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Are you a non-native English speaker who plans to study theology in English at an advanced level?
With thirty lessons covering the major genres of theology (apologetics, biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, and practical theology), Theological English invites you to develop your English skills while actively putting them to use.
- Build your skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing English
- Reinforce your skills through relevant tasks and activities
- Explore answers to important biblical and theological questions
Drawing on the latest language-acquisition research, Theological English provides practical and effective activities in a Reformed theological context. Shaped and validated by student feedback over years of use, it is a sure guide to a complex subject—and one that will take you far in your studies.Endorsements
“This book is much needed.”
“This book both helps to pioneer a field where few resources currently exist and sets a very high standard for other future efforts.”
—Will Bankston, Editor, Thinking Theologically about Language Teaching
“A compelling introduction to theology that effectively builds the reader’s mastery of the English language. Though marvelously useful for non-native English speakers, any budding student of theology will profit significantly from the language skills absorbed along this reverent theological pilgrimage.”
—David B. Garner, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
“Students of theology around the world will benefit from access to this volume, which brings language and content together in ways that help students navigate the linguistic challenges of theological works and provides an introduction to a range of topics.”
—Cheri Pierson, Associate Professor of TESOL Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College Graduate School
The award-winning author of Struck Down but Not Destroyed returns to show us the power of giving. Giving has power not because being generous is "good," but because God changes the world through giving. God so loved the world that he gave. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have a giving circle, and they've invited us into it. The more we give, the more we resemble the God who is always giving himself to us. Giving our time, our attention, our resources to others is what life is all about. In this book, you'll learn why and how. You'll be transformed into someone who finds joy in giving, and thus who finds joy in the very nature of God. The Book of Giving is an antidote for the selfishness that tears our world apart. God is restoring all things. And he's doing it through giving. Come and be a part of it all.
Vern Poythress, one of today’s leading Reformed theologians, has made many vital contributions to evangelical scholarship— particularly a vision to glorify Christ as Lord over all areas of human life in order to redeem all realms of human thought.
In honor of his many years of faithful thinking and writing, twenty evangelical scholars have come together to produce a set of essays on topics of importance throughout his ministry: biblical exegesis, the doctrine of the Trinity, worldview, history, and ethics.
A revolutionary approach to anxiety! A 12-year anxiety veteran offers wisdom, encouragement, and resources for anxious Christians.
Do you struggle with anxiety or know someone who does? Award-winning Christian author Pierce Taylor Hibbs shows that we've been approaching our anxiety the wrong way. It's not a terror to avoid but a tool in God's hands. The author draws on his own experience in living with an anxiety disorder for over 12 years to present descriptions, theological discussion, and concrete resources for fellow anxiety sufferers. In Struck Down but Not Destroyed, you will learn how to . . .
- Be confident in the spiritual purpose for your anxiety and suffering;
- Inspect your own habits and behaviors in light of Scripture;
- Accept your anxiety as a spiritual tool in the hands of God.
It's time for us to focus on the spiritual purposes God has for our anxiety. It's time for us to revel in the amazing truth that the best part of being struck down is realizing that we will never be destroyed, not with God on our side.
What Readers Are Saying
- "I just read the introduction and was blown away."
- "This is a must read for those who deal with anxiety themselves, those who have someone they love who suffer with anxiety or for those in ministry. This book gives hope."
- "Whether you are worried, weary, or whittled down, Hibbs shows the reader how God stewards your anxiety for His glory and your good."
- "I am constantly amazed at how this theologian is able to make me understand our relationship with God in new and fresh ways."
- "If you struggle with anxiety or know someone who does, please read this book. I foresee, as a pastor, sharing this book with those I counsel and reading it as a prayer prompt to pray for those who do struggle in this area."
As you navigate the rapids of life, here are 15 stepping stones to keep your heart above water.
The author of the groundbreaking book Struck Down but Not Destroyed: Living Faithfully with Anxiety returns in the first of this series of devotionals to inspire hope and deliver healing. Fifteen biblical meditations lead readers from panic to peace by drawing them into the presence of God. If you want to read words that shape your heart and bring you solace, you can't afford to miss this. Start reading and and watch your anxious soul settle into divine truth.
