One Way To Make the Most of Being Housebound with Your Family

There are millions of people across the world who unexpectedly find themselves and their families housebound. There are millions of parents who are wondering how they are going to fill the days ahead and how they are going to make the most of them. My family, too, has been affected by travel bans and the closure of schools, and we are asking how we can use this time well. I want to share one idea with you. Over the past …

How We Worshipped on One Sunday in March

Like so many of you, I find myself unexpectedly at home this Sunday instead of joining in corporate worship. At Grace Fellowship Church we deem this a reasonable response to the government’s request that we avoid meeting in large groups. And while I’m at home with my family, I’m thinking wistfully of the wonderful service we enjoyed last week. Let me tell you about it… The service’s cast of characters included Paul as the preacher and service leader, Josh as …

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New and Notable Christian Books for February 2020

I’m 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 books that seem most noteworthy and, therefore, may be of most interest to readers like you. Here is the selection for February 2020, including the publishers’ descriptions. (Note: I’ve skimmed these books, but have not thoroughly read most of them.) With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires, and Will toward Christ by A. …

Are You Looking for Something Good To Read?

One thing I love to do is resource other people with good books. That means I read a lot and then try to mention some of the best of the bunch in case that will spur other people on in their own reading. To that end, here are a few of the books I’ve read recently, accompanied by miniature reviews. (And, in case nothing here strikes your fancy, I’ve got two other round-ups from 2020: number one and number two.) …

New and Notable Christian Books for January 2020

I’m 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 books that seem most noteworthy and, therefore, may be of most interest to readers like you. Here is the selection for January 2020, including the publishers’ descriptions. (Note: I’ve skimmed these books, but have not thoroughly read most of them.) To Seek and to Save: Daily Reflections on the Road to the Cross by …

Looking for Something Good To Read? (10 Book Suggestions)

I spend a lot of time reading. And, for as long as my messed up hands keep me from being able to type as much as I’d like, I’ll be spending even more time reading than usual. Here, in case you’re looking for something good to read, are some of the books I’ve gone through in the past couple of weeks. All of these are general market books, but I do read Christian books as well—it’s just that I tend …

How We Worshipped One Sunday in January

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 January Sunday morning. This week’s cast of characters included Steve as service leader, Paul as preacher, and Allie as music leader. Dwight read the Scripture text and led the pastoral prayer. The band was composed of a piano, and electric guitar, and two female vocalists. Welcome and Call to Worship (Steve) Steve welcomed …

Looking for Something to Read? (Brief Book Reviews)

Every two to three weeks I write a full-length book review, but for only a fraction of the books I actually read. From time to time I like to provide miniature reviews of some of the others. If you are looking for some reading suggestions, here are notes about some of the books I’ve read recently. Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History by Andrew Roberts. Albert Mohler recommended this book on his blog. I promptly bought …

7 New and Notable Books for December

Even late in the year, we continue to see some excellent new books come our way. And, one way or another, most of them make their way to boxes on my front doorstep. I sort through all those books and try to distill them down to some of the most notable. Here are the ones that stood out to me this time around. Systematic Theology by Robert Letham. “This comprehensive systematic theology by a respected theologian covers the whole field …

A Textbook Pastoral Prayer

A couple of Sundays ago, Paul Martin prayed a pastoral prayer at Grace Fellowship Church that I think stands as a textbook example of how a pastor can pray for his people when they gather to worship. If the pastoral prayer is the time for the pastor to intercede before God on behalf of his church, I believe he did so in an especially powerful and effective way that Sunday. Please read and benefit from it. ***** God of Adam, …