How We Worshipped on One Sunday in July

Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I do so hoping they serve as a model of how one church attempts to worship the Lord in a distinctly biblical way. This service’s cast of characters included Paul as our service leader, Josh as our lead worshipper, Dwight (one of our associate pastors) as the elder who read the Scripture text and prayed. I preached. Our band consisted of …

How We Worshipped One Sunday in June

Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I do so hoping they serve as a model of how one church attempts to worship the Lord in a distinctly biblical way. This service’s cast of characters included Paul as our service leader and preacher, Josh as our lead worshipper, and me as the elder who read the Scripture text and prayed. Steve, our associate pastor, closed out the service …

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Lord from Sorrows Deep I Call (Free Downloads)

Hymn Sunday is a collaboration with Getty Music, and in this post Matt Papa tells about his new adaptation of Psalm 42, “Lord from Sorrows Deep I Call.” You’ll also find a video along with downloadable MP3 and sheet music. This song began as a melody that was filled with sorrow, hope, and longing.  After Matt and I completed a couple different versions of the lyric, we finally landed on the title “Lord from Sorrows Deep I Call” and it seemed to both capture the ache …

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 …

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 …