What Readers Are Saying?
- "Adversity is something we are all, globally, facing right now, and this author's words help us see how God is working through it to feed us, grow us, and reveal his presence to us."
- "The saints of old saw whatever their lot in life to be Providence's way to mold you into the image of Christ. Hibbs does this with a modern use of language and a poetic flare that inspires you to breath deeply the fresh air he offers."
- "Whether the issue is a struggle against common garden-variety uneasiness, a battle against lung-crushing anxiety, or anything in between, these meditations help the reader to draw nearer to Christ and find peace in the midst of the storm."
- "15 Devotional chapters, that although are short, are FULL of treasures that will last long into your life."
- "This book is a much needed reminder that God WILL ultimately use anxiety for your good. An incredibly important reminder each day, but maybe more so in current times of added anxiety."
- "Read this, especially if you need something honest but not overly complicated, to help you through restless seasons."
We all go through hard things. Do we miss the most important truth in the midst of them? In this book, the author argues that we usually do. Hard things are shaping things. In the difficult experiences we face, we can find the voice of a God who gave himself to hard things so that he could be with us in ours. We can always find hope in our hard things because we know that God will shape us through them in profound ways. In fact, hard things shape us in ways easy things can't. Join award-winning Christian writer Pierce Taylor Hibbs (author of Struck Down but Not Destroyed and Finding God in the Ordinary) as he walks through his father's early death, his anxiety disorder, and his struggles with self-doubt, showing how God shapes us in powerful ways through our hardest things. If you've been walking through hard things, you won't want to miss this powerful testament to the God who gives himself to us.
- “We have come to expect the highest standards of Christian orthodoxy argued with remarkable clarity from Pierce Hibbs. Increasingly, though, his passion
about facing the tough parts of life with ultimate confidence bring a dimension with them impossible to fabricate. They come to us with unusual honesty. I don’t believe I know of any writings quite like his. Pastoral, practical and profoundly biblical, every Christian will be rewarded by these journeys into suffering and grace.” – William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary
- “Hibbs’s writing—clear, crisp, and passionate—makes for an easy read. And yet behind that simplicity is a depth that comes from someone who has been in a ‘fellowship of Jesus’s suffering.’ When you meet a fellow traveler, like Pierce Taylor Hibbs, that has been through the valley of shadow of death, you want to sit down and listen. Hibbs will give you hope in the midst of your hard things.” – Paul E. Miller, best-selling author of A Praying Life and J-Curve
- “There is redemptive beauty and meaning in the brokenness of this world. In the hard things, the really hard things, God speaks to us, and Pierce gives us the ears to hear.” – Roger Lowther, author of The Broken Leaf
- “This is a case for suffering we need to consider. In his latest work, Finding Hope in Hard Things, Pierce Taylor Hibbs tackles the challenging reality of hardship in our lives. With biblical clarity and engaging experience, Hibbs writes winsomely about the positive side of suffering, while including personal pains, and how God shapes us by His grace—at times calling us to rejoice. Read this book and you will not only be encouraged and comforted, you will see and know the steadfast character of the One who stands with you in the hard things..” – Nathaniel Schill, Founder of Shepherd Apologetics
- Just like Pierce Taylor Hibbs's other books, this read was so encouraging and helpful as I navigate through the trials and struggles in my life. Pierce uses life experiences and scripture to reveal how God uses our struggles to draw is closer to His side.
"Hibbs has given us an excellent book to present in accessible form the biblical basis for the centrality of language in God's communion with us, in God's creation and providence, and in human living. The book combines biblical exposition, practical examples, and clear, winsome writing. There is nothing like it on the subject of language!"
--Vern S. Poythress, author, In the Beginning Was the Word: Language--A God-Centered Approach
"The last century has witnessed a major preoccupation with language among philosophers. Theologians, too, have tried often to understand the language of God--his word. . . . Hibbs stresses the centrality of language to reality and to human life, and he persuasively expounds his view that language is communion behavior. This thesis has huge importance, and therefore I hope that the book finds many readers."
