical book on church health and growth should be-it gives concrete individual for and examples of biblical principles being put into practice in the life and ministry of the local congregation.

J. Ligon Duncan, chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

Rare indeed are books on the church that begin with the Gospel. Rarer still are books that derive methodology for building the church from the Gospel. This excellent book does both.

—C.J. Mahaney, senior pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Mark Dever is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and pastor of 9Marks Ministries. Dever speaks regularly at national conferences, and has authored more than a dozen books, including The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, What Is a Healthy Church?, and It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement.

Paul Alexander is the pastor of Grace Covenant Church in South Elgin, Illinios. He is the coauthor of The Deliberate Church and previously served as a contributing editor for 9Marks Ministries.

The Explicit Gospel

  • Author: Matt Chandler
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 240

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Inspired by the needs of both the over-churched and the unchurched, and bolstered by the common neglect of the explicit gospel within Christianity, popular pastor Matt Chandler writes to remind us what is of first and utmost importance—the gospel. Rediscover what's really important in the message of the church and be inspired to speak it with boldness

Even if you go to church, it doesn’t mean that you are being exposed to the gospel explicitly. Sure, most people talk about Jesus, and about being good and avoiding bad, but the gospel message simply isn’t there—at least not in its specificity and its fullness. Allow Matt Chandler to realign your mind and heart to the gospel.

If you only read one book this year, make it this one. It’s that important.

Rick Warren, New York Times best-selling author, The Purpose Driven Life

This book, like the gospel itself, is clarifying, convicting, comforting, and compelling all at the same time. I wholeheartedly invite you to read it, to be overwhelmed by the mercy and majesty of God in the gospel, and then to spend your life making this gospel explicit in every facet of your life and to every corner of the earth!

David Platt, president, International Mission Board

People who come face-to-face with death make the best evangelists. I have to believe that’s why my friend Matt Chandler is so passionate about a clear, biblical presentation of the gospel. Life is short. Eternity is long. May this book drive you to greater clarity in preaching the life-saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

—James MacDonald, pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Matt Chandler is the lead pastor of The Village Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas metroplex of over 10,000 people. His sermons are among the topselling (free) podcasts on itunes and he speaks at conferences worldwide. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. He is the author of To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain, Creature of the Word, and The Mingling of Souls.

The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors

  • Author: Thabiti M. Anyabwile
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 192

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The cliché is that those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. But Thabiti M. Anyabwile contends that it is not the mistakes we must study; it is the people who have overcome them. So he presents three of the most influential African-American pastors in American history who can teach us what faithful ministry entails.

Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833) reminds pastors that eternity must shape our ministry. Daniel A. Payne (1811-1893) stresses the importance of character and preparation to faithful shepherding. And Francis J. Grimké (1850-1937) provides a vision for engaging the world with the gospel. While they are from the African-American tradition, they, like all true saints, belong to all Christians of every background and era. Distinctive for its use of rare and out-of-print messages, Anaybwile's work is valuable as a reference as well as a devotional resource.

Do yourself a favor; read this book, and share it with others.

Mark Dever, senior pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D.C.

Thabiti Anyabwile introduces us to past African-American voices calling pastors to faithfulness in life and doctrine. This is the kind of book we pastors need.

—C.J. Mahaney, senior pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Reading The Faithful Preacher is like being introduced to three long-lost spiritual grandfathers and their legacy of pastoral fidelity.

J. Ligon Duncan, chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

Thabiti M. Anyabwile is a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. and the author of numerous books, including Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons and What Is a Healthy Church Member?. He serves as a council member with The Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at Pure Church, hosted by The Gospel Coalition.

Gospel Centered Discipleship

  • Author: Jonathan K. Dodson
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 176

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avoiding extremes and evaluating motives, Jonathan Dodson insists on a way of following Jesus that re-centers discipleship on the gospel. This book helps us understand and experience the fullness of discipleship as God intended. It combines the mess and the weight, the imperfection and transformation, the honesty and wonder of being a disciple who revolves around Jesus. Here is a practical guide to discipleship that is Spirit-filled, Christ-centered, field-tested, and easily implemented.

Dodson’s Spirit-led, gospel-centered, organically relational, and authentic book is such a rare jewel. Jonathan is a good friend and an even better ally in the gospel. God has used him to teach me much, and I pray the Spirit will use this book to change the way you view and do discipleship.

Matt Chandler, lead pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas

Nothing is more central to the global mission of the church than making disciples. This is at the very center of the gospel. Gospel-Centered Discipleship captures both the heart of the gospel and the essence of discipleship in the proper order. For too long we’ve put making disciples ahead of a clear understanding of the gospel. In cultures around the world, disciples lean away from the gospel toward religious performance or spiritual license. As a result, disciples burn out or drift from devotion to Jesus. Gospel-Centered Discipleship is an authentic re-centering of discipleship around the gospel of grace, in the context of community, for the mission of God. Don’t miss it!

—S. Douglas Birdsall, executive chair, The Lausanne Movement

Refreshingly honest and realistic, Dodson shares from experience about the struggles and the blessings of making disciples. He does not give us a rule book, but practical teaching that can help every follower of Christ more effectively live out the gospel and the Great Commission.

Robert E. Coleman, distinguished senior professor of evangelism and discipleship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Jonathan K. Dodson is the founding pastor of City Life Church in Austin, Texas where he lives with his wife and three children. He has discipled men and women abroad and at home for years, taking great delight in communicating the gospel and seeing Christ formed in others. Dodson is the founder of GospelCenteredDiscipleship.com.

