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Cross and Christian Ministry, The: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians [Paperback]

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First published by Baker Books in 1993, this volume presents a comprehensive view of what the death of Christ means in preaching and pastoring God's people. It sets forth workable principles for dynamic, cross-centered leadership.

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First published by Baker Books in 1993, The Cross and Christian Ministry presents a comprehensive view of what the death of Christ means in preaching and pastoring God's people. It sets forth workable principles for dynamic, cross-centered leadership. Now available in paperback.

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Studio: Baker Books
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2004
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0801091683  
ISBN13  9780801091681  

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D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

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.

Thabiti M. Anyabwile (MS, North Carolina State University) serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, and is the author of numerous books. He serves as a council member of the Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at The Front Porch and Pure Church. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

Mike Bullmore (PhD, Northwestern University) serves as the senior pastor of Crossway Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin. He was formerly professor of homiletics/practical theology and department chair at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Mike lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with his wife, Beverly. They have three children.

Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Peoria, Illinois. He is also the host of a daily half-hour radio Bible teaching program, Unlimited Grace, and the founder and chairman of Unlimited Grace Media ( Bryan previously served as the president of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and is the author of a number of books, including Holiness by Grace.

ANDREW M. DAVIS (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Durham, NC. In addition to his PhD, he also holds an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He served as a church planter in Japan from 1994 to 1998.

Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan. He serves as a council member at the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. He serves as Chancellor's Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and is a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including Just Do Something, Crazy Busy, and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.

Ligon Duncan (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the chancellor & CEO and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served as the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, for seventeen years. He is a cofounder of Together for the Gospel, a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and was the president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan has edited, written, or contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children and live in Jackson, Mississippi.

Richard D. Phillips (DD, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He chairs the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology and coedits the Reformed Expository Commentary. He is also a chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, a council member of the Gospel Coalition, and a trustee of Westminster Theological Seminary.

Philip Graham Ryken (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the eighth president of Wheaton College. Formerly, he served as senior minister of Philadelphia's historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited more than 40 books, including the popular title Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and has lectured and preached at universities and seminaries worldwide.

Tim Savage (PhD, University of Cambridge; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) has been senior pastor of Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona, since 1988. Tim and his wife have two adult sons.

COLIN S. SMITH is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, IL, where he has been since 1996. He is the author of The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life and can be heard on his Unlocking the Bible broadcast with Moody radio.

Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas at Dallas) has spent more than four decades in ministry as a pastor, professor, and author. He is currently the senior pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was previously a visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College from 2000 to 2004. He is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries and blogs regularly at

Stephen Um (PhD, University of St. Andrews) serves as the senior minister of Citylife Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He also serves as a council member for the Gospel Coalition. Stephen lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife, Kathleen, and their three daughters.

Sanders (Sandy) L. Willson (DD, Crichton College) has been the senior minister at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee since 1995. Sandy is a cofounder of the Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies as well as a cofounder and chair of the Nexus leadership mentoring program. He also serves on the boards of the Gospel Coalition, World Relief, Union University, and Reformed Theological Seminary. Sandy and his wife, Allison, have five children and ten grandchildren.

D. A. Carson currently resides in Deerfield, in the state of Illinois. D. A. Carson was born in 1959.

D. A. Carson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 9Marks
  2. Bible Savvy
  3. Expositor's Bible Commentary (Paperback)
  4. Gospel Coalition
  5. Gospel Coalition Booklets
  6. Justification and Variegated Nomism
  7. Pillar New Testament Commentary
  8. Re: Lit Books
  9. Theology in Community

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Reviews - What do customers think about Cross and Christian Ministry, The: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians?

A solid book for leaders  Feb 24, 2007
D. A. Carson has done an excellent job exegeting 1 Corinthians in The Cross and Christian Ministry. He has also addressed many false, or just slightly off-base doctrines with it as well. It is not an exceptionally hard read, though I would certainly not suggest this to a new Christian, mainly because there is an assumption of basic biblical doctrinal exposure. This might be more confusing than it's worth to someone who hasn't done a minimal amount of doctrinal and scriptural study.

