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Kress Biblical Studies Upgrade Collection (5 vols.)
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Written by six noted biblical scholars and professors, the volumes in the Kress Biblical Studies Upgrade Collection provide solid scriptural truths for today, while addressing a variety of topics. Questions such as these are answered from the Bible: "how can we provide godly hope for the hurting? How can I get the most out of listening to sermons?" The study of the Pastoral Epistles from a pastor's perspective and an in-depth look at "stone prophecies" throughout the Bible are also included in this comprehensive series.

This collection—a fantastic addition to the Kress Biblical Studies Collection—gives you instant access to Scripture texts, and gives you all the tools you need to dig deep into Scripture. Hovering over Scripture references displays the texts instantly, and with passage guides, word studies, and a wealth of resources in your digital library, you can get into God’s word like never before! These volumes are perfectly suited for pastors, students, and laypersons seeking to explore the Bible on a deeper level.

Key Features

  • Five volumes, spanning a wide variety of topics
  • Easily searchable in digital format

Individual Titles

The Discipline of Mercy

  • Authors: Eric Kress and Paul Tautges
  • Publisher: Kress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 208

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Sin does not deliver on its promises. Rather, it brings only pain and misery with its rebellion. Sin’s pleasure is only for a moment, but its painful consequences may last a lifetime. So where do we turn when we have fallen for the deceptive power of sin and are left reeling in the wake of the havoc it causes?

In The Discipline of Mercy, pastors and counselors Eric Kress and Paul Tautges take us deep into the book of Lamentations where we are exhorted to place our hope fully in the faithful mercy and loyal love of a gracious God—no matter the extent of our suffering. God alone is sovereign and rules forever—and He will use even the grievous effects of sin to accomplish His purposes. God loves His own too much not to discipline us, and yet He is faithful to suffer alongside us, cleansing us, healing us, and grieving with us as He crafts us into useful vessels for His glory. The corrective and purifying discipline of God is one of the most significant demonstrations of His unfailing mercy, perhaps overshadowed only by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

A tremendous accomplishment. It is at once a verse-by-verse commentary, a rich devotional treasury, and a very capable biblical counselor's guide.

—Lance Quinn, Pastor Teacher, The Bible Church of Little Rock

Authors Kress and Tautges have brought this small prophecy to life for us, pulling it out of the shadows of neglect and drawing us irresistibly to its timeless lessons.

—Irv Busenitz, Vice President of Administration and Professor of Bible Exposition and Old Testament, The Master's Seminary

Eric Kress graduated from The Master's Seminary an currently pastors Grace Community Bible Church in Texas.

Paul Tautges is a certified biblical counselor with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors and International Association of Biblical Counselors. In addition, he pastors Immanuel Bible Church and has written several books, including Counsel One Another and Counsel Your Flock. He and his wife have ten children.

Expository Listening

  • Author: Ken Ramey
  • Publisher: Kress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 144

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“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”—James 1:22 In many people’s mind, if they don’t get anything out of the sermon, it’s the preacher’s fault. But that’s only half true. The Bible teaches that listeners must partner with the preacher so that the Word of God accomplishes its intended purpose of transforming their life. Expository Listening is your handbook on biblical listening. It is designed to equip you not only to understand what true, biblical preaching sounds like, but also how to receive it, and ultimately, what to do about it. You need to know how to look for the Word of God, to love the Word of God, and to live the Word of God. In this way, God and His Word will be honored and glorified through your life.

Ken Ramey's book should be distributed far and wide. It meets a neglected need in the life of the church. I highly recommend it to every preacher, who would do himself and his congregation a huge favor by making it available. Get it today!

—Jay Adams, author, Be Careful How You Listen: How to Get the Most Out of a Sermon

As Christians we have high expectations of our pastors as they preach the Word of God. In this book Ken Ramey shows that we ought to have equally high expectations of ourselves. Expository preaching demands expository listening. If you struggle to listen, prayerfully read this book and heed its lessons.

—Tim Challies, blogger, author, www.discerningreader.com, Ontario, Canada

Ken Ramey received his M. Div. and his D. Min. in Expository Preaching at The Master's Seminary. He currently pastors Lakeside Bible Church in Montgomery, Texas.

The Pastoral Epistles for Pastors

  • Author: John Kitchen
  • Publisher: Kress
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 624

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This 624-page work is an exegetical and expositional commentary on the Pastoral Epistles. The beginning pastor and the seasoned minister will be better equipped and encouraged to shepherd the flock of God. The Appendices are of extraordinary value to the expositor. They include exegetical and expositional outlines, an annotated bibliography, and a topical index to ministry maxims found in the pastorals.

This is an excellent conservative commentary that aids pastors and counselors who preach and teach the Scriptures to church members and others. It is designed to coach the reader into digging deeper by asking and answering pointed questions that apply to one's spiritual life. The appendices are a treasure that proves to be eminently helpful.

—Simon J. Kistemaker, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

I heartily welcome and endorse this encyclopedic study of Paul's Pastoral Epistles. For years we have had Eugene Stock's Practical Truths from the Pastoral Epistles and W. Edward Chadwick's The Pastoral Teaching of St. Paul: His Ministerial Ideals, but this volume goes beyond them in exposition and application. The beginning pastor and the seasoned minister will both discover in these pages enlightenment, encouragement, and a new sense of wonder and privilege of being a servant of God. You can live in this book for the rest of your life and have a more fruitful and rewarding ministry!

