Why Did Jesus Live a Perfect Life? The Necessity of Christ’s Obedience for Our Salvation

Brandon D. Crowe (Baker Academic)

Scripture portrays Christ as the Second Adam, whose unblemished record of righteousness undoes the curse introduced through the transgressions of the first. In Why Did Jesus Live a Perfect Life?, Westminster Theological Seminary New Testament professor Brandon Crowe demonstrates that Christ’s sinlessness, far from being a peripheral consideration, stands at the very center of the Bible’s narrative of redemption. “If we downplay or dispense with the idea that perfect obedience is necessary for salvation,” he writes, “we’ll miss one of the key emphases of the New Testament, and thus the necessity and much of the beauty of Christ’s work on our behalf.”

Finding My Father: How the Gospel Heals the Pain of Fatherlessness

Blair Linne (The Good Book Company)

Blair Linne lived a nomadic and often troubled childhood under the care of a devoted mother who struggled to shoulder the parenting load by herself. “My dad’s absence was the cloud that was always hovering in my sky,” she writes in Finding My Father, “sometimes just on the horizon, sometimes blocking the sun, and at other times encompassing me like a fog, blocking me from seeing even an arm’s length in front of me.” Linne—a spoken-word artist, Bible teacher, and wife to Christian hip-hop artist Shai Linne—articulates both the pain of fatherlessness and the joy of discovering her heavenly Father’s boundless love.

A History of Evangelism in North America

Edited by Thomas P. Johnston (Kregel Academic)

You can’t tell the story of evangelicalism in North America without telling the story of the evangelists who labored to spread the gospel there. This volume covers that story from various angles, gathering contributions from a collection of historians, biographers, and other scholars of evangelism. The chapters, running from the American Colonial period down to the present day, feature household names (David Brainerd, Francis Asbury, Bill Bright), shed light on some lesser-known figures (J. Wilbur Chapman, John Mason Peck, Shadrach Meshach Lockridge), and analyze the most consequential evangelistic methods, trends, events, and organizations.

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