--John M. Frame, author, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief
"What a bracing theology Pierce Taylor Hibbs has given those of us who have been called to preach the word! Those who read and meditate on The Speaking Trinity and His Worded World will find their knowledge of God and his word expanded and elevated. Preachers will find their hearts on fire to preach God's holy word."
--R. Kent Hughes, author, Disciplines of a Godly Man
"This extraordinary book brings together themes from linguistics, biblical theology, and apologetics, arguing that human language derives from the communion behavior of the divine Trinity. . . . No one is more qualified to accomplish this task than Pierce Hibbs. His years of experience both as a theologian and a language instructor bear fruit in this profoundly edifying study. Accessible to the specialist and the non-specialist alike, the book bristles with insights. It has the makings of a classic."
--William Edgar, author, Created and Creating
"In a post-postmodern age that despairs of language, meaning, and truth, Pierce Hibbs's reminder that language--communicative and expressive behavior--is ultimately rooted in the triune God comes as a welcome Christian relief. Of particular importance is the claim that language is always personal and covenantal, oriented to communion, and that God is a speaking, communicative being. Anyone interested in God and language will profit from this book."
--Kevin J. Vanhoozer, author, Is There a Meaning in This Text?
Pierce Taylor Hibbs serves as the Associate Director of the Theological English department at Westminster Theological Seminary.
Longtime CCEF faculty member, Winston Smith, recently completed a chaplaincy internship at a local hospital. His article “Hospital Visitation: Become a Companion in the Wilderness” is one of the fruits of that experience. Numerous conversations with patients and their families shaped his thoughts about how to speak helpfully to people who suddenly find themselves in a difficult and often frightening situation.
In “The Dreaded S-Word: Submission and Our Proud Hearts,” Robyn Huck dispels a common misconception about the biblical doctrine of submission. Submission is not primarily about marriage or gender, but about how we relate to God. And our essential submission—whether we are male or female, whether married or single—is a basic and comprehensive aspect of what it means to be a Christian.
We have all experienced the stirrings of anxiety, and many of us have experienced full-fledged panic.This essay from Pierce Hibbs reminds us that no matter how alone we feel, no matter how dangerous the world seems, we are always surrounded by the creation that expresses the personal presence of God. “Panic and the Personal God” will give you new ways to find comfort when panic assails you or someone you are seeking to help.
This article is centered on the reality that humans are embodied souls. The body is never described in Scripture in moral terms; instead, it is either strong or weak. Its weaknesses can make our lives complicated, difficult and painful, but we can spiritually grow even when the body is compromised. In “Spiritual Growth in the Face of Psychiatric Disorders,” Ed Welch shows what growth in Christ looks like for three people with serious troubles that include a physically-based weakness.
Logotherapy was born out of Viktor Frankl’s experience in a World War II concentration camp. It has interesting touch points with Christian faith, because it is neither a pragmatic strategy to alleviate unpleasant symptoms, nor an exploration of personal history to find answers to personal problems. Instead, the goal of logotherapy is to help people find meaning in their lives amid life’s great difficulties. It continues to resonate with people in times of suffering, including talkshow host Jimmy Fallon. In “Man’s Search for Meaning: Viktor Frankl’s Psychotherapy,” Kris Hemphill weighs logotherapy’s strengths and weaknesses in light of biblical faith.
Our Counselor’s Toolbox features a new “More Than a Proof Text” article by Todd Stryd titled “When inner voices condemn, Chist speaks a better word.” Using Hebrews 12:24, Stryd shares how he uses this verse to help someone who, like all of us at different points, hears the accusing and condemning voice of sin. He explains what it means that Jesus’ blood speaks “a better word” about who we are.
Our issue closes with Wesley Tubel’s book review of Bonhoeffer’s Seminary Vision: A Case for Costly Discipleship and Life Together by Paul R. House. How are people best prepared for a life in ministry to others? Drawing from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s major works, House persuasively argues for several changes in seminary training that emphasize the role of face-to-face community and discipleship. Tubel agrees with the vision, but offers an alternate view on the constructive role that distance education can play.