Ministry Encouragement Bundle (4 Volume Bundle)
Titles Included in This Set
About the Authors
D. A. Carson is Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He has served as a pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Carson is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world and has authored or edited more than forty-five books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.
Zack Eswine (PhD, Regent University) is lead pastor at Riverside Church in Webster Groves, Missouri. He enjoys writing about life and ministry, blogs at preachingbarefoot.com, and is the author of Preaching to a Post-Everything World, which won the PreachingToday.com Preaching Book Award in 2009.
Andy Farmer (MABC, Westminster Theological Seminary) has been serving as a pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, for 20 years. He is also on the council board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and assists Sovereign Grace Ministries in strategic planning and training for church planting and care. Farmer is the author of The Rich Single Life and Real Peace. He is never bored, endlessly distractible, and is always looking for new things to turn into hobbies. Farmer and his wife, Jill, have four children and a growing number of grandchildren.
R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, earned his DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including a number of volumes in the popular Preaching the Word series. He is also the series editor. Barbara Hughes has supported her husband Kent's pastoral ministry for 37 years while also raising four children. She is a popular teacher of women's groups and, together with Kent, has authored Common-Sense Parenting and Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome.
4 Volumes | 874 Pages
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: 2008-2013
ISBN 13: 9781433501999, 9781581349696, 9781433535291, 9781581349740
Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being
“Sometimes a book grabs you by the scruff of your neck and shakes you around a bit. Or strikes a chord of kindred experience that stirs a poignant ache, a longing for something different. Zack Eswine’s fine book on being a pastor, Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being is doing just that—and more—to me. This is an important book for anyone in ministry...”
- Mike Emlet, Faculty Member, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF); author, CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet
Real Peace: What We Long for and Where to Find It
"Peace, if it comes at all, tends to come in little pieces—the job is stable for now, the kids are healthy today, friends still hang out with you—and sometimes I can settle for those scraps. Thanks, Andy, for showing me how I can honor God by aiming for peace that is much deeper. You let those words of Jesus linger in my soul, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.’”
– Edward T. Welch, Counselor and Faculty Member, Christian Counseling & Education Foundation (CCEF); author, Running Scared
Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson
"How can the application of a Bible-saturated mind (Don's) to a Bible-saturated life (Tom's) produce an even more helpful story to encourage pastors? Let the 'mind' be carried on a river of love because the 'life' is his father's. Then add a kind of narrative creativity. That's how."
– John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis
"A rare and precious gift from one of evangelicalism's greatest scholars. How generous of Dr. Carson to bequeath his father's quiet legacy to us all."
– C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries
"Read this book and be strengthened. You hold in your hands history, humor, and an amazing amount of wisdom for the Christian life (especially for pastors!)."
– Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
"This account gives us valuable insight into the life of a man who accepted the challenges of ministry with both integrity and grace, and into the life of a Protestant pastor in French Quebec. A powerful reminder that there are no little places if we are faithful to the God who called us."
– Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor, Moody Church, Chicago
"Carson strikes at the heart of what's wrong when we forget that, as servants, we were meant to live ordinarily under the gospel of grace. Read this book. You will be deeply encouraged in your life and ministry."
– Michel Lemaire, Pastor of Eglise Baptiste de la Foi, Drummondville, 1984-2005
"This personal testimony is a healthy reminder of heavenly priorities in the pastorate and Christian ministry."
– Pierre Constant, Associate Pastor, Eglise Baptiste Montclair de Hull, 1982-1997
Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being
“C. S. Lewis wrote that friendship is born when one man says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . . .’ Many pastors will find a new friend in this remarkable book. What makes this book both approachable and powerful is its honesty—that rare treasure we pastors are sometimes afraid to make our own. Zack Eswine gives us a front row seat to his heart. In seeing him, we see ourselves. But far better, we also see Jesus in his all-sufficiency for us. To everyone who wants to serve the Lord with a heart set free from pretense, I commend Sensing Jesus.”
– Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, TN
“This is one of the finest books on being a pastor written in this generation. I plan to use Sensing Jesus as required read for our pastoral theology students here at Covenant Seminary. The book is heart-wrenchingly honest about Zack’s own hopes and dreams and about the challenges of dealing with the praise that is heaped on a gifted young communicator of God’s Word. It is this rare honesty that makes the book a must read for anyone called to a life of ministry. . . . This will be an outstanding addition to the library of every pastor and teacher, indeed of anyone committed to ministry.”
