How We Worshipped One Sunday in September

From time to time I like to share one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. In that vein, here is how we worshiped on one September Sunday morning. This week’s cast of characters included Steve as service leader, Paul as preacher, and Josh as lead worshiper. The band was composed of guitar, electric guitar, and bass guitar with one male and two female vocalists. Because the text on this Sunday focused on prayer, we had each of the …

10+ New and Notable Books for September

As I’m sure you know, I like to keep on top of new Christian book releases. Most of them show up in my mailbox at one time or another, and I always try to take the big pile and sort it down to a much smaller pile. What remains are my new and notable books. Here’s a collection for September, 2019. Friend-ish: Reclaiming Real Friendship in a Culture of Confusion by Kelly Needham. “Bible teacher Kelly Needham debunks our world’s …

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10 New and Notable Books for August

As you know by now, I like to keep on top of new Christian book releases. And, as it happens, most of them show up in my mailbox anyway. So I sorted through the big pile and arrived at 10 books I consider especially noteworthy for August. The Right Kind of Strong: Surprisingly Simple Habits of a Spiritually Strong Woman by Mary Kassian. “Our culture teaches us that it’s important for women to be strong. The Bible agrees. Unfortunately, culture’s …

7 New and Notable Books for July

July isn’t always prime time for book releases, but in this case, it has done okay for itself. Here are some of the new and notable Christian books for July, 2019. In each case, I’ve provided the publisher’s editorial description. Disciplines of a Godly Man (Updated Edition) by R. Kent Hughes. This is a new, updated edition of a modern day classic. “No man will get anywhere in life without discipline—and growth in godliness is no exception. Seasoned pastor R. …

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 …

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 …