Overall, he draws out several incredible points and definitely opens one's eyes to the many situations Paul was dealing with, as well as the overall context of what was going on in the Corinthian church that Paul was addressing when he wrote 1 Corinthians.

Of course, if you do not hold to Pauline authorship or any acknowledgement of the authority of Scripture, I wouldn't recommend this book to you (see the second chapter). But if you are involved in Christian ministry at any level, this book will greatly contribute to your doctrinal and theological development as a leader.
What Does It Mean To Serve The Resurrected King?  May 28, 2006
Professor Carson like many so-called evangelical Bible-believing theologians in the USA is misguided in their approach to the New Testament. They completely ignore the reality of Christ the King who is resurrected from the dead and sits on the right side of God the Father (Jesus Christ as we know is God the Son). He is no longer the humble servant going to the cross; He is the resurected eschatological Judge who reigns and leads Heavenly armies. The Book of Revelations call Him, the King of Kings and the LORD of Lords. Professor Carson and many so-called Bible-believing Christians want to imprison Jesus Christ in his state of utter rejection and humility and leave Him in the grave. No, Professor Carson. Have you not read the Bible? Jesus Christ is resurrected from the dead -- He has risen! He is King of kings and the LORD of lords!
A needed volume from an able and clear scholar  Sep 4, 2005
I first read two books by Carson in undergrad- Exegetical Fallacies and his Exposition on the Sermon on the Mount taken mostly from his very good commentary on Matthew in the Expositor's Bible Commentary. I have also read a number of his other books, had him for two graduate classes and have profited immensely from his teaching also available from Crossway Media. I have his most recent on the Emerging Church, and it is a fine volume, with a few limitations no doubt, but of the kind of Biblical clarity and conceptual precision I have come to expect from Carson.

This is one of several smaller volumes Carson has written as expositions of parts of NT epistles. He has written one on discipleship form a part of Philippians, and Showing the Spirit is also from 1 Corinthians, but covers chapters 12-14.

This book has become something of a modern classic among certain readerships in the evangelical Reformed tradition, often recommended by people like Mark Dever, C.J. Mehanney, and the like.

This is NOT a normal Christian book on leadership. It is a biblical exposition of 1 Corinthians 1-4, 9 with an eye to Christian leadership as it relates to and is formed by a theology of the Cross. Yet it is a book on Christian leadership, since the first epistle to the Corinthians is much a defense by the apostle of his theological thinking undergurding his unorthodox leadership style- a style thought asinine and foolish in first century circles of Greek Rhetoricians (of which Paul was considered one since he was a traveling "preacher") and apparently to the Corinthian church also. Its lessons are more contemporaneous than one would expect from a 2000 year old text given certain showy and factional trends in American evangelicalism. Perhaps Hegel was right when he said the only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history. Hopefully not, and Carson can help us with that.

In terms of exposition, the book is fabulous if sometimes not riveting. Carson is a meticulous exegete, and his decisions on word meaning, syntax and his eye to the logical flow of passages, when combined with his grasp of ancient near east history makes for great and insightful exposition. He brings these passages to life. Yet none of the exposition if for exposition's sake, as these chapters were first lectures with a certain pedagogical eye to the global church today. This is especially important since these early chapters of 1 Corinthians (1-3 esp.) have been misused be all kinds of Christian leaders to support exactly what they argue against.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is considering Christian leadership of any kind, especially younger men and women of college and graduate school age. This is a good book to read early on the path of theological development. Being grounded in the cross and leadership lessons drawn from the very pages of the Bible is incredibly important in an age when authors, speakers and publishers seem to want Christian leaders to be good communicators and managers but are not as interested in men and women who have been formed around the humility and foolishness of the cross and it's implications in the nitty gritty of daily relationship conflicts and competing priorities at loggerheads.