—Warren W. Wiersbe, Former Pastor, Moody Church

Dr. Kitchen is an honest exegete and faithful expositor of both the Greek and English texts of the Word of God. His application sections are encouraging and challenging as well. Recommended for pastors and serious students of the Word.

—Robert Gromacki, Distinguished Professor of Bible and Greek, Cedarville University

The Pastoral Epistles for Pastors provides an even and thorough treatment of Paul's Pastoral Epistles from a conservative viewpoint. The appendices deserve special note due to their extraordinary value to the expositor... This volume should be on every preacher's bookshelf.

—Richard Mayhue, Dean and Senior Vice President, The Master's Seminary

John Kitchen is the pastor of Stow Alliance Fellowship and has been in pastoral ministry since 1987. He holds degrees from Crown College (BA), Columbia Biblical Seminary (MDiv) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (DMin). John as authored five previous books, including Proverbs: A Mentor Commentary.

The Stone and the Glory

  • Author: Greg Harris
  • Publisher: Kress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 214

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In The Stone and the Glory, Greg Harris takes his readers on a profound journey through the Scriptures as they explore the glorious realities of the stone prophecies. The journey begins with Abraham on his way to Canaan; it continues with the Israelites wandering toward the Promised Land; it includes the glorious Temple, as well as the life of Christ in the days before His passion; it chronicles the stone prophecies in the book of Acts; and it culminates with Messiah's return in glory. Along the way, readers will joyfully find themselves identifying with the biblical characters, pondering how they would have responded if they themselves were living in Bible times.

Greg Harris (M.Div., Th.M., Talbot Theological Seminary; Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of Bible exposition at The Master’s Seminary and international faculty at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has formerly served as associate professor of Bible exposition at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and professor of Bible exposition at Washington Bible College.

The Book of James—A New Perspective

  • Author: William Varner
  • Publisher: Kress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 240

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The book of James has often been described as the Proverbs of the New Testament—meaning wisdom that is only loosely organized, without a strict linguistic structure. Varner's work reveals that James did indeed intend his message to be understood as a unified whole, rather than merely loosely connected thoughts.

Commentaries that deal explicitly with the Greek text of the New Testament are not common. Those that move beyond word studies and basic grammar are even less common. Professor Varner does what is rare: He treats lexical semantics, grammar, and syntax at both the sentence and discourse levels. Applying the nascent discipline of discourse analysis, this volume provides a careful and helpful study of the message of James that exhibits “trust in the text” to accurately communicate James’—and God’s—message to the church.

—Rodney Decker, professor of New Testament, Baptist Bible Seminary

Will Varner has written an excellent volume that both introduces discourse analysis and provides useful and meaningful commentary on the book of James. He rightly shows that discourse analysis is not a thing to be feared, but rather something of direct benefit to exegetes and practitioners. Varner’s introduction provides a concise and helpful articulation of his method of discourse analysis, and his analysis itself is grounded in the text throughout. I highly recommend this commentary as an exemplification of what the future of commentary writing can and should look like.

—Stanley E. Porter, president and dean, professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College

You’ve no doubt heard that the three most important things about real estate are: location, location, location. Likewise, the three most important things about biblical interpretation are: context, context, context. There are great dangers in trying to make sense of a whole sentence by a word or two, or a book by only one paragraph. Will Varner has done pioneer work in this unique commentary on James with this perspective in full focus. This volume explains the whole in view of the parts, and the parts in view of the whole. No other commentary has helped me more for understanding and preaching the book of James than this linguistic commentary. It is simply outstanding!

—Rick Holland, executive pastor, Grace Community Church, director of DMin studies, The Master's Seminary

William Varner has done an outstanding job of taking complex ideas and presenting them in an accessible and very readable fashion. His unique commentary on James not only provides much insight into the text, but will also serve as a valuable resource for helping students of Greek take their language skills to the next level.

—Martin Culy, associate professor of New Testament, Briercrest College and Seminary

The field of ‘Jacobean’ studies has been enriched by this innovative and provocative work. The author’s discourse analysis approach sets him apart from the traditional commentaries on James. Yet he is dedicated to a methodology grounded in the grammatical realities of the text that enables an individual to ‘hear’ the message of James. Readers will find this a perceptive and challenging commentary filled with rich exegetical insights and informed discussions on the theme, unity, structure, and intertextuality of James. Varner recognizes the value of knowing a biblical author’s literary style in solving exegetical and textual problems. Students and scholars of James will accrue rich dividends by investing in the reading of this thought-provoking, well written, and linguistically informed commentary.

—Dr. Paul W. Felix, associate professor of New Testament, The Master’s Seminary

Will Varner’s commentary breaks new ground with a discourse analysis of the epistle of James. Varner tills the soil with innovative linguistic, syntactical, semantic, and rhetorical investigations. He also employs cutting edge work in the field, including verbal aspect theory, speech-act theory, and comparative studies of wisdom literature. The reader will reap a new understanding of the structural “big picture” of the epistle, rooted in cogent discussions of syntactical cohesion, semantic chaining, linguistic prominence, and discourse peaking. The careful cultivation of the text yields a rich harvest of original insights.

—Paul Hartog, associate professor, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary

William Varner is professor of Bible and Greek and director of the Israel Study Program (IBEX) at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, California. He also pastors the Sojourners Fellowship at Grace Community Church.

Product Details

  • Title: Kress Biblical Studies Upgrade Collection
  • Publisher: Kress
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,430