The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry

  • Author: Jared C. Wilson
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 192

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Ministry can be brutal. As leaders, we face discouragement, frustration, and exhaustion—and many times we face it alone. Helping us to refocus our gaze on the gospel, pastor Jared Wilson offers here practical insights, real-life anecdotes, and in-your-face truth related to the ups and downs of pastoral ministry. Honest yet hopeful, this creative fusion of biblical exposition and personal confession will help pastors weather the storms of ministry by rooting their identity in Christ.

By helping leaders to realise that they need the gospel as much as those they are preaching it to, this book carries an important message that will help pastors to enjoy their own salvation and avoid burnout.

Jared Wilson is one of my favorite thinkers. He writes with deep conviction, and I have been moved to tears at his robust sense of God and his glorious gospel. Of the books he has written, this one is especially edifying to me. Jared writes from the trenches where he is shepherding, leading, doing weddings, and doing funerals. He knows the highs and lows of our calling. His conviction, passion, and wit pour out onto the page as he shepherds those of us who are shepherding the flock.

Matt Chandler, lead pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas

It ought to go without saying that pastors who preach the gospel need the gospel desperately themselves—but it doesn’t. In The Pastor’s Justification, Jared Wilson boldly reminds ministers where their true measure of success and fulfillment is found. This book will help shepherd shepherds back to the confidence and humility found only in Jesus.

Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

Nothing has been more frustrating as a pastor than proclaiming the person and work of Christ in a sermon to my church and then realizing I have not applied the gospel to my own heart and life the whole week. Jared is a welcomed guide for pastors who want off of the performance treadmill.

—Darrin Patrick, lead pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri

Jared C. Wilson is the director of content strategy at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and managing editor of the seminary’s website for gospel-centered resources, For the Church. He is a popular author and conference speaker, and also blogs regularly at Gospel Driven Church hosted by the Gospel Coalition. His books include Your Jesus Is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, Gospel Deeps, The Pastor’s Justification, The Storytelling God, and The Wonder-Working God.

Preaching the Cross

  • Contributors: Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan, R. Albert Mohler Jr., C.J. Mahaney
  • Series: Together for the Gospel
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 176

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With additional contributions by John Macarthur, John Piper and R.C. Sproul, this volume is a call to expository, gospel-centered preaching as the center of pastoral ministry. As part of the Together for the Gospel series, it showcases an unprecedented combination of pastors representing a variety of evangelical traditions. Though they differ on some secondary points of church practice, they all enthusiastically celebrate the centrality of the cross of Christ-keeping the main thing the main thing. Every reader can take this message away from this book and adopt in their own pastoral ministry.

This is a book about what matters in the church, not about what is trendy, weighty, or popular. Preaching the Cross is about what endures, not what is momentarily successful. It is about what God intends for the church-that we preach his Word with its center in the person and work of Christ-and it is about what the church needs most to hear. These essays are written with wisdom, winsomeness, practicality, and biblical fidelity.

David F. Wells, distinguished senior research professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

This book on preaching the cross is written by the best of men who know the grace of the crucified Christ and serve in the power of his resurrection. It is a call for other ministers of the gospel to faithfully proclaim the message of the cross and the empty tomb. It is also an invitation to share in the fellowship of godly pastors who stand together for Jesus in a world that needs the gospel.

Philip Graham Ryken, president, Wheaton College

Mark Dever is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and pastor of 9Marks Ministries. Dever speaks regularly at national conferences, and has authored more than a dozen books, including The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, What Is a Healthy Church?, and It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement.

J. Ligon Duncan is chancellor and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Mississippi, chairman of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and the moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of America.

R. Albert Mohler serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. He is the author or coauthor of multiple books, including The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters, Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy, and Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism.

C.J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited, or contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology, Don’t Waste Your Sports, and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God.

Proclaiming a Cross-centered Theology

  • Author: Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan, R. Albert Mohler Jr., C.J. Mahaney
  • Series: Together for the Gospel
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 224

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Some of the leading voices in evangelical Christianity reaffirm the importance of preaching biblical theology for the health of our churches. A sequel to Preaching the Cross, this volume will inspire pastors and leaders to make sound theology a central part of their ministry. The authors show that proclaiming a theology that is centered on Christ’s atonement is especially critical, for by this atonement, Christians have been brought from death to life, and by it a church lives or dies. Readers will join John Piper, John Macarthur and Thabiti M. Anyabwile, with the authors, in exploring the church's need for faithful proclamation and calling pastors and churches to cross-centered, scripturally saturated thinking.

State of the Arts: From Bezalel to Mapplethorpe

  • Author: Gene Edward Veith
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 256

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We cannot escape the arts. They permeate our lives and our culture—the décor, architecture, music, entertainment, everyday utensils. The imagination of this age, its ideas and concerns, percolate throughout the culture via the arts. These ideas affect us for good or for evil. The choice is not whether to live with art; we must choose whether to live with good art or bad art. Art–like all things human—needs to be redeemed. Christians cannot abandon the arts to the secular world, but can use them to display God’s glory. This book will help us develop an informed artistic taste, open yet critical, discerning yet appreciative of what is truly excellent.

Gene Edward Veith is provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College and the director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary. He has been a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and is the author of a number of noted books on Christianity and culture, including God at Work.