Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter
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Publication Date: 2009
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Easter readings that encourage thoughtful contemplation of the cross and deepen people's experience of the resurrection, collected from the writings and sermons of 25 classic and contemporary theologians and Bible teachers.
Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at conferences around the country. She and her husband, David, are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 8,500 churches nationwide and they also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is the author of numerous books including Holding on to Hope, Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and the five-book Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series.
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Dont Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?
TIMOTHY KELLER is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God.
JONATHAN EDWARDS (17031758) was a pastor, theologian, and missionary. He is generally considered the greatest American theologian. A prolific writer, Edwards is known for his many sermons, including "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", and his classic Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Edwards was appointed president of the College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) shortly before his death.
Known as the "theologian's theologian," JOHN OWEN (16161683) was vice chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Among the most learned and active of the Puritans in seventeenth-century Europe, he was an erudite and accomplished theologian both in doctrine and practical theology.
STEPHEN F. OLFORD is both founder of and senior lecturer at the Stephen Olford Center for Biblical Preaching in Memphis, Tennessee. Formerly the minister of New York City's famed Calvary Baptist Church, he has authored numerous books and is a regular contributor to leading Christian periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic.
Skip Ryan is Senior Minister of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas and has served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. Skip is also an instructor for the Japanese Institute for Church Growth in Tokyo. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Westminster Theological Seminary.
MARTIN LUTHER (14831546) was professor of Bible at Wittenberg University, and this exposition of Galatians came out of his classroom. Undoubtedly the most powerful discussion of justification by faith prepared by any of the Reformers, this commentary on Galatians has had a profound impact on many through the centuries, including both John and Charles Wesley.
The late Adrian Rogers was the pastor of the 27,000-member Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis. He served three times as President of the Southern Baptist Convention and wrote many books. He also reached many people through his television and radio ministry, "Love Worth Finding."
Philip Graham Ryken (PhD, University of Oxford) is the 8th president of Wheaton College and, prior to that, served as senior minister at Philadelphias historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited over 30 books, including the popular title Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and has lectured and taught at universities and seminaries worldwide. Dr. Ryken and his wife, Lisa, live in Wheaton and have five children.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.
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.
C. J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology; Don't Waste Your Sports; and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.
CHARLES H. SPURGEON (18341892) was an English Baptist pastor at New Park Street Chapel, London (which later became the Metropolitan Tabernacle), for thirty-eight years. As the nineteenth century's most prolific preacher and writer, his ministry legacy continues today.
J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.
JOHN CALVIN (15091564) was perhaps the preeminent theologian of the Reformation. Known best for his Institutes of the Christian Religion, he also wrote landmark expositions on most of the books in the Bible.
Alistair Begg served two churches in his native Scotland before answering the call in 1983 to become senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, OH. A graduate of the London School of Theology, he has written several books and is heard daily on the national radio program Truth For Life.
John MacArthur has served as the pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. He is known for his verse-by-verse expository preaching, and his pulpit ministry has extended around the world via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of The Masters College and Seminary, a four-year liberal arts Christian college. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. is the pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including the Preaching the Word commentary on Isaiah, as well as a contributor to the ESV Study Bible. He and his wife Jan have four children.
Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Schaeffer passed away in 1984, but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.
J. C. RYLE (18161900) was a prominent writer, preacher, and Anglican clergyman in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of the classic Expository Thoughts on the Gospels and retired as the bishop of Liverpool.
JAMES MONTGOMERY BOICE was senior minister of the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia for thirty years and a leading spokesman for the Reformed faith until his death in June 2000.
R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.
R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives on the West Coast with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.
Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, which ministers to thousands of disabled people and their families through programs of practical encouragement and spiritual help. She is also an artist and the author of numerous best-selling books such as Joni; Heaven: Your Real Home; and When God Weeps.
The first few chapters contain theologically heavy material. It starts, for example, with True Contemplation of the Cross by Martin Luther. (Later chapters are easier to understand.) Reading this first excerpt may discourage someone from reading further, but if a person is searching for in-depth insight on this subject as presented in short segments, then this book is worthwhile. Admittedly, some opinions or biblical interpretations may differ from what a person has been taught previously or studied personally.
Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross is organized by events of the passion through the resurrection, but each chapter can be separated and studied on its own. Each essay starts with its own Scripture quote. Each author has a little bit different focus or perspective on the same subject, as each takes Scripture and interprets it within context. I like that it is convenient to read one short essay in one session and that it has several blank pages at the end for note taking.
This is a book to be re-read and pondered. It invites interaction. It is a reference book that would lend itself to a Bible study group. As I read it, it felt like it was a spiritual workout, focusing on different aspects of the events, showcasing some and ignoring others, and discussing/interpreting different Scripture passage accounts. Each chapter challenges the readers beliefs, depending on ones religious background.
I have to be honest I initially did not want to read this book. I thought it would be dry with a lot of heavy analysis. And, yes, some of it is; however, taken as a whole, it is a good book to have on hand for reflection.
