The Easter season is marked by seemingly opposite tensions. On Good Friday, Christians contemplate on death and the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, while celebrating new life and resurrection joy just a few days later. In these tensions, we find deep spiritual reflections that are made all the more poignant by the mysteries that fuel our meditations.
This March, Lexham Press is publishing two new books and re-releasing another to aid you in your Eastertide devotions and reflections.
Suffering & Glory recovers some of the best Holy Week and Easter articles from half a century of Christianity Today. Guiding readers from Palm Sunday to Pentecost and including contributions from Tish Harrison Warren, J. I. Packer, Nancy Guthrie, and Eugene Peterson, Suffering & Glory will remind readers of the beauty of Christ’s death and resurrection.
The Eastertide season has been celebrated by Christians across history in every tribe, nation, and tongue. I am thankful for this collection of essays celebrating the diverse voices that make up a symphony of Easter reflections from the church.—Brandon D. Smith, Assistant Professor of Theology & New Testament at Cedarville University; Editorial Director for the Center for Baptist Renewal
Baptism is the doorway into membership in the church. It’s a public declaration of the washing away of our sin and the beginning of our new life in Christ. But the sacrament that is meant to unite us is often a spring of division instead.
Peter Leithart reunifies a church divided by baptism. He recovers the baptismal imagination of the Bible, explaining how baptism works according to Scripture. Then, in conversation with Christian tradition, he shows why baptism is something worth recovering and worth agreeing on.
This is a brilliant resource for the classroom with your best university students or for teenagers contemplating new life in Christ. For it is not just about baptism. It is about the triune God, about the whole of the Christian faith, and about how to be more human.—Jason Byassee, Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation, the Vancouver School of Theology, author of Surprised by Jesus Again.
Christ and Calamity, special hardcover edition
Christ and Calamity has become a lasting balm for believers. Speaking pastorally to our suffering and uncertainty during a global pandemic has the same foundations in faith, no matter what calamities — big or small — we may face. In December, Christ and Calamity won an Award of Merit for the Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year in the 2021 Christianity Today Book Awards.
Now, this timeless book will be available in a handsome hardcover edition. Beautifully bound with dusted edges and a ribbon for devotional use, this is the definitive edition of this “instant classic.”