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In Excellent Preaching, Craig Bartholomew explains how to preach so that the powerful message of the Bible penetrates the daily lives of your congregation. While we need to be intimately acquainted with Scripture, we also need to understand the context in which we preach. But good contextualization is hard work.

Imagine the contextualization of your sermons in relation to a series of concentric circles:

Contextualization

This bundle includes 15 carefully selected resources to help you bridge the gap between Scripture and culture. With Excellent Preaching as the centerpiece, each resource fits into a specific area to help you with your sermon prep.

Your Congregation

Your Congregation

Understand the needs, ideas, and reflections of your congregation.

Your Culture

Your Culture

Identify the cultural milieu of modern secular society.

Your Area

Your Area

Globalize your perspective to reach across borders.

Your Place in Time

Your Place in Time

Gain a historical understanding of the church’s mission.

Your Place in the Biblical Story

Your Place in the Biblical Story

Recognize your place in the ongoing biblical story.

Individual Titles

Excellent Preaching: Proclaiming the Gospel in Its Context & Ours

  • Author: Craig G. Bartholomew
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 96

In Excellent Preaching, Craig Bartholomew explains how to preach so that the powerful message of the Bible penetrates the daily lives of your congregation. While we need to be intimately acquainted with Scripture, we also need to understand the context in which we preach. But good contextualization is hard work.

Some preach sermons firmly grounded in Scripture, but the message will fall flat if it is not contextually applied. Others excel at contextualization, but the relevance of their message will do no good if it is not consistently biblical. Bartholomew seeks to avoid either pitfall, bridging the gap between a biblical foundation and relevant application.

Grounded in rigorous scholarship and rooted in years of preaching experience, this short, accessible, and practical book helps preachers connect the message of the text to everyday life.

DIY Bible Study

  • Editor and Coauthor: John D. Barry
  • Managing Editor: Jake Mailhot
  • Associate Editors and Coauthors: David Bomar, Elliot Ritzema, Carrie Sinclair-Wolcott
  • Contributing Editors: Amy Balogh, Lacy Crocker, Miles Custis, Charles Meeks, John H. Morris Jr., Judith Odor, David Seal, E. Tod Twist
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014

This highly visual curriculum leverages Logos Bible Software and Lexham Press products to take your Bible study to the next level—or to help you begin. Video lessons explain Bible study principles and survey every book of the Bible. And application-focused content, accompanied by stunning graphics, helps you see what the Bible meant to its original readers and what it means for us today.

Moment with God: A Devotional on Every Biblical Book

  • Editors: John D. Barry and Rebecca Van Noord
  • Authors: Various
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014

We all have our “God moments” but the intimacy doesn’t always last. Each author in Moment with God captures this beautiful struggle, as they draw on their own stories and the Bible itself. This hand-curated collection of some of the richest devotionals from Bible Study Magazine celebrates God’s faithfulness, no matter what the moment looks like.

Study Like a Pro: Explore Difficult Passages from Every Book of the Bible

  • Editors: John D. Barry and Rebecca Van Noord
  • Authors: Various
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014

“Why don’t I have the insight into the Bible that he has?” “Where did she learn to interpret the Bible so well?” We’ve all asked ourselves these questions. This collection of tried and true articles from Bible Study Magazine, written by experts, walks you through Bible difficulties and teaches you how to study like a pro.

Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians

  • Author: Bruce Riley Ashford
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 159

How does our faith impact our everyday lives? To what extent should we be involved with the culture? Christians have wrestled with these questions throughout history.

Drawing on such sources as Abraham Kuyper, Francis Schaeffer, and C.S. Lewis, Bruce Ashford argues that God wants our whole lives to be shaped by Jesus’ lordship. If Jesus truly is Lord over everything, then our faith is relevant to every dimension of culture.

We must remove the barrier between “sacred” and “secular,” and allow the gospel to inform everything we do. We are to live our lives firmly in the midst of our cultural contexts, proclaiming Jesus with our lips and promoting him with our lives.

Mending a Fractured Church: How to Seek Unity with Integrity

  • Editors: Michael F. Bird & Brian Rosner
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 85

What does it really mean for the church to have unity? How should we deal with diversity? Which differences are worth dividing over?

