New and Notable Christian Books for August 2021

With summer fading into the rear view and the busy winter publishing season approaching, we are beginning to see publishers release some very interesting books. I sorted through the many books that came to my door in August and wanted to share about some of this month’s new and notable releases. In each case I’ve shared the editorial description. The Grace and Truth Study Bible NIV edited by Albert Mohler. “Dr. R. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary …

A Pastoral Prayer to God Most High and Glorious

One key element of our worship at Grace Fellowship Church is a pastoral prayer, in which one of the elders prays for the church and on behalf of the church. Every now and again I like to share one of those prayers. This prayer was prayed last Sunday by Tristan, one of the elders. O God, most high and glorious, who planned to bring salvation through Christ to unworthy sinners like us. We marvel that Christ Jesus so closely identifies and loves …

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Three New Tools That Make a Huge Difference

Many years ago I discovered a set of tools and procedures that allowed me to be most productive. Since then, I have pretty much stuck with those same tools and with that same system, save for a few minor tweaks here and there. (See Do More Better) In the past year, though, I have discovered a few new tools that have swiftly made a big difference to my life. These have not replaced any of my existing tools, but instead …

New and Notable Books for July 2021

For reasons that are obvious, publishers do not release a great many books in July as summer reaches its peak. That said, while they do not release a lot of books when judged by quantity, they do release some significant works when judged by quality. With that in mind, here are some of my picks for July’s New and Notable books. In each case I’ve included the editorial description. The Visual Word: Illustrated Outlines of the New Testament Books by …

Devotional Options For Those Who Have Fallen Behind

We have just passed the mid-point of the year and I know of many whose devotional plans for 2021 have either fallen apart or been set aside. Some of these people wish to restart and finish the year strong, but know they have no hope of picking up the pieces and completing their year-long devotional plan. So, for their sake, I scoured Westminster Books to come up with some options—options that will provide them with a day-by-day devotional resource they …

New and Notable Books for June 2021

June was perhaps not the biggest month in all of church history when it comes to new book releases. Still, I did receive quite a few, then sorted through them to narrow down a list of the ones I consider most notable. Stuck in the Present: How History Frees and Forms Christians by David Moore. “While the Bible is enough to take us to heaven, knowing history helps us live more wisely on our way. George Orwell observed in Nineteen …

New and Notable Christian Books for May 2021

I am in the happy position of receiving endless numbers of Christian books. Every month or so I try to sort through them to identify the new titles that seem most noteworthy and, therefore, may be of most interest to readers like you. Here is the selection for May 2021, including the publishers’ descriptions. Gun Lap: Staying in the Race with Purpose by Robert Wolgemuth. “You may think you’re too old to run fast, but you’re not too old to …

New and Notable Christian Books for April 2021

I’ll be honest with you: April 2021 was probably not the most significant month for new and notable releases of Christian books. I did not have as many as usual show up in my mailbox and did not have to work as hard as usual to narrow down the list. However, we were still blessed with some significant titles and I’ve done my best to list many of them here. Thus, with no further ado, here are my picks for …

Is God Good? (A Call to Worship)

I have mentioned a number of times that one key element of worship at Grace Fellowship Church is the Call to Worship. This call sometimes involves reading a passage of scripture, but other times combines several texts into a responsive or back-and-forth format. Here’s an example that might bless you this morning as you prepare to worship. It calls God’s people to reflect on his goodness, his greatness, his power, and his love. (In other words, it calls us to …

10 New and Notable Christian Books for March 2021

This has been a busy few months for book releases, and nearly every day brings at least one new book to my mailbox. I continue to sort through them and separate out the ones that appear to be especially notable. This is my roundup of the new and notable Christian books for March 2021. For each book I have provided the editorial description. Providence by John Piper. “From Genesis to Revelation, the providence of God directs the entire course of …