• “The ascension shifted Christ’s threefold work into a new epoch. Before, he was a prophet on the earth; now he is the prophet from heaven who builds his church. Before, he was a priest on earth; now he is our heavenly priest who intercedes for us in the true tent. Before, he was worshiped as the king of the Jews; now he has been installed as the Lord of heaven and earth, where he now rules from his throne.” What an amazing book! I was really excited for its release, and even more so to read it. Patrick Schreiner has a way of keeping you engaged and making theological concepts clear. From the start he convinces you why you shouldn’t neglect this amazing doctrine. In his new book he walks you through how the ascension completes and magnifies Christ’s work. Each chapter is wonderfully sectioned as you read about Christ’s threefold office as prophet, priest, and king: what Scripture teaches regarding that particular office, “shadow” stories of that office, how the ascension marks a turn in Christ’s work as he now accomplishes these vocations from heaven, and finally, how it applies to the church today. You really learn how these wonderful theological truths apply to you today . This was my first read in the “Snapshot Series” by Lexham Press, and I was truly blessed. I would also highly recommend this book as an introduction to Christology. Grab the book today!
    1. This book could not have come at a better time at this point in my life. Finding myself dealing with multiple projects, this book helped me put a lot of things in the right perspective and also start implement some practical changes in my life. And when I saw that R. Kent Hughes wrote the foreword, I knew this book would be good. In the array of productivity books out there, this book is a true gem. Dr. Brandon Crowe, associate professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, aims to help readers think biblically about how to get things done and gives practical advice for maximizing our time and energy toward the most important things in every day life, hence the title. The book is divided into three main parts. Part 1 is “Perspectives”, where he outlines the biblical perspective on productivity (both OT and NT). Part 2 is “Principles”, where he covers basic principle of productivity. Here he covers familiar ground that is found in other productivity books, but he adds his own contributions and sets apart in that he keeps these through the lens of Scripture and to the glory of God. Part 3 is “Practices”, here he gets really practical and gives you suggestions on tools you can use. It’s a fairly short book (about 130 pages), but I read it slowly since I started implementing his suggestions. But let me tell you, there are no words wasted here. Each chapter is full of wisdom. It’s a book that I will keep referencing as I start implementing the suggested methods for productivity. Also, Chapters 2 and 3 alone is worth the price of this book. The biblical perspective on work and productivity has given me a fresh perspective.