Interview with Eric Kress of Kress Biblical Publishing (Part 2 of 2)

Here is the second  part of an interview we conducted with Kress Biblical Resources.

HR: What would you hope Kress is known for?

KRESS: Biblical resources that can be trusted to be truly biblical, and a significant help to those who have set their heart to study God’s Word, to practice it, and to teach it–as is our slogan.
HR: You offer a number of titles that seem to be aimed at the pastor/teacher or expositor. Why do you have such a focus?

KRESS: The Scriptures are God’s Word. The man of God is called to preach the Word. And proper preaching must involve biblical exposition. We want to help the Bible teacher/Expositor to accurately handle that Word of Truth. And frankly, as a pastor myself, these are the types of books I’m largely interested in.
HR: What can we look froward to seeing from Kress in the future?

KRESS: More commentaries and biblical counseling helps; hopefully a book of the passion week; and one on being faithful in the ministry God has given you as a pastor–even if it is small!
HR: Is there any title  or titles your are really excited about that you would like to highlight for us?

KRESS: They are all great! Seriously, we published them because we believe in their great value. But I do pray that “The Discipline of Mercy” encourages pastors and teachers to preach/teach through the book of Lamentations. It is a commentary, and biblical counseling guide–with homework–that helps us process the consequences of sin. When I told someone that I was going to preach through Lamentations, their response was–“Are you trying to drive people away from the church?” But our fellowship found it to be a great encouragement. Paul Tautges is the co-author and Brian Thomasson edited our material. All of us will deal with the consequences of sin–either our own, or those around us. Jeremiah wasn’t responsible for the holocaust that the survivers of Jerusalem had to deal with. But he had to go through it with them. God’s Mercy sometimes comes in severe discipline. And sometimes we must seek God relentlessly in our despair. There is hope in the wake of sin’s consequences. But only when presumption is gone, and God’s mercy is all you can ask for. Preach through the book of Lamentations! Here are the endorsements it has received:

Paul Tautges and Eric Kress have given to us a wonderful exposition of the often neglected book of Lamentations. Not only have they brought the full meaning of the text to the surface, but they have filled the commentary with practical suggestions of of ways in which this much needed teaching on how to act in the midst of deep suffering can be carried out to the glory of God and the personal enrichment of each individual believer. I heartily recommend this book for those who are in times of deep distress and for the body of Christ that needs to be prepared for every possible form of suffering that may come our way, or that may come in the lives of those we need to reach out to for the glory of God.—Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. President Emeritus Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Books by Bible teachers that combine solid exposition, theological depth, and pastoral wisdom are very rare. They might include one of these strengths, seldom two, but almost never all three. This book on Lamentations, however, is just such a book! It is a tremendous accomplishment. It is at one and the same time a verse-by-verse commentary, a rich devotional treasury, and a very capable biblical counselor’s guide. I cannot say enough good things about it. Seasoned shepherds, Eric Kress and Paul Tautges are uniquely qualified to write on this somewhat unfamiliar Old Testament book. They combine the skill of preachers, the acumen of theologians, and the sensitivity of counselors. For both pastors and laymen alike, this book fills a great need. I am grateful for this addition to the Kress Biblical Resources line of volumes. It will surely do its part to edify the church of Jesus Christ.—Lance Quinn Pastor-Teacher Pastor-Teacher The Bible Church of Little Rock

Rarely is a divinely inspired work, especially when endowed with such beauty fully crafted poetry, so routinely ignored by Christians. Yet that is the lot of this work by Jeremiah. Employing a combination of acrostics and unusual meter, this “weeping prophet” intricately intersperses his despair and lament with astonishing songs of solace and thanksgiving. Fortunately, authors Kress and Tautges have brought this small prophecy to life for us, pulling it out of the shadows of neglect and drawing us irresistibly to its timeless lessons. Plumbing the depths of the prophets is not always simple, yet these authors, with their distinctively pastoral style, make it easy to access the truths of this prophecy and apply its eternal principles. And in doing so, they have remarkably captured both depth and breadth. Whether for Bible student, pastor, or counselor, the authors have unlocked the treasures of Lamentations to preaching and teaching the text of this extraordinary prophet. Multiple outlines, study guides, and insights for counseling provide unique entrées into understanding the text, making this a must-have tool for every library.—Irv Busenitz Vice President for Academic Administration Professor of Bible Exposition and Old Testament The Master’s Seminary

  1. Thanks for your interview with Rick Kress. I appreciate his vision for publishing and his commitment to solid books that aid pastors in their primary work of expounding the Scriptures.

  2. John,
    It was a joy to learn more about Rick and his publishing House. I have seen the benefit of Rick and Kress’s books first hand.

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