The God Who Is There

Coming this July:

D. A. Carson. The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010.

  • Leader’s Guide:
  • The chapters correspond to Carson’s fourteen-part overview of the Bible that he presented at Bethlehem Baptist Church in February 2009.
  1. The God Who Made Everything
  2. The God Who Does Not Wipe Out Rebels
  3. The God Who Writes His Own Agreements
  4. The God Who Legislates
  5. The God Who Reigns
  6. The God Who Is Unfathomably Wise
  7. The God Who Becomes a Human Being
  8. The God Who Grants New Birth
  9. The God Who Loves
  10. The God Who Dies—and Lives Again
  11. The God Who Declares the Guilty Just
  12. The God Who Gathers and Transforms His People
  13. The God Who Is Very Angry
  14. The God Who Triumphs
  • See Carson’s brief introduction to the series.
  • The corresponding audio and video should be available later this year.
  • This resource will serve the church well because it simultaneously evangelizes non-Christians and edifies Christians by explaining the Bible’s storyline.

Update on July 29, 2010: Audio and video are available.

Update on December 1, 2010: Unabridged video is now available.


  1. says

    Do you know anything about the format of the book? In other words is it a “Bible study” type book or more of a book to be read and discussed with a small group?

    I heard part of Dr. Carson’s lectures on the topic at ABWE two years ago, and he mentioned that the materials would be published. I’m hoping they are translated into other languages because they will be very helpful to orient people to the high points of the Bible story line, something that is completely invaluable in my opinion.


  2. Mike Bird says

    How many books is that this year that Carson has out? I know alot of these are based on sermons and collected essays, but the number is starting to get ridiculous. (I’m assuming your hand in getting the stuff together). Again, I’ve heard some of these sermons and they are all good. Q: does he put the “F” bomb in the chapter on the “God Who Legislates”? I could tell you some funny stories about talks around the coffee table after hearing that sermon! Also, I finally got to read Scandalous in a cafe book shop last week. Enjoyed it.

  3. says

    1. Eight so far. Maybe a few more on the way. I’m keeping track of them here.

    2. Do you mean “flipping,” as in “Read your flipping Bible!”? If so, I don’t recall offhand.

  4. Mike Bird says

    Andy, no, by “F” I meant something that rhymes with “luck” and it ain’t “firetruck”. Carson used it as a shocking example of what some people think the 10 commandments prohibits.

  5. Ivan Lambert says

    Mike and Andy,
    I’m not aware of what Carson said regarding the F bomb and the Ten Commandments.

    My position is we water down the 3rd commandment and teach our children it means you are not to utter words considered profanity by our culture. Rather, what God is saying we should so revere and honor HIS name, that we never use HIS name in a manner that is not revering and honoring HIS name.

    How did Carson explain the third commandment and profanity?
    Thanks guys!

  6. says

    Hi Andy,
    Carson writes in his book that the videos of the talks he did on “The Gos who is…” are available for free download on the site. I’ve been looking for them on the gospel coalition site since February 2009, and I still can’t find them. Do you have any idea where they are or what the delay is about? These videos could be a great resource.


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