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In the fall of 2014, I transitioned from serving Grace Community Church full-time to a ¾-time schedule. This has allowed me to pursue additional writing and speaking opportunities. I would love to speak at your church or retreat.

 

Books

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The Beauty of God for a Broken World:

Reflections on the Goodness of the God of the Bible (2010)

You may be hostile to the God of the Bible. Maybe the church and its representatives have done you great harm. You may be overwhelmed by the suffering of the world and resentful of a God who claims to be in charge of the mess. Or you may be a dutiful Christian whose faith has become dry and stale. You are going through the motions, but your heart is not engaged. Do you have doubts and questions you hesitate to voice? In this book, I draw on insights from one of colonial America's great thinkers, using Jonathan Edwards's writings on the love of God to explain God's attractiveness. I write for two kinds of readers: those who suspect God is unlovely, and those who want to love Him more. Whether you think of yourself as an ex-Christian, an interested, thoughtful outsider to the Christian faith or a struggling believer, The Beauty of God will challenge you to think and hope again.

 

 

 

Limping Christians:

Help for Those Who Hobble along the Path of Life (2014)

Hebrews 12 exhorts us to "run with endurance the race that is set before us," but that same chapter describes us as lame. How can a lame person run if the best he can do is limp? This book is designed to encourage believers when they are distressed and disappointed in themselves. They wonder how God could ever love and accept them when their faith is so small and their failings so large. Probably all of us fit into that category at times. Clear Bible exposition is coupled with striking parables that illustrate biblical principles.

 

 

 

 

 

The Earth Two Adventures

I wrote this fantasy series several years ago to read aloud to grade-school children. I was teaching them during our Wednesday Family Night program, so I read one chapter a week. Over the years, those children (even after they became adults) have urged me to have them printed. The nine stories follow the adventures of three children who accidentally discover a doorway into Earth Two, a parallel Earth created by God to preserve the Mother of all Languages that God gave to Adam and Eve. This language was intended to enable our first parents to rule the animals and subdue the earth, but like all good gifts this language can also be used for evil, as the children discover to their peril. Volumes 1 and 2 of these adventures are now available Volume 1 includes The Vortex, The Voyage, and The Village. Volume 2 includes The Witch, The Wardell-Oon, and The Winter. Volume 3 inclludes Extraction, Exchange, and Exeunt.

 

 

Books in the works (I may change the titles of these. Much of the material is written, though it needs to be revised.)

 

Enjoying God: Meaning and Methods. As the justly famous Westminster Catechism teaches us, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” What does it mean to us to enjoy God in the activities of daily life? How do we do it? How is enjoying God related to the fear of the Lord and to the disciplined life Christ calls us to pursue?

 

Deity in the Details. Many Christians know only one or two texts that teach the deity of Christ. However, on page after page, the New Testament shows us His Godhood in the small details of His life. Let your heart be warmed toward God incarnate by these rich meditations on the implications of Jesus’ words and work.

 

The Practical Catechism. I wrote this a number of years ago as a Bible study to explain basic doctrines of the Christian faith. It is built around our church’s doctrinal statement, which I also wrote. Now I need to put it in a more accessible form.