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 …

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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 …

Cyber Monday 2018 Deals for Christians

Every year, more and more retailers participate in Cyber Monday. And, as you can see below, many Christian companies have joined in. Here you’ll find a list of Cyber Monday deals that may be of particular interest to Christians. Accordance Accordance has 30% off everything as well as some even deeper cuts on certain products. Amazon Amazon has plenty of deals, of course. There is a long list of Christian Kindle deals and general market Kindle deals that are worth looking at. Some Kindle …

5 Songs by CityAlight I Think You’ll Enjoy

There has probably never been as much Christian music created as there is today. It can be a chore to sort through the vast amounts of noise to find the few songs that present timeless truth in fresh ways. One group that does this well is Australia’s CityAlight. They are creating music that is a joy to sing alone and, often, well-suited to sing as a congregation. Here are five favorites that are ideal for individuals and congregations alike. (Chords, …

A Great Big List of Recommended Books

A friend made the request. He’s looking for books to read and to recommend to others. “Give me a list of 50 or 60 authors you’ve read and a representative book by each of them.” His wish is my command. Here are 50 or 60 contemporary authors I’ve read and a book by each of them you may enjoy. (I’ll work on classic authors next.) As far as possible, I’ve made that book representative, by which I mean I chose …