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From Sabbath to Lord's Day: A Biblical, Historical and Theological Investigation [Paperback]

By D. A. Carson (Author)
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At 40, Dominick Birdsey's entire life has been compromised and constricted by anger and fear: by the schizophrenic twin brother he both deeply loves and resents, and by the past they shared with their adoptive father, Ray, a spit-and polish ex-Navy man and their long-suffering mother, Concettina, a timid, self-conscious woman.

Born in the waning moments of 1949 and the opening minutes of 1950, the boys are physical mirror images who grow into separate yet connected entities. But Dominick's talent for survival his escape from Ray's wrath and the genetic fate that is Thomas will be put to the ultimate test when Thomas, a Bible-spouting zealot, commits an unthinkable act that threatens the tenuous balance of both his and Dominick's lives.

Set against the vivid panoply of twentieth century America and filled with richly drawn, memorable characters, this deeply moving and thoroughly satisfying story brings to light humanity's deepest needs and fears, of our aloneness, our desire for love and acceptance, and our struggle to survive at all costs. Joyous, mystical, and exquisitely written, I Know This Much Is True is an extraordinary audio experience that will leave no listener untouched.

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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   444
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.96"
Weight:   1.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 1999
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1579103073  
ISBN13  9781579103071  
UPC  023635025002  

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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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Commendable, But Not Convincing  Apr 12, 2007
Well written and scholarly work, but just doesn't explain convincingly from a Biblical standpoint, or justify for that matter why Christians shouldn't still be worshiping on the seventh day. As with most writers in defense of Sunday as the Christian day of worship, too much dependence upon the "early fathers," and ignoring volumes of texts from the New Testament. Texts that most won't even admit exist in favor of continued Christian observance of the sabbath. As Christ often warned in the gospels, there would be false prophets and false doctrines coming, in an attempt to betray believers. Even during the days of the apostles, these things were already in evidence. 1 John 4:1. And if these things were already creeping into the Apostolic Age, then it's not too hard to believe there were many false practices by the 2nd, 3rd and 4th centuries, during the times of these "Church Fathers" often quoted by scholars. Some as if these non-Biblical figures were the final word on Christianity.

And herein lies my disappointment with this book's explainations. So I counter with these arguments for why I am not convinced to abstain from seventh day sabbath worship, in favor of the so called "Lord's day" Sunday.

Reason 1: The Ten Commandments
It seems everyone in Christiandom is concerned about the lack of their presence in public schools and government offices. But when a good old Seventh-day Adventist like myself discusses the observance of all of them, including the 4th concerning the seventh day sabbath found in Exodus 20: 8-11, we're told "the law was nailed to the cross," and instantly branded "legalists!" Read for yourself, God doesn't leave room for "one-day-in-seven," he specificly states "the seventh day" and then refers us back to the creation. That "one-day-in-seven" approach is very popular today, but doesn't have a "thus saith the Lord" to stand on. See Genesis 2:2-3. And James 2:2-3 and Ecclesiates 12:13-14 says we're even going to be judged by those very commandments in the end.

Reason 2: Jesus And His Attitude Towards The Sabbath
Many quote from John 5 and proclaim that a sinless Jesus actually broke all the requirements of the 4th commandment. And yes, it does state that he broke it, but in its context along with other Bible passages, He only broke the traditional burdens that the Jews had tacked on to God's requirements. Read John 5:5-18, then compare his true thinking of what the sabbath is suppose to be for mankind. A devine rest. Matthew 11:28-30 and 12:1-13. In His own words, "it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days." Matthew 12:12. It was never God's purpose to make the sabbath a burden upon us. And being God the Son and Creator of all things, He was the very I Am in the Old Testament. 1 Corinthian 10:1-4, John 1:1-3 and Hebrews 1:1-2. In Luke 4:16 it was his "custom" not only to seek out worship on the sabbath, but also to participate in the worship service. And if that was His "custom" then, would it be any different if He were walking with us today? Where, and on what day would He seek to worship? Is He not the one mentioned in Hebrews 13:8 as "the same, yesterday, and to day, and forever."

