God, for many people, is an abstract figure who set the world running but is now largely absent from it. Even Christians can fall into this trap. Academics spend their time merely talking about God. Churches exist for their own fulfillment. When this happens, God seems far away.
But in the Bible, God is not only center-stage; he is intimately involved with his people. Lanier Burns shows us that, at each stage of the unfolding story of God and his people, God’s presence is never far away.
The Explorations in Biblical Theology series addresses the need for quality literature that attracts believing readers to good theology and builds them up in their faith. Each title in the series combines solid content with accessibility and readability—a valuable addition to the library of any college student, thoughtful lay reader, seminarian, or pastor.
J. Lanier Burns (Th.M., Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Texas, Dallas) is senior research professor of theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Since 1973, he has served as the president of the Asian Christian Academy in Bangalore, India
"Our world flounders, trying to find a spiritual center of gravity. Here is a contemporary, yet scholarly, text to stabilize, strengthen, and encourage seeking hearts. . . . I highly recommend this excellent tool for pastors, ministry leaders, and anyone in pursuit of ultimate truth." — Howard G. Hendricks
"This is an encouraging and helpful book by an insightful and seasoned scholar. . . . Lanier Burns sheds much light on a wonderful but neglected biblical theme: God’s presence. Readers will find their theology deepened, their hope rekindled, and their joy increased." — Christopher W. Morgan
"God’s presence is no minor topic as The Nearness of God shows so beautifully. God with us is about how he draws near. So draw near to this fine book and draw nearer to God." — Darrell Bock