I would recommend this book for people in study groups and for individuals who enjoy contemplation and research. It would make any season better, but is especially appropriate during the Easter season when we tend to devote more time to grow in Gods understanding of this historical time. I would read it early on to allow time for contemplating and study/discussion. This is an excellent, thought-provoking collection. Wanda Sobota, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross is an anthology of Lenten readings collected from the works and sermons of 25 trusted teachers. This collection draws from classic theologians such as Luther, Owens, and Edwards and from leading contemporary communicators such as John Piper, Tim Keller, and J.I. Packer to help readers enter into the wonder of Jesus sacrifice and the power of his resurrection.
Guthrie integrates the best pieces by authors and pastors who hold a high view of Scripture and who expound on aspects of the Easter story using appropriate passages. Through this compilation, Guthrie aims to provide a collection of solid Scripture readings that will challenge the mind, shape the theology, and change the heart in hopes that readers may linger at the cross during the Lenten season and stay near it throughout the year. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross is sure to awaken your heart to a rich and profound experience of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ every year.
Enter into Christ's Passion and experience the power of his resurrection all year long! Pairing Scripture with the works of classic and modern theologians and teachers, Guthrie's anthology is rich with spiritual wisdom. Open your heart to the wonder of Christ's sacrifice as you read the words of Augustine, Joni Eareckson Tada, John MacArthur, and others.
LouiseNCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5jesus keep me near the crossApril 22, 2015LouiseNCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5wonderful book to prepare the my heart for Passion Week
Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Live in Light of the Cross All Year LongMay 16, 2011Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: maleAs we approach Easter, Christians everywhere remember Christ's sufferings on the old, rugged cross and the triumph of his resurrection. Indeed, the symbol of the cross is one of the few near universal Christian symbols. Protestants, Catholics and those who view themselves as neither, still cling to the cross. The gospel depends on it, Jesus' earthly life is shaped by it, the Four Gospels almost speak of nothing else. Salvation depends on it, and sanctification is fed by it. And with Paul, we all should seek to boast in nothing but the cross or our Lord Jesus Christ.
For this reason I was thrilled at the opportunity to review a book like Nancy Guthrie's "Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter" (Crossway). I assumed it would be a good read since it is a compilation of several prominent church leaders, contemporary (Tim Keller, John Piper, Ligon Duncan, Phil Ryken and John MacArthur) and from years past (Augustine, Luther, Calvin, J.C. Ryle and Charles Spurgeon). Yet, the book excelled far beyond my expectations, high though they were.
Nancy Guthrie did a phenomenal editing job in piecing together various meditations on the Cross into a wonderfully unified book. And the selections she chose were truly the best of the best that these authors had to offer. Finding each of these was an amazing accomplishment in its own right.
Here's a small sampling of the topics covered in this small volume. Martin Luther challenges us to find a proper view of self in light of the Cross. Alistair Begg ponders the innocent Christ being crushed by God. C.J. Mahaney unpacks the weightiness of the cup that Jesus chose to drink completely for us. R. Kent Hughes shows the Biblical theological background to the symbolism inherent in Jesus' betrayal in the garden at Gethsemane. Spurgeon marvels that the Lord of the Universe allowed sinners to spit in his face, and he chillingly shows that we too have tragically spit in his face. J.C. Ryle wants us to find ourself in the Sufferings of Christ. Martyn Lloyd-Jones focuses on Christ's destruction of the Devil. John Calvin points out the connection between the Passover Lamb and Christ as shown in the blood and water flowing from his side. Jonathan Edwards shows Christ's sacrifice as not merely satisfying God's wrath, but accruing merit in that it was a sweet smelling, acceptable offering to God. Tim Keller explains how resurrection power should transform our lives.
In all of this, our focus should not be on the human authors Nancy compiles. Rather each are gifted with the ability and graced with the desire to show forth Christ in all His beauty and glory. And such a feast, an extended meditation on our Savior, Jesus Christ, is appropriate not merely for Easter and Passion Week, but all the year, and all the days of our life, long.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of this fantastic book, start it this Easter and let the message of the Cross grip your heart in the weeks following. This will surely be a devotional book I'll pick up again and again.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by Crossway Books for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
LoriAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5April 14, 2009LoriAge: 35-44Gender: femaleThis book will become a classic, one you will turn to again and again. Nancy Guthrie has compiled a collection of writings from various authors like John Piper, Timothy Keller, John Own, C.J. Mahaney, Charles Spurgeon and many more. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross leads the reader to experience Christs passion and sacrifice.As Christians Nancy Guthrie states we need to truly gaze upon the cross of Christ in all of its ugliness and beauty, in its death and in its healing, in the painful price paid there and in its free gift of grace. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross is the perfect book to read before Easter.Each passage is approximately 3 pages long, making it a perfect addition to your quiet time.
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