Book Alert: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus ed. Nancy Guthrie.  Wheaton:  Crossway Books, 2008.  142 pp. $12.99. Buy from Westminster Books

Note:  This is not a book review per se because of the genre of the book (devotional) and the seasonal nature of this devotional.

Christmas is that time of year when everyone gets rushed and hurried in the home, in the office, and in the shopping stores.  We go about our daily business with the addition of the Christmas festivities.  It is so easy to get caught up in it all and shove the real reason we celebrate Christmas to the back burner.  Nancy Guthrie has put together a book of 22 meditations from some of the pastoral giants of past and present.  (Joni Eareckson Tada is one of the contributors and is not included in the phrase ‘pastoral giants.’)

From Randy Alcorn to George Whitefield, Nancy has presented us with 22 short meditative chapters that will help us to keep Christ at the center of everything we are doing during the Christmas season.  Other contributors include John Piper, J.C. Ryle, Jonathan Edwards, and Tim Keller. What is most amazing is that all of the contributors strike one note in calling for a Christ-centered Christmas celebration.  It is awesome to see that if one’s basis of understanding how to celebrate this time of year is rooted in the Bible, then it does not matter when you lived (Calvin in the 1500’s vs. Spurgeon in the 1800’s vs. Lloyd-Jones in the 1900’s).  Regardless of when and where you lived, you will seek to glorify God because of Christ in all that you this December.

This is certainly a book worth purchasing as you seek to keep Who is most important central to all that you do during this Christmas season. I look forward to incorporating this into mine and my wife’s evening time together with the Word.

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3 Responses to Book Alert: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

  1. We celebrate Advent at our church every December, so I’m always on the lookout for good resources. I’ve had my eye on this book for a while.

    I finally went ahead and ordered a copy about a week ago. I haven’t received it yet but I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it.

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  2. bonnie says:

    Let me preface my questions by stating that I have no intent to provoke an acrimonious discussion on the role of women. These are sincere questions because I truly want to have a better understanding …
    Why include the sentence – Joni Eareckson Tada is one of the contributors and is not included in the phrase ‘pastoral giants.’? Is there a true danger that someone might think Southern endorses Tada as a pastoral figure?

  3. @Bonnie: I appreciate your question very much. To be honest, I wrote and re-wrote that section over and over and over. I let it sit for about a day before I was satisfied with what it said and the way I said it. With that being said, please allow me to give some personal back ground information on my past that may help you (and others) to understand why I left that sentence the way I did.

    I became a believer back in October ’01 while attending the United Church of Christ (UCC). I became a believer at a “play crusade” called Heaven’s Gates, Hell’s Flames at a Southern Baptist Church. I was raised Catholic up to this point and was therefore anti-SBC. While attending the UCC, which was pastored by a female, I accepted the call to ministry insofar as teaching. This took place literally months after becoming a believer. As I began teaching, I started to learn things from the Bible that I thought I knew from being raised and attending Catholic schools all my life–by this time, I had pretty much left the Catholic church disenchanted and had already been in and out of the Army.

    Anyway, I developed and taught a Sunday School class for adults–the church had never had an adult Sunday School class. As I began teaching, I found there was a resistance to doctrines like the Trinity, the bodily resurrection, the Incarnation, and on and on it goes.

    When I first discovered that there was a “debate” regarding female pastors, I saw it as very much a debate with no absolute biblical answer. However, that all began to change as I gleaned from the Scripture what I would later learn was theologically called Complementarianism. Since then, I have been extremely careful in what I affirm regarding the roles of women in pastoral ministry.

    In know way was I attempting to negate the ministry of Joni Eareckson Tada–she has ministered to my soul more times than I can even begin to recall. I included that sentence because of the heavy personal conviction I have regarding women and the office of pastor.

    I hope that helps.

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