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Interesting Links from January 2020

January 29, 2020

Siri Chammavanijakul
(312) 329-2116

Say It!: Celebrating Expository Preaching in the African American Tradition
Sadly, seminaries often function under the assumption that the African American preaching tradition is incompatible with expository preaching. They tend to believe that preachers who truly care about the text preach as white preachers traditionally have. This viewpoint is not only incorrect but harmful. African Americans have a strong legacy of poignant, timely, impassioned preaching that is faithful to the text and reveals truth, justice, and power. In Say It!, celebrated African American preachers teach young pastors how to do expository preaching in the African American style. Each chapter walks you through a sermon from a different African American pastor. That pastor will walk you through his notes and his final manuscripts and explain how it call came together. This is an important and powerful resource for pastors and seminaries across the country, celebrating an often overlooked expression of faithful, biblical preaching. 

ISBN: 978-0-8024-1920-0
Publish Date: February 2020
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5/ 224 pages
Format: Paperback A

ERIC C. REDMOND is Assistant Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. He also serves as Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL. Formerly he served as Senior Pastor of Reformation Alive Baptist Church, Temple Hills, MD, and Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Washington Bible College, Lanham, MD. He also served as a board member of The Gospel Coalition. Eric is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and is a PhD candidate at Capital Seminary and Graduate School. He and his wife Pam have been very happily married since July 1991. They have five children—Charis, Chloe, Candace, Calvin, and Codell—and they reside in Brookfield, IL.

To book an interview with Eric C. Redmond, please contact Siri Chammavanijakul, Moody Publishers, at

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Bestselling Devotional Author Asheritah Ciuciu Releases ‘Uncovering the Love of Jesus: A Lent Devotional’

CHICAGO, IL – “Too many of us feel like Easter kind of ‘sneaks up’ on us,” says Asheritah Ciuciu, author of the new Lent devotional Uncovering the Love of Jesus  (Moody Publishers, January 7, 2020). “We’re left spiritually and emotionally unprepared to celebrate this most glorious of all celebrations: Jesus’ death and resurrection as victorious King.” Asheritah, author of the bestselling Advent devotional Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, encourages Christians to see and savor Jesus in fresh new ways as they engage in the beautiful traditions associated with the Advent and Lenten seasons.

In Uncovering the Love of Jesus, Ciuciu guides readers through the Lenten season, with a daily devotional reflecting on the love of Jesus, optional family activities, discussion questions, and additional Scripture to study deeper. This new devotional is a practical way to prepare emotionally and spiritually for Easter whether you grew up observing Lent or it’s completely new.

"What are you giving up for Lent?" has become an increasingly common question in evangelical circles, especially among millennials. But the 40 days preceding Easter aren't really about giving up chocolate or your favorite TV show. Historically, Lenten fasts helped Christians identify with Christ, loving as He loved and suffering just the tiniest fraction of what He suffered, not to atone for sins but to express gratitude and to emulate Christ's love.

Sacrificial love is precisely the heart of Lent, because Easter is the story of Jesus’ love poured out for us. Uncovering Jesus’ love toward us in this daily devotional uncovers His love in us toward others. The love of Jesus compels us to a radical outpouring of love, even to the most unlovable people in our lives. It is infinitely easier to give up fancy coffee than it is to love the family member who wounded you when you were a child. Asheritah shares her own call to love two hard-to-love people in her life while she was writing this new devotional, and offers practical ways to enter into the humbling practice of sacrificial love.

“My hope is that as you read this book, you will uncover the deep love of Jesus poured out toward you personally in a whole new way, and that you will be a conduit of His love poured out toward those around you,” says Ciuciu.