In Mending a Fractured Church, editors Michael Bird and Brian Rosner seek to answer such questions, looking to the Bible for examples of how to behave when Christians differ. Speaking to pastors, churches, and seminary students, they provide a guide to maintaining unity without compromise.

When You Want to Yell at God: The Book of Job

  • Author: Craig Bartholomew
  • Series: Transformative Word
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014

Experience the book of Job through a different set of eyes. In When You Want to Yell at God, Craig Bartholomew asks us to let go of the Job we think we know so we can get to know the real man. Job’s story refutes the idea that what goes around comes around. Suffering is not always the result of wrong behavior, and right behavior does not always guarantee blessing. But God is always faithful. Looking at Job as the height of biblical poetry, Bartholomew helps us see just how beautiful and touching this man’s struggle with God really is.

Cutting Ties with Darkness: 2 Corinthians

  • Author: John D. Barry
  • Series: Transformative Word
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014

The story behind 2 Corinthians is one of pain and heartache. The Apostle Paul is wrestling to maintain his relationship with the young church in Corinth that he established. Paul writes this deeply personal letter to pick up the pieces of a broken relationship. We all have painful stories and relationships that are on the rocks. In Cutting Ties with Darkness, John D. Barry explores how we deal with these scars in light of Jesus’ example. How do we discern when to reconcile and when to walk away? In these relationships, our own judgment can become clouded. Paul tells us that we must cut ties with the darkness—both within ourselves and in others—before we’re able to rebuild our lives on the redemption of Jesus.

Rooted & Grounded: The Church as Organism & Institution

  • Excerpt from: On The Church
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015

In Rooted & Grounded, Abraham Kuyper describes the dual calling of the Christian Church. The Church needs to be rooted—a living organism that grows freely. And the Church needs to be grounded—an institution with strong foundations to keep it from collapsing. This message is the first sermon Kuyper gave to his congregation in Amsterdam.

Scholarship: Two Convocation Addresses on University Life

  • Excerpt from: On Education
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015

In Scholarship, Dutch scholar and theologian Abraham Kuyper discusses the true focus of Christian education, explaining that scholarly study is a calling meant to help us better know the Creator. Kuyper originally delivered these two speeches as convocation addresses to the students at the Free University of Amsterdam, which he founded.

Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art

  • Excerpt from: Common Grace: God’s Gifts for a Fallen World
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015

In Wisdom and Wonder, Abraham Kuyper explores the role of God’s grace in science and art, both inside and outside Christian circles. The famed Dutch theologian shows how God’s grace is expressed to all, including the unsaved. This excerpt comes from his 3-volume work on public theology, Common Grace: God’s Gifts for a Fallen World

Bible Word Studies: A How-to Guide

  • Editors: John D. Barry and Rebecca Van Noord
  • Authors: Various
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014

Learn to define biblical words in their context. Because the Bible was written in ancient languages from foreign cultures, our English translations can’t always capture the nuances of the original text. Dictionaries may improve our general understanding of words, but they rarely show the context of how the words were used. This collection of Hebrew and Greek word studies, previously published in Bible Study Magazine, shows you the steps taken by expert scholars to analyze important words.

The Bible in the Real World: 31 Inspiring Interviews

  • Editors: Rebecca Van Noord, Jessi Strong, John D. Barry
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014

How does the Bible impact your life? The answer to that question will be a little different for everyone, and we benefit from hearing the perspectives of people from all walks of life. In this collection of stories, hand-curated from articles previously published in Bible Study Magazine, you’ll hear from ministry leaders, artists, writers, entertainers, scholars, and more. As we walk along with these men and women, we can discover how God’s truth speaks to us right where we are.

The Gospel Works Everywhere: 14 Inspiring Stories from Around the World

  • Editors: Rebecca Van Noord, Jessi Strong, John D. Barry
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014

Isn’t it amazing that the same gospel announced by Jesus and his apostles is still proclaimed today? The simple message holds true for every nation on earth. The gospel really is good news for the entire world. In this collection of stories, hand-curated from articles previously published in Bible Study Magazine, you’ll learn how missionaries around the globe are sharing the gospel in their specific cultural contexts. See how the good news continues to change lives everywhere.