things I have written and places you can read them
More People to Love: How the Bible Starts in a Garden and Ends in a City and What That Means for You
Jason Abbott and I wrote a book called More People to Love . It's about The Big Story of the Bible. It’s about God’s plan, as revealed from Genesis to Revelation, to “make [his] name great among the nations” (Malachi 1:11). At times, our lives can be very difficult. But seeing our lives in light of The Big Story—the beautiful story of God’s unfolding plan of redemption—gives us the perspective we need to carry on with purpose and joy.
Brant Hansen wrote the foreword. He’s a nationally syndicated Christian radio host and author of Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better.
To pick it up on Amazon, click here.
Don't Just Send a Resume: How to Find the Right Job in a Local Church
I'm working on a book to help pastors in the job search process. The typical pastor, while fully equipped to do his job, is not equipped to transition effectively when God calls him to move to another church.
This book will be published in late 2018 or early 2019.
Struggle Against Porn: 40 Diagnostic Tests for Your Head and Heart
Many Christian men struggle with pornography. And that's the problem. I'm writing a book to help men struggle against (not with) sexual sin. There's a huge difference.
The book is being published by Rainer Publishing and should be availble for purchase late in 2018. If you'd like to help read the manuscript prior to publication, sign up here.
God’s Joy Project: A Short Introduction to Reformed Theology & A Discussion Guide to Tony Reinke’s Book The Joy Project
This workbook includes a short introduction to Reformed theology as well as a 7-week discussion guide to Tony Reinke’s book The Joy Project: A True Story of Inescapable Happiness (Reinke’s book can be downloaded free of charge in three digital formats at desiringGod.org).
This companion guide is ideal for personal study and small group discussion. It provides questions for each chapter of Reinke’s book and discussion questions related to Christian songs that share the themes of each chapter.
We are all looking for joy. The Joy Project, however, is the story of how joy finds us. It’s the story of how God has worked, and is working, to save his people and love them forever.
Each Part Working Properly
I wrote this short book for our church membership class. It answers questions such as, "What is the Gospel?" and "Is church membership even biblical"? Also, it teaches Christians how to tell the story of what God has done in their life. Important stuff. The book is tailored to our church, but I think others will find it helpful, too. If you'd like to purchase a copy, you can buy it on Amazon.
The Gospel and Church Membership
Whether you have been a Christian for a long time or whether you are just peering over the fence trying to figure things out, I hope this tiny eBook will give you clarity on two massive realities: the beauty of the Gospel and the priority of the local church. This book has been adapted from the first chapter of my church membership book. Currently, I'm giving it away as a freebie for signing up to my blog.
Lost in December
This is a short story about returning to life after a miscarriage. Over the years, it has surprised me to learn how many couples have had one, or even several, miscarriages. For Brooke and I, it's been five years. And it's still hard. In the story, a husband and wife (Joshua and Allison), as well as their other young children, learn what it means to move on after losing a child. You can get it here.
"Blogging for God's Glory," For The Church, March 16, 2018.
"When Should a Pastor Address a Current Event?" For The Church, February 13, 2018.
"12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke [A Book Review],” Themelios, December 2017, Vol. 42, Is. 3.
"What If Tomorrow Is Even Harder Than Today," Desiring God (November 4, 2017).
"A Book Review of Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch," Evangelical Free Church of America Blog (EFCA NOW), September 20, 2017.
"Pastor, Strive to Learn Learn Their Names," The Gospel Coalition, September 11, 2017.
"Encouraging the Not-Yet-Married, a book review of Not Yet Married by Marshall Segal," The Gospel Coalition, July 28, 2017.
"Why Your Wedding Day Matters," A Short Television Interview for CBN, June 30, 2017.
"Sometimes God Just Closes Doors," Desiring God, June 27, 2017.
"Am I Still Me? Finding Yourself When Life Changes," Desiring God, April 18, 2017.
"The Gospel in 140 Characters," For The Church, March 28, 2017.
"Church-Growth Fear or Excitement?" Evangelical Free Church of America Blog (EFCA NOW), February 2, 2017.
"Pastors Need Healthy Boundaries," Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), Eastern District Blog, January 18, 2017.
"Light for Those Who Sit in Darkness: What Christmas Says About Our Sin," Desiring God, December 20, 2016.
"A Book Review of How to Survive the Apocalypse," Evangelical Free Church of America Blog (EFCA NOW), November 8, 2016.
"9 Tips for Giving a Retreat Talk," For The Church, October 6, 2016.
"5 Strategies for Shortening Your Sermons," The Gospel Coalition, July 6, 2016.
"Thank God for Spiritual Grandfathers: Thoughts on Wayne Grudem," For The Church, July 5, 2016.
"Can You Really Become Unoffendable?" A book review of Unoffendable by Brant Hansen, The Gospel Coalition, June 29, 2016.
"The Problem with the Pinterest Dream Wedding," Desiring God, June 6, 2016.
"From Hating Words to Loving Them," Stories of Change, May 7, 2016.
“Gluten Free to the Glory of God,” Desiring God, January 6, 2016.
“Pastoral Transplant Criteria,” For The Church, December 26, 2015.
“What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung [A Book Review],” Themelios, December 2016, Vol. 40, Is. 3.
“The Greatest Enemy of the Church,” Desiring God, August 12, 2015.
“When Ministry Success Becomes an Idol,” The Gospel Coalition, April 22, 2015.
“Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections [A Book Review],” The Gospel Coalition, February 18, 2015.
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