Books & Articles

Books authored by or contributed to by Criswell professors:

Heaven On Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God In the Here and Now

Heaven On Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God In the Here and Now is popularly written and aimed at an audience of informed laypeople, theological students, and pastors. In it, I present the Kingdom of God as the grand narrative of the Bible (from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22) and cover a variety of subjects, including the eschatological giving of the Holy Spirit, baptism as a pledge of allegiance to King Jesus, kingdom ethics, hearing the voice of God, biblical healings and exorcisms as enacted prophecies/parables of the kingdom, non-violent resistance to evil, American flags in the pulpit, the church as an embassy of the kingdom, the Lords Supper as a proleptic kingdom meal, and what it means to be a kingdom-focused church. ~ Dr. Alan Streett

The Effective Invitation: A Practical Guide for the Pastor

Dr. R. Alan Streett provides practical and biblical models to revitalize the altar call in this expanded 2nd edition of The Effective Invitation. Dr. Streett traces the historical practice of the public invitation from the New Testament to contemporary preachers and evangelists. Various models and principles for effective invitations are provided and can be adapted to many different ministry styles.Included are:

* New! Illustrations and biblical references on repentance and faith * New! An examination of objections to the invitation * Guidelines for reaching children and teens * Suggestions for using music with invitations * Contemporary invitation models

This unique resource will help pastors, evangelists, and Bible teachers clearly and effectively invite others to follow Christ. ~from

The New Guidebook for Pastors

The New Guidebook for Pastorsis written in the tradition of classics like Criswells Guidebook for Pastors. But since most pastoral guidebooks available today date back to 1980 or earlier, this new resource by Mac Brunson and James W. Bryant will offer fresh experience-based encouragement to all pastors in their pursuit of excellence and development in their God-called profession.

Among the twenty chapters are The Pastor and His Call, The Pastor and His Family, The Pastor and His Staff, The Pastor and Worship, The Pastor and Finances, The Pastor, Wedding, and Funerals, The Pastor, Politics, and Moral Issues, and The Pastor and His Denomination. ~ from

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain: Uncover the Hidden Potential in Lifes Most Common Struggles

At one time or another everyone finds themselves questioning, Does God still love me? Is there a purpose for all this pain? Drs. Meier and Henderson teach readers how to face painful struggles head-on in a way that allows them to grow and mature emotionally and spiritually. In this timely book they explore the seven most common life challenges:

  • Injustice
  • Rejection
  • Loneliness
  • Loss
  • Discipline
  • Failure
  • Death

In addition they offer the three reasons we often miss the gifts these challenges can be. This unique approach to an age-old problem will encourage and challenge readers to grow through their struggles instead of wasting energy trying to avoid them altogether. ~ from

The Baptist Faith and Message 2000: Critical Issues in Americas Largest Protestant Denomination

Southern Baptists are the nations largest protestant denomination, with over 43,000 churches and millions of members. Since its inception, controversy has surrounded the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, Southern Baptists most recent confession of faith. The present volume consists of essays by Baptist scholars explaining and defending that document. Each of the 18 articles of the BF&M 2000 is addressed, with special attention to the most critical issues and changes from the denominations 1963 confession. Also included is an appendix comprising the full text of all three Baptist Faith and Message statements from the 20th century (1925, 1963, and 2000), in side-by-side columns for easy reference and comparison. Contributors include Al Mohler, Paige Patterson, Tom Nettles, Dorothy Patterson, E. David Cook, and C. Ben Mitchell, with a foreword by Susie Hawkins. Brief yet comprehensive, detailed yet accessible to the non-specialist, this volume is a must read for Southern Baptist professors and students, staff and church members, and anyone interested in one of the most powerful religious forces in America.

The Beauty of the Faith: Using Aesthetics for Christian Apologetics

Nearly everyone finds beauty compelling, so Christian apologists should devise ways to present an aesthetic Christian apologetic. Nearly all apologists admit that the beauty of a life well lived and the beauty of the Christian community (along with the use of media and arts) are not only helpful for apologetics but essential in a postmodern culture. In fact, it is frustrating to see how many apologists mention the need for such an approach but go on devoting most of their energies to traditional approaches. This book is different. It clearly shows the pros and cons of traditional approaches and offers a fresh perspective as well, arguing the beauty is the most compelling apologetic. ~ from the back cover.


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