Reason 3: The Disciples And New Testament Believers
Sunday keepers often quote Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:1, as final evidence that 1st century Christians like the apostle Paul and Luke, were already observing Sunday as a day of worship, along with Peter, James and John. But you have only mention of these days as, "the first day of the week." Nothing sacred but simply certain things taking place on that particular day. In Acts 20, Paul preached until it was dark, brother Eutychus fell asleep and fell from the window dead, and Paul was able to miraculously bring him back to life. Verses 8-12. And the fact that they broke bread has no significance either, seeing they did this on a daily basis, Acts 2:46. 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 is "laying up in store" or literally at home in the Greek, on the 1st day of the week. A common work day in Biblical times. Paul was taking up collections for the poor, as in Romans 15:25-26, the poor saints in Jerusalem. He wanted the collections put aside at the beginning of the work week, after the sabbath, so gathering them would be orderly when he arrived. Anything else is reading into the text. No worship day mention whatsoever. And if you want to know how Paul really felt about which day was holy, read his own examples found in the book of Acts. In chapter 13:14-16 he was asked by the gentiles at Antioch to preach these things to them on the "next sabbath." Why not Sunday the following day? After all, these weren't Jews. But he waited till the following sabbath to give them the gospel. See verses 42-47 for a real eye opener. Has your Sunday keeping minister ever gone over these passages with you before? And Acts 11:26 tells us Antioch is where believers were first called Christians! Stunning coincidence or God's providence? For more of Paul's attitude on sabbath worship read chapters 17:1-5 and 18 verses 4 and 11. But going back to those who literally walked with Jesus and witnessed His crucifixion, we find in Luke 23:53-56 thru 24:1-3, they rested on the sabbath "according to the commandment." Didn't Jesus tell them of the change in days of worship before His crucifixion? Where? Passage and verse please.

Reason 4: The Claim That Revelation 1:10 refers to Sunday(The Lord's Day)
But where does John ever mention the day he's refering to? Once again, reading into the text something the rest of the Bible is silent on. But God does have a lot to say about which day He considers His. Remember in Matthew 12:8 Jesus said He was "Lord of the sabbath," so He had the perfect right to say what was good for that day. He was the one resting on and blessing it back in Genesis. John 1:1-3, Hebrew 1:1-2. And since He stated back in John 5 that He and His Father were "one," something the Jews wanted to stone Him for, He is also the one speaking of His(Lord's day) in Isaiah 58:12-14 and 56:1-7. Even pronouncing blessings upon those who were not Jews that keep the sabbath. And at creation, the Genesis account, there were no Jews yet. Was not Abraham the father of the Jews? But as born again believers, we are now spiritual Israelites and Abraham's Seed. See Galatians 3:27-29, Roman 2:26-29 and 3:28-31.

Reason 5: Confusion Over What Is The New Covenant
We are all in agreement that a covenant is an agreement, are we not? So what's the fuss about old and new? We all know that Christ is the vine and we are the branches. That without Him we can do nothing. See John 15:5. And that's what makes the difference between the old and new covenants. Christ living the life, doing His will through us and not we on our own. The new covenant doesn't nullify the Ten Commandments, his Grace fulfills the law through us. "I can do all things through Christ..." Philippians 4:13. In Exodus 19:3-8, where we find the first or old covenant being made, notice the children of Israel agreeing with God; "we will do." Keeping the law of God cannot be done through our own strength. God then writes out His moral law of Ten Commandments in chapter 20 of Exodus. Now read Hebrews 10:15-17 and you'll plainly see the new does not abolish the law of God, but He writes them on the heart. He comes in through the Holy Spirit, and changes the carnal nature. See Paul's delimma concerning keeping a holy law, and the solution in Romans 7:7,12 and 8:1-4. Notice it wasn't abolishing the keeping of the law, but having his carnal nature changed to a Spiritual one. It's called the rebirth. In Romans 7:7 Paul says the law is not sin, it tells us the definition of sin. Even naming the 10th "thou shall not covet" so there would be no doubt as to which law he's referring to. 1 John 3:4-6 goes even deeper saying "sin is the trangression of the law." Jesus came to save us from our "sins." In Sunday churches throughout the world, isn't it a goal to save lost sinners from their "sins" through the preaching of the Gospel? We don't keep the law to be saved, we can now keep it because we are saved. That is why so many misunderstand the words of James 2:26, " without works is dead."

