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Glow Publications
7821 West SR 46
Ellettsville, Indiana 47429

Core Values

It is our desire to exalt Christ by providing material that helps students know and pursue Christ above everything else in their daily lives.  Because of this, we have established nine core values by which we are determined to shape Glow Publications.

It is not our desire to use a student's devotion or Bible study time to explain these core values. However these values are extremely important to our publication. We look for and create material built around these values. Students may not be learning about exegesis in their devotions, but they will learn proper and improper exegesis by reading what we publish. This is exponentially true for each of our core values.

Therefore, it is our goal to be guided by and committed to the following:

1. Hermeneutic Diligence

Because Scripture is the foundation of our material, it is imperative that all interpretation of Scripture is born out of a proper hermeneutic. Failure in this area mishandles God's Word and leads to poor, if not totally wrong, understanding and application.

This is obviously seen in liberal theology, but conservative theologians are not exempt from mishandling God's Word. While motives may be different, a faulty hermeneutic is still a faulty hermeneutic.

2. Exegetical Foundations

Simply stated, we want our content to come from Scripture. We, or any writers for Glow Publications, have nothing authoritative to say apart from communicating God's authoritative and invaluable Word.

While exegesis is desired by all conservative theologians, it is not always actually practiced. The only alternative to exegesis is eisegesis, which at best, strips the divine authority and power out of the Word of God.    

3. Articulate Writing

Much of what we publish has word limitations. Because of this, unstated implications that are faulty, or even false doctrine, can be communicated. Error and misunderstanding can come from poor hermeneutics and/or eisegesis, but error and misunderstanding can also come from poor articulation.

4. Gospel-Centeredness

While man is naturally prone to center his thoughts and heart around self, Scripture calls us to shape our minds and hearts around God and what has been accomplished in our place through Christ. With this in mind, we are committed to material that is faithful to the redemptive story of the Bible.

By Gospel-centered, we do not mean that we tack the "gospel" on to a moral story in the Bible, nor do we mean that every passage of Scripture (especially in the Old Testament) is explicitly about Christ. What we do mean is that within the content of Scripture, there is a redemptive theme of God reconciling man to Himself by grace through faith. We are blessed to see the full expression and work of that redemption in the Person and work of Jesus Christ.

5. Doctrinal Clarity and Boldness

We are all living in an age and culture of doctrinal confusion.  Our understanding of who God is and who we are is in dire need of explanation and biblical authority.

6. Ministry Partnership

It is of no value to publish life-changing material if it is inaccessible to people for any reason. We desire to partner with you in ministry so that we can get you what you need quickly and affordably.

7. Exalting Christ

We have no desire to lift up any perspective, position, tradition, ministry, or man except the God-man, Jesus Christ. All of the these previous things are important but only in relationship to Christ as our all-sufficient, all-powerful Lord and Savior. Christ will be seen as preeminent in all of our content.

8. Dependence on the Holy Spirit

Scripture clearly gives imperatives, but these imperatives cannot be accomplished by man's strength. From regeneration through sanctification, we are dependent on the effectual work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. This does not negate scriptural imperatives or our human responsibility to respond to God in faith. In fact, it intensifies the responsibility and enables us to purposefully and volitionally respond to God in obedience in all areas of life.

The reason this is a core value is because we believe there is a difference between piety and Christianity, religion and relationship with Christ. Piety and religion forms people. Christ transforms people. Because we publish material focused on explaining and applying Scripture, we must not call students to simply act in a moral way, but rather to act in light of what God is accomplishing in and through them (Philippians 2:13). One brings glory to man. The other brings glory to God alone.

9. Motivate by Grace

Our response to God (faith, demonstrated in obedience) is always preceded by revelation (grace). Guilt is a consequence of rebelling against a holy God Who made us for His glory. While guilt can motivate someone to externally comply, only grace can motivate someone to act in faith. World religions are built on guilt. Christianity is uniquely built on magnificent and unmerited grace.

Without any more explanation, we believe it is sufficient to say that we don't want to trick, or manipulate good behavior from students. We want them to know and pursue Christ, who is the incarnate demonstration of sovereign grace.