For more information, visit

Asheritah Ciuciu (pronounced choo-choo) is a bestselling writer and speaker, wife to her high school sweetheart Flaviu, and mama to three spunky kiddos. She grew up in Romania as a missionary kid and studied English and Women’s Ministry at Cedarville University. She is the founder of
One Thing Alone Ministries—an online ministry that helps overwhelmed women find joy in Jesus through creative and consistent time in God’s word. Asheritah is the author of Bible & Breakfast, He is Enough, Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, and Full. Her writing and speaking has been featured on Focus on the Family, Revive Our Hearts, Moody Radio, Relevant Magazine, Proverbs 31, and MOPS International. For more information about Asheritah, her books, and writing/speaking ministry, visit


January 23, 2020


‘Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words’ Reveals U.S. Supreme Court Justice Originally Planned to Enter the Clergy

Known for his silence during oral argument, Justice Clarence Thomas speaks out at length for the first time in groundbreaking new documentary on Faith, Conviction, and Stand up for what you believe

In Theaters Nationwide on January 31st

WASHINGTON, DC — Manifold Productions, Inc.creator of 15 award-winning films over 30 yearsis releasing the faith trailer for the new documentary, Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, which is coming to theaters nationwide as part of a platform theatrical release starting January 31. With unprecedented access, producer/director Michael Pack interviewed Justice Thomas and his wife, Virginia, for over 30 hours–the longest interview any Supreme Court Justice has ever given.
“Justice Thomas’ gripping personal story is largely unknown, and his roots as a man of deep faith and religious conviction have never been detailed as extensively as they are in this film. As a teenager, Clarence Thomas entered seminary, intending to become a priest. How that experience changed his life, and how his career changed course is a story that is so compelling and surprising, we believe audiences will absolutely want to take their families to experience ‘Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words’,” said Michael Pack, Director and Producer of Created Equal. “This is a rare story about standing firm on what you believe no matter what the cost, an example of conviction and courage.” 

To watch the FAITH trailer, click HERE:

Strong Reviews for “Created Equal:Clarence Thomas in His Own Words”:
The film has already garnered rave reviews and buzz from advance screenings in Washington D.C….
  • The Washington Post said “It is a marvel of filmmaking that two hours pass so quickly. At the end of a screening I recently attended, there weren’t many dry eyes in the room.” 
  • Time Magazine: “Offers viewers rare insight into the mind of a justice known for his reticence on the public stage.” 
  • Washington Examiner: “Everyone interested in the truth and a great story should go and see it.”
Key Quotes from “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words”:
  • “My mother lived in one room in an old tenement with an outdoor bathroom. I was six. You were hungry, and didn't know when you’d eat, and cold, and didn't know when you'd be warm again.”
  • “And for the first time in my life racism and race explained everything. It became the substitute religion; I shoved aside Catholicism and now it was this: it was all about race.”
  • “In the fall of 1980, I had decided to vote for Ronald Reagan. It was a giant step for a black man. Then license is given to others, to attack you in whatever way they want to. You’re not really black because you’re not doing what you expect black people to do. You weren’t supposed to oppose busing; you weren’t supposed to oppose welfare.”
  • “I felt as though in my life, I had been looking at the wrong people, as the people who would be problematic toward me. We were told that ‘Oh it's going to be the bigot in the pickup truck. It's going be the Klansman. It’s going to be the rural sheriff.’  Ultimately the biggest impediment, was the modern day liberal. They were the ones who would discount all those things, because they have one issue, or because they have the authority, the power to caricature you.”
About the Creators of “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words”:

Michael Pack, writer/producer/director, is President of Manifold Productions, Inc., an independent film and television production company he founded in 1977. Mr. Pack has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning, nationally broadcast documentaries, as well as corporate and educational films. Some of his earlier credits include: RICKOVER: The Birth of Nuclear Power, narrated by Joan Allen (2014); Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton, hosted by Richard Brookhiser (2011); God and the Inner City, narrated by Phylicia Rashad (2003); and Rediscovering George Washington, hosted by Richard Brookhiser (2002).  All have been nationally broadcast on PBS.

Gina Cappo Pack, executive producer, serves as the Vice President of Manifold Productions, Inc. She has contributed to a variety of Manifold film projects since 1987, through fundraising, promotion, management, and as an executive producer.

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