Reason 6: There Are Two Distinct Laws, One Moral The Other Ceremonial
And both laws even have sabbaths. God's eternal moral law of Ten Commandments includes the 4th in Exodus 20:8-11, the seventh day sabbath, a memorial to His creation. Take the time to read it. While the Mosaic or ceremonial considers all Jewish holy days, including Passover and The Day of Atonement as sabbaths, Leviticus 23. Read the entire chapter to get the full context of ceremonial sabbaths, which from year-to-year can fall on any day of the week. Another reason so many confuse what "sabbath days" were nailed to the cross in Colossians 2:16-17. Or the argument about the keeping of certain days, which Paul refered to as "doubtful disputations" in Romans 14. They were shadows of the true Lamb of God to come. Where as the seventh day sabbath existed after God made and blessed a perfect world, before sin and any need of shadows and blood sacrifices. Genesis 1:31-2:1-3. See also Hebrews 10:1. And one of the most important distinctions that most want to gloss over, is that God wrote the moral Ten Commandments on 2 tables of stone with His very own finger, as found in Exodus 31:17-18. The ceremonial law of Moses was written by Moses in a book or scrolls. Deuteronomy 31:24-26 and Joshua 8:31.

Reason 7: The Sabbath Will Be Kept In The New Heaven And Earth
Isaiah 66:23-24 tells us that from one new moon(or month), and from one sabbath to another "all flesh" will come to worship before God. Though some have even proposed that this text refers to the ceremonial law, due to the mention of "new moons," we know that a new moon represents the change of months. Something Revelation 22:2 mentions concerning new fruit appearing every month on the tree of life throughout eternity.

In conclusion, Is it any wonder God put the words "remember the sabbath day to keep it holy" right in the middle of the Ten, being all knowing, and foreseeing man's forgetfulness of that commandment? The only one of the Ten most Christian groups seemingly want to forget.

Carson versus Bacchiocchi.  Dec 17, 2005
Authors of this volume repeatedly contrast their opinion with Bacchicchi's, so reader have to know Bacchiocchi's "From Sabbath to Sunday" for better understanding this investigation. Carson takes evangelical stand in sabbath/sunday question, but Bacchiocchi presents the Seventh-day adventists view. Both works are valuable and scolarly deep.
Bacchiocchi got golden medal from Pope Paul VI for his dissertation "From Sabbath to Sunday", he made in the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, and his work has an Imprimatur of Roman Catholic Church.
Carson in this book try to refute theses of Bacchiocchi, but conclusions there sometimes seems foggy.
So I give four stars.
Each one personally have to evaluate both these books and make own conclusions about meaning of Sabbath today.
Insights into a Christian view of the sabbath  Jul 25, 2004
This book is pricey, but invaluable. It will make you think about the relationship between
the New Testament and the Old Testament
the law of Moses and the law of Christ
the Jewish sabbath and Christian worship
and many other important issues.

The various authors, who were Cambridge post-graduate students, worked together on their book, and have come to quite a close agreement on the issues involved.

Table of Contents
Introduction by D A Carson
The Sabbath in the Old Testament by Harold Dressler
A Summary of Sabbath Observance in Judaism at the beginning of the Christian Era by C Rowland
Jesus and the Sabbath in the Four Gospels
The Sabbath, Sunday, and the Law in Luke/Acts by Max Turner
The Sabbath/Sunday Question and the Law in the Pauline Corpus by D R de Lacey
Sabbath, Rest, and Eschatology in the New Testament by A T Lincoln
The Lord's Day by R J Bauckham
Sabbath and Sunday in the Post-Apostolic Church by R J Bauckham
Sabbath and Sunday in the Medieval Church in the West by R J Bauckham
Sabbath and Sunday in the Protestant Tradition by R J Bauckham
From Sabbath to Lord's Day: a Biblical and Theological Perspective by A T Lincoln

The stance of the book is close to New Covenant Theology. The authors do not regard the sabbath as a creation ordinance or as binding for Christians, either as the seventh or first day of the week.

The book is available new, or second-hand from this site partners [but sometimes the used copies are even more expensive!] But it is a most stimulating book, and well worth your time.

Highly recommended


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