The Grand Design

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The Grand Design

Male and Female He Made Them

Owen Strachan, Gavin Peacock

Pages: 176
Trim: Trade paperback (198 x 130mm)
Isbn 13: 9781781917640
List Price: £7.99
Imprint: Christian Focus Adult
Category: Christian Life > Practical Life > General

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We live in an age characterized by confusion on gender and sexuality ... Strachan and Peacock have provided a careful and faithful account of Scripture's vision for sexuality and gender. This book is urgently needed.

R. Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

Strachan and Peacock don't simply defend a view of men and women that is traditional but now counter-cultural. They show it is beautiful.

Andy Naselli, Associate Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Confusion abounds today on what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman. Peacock and Strachan put feet on the biblical teaching.

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky


The world has gone gray-fuzzy, blurry, gender-neutral gray. In a secularist culture, many people today are confused about what it means to be a man or a woman. Even the church struggles to understand the meaning of manhood and womanhood. In The Grand Design, Owen Strachan and Gavin Peacock clear away the confusion and open up the Scriptures. They show that the gospel frees us to behold the unity and distinctiveness of the sexes. In Christ, we have a script for our lives. Doxology, we discover, is in the details.

About Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He is also Senior Fellow for the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW).

About Gavin Peacock

Gavin Peacock played for Chelsea Football Club. He is now Director of International Outreach for the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, and serves as a pastor at Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, Alberta.

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In this short book they've laid out how biblical complementarity in the home and church is both good and glorious. I wish every Christian would read and apply The Grand Design.

Jason Allen, President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri

This book has many strengths. It provides a survey of significant biblical passages that defend the main contours of complementarianism and strongly locates gender distinction within the context of God's design for humanity. It invites its readers to delight in a doctrine that is often thought of as restrictive (especially for women). Above all, the authors' encouragement to men and women to pursue Christ is vivid through prose that can often only be described as breathless.

John R. Gilhooly, Cedarville University Cedarville, Ohio - Writing for The Gospel Coalition

... an outstanding book on the issue of men and women's roles as determined by God's grand design ... compelling, thoroughly biblical, and God-honoring.

Martha Peace, Certified Biblical Counselor and author of The Excellent Wife

In a culture being tossed by the winds of secularism, this book is a beacon pointing us back to God's glorious design for men and women. It is clear, accessible, and compelling and will be a blessing to those who take its truths to heart.

GraceAnna Castleberry, Wife, Mother, Blogger

The point of conflict in the cultural war, the place where the armies collide is clear. It is cosmic confusion over gender, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. In Grand Design Peacock and Strachan have done the church an immense service. They have provided God's people with a valuable weapon, Truth! Read this little volume. It is a cup of cold water and in a dry and arid wasteland of lies and confusion.

William P. Farley, Pastor, Grace Christian Fellowship, Spokane, Washington

... In an unprecedented way, there is confusion in the church about what it means to be created male and female ... For anyone beginning to search for answers to the epic questions of our age, Strachan and Peacock offer the way forward.

Clint Humfrey, Senior Pastor, Calvary Grace Church, Calgary, Alberta

... Owen Strachan and Gavin Peacock are calling us to see again the beauty of God's design for male and female. This is a timely and needed book.

Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies, Boyce College, Louisville, Kentucky

... provides an emphatically complementarian exposition of Scripture's teaching on what it means to be man or woman, with particular focus on the home and the church. The authors are not afraid to confront and contradict secular consensus on the issues that arise ... a challenging and practical volume which will repay careful study.

Robert Strivens, Principal, London Seminary, London

What a great and timely book on the issue of the role and function of men and women. Concise and biblical, it deals with everything from marriage, manhood, womanhood, transgender and, of course, homosexuality; all issues facing Bible believing Christians in our day.

Mez McConnell, Pastor, Niddrie Community Church and Ministry Director of 20Schemes

While many evangelicals compromise, or wear 'gospel only' blinkers, this book refuses to avoid any of the issues. With clarity, compassion and cultural awareness the authors have skilfully crafted a Biblical manual which will richly reward study and equip caring Christians to navigate contemporary society and reach out to our generation.

John Benton, Managing Editor, Evangelicals Now

... While you may not agree with every line, The Grand Design will encourage and empower you in living for God as the person God made you to be.

Nigel Beynon, Director of Word Alive, London

... Finally, we have a right-sized book to answer the questions men and women are asking or need to ask. Gavin Peacock and Owen Strachan are skilled and gracious communicators and it is a joy to see The Grand Design in print. May it find its way into the hands of every man and woman on the planet.

Jason G. Duesing, Editor, The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and Provost and Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri

Owen Strachan and Gavin Peacock are reliable guides for the necessary return to biblical fidelity on one of our society's central confusions. Christian, you need to read this book.

Heath Lambert, Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC); Author, A Theology of Biblical Counseling

Read, rejoice, and realign through the fogless clarity of this book. It will change your life, and you'll give praise to God that it has.

Bruce Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

Our culture is desperate for men, for them to be Christlike husbands and fathers. This book joins the great cause of meeting that need, and you'll be glad you read it.

James M. Hamilton Jr., Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

In an age so confused about identity and relationships between men and women, Strachan and Peacock have written an easily accessible and theologically clear must-read.

Thomas White, President, Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio

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