– Jerram Barrs, Resident Scholar, Francis A. Schaeffer Institute, Covenant Theological Seminary; author, Freedom and Discipleship and The Heart of Prayer
“This book is simultaneously deeply distressing and profoundly comforting. The rhythmic interchange between these two seemingly opposite impacts surprisingly convinced me that this is one of the most helpful books on pastoring that I have read since my ordination in 1978. Ruthless self-address and unvarnished vulnerability are here wed to searching exegesis and an obvious purposed submission to the text of Holy Scripture. . The reader of this work will likely find remaining neutral and numb to their own mediocrity a difficult task!”
– Joseph V. Novenson, Senior Teaching Pastor, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Lookout Mountain, TN
“Where was this book when I was stuck in the unrelenting grind of performance-based pastoring; the spiritual schizophrenia of preaching the gospel of grace with a frozen heart; the lonely pedestal of a pulpit surrounded by thousands of people? Zack, thank you for stewarding your pain and God's gospel.”
– Scotty Smith, Founding Pastor, Christ Community Church, Franklin, TN
“In prose that is warmly authentic and deeply rooted in the wisdom of Scripture and a life well examined, Zack Eswine invites those who minister to pause and reflect. Eswine unfolds a lovely biblical vision of ministry that embraces the localities, limits, physicality, and margins of our finiteness that God deems good. Devotional, rich in insight, gentle in teaching, Sensing Jesus is also profoundly convicting in challenging us to embody what we profess to believe. This is not abstract pastoral theology; it is an understanding of ministry for all ministers, lay or professional, who find, perhaps to their surprise or disappointment, that they are human beings, body and soul. If you do ministry, please believe me: Sensing Jesus is must reading.”
– Denis Haack, Director, Ransom Fellowship; Visiting Instructor in Practical Theology, Covenant Seminary
Real Peace: What We Long for and Where to Find It
“There are many books I can recommend on finding peace with God. There are far fewer I can recommend on experiencing the peace of God. Real Peace is a book I highly recommend for real people facing real trouble in a really messed up world. It paints gospel-centered portraits, explaining how to apply John 16:33 in the midst of our struggles with stress, anxiety, grief, depression, and conflict. Reading Real Peace pointed me not to a system, but to a person—The Prince of Peace.”
– Bob Kellemen, Executive Director, The Biblical Counseling Coalition; author, Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure
“This is a book about being whole in a broken world, about finding rest amidst chaos within and without. I actually felt peace as I read it, making it a perfect book to read on vacation or on a coffee break in the middle of a stressful day. Filled with charm, personality, and wisdom, Real Peace offers solace to restless Christians and invites non-Christians to know the God of peace.”
– Mike Wilkerson, Pastor and Director of Biblical Counseling, Mars Hill Church, Seattle, Washington; author, Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry
“We all long for peace in our hostile, chaotic, and seemingly meaningless world. Why? Our souls were created for peace—not mere emotion or experience, but through an abiding relationship with the Prince of Peace. My friend Andy Farmer serves the church and the world well through his deeply thoughtful, winsome, and gospel-orienting work. Through its sociological and soul-revealing insights drawn from the wells of Scripture, Real Peace offers us hope that ‘draws the poison of self and despair’ out of our peace-robbing struggles. Such hope is found only through our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Real Peace is a must read for everyone as we are called into the radical mission of the gospel.”
– Robert Cheong, Pastor of Care and Counseling, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky; author, God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline; contributor, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling
Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome
"One of the very best books I have read on the spirituality of pastoral ministry."
– Philip Graham Ryken, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
"I recommend that every pastor first read the Hughes's book privately and then go over it with his lay leaders. Doing this will not be less than a milestone and might well be a watershed."
– J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
"Born out of experience, based on the Word of God, and applied to real life, this book is just what weary and discouraged pastors and their wives need. And it wouldn't hurt if critical church officers read it too! I highly recommend it."
– Warren W. Wiersbe, Retired General Director, Back to the Bible
"With wisdom gained from their own struggles and long years of experience, Kent and Barbara Hughes spell out the principles that can set God's servants free from the yoke of unscriptural ideas."
– Vernon C. Grounds, Chancellor, Denver Seminary
"Bless you, Kent and Barbara, for saying with clarity and boldness what thousands of pastors and pastors' wives need to hear. Your call back to the basics in ministry will free many from the false demands of ’success' and restore the proper measurements of achievement."
– Ray C. Stedman, Former Pastor, Peninsula Bible Church, Palo Alto, CA