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The Grade Exchange: An Easy Way to Help Folks Grasp the Gospel (Book and Study Course with Discussion Guide)
The message of the Bible turns the tables on what we think of religion. Religion says that I am blessed, forgiven, and accepted by God based on my obedience and sacrifice. But the Bible teaches that I am blessed, forgiven, and accepted not by my obedience and sacrifice, but because of the obedience and sacrifice of someone else who obeys and sacrifices himself in my place. Human religion and Christianity are diametrically opposed. One is based on human works; the other is based on God’s grace, which sets Christianity apart from what we normally think of as religion. In The Grade Exchange, discover the practical implications of the radical grace that we call the gospel.
Facets of Grace: Seeing and Savoring the Beauty of God's Grace in Jesus (Book and Study Course with Discussion Guide)
Spiritual revival takes place when believers come alive to the wonder, beauty, and transforming power of the gospel.
To that end, Facets of Grace is designed to take you on a tour, exploring the cosmic dimensions of God's grace in Jesus from before the foundations of the earth to eternity future.
I Am Not the Christ: Pastoral Identity in View of the Cross (Book and Study Course with Discussion Guide)
Birthed from a combination of deep theological reflection and twenty-six years of pastoral experience as an assistant pastor, lead pastor, and church planter who served in large cities, suburbs, a farming community, and a small college town, I am Not the Christ is full of practical application that aims to give pastors renewed joy in their calling as ambassadors of grace by helping them tether all of life and ministry to the cross of the risen and reigning Jesus.
Repentance and Renewal: Discover How Moral Honesty Opens the Door to Spiritual Vitality (Book and Study Course)
This study is a practical, devotional exposition of Psalm 51, broken down into fifteen lessons.
The aim of this course is to help you discover (or maybe rediscover) the spiritual power of moral honesty. Yes, it hurts more than you want, but it unlocks a door to a life of freedom and grace you've always craved.
Unexpected Kindness: How Jesus Shows Us a Better Way to Engage the World (Book)
The Gospels depict a Jesus who engages sinners with undeserved and unexpected kindness, compassion, and mercy. What if Christians took his lead for how we engage the world in our day? What if, repenting of our self-righteous moral superiority we embraced our own need for God's grace as the defining truth of our lives? In these twelve studies in the Gospels, Unexpected Kindness will help you discover a life-altering theology of mission as well as real-life, practical applications for how to live as an ambassador of Jesus in a world desperate for grace.
8 Unique Challenges Every Ministry Marriage Will Face: Practical Help for Pastoral Couples (Study Course with Action Steps and Discussion Starters)
Every vocation provides challenges to marriage. Whether it is the demand of long hours, the accumulation of stress from on-the-job conflict, or the schedule disorienting impact of shift work, marriage is impacted by any and every field of employment.
Pastoral ministry presents challenges, too. Unique challenges.
Whether you are married and considering pastoral ministry or an unmarried pastor who is thinking about taking the plunge, it is better to be prepared for these challenges than to be surprised by them.
Maybe you're already in the midst of a ministry marriage and the ship is taking on water. You need help.
It is to that end (practical help) that I invite you on a journey to address eight unique challenges every ministry marriage will face.
Each short lesson includes actions steps and discussion starter questions.
The Bronze Serpent: Tethering Your Life to the Cross with Scripture-Based Prayer (Book)
There are many books on prayer and many books centering on Bible study. This 30-day devotional joins the two: the Bible and prayer. You will notice each prayer is also a theological and practical reflection on a particular passage of Scripture, allowing the Bible to inform and shape your conversations with God and turning prayer into a dialogue that centers on our need to live completely in dependence upon the grace of God—in view of the cross.
With small chapters, you may find The Bronze Serpent not only helpful for personal prayer, but also for family devotions.
What About Works: Understanding the Relationship Between Faith and Fruit (A Devotional Study Course)
How do faith, grace, and works relate to one another?
Getting this straight is not just a matter of theological importance, but of practical importance; not just for becoming a Christian, but for living as a Christian.
Am I really saved by grace alone through faith alone? Or is there something I must do to secure or sustain my good standing with God as a forgiven, accepted, and loved son or daughter?
If I am saved by grace alone, then what role do works play in the Christian life? If they don’t save, secure, or sustain me, why should I be at all concerned whether there is any practical change in my life as a disciple of Jesus?
Those are the questions we'll explore in What About Works?
Bridge Over Troubled Water: A Clear, Simple, and Easy-to-Read Presentation on the Meaning, Recipients, and Mode of Baptism (Study Course with Discussion Guide)
A clear, simple, and easy-to-read presentation on the meaning, recipients, and mode of baptism from a former pastor of twenty-six years who has stood on both sides of the river.
8 Things Every Christian Needs to Know About the Gospel (Study Course with Discussion Questions)
In this course, which is ideal for personal and/or family devotions, as a small group study, or sharing your faith with a friend over a number of get togethers over coffee, you will discover the essentials for understanding the gospel in a way that will help you understand the core doctrines of justification, sanctification, and adoption.