Christian Essentials

The Christian Essentials series passes down tradition that matters. The ancient church was founded on basic biblical teachings and practices like the Ten Commandments, baptism, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord’s Prayer, and corporate worship. These basics of the Christian life have sustained and nurtured every generation of the faithful—from the apostles to today. The books in the Christian Essentials series open up the meaning of the foundations of our faith.

The Collected Christian Essentials: Catechism

A Guide to the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer

by Peter J. Leithart, Ben Myers & Wesley Hill

The catechism— the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer—has sustained and nurtured every generation of believers, directing their faith, hope, and love. It helps Christians read, pray, and live God’s word. By giving Christians God’s word to give back to him, it plants seeds of his word and cultivates them to full growth. The Collected Christian Essentials: Catechism brings the church’s ancient catechism to a new generation.

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“This is a brilliant and inspiring collection of studies by three of the leading theologians of our day. It should be on the bookshelf of all Christians.”

Matthew Levering, James N. Jr. and Mary D. Perry Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

“Whether for personal or communal use, this inviting catechism is itself a gift of grace.”

Ephraim Radner, professor of historical theology, Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto

God’s Word

A Guide to Holy Scripture

by John W. Kleinig

You read it. But do you understand it? While the Bible is the most famous book in history, it can be intimidating. Yet God’s word is for us and all people. It is living and active and has the power to save, give life, and heal. Do we read the Bible attuned to the power of God’s word? John W. Kleinig opens up the riches found in the Bible. He likens God’s word to a lavish meal that nourishes and satisfies our souls. He shows us the centrality of Scripture to Christian faith—the word through which the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit speak with one voice to believers on Earth.

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“A delightful invitation to the rich feast Jesus provides us in his word. It will appetize your ears, so that they might taste and see that the Lord is good!”

Tyler R. Wittman, co-author of Biblical Reasoning; assistant professor of theology, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

“Kleinig reminds us of what happens to our hearts when the word of Christ gets into it and changes it from the inside out. … To read this book with open ears is already to experience what it is talking about.”

Phillip Cary, author of Good News for Anxious Christians; professor of philosophy, Eastern University


A Guide to Life from Death

by Peter J. Leithart

You’ve been baptized. But do you understand what it means? All Christians use water to baptize. 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.

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“A book of liturgical wisdom for all of God’s people—wherever their place may be in the Lord’s family.”

Timothy George, distinguished professor, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

“This book is an incredible gift to us all, and will greatly enhance the ongoing conversation about our one Lord, one faith, one baptism (Eph 4:5).”

Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director Emeritus, DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel, author of The Care of Souls

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