Books, church, devotional, family, generational transference, parenting, spiritual formation

Strong & Courageous: 365 Daily Devotions for Fathers

I’m excited to announce a new book… in time for Father’s Day!  Strong & Courageous: 365 Daily Devotions for Fathers. Ten good friends helped me create and compile this leather bound resource. Each of them is a talented writer and good pastor: Cesar Castillejos, Chris Folkestad, Bryan Halferty, Steven McCready, John Mulholland, Phil Petersen, Tony Roos, Luke […]

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Books, Jesus

Jesus-Centered Life – video

Rick Lawrence has put together a spectacular book that I hope you will digest– Scribble in the margins, take notes at end of chapters, ask questions, stop to pray, grow deeper and stronger in Jesus. As Rick likes to say, let this book lead you into “an orbital gravitational pull around Jesus.” — The Jesus-Centered Life […]

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Bible Study, Books, Jesus, media, youth ministry

A Bible About Jesus

For the last 25 years, as a pastor and teacher, I’ve spent a lot of time with people who have wanted to know, but have struggled to see, how the Bible was more than just an important old book with some good things to say, or how the Old and New Testaments fit together, or whether the thousands […]

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Books, grow down

Roald Dahl’s BFG agrees with me…

“Grown-up human beans is not famous for their kindnesses. They is all squifflerotters and grinksludgers.” – The Big Friendly Giant I wish I had this quote from Roald Dahl’s classic BFG when I wrote Grow Down… It seems that Roald Dahls “Big Friendly Giant” and I have a similar outlook on things: 1) it is […]

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Books, grow down, Jesus

New Book!!

I am excited to share that my new book, Grow Down: How to Build a Jesus-Centered Faith, was launched a couple of weeks ago. As mentioned in the acknowledgements, I really am so thankful to all of those in Canada, the U.S., and Northern Ireland who have borne my immaturity over the years and who […]

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Bible Study, Books, Psalms

Study Guide – Psalm 50:1-6

  1 The Lord, the Mighty One, is God,    and he has spoken;he has summoned all humanity    from where the sun rises to where it sets.2 From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty,    God shines in glorious radiance.3 Our God approaches,    and he is not silent.Fire devours everything in his way,    and a great storm rages around him.4 He calls on the heavens above and […]

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Books, church, generational transference, grow down, spiritual formation, youth ministry

Juvenilization and the Need to Grow Down

I'm loving Thomas Bergler's new book, The Juvenilization of American Christianity. His themes resonate with what I've been saying in recent years regarding the need for deeper spiritual formation so that our younger generations will be able to embrace a more mature discipleship.  The trouble, as Bergler suggests, is that many of the growing churches […]

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Books, spiritual formation, theology, youth ministry

summer study books

Here's a short list of my summer study books – The Explicit Gospel – by Matt Chandler with Jared Wilson (Re:Lit/Crossway). Matt is becoming increasingly influential among young conservative Christians looking for passionate teaching connected to orthodox traditions of faith with cutting-edge applications for mission (I know, long sentence!). I'm pumped to read this book […]

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