The Christian leader who reads Maxwell, Hybels, Warren, Quinn, or a hundred others writing on Christian leadership- but misses the content of this book, will find himself either led astray by the worst of the contemporary writers, or without the grounded depth of the best of them- and so unable to overflow with potency from the depths of a heart executed and resurrected by the tutoring of the cross.

We must hear the message of this epistle, and Carson is an able and honest tutor.
If you are a pastor, please read this book!  Mar 1, 2005
I have long enjoyed D. A. Carsons books over the past several years for their balance between careful exegetical work and practical application in the church.

In this book, Carson again brings these two things together as he runs through the first several chapters of 1 Corinthians (and one later chapter) to provide a glimpse into the mind of Paul and his approach to ministry. Whereas we sometimes have a tendency to read small sections of the Scriptures in isolation, this book does an excellent job of drawing out the common thread that runs through these chapters - the centrality of the cross in Christian ministry. Never does Paul's mind wander far from the source of his salvation and D. A. Carson does a great job of showing that from these chapters in 1 Corinthians.

Especially if you are a pastor, I believe you will find this book to be a worthy reminder of what is central in ministry and it will be a fresh call to take up your cross and follow Jesus. (But even if you are not a pastor - as I am not - you will still benefit greatly from reading this book.)
The Cross and Christian Ministry  Feb 25, 2005
Dr. D.A. Carson has become one of my favourite Christian authors, not only because of his great command of the English language (not to mention his familiarity with a dozen others), but because of his precision of thought. He has the ability to use his pen as a surgeon does his or her scalpel.

_The Cross and Christian Ministry_ is a small book (137 pages) that offers a commentary on chapters one through four and nine of 1 Corinthians. As the title implies, Carson is concerned with how the cross of Christ is central to Christian ministry, whether the topic is preaching, the role and function of the Holy Spirit, factionalism, leadership, etc. Though this is one of Carson's smaller works, it is packed to the hilt with intense theological reflection, cutting questions, and convicting applications.

What I really connect with in many of Carson's writings is the maturity and wisdom with which he addresses many sensitive issues. This is manifest in his ability to view issues from both sides, even when those sides give the appearance as polar opposites. For example, in 1 Corinthians 4 when addressing whether a Christian is to judge others, Carson remarks:

"...on the one hand we find Jesus saying, 'Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you' (Matt. 7:1-2). On the other hand, he says, 'Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment' (John 7:24). This running tension is very strong throughout the New Testament. There is much that condemns what might be called 'judgmentalism.' At the same time, chapter after chapter exhorts believers to be discerning, to distinguish right from wrong, to pursue what is best, to exercise discipline in the church, and so forth - functions that demand the proper use of judgment....We may gain some poise and balance if we remember the kinds of people the two sides address. Prohibitions directed against judging have in mind self-righteous people who want to protect their turf.By contrast, biblical injunctions to be discerning or to judge well in some circumstance or other are directed against those who are careless and undisciplined about holy things, especially about the words of God." (2003, pp. 99-100)

And, of course, Carson seldom shrinks from the tough questions. In 1 Corinthians 3, he persuasively demonstrates that the text is misunderstood if one understands it to be referring to the Catholic teaching of purgatory (or even to Christians in general). In 1 Corinthians 9, Carson begins to lay out the nuance in Paul stating on the one hand, that he is not under the Law, and, on the other hand, proclaiming that he is under the Law of Christ. Unfortunately, Carson decides not to broach the issue, claiming it would take too much time to untangle.

My only disappointment with _The Cross and Christian Ministry_ is that it does not address all 16 chapters in 1 Corinthians! But I do whole-heartedly recommend this brief guide, nonetheless, to all who are looking for a serious, but relatively brief, analysis of some of the major themes in 1 Corinthians. The interested reader may also find the questions for review and reflection at the end of each chapter helpful and especially suitable for a study-group environment.

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