A Pastoral Prayer

Among the resources I love to provide the wider church are samples of our local church’s services, as well as samples of our pastoral prayers and other elements. I put these out there in the hope that other people can benefit from them. This pastoral prayer was prayed recently by Paul Martin, senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church. *** O Worthy God, We join with the heavenly host to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was …

10 New and Notable Books for May

It’s that time again! I couldn’t possibly read or review every good book (not to mention every bad book) that finds its way into my mailbox. However, I do like to look them all over and let my readers know about some of the new ones that are most noteworthy. So here are the new and notable books that appeared in my mailbox over the last month or so. In each case, I’ve included the publisher’s description to give you …

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10 New and Notable Books for April

I’m in the happy but overwhelming position of receiving copies of many, if not most, of the new Christian books. Every month or so I like to reduce the great big pile to a much smaller pile of just the most notable new releases. Here are 10 of them for April with the publisher’s description and sometimes a personal comment as well. The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace by Jared Wilson. I’m reading this …

I Will Wait For You (Psalm 130): Singing from the Depths

Hymn Sunday is a collaboration with Getty Music, and in this post my friend Keith shares why singing the Psalms is so very necessary for our hearts. You’ll also find a video of a favorite psalm along with downloadable sheet music. Out of the depths I cry to You, In darkest places I will call… For most people today—including believers—“the depths” is the last place from which a song should be sung. We reserve singing for the higher moments of …

Now Available: A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible

Today’s the day! At long last, this is launch day for A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible. If you pre-ordered, it should be on its way; if you didn’t, it should now be in stock and available to ship from all your favorite retailers. Buy it now at: Amazon, Westminster Books, CBD, Barnes & Noble In this book, I’ve collaborated with artist Josh Byers to both describe (through words) and display (through graphics) the truths of the Bible. We …

The Many Ways To Use “A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible”

My new book, A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible is just about ready to release! It is a unique resource in the way it combines words and images to both describe and display the Bible. It is meant to serve as a new kind of guide to God’s Word. Here are a few ways you may want to put it to use: Read it on your own to better understand the Bible and to grow in your skill at …

New: Exclusive Preview & Bonus Resources for A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible

We are just two weeks away from the release date for my new book A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible (which I co-authored with Josh Byers). In it we have attempted to make the deepest truths of the Bible accessible in a way that can be seen, understood, and experienced like never before. To do this, we’ve combined graphics and text to teach the nature and contents of the Bible in a fresh and illuminating way. Today I’d like …

10 Suggestions For Your Personal Devotions in 2019

The new year is coming, and I, for one, am beginning to think about how I’m going to do my daily devotions in 2019. I know that for me to be consistent, I need to put some plans in place. For the past several years I’ve made great use of the Five-Day Reading Plan and have had the joy of reading through the Bible each year. But as I’ve been getting a better grasp of the Bible’s big picture, I …

10 Ideas and 10 Tips for Family Devotions in 2019

A new year is just about upon us, and as it dawns, we have a new opportunity to lead our families in devotions. Whether you’ve been utterly consistent or mightily struggling, here are 10 ideas and 10 tips that may help as you consider the year to come. Ten Ideas for Family Devotions Just Read the Bible. This is the simplest suggestion of all: Just read the Bible a book at a time. Younger children tend to do best reading …

The 2019 Christian Reading Challenge

Do you love to read? Do you want to learn to love to read? Do you enjoy reading books that cross the whole spectrum of topics and genres? Then I’ve got something that may be right up your alley—the 2019 Christian Reading Challenge. Whether you are a light reader or completely obsessed, this 2019 Christian Reading Challenge is designed to help you read more and to broaden the scope of your reading. How It Works The 2019 Christian Reading Challenge is …