Don't Just Send a Resume: How to Find the Right Job in a Local Church
I spent four years 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. The book also features short contributions by 12 published authors and ministry leaders.
You can get it at Amazon or wherever book are sold online.
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. Brant Hansen wrote the foreword. He’s a nationally syndicated Christian radio host and author of Unoffendable and Blessed are the Misfits. To pick it up on Amazon, click here.
Struggle Against Porn: 29 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 available early in 2019.
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. You can get it here.
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.
"Networking for Pastors who Hate Networking,"Gospel-Centered Discipleship, February 14, 2019
"Porn: The Killer of Missions," The Missions Podcast Interview, January 13, 2019
"Reflections on The Pursuit of Writing," Pastor Writer Podcast interview, November 10, 2019
"God Loves a Cheerful Preacher: A Book Review of The Preacher's Catechism," Evangelical Free Church of America Blog (EFCA NOW), July 31, 2018.
"If Today Was Your Last Day," Unlocking the Bible, July 31, 2018.
"Jumping the Shark and the Trajectory of Sin," For The Church, July 5, 2018.
"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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