Durham, James & Guthrie, James
Preventing Ministry Failure (Durham & Guthrie)
Sometimes the Bible’s story is summarized as creation, fall, redemption, restoration. But the future is not headed toward merely a restoration of Eden’s goodness. From the very beginning, the Bible’s story has always been headed toward consummation, toward glory. This book traces nine themes—the tree of life, garden and wilderness, the image of God, clothing, Sabbath rest, marriage, the offspring, the temple, and the city of Jerusalem—throughout the Bible, revealing how God’s plan for the new creation will be far more glorious than the original.
Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at her church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and at conferences worldwide. She and her husband, David, are the cohosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 10,000 churches nationwide and also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is also the host of Help Me Teach the Bible, a podcast of the Gospel Coalition.
“Nancy Guthrie is one of the best teachers of Scripture I’ve ever heard or read. Her style—even in writing—is conversational. It’s like you’re sharing a cup of coffee while tracing the central motifs of the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. Eden was great, but the new creation will be greater than the first—not because this world will be no more, but because it will be so much more. It’s not only the end of sin and death, but the kind of righteousness and life that we just can’t wrap our brain around right now. But we do get glimpses—and no better ones than those that Guthrie brings out with such warmth, excitement, and skill.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; Host, White Horse Inn; author, Core Christianity
“As a pastor, I have discovered that Christians need help learning to tell their own story in ways that rightly connect it to what God has preserved for us in his Word. With Even Better than Eden, Nancy Guthrie does just that. Here is a book that will train you to speak more winsomely to others about why and how Jesus matters.”
David R. Helm, Pastor, Holy Trinity Church, Chicago; author, The Big Picture Story Bible
“With characteristic clarity and wisdom, Nancy Guthrie helps us see the story of the Bible from ‘In the beginning’ to ‘Amen.’ Guthrie lovingly traces how the themes of the garden of Genesis point us to the city of Revelation, revealing the story of redemption they contain. This book is both useful and devotional, a help for all who want to grow in their understanding of God’s Word and will.”
Jen Wilkin, Director of Classes and Curriculum, The Village Church; author, Women of the Word; None Like Him; and In His Image