3 Things I’m Enjoying in 2020

What’s Best Next Video Study

January 12 is almost half-over. Your New Years Resolutions are probably more than half-broken. And, if you’re like me, most resolutions deal with getting more things done. If that’s you, let me encourage you to think differently about productivity. Instead of getting more things done, aim to get better things done.

Matt Perman, the author of What’s Best Next, is a master of productivity. He’s studied productivity theory (in its various ways) and combined the best of multiple systems with theological God-centeredness to help you do “what’s best next.” I was pleased to receive a copy of his new video study. In 27 sessions (over 6 hours of content) Matt teaches through his material in short, accessible sessions. 

The What’s Best Next Video Study will be helpful for those who prefer to learn by listening. It would be useful for work-team training or for use with high school students learning to prioritize their responsibilities.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History

I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Recently, I’ve been watching it with my seven-year-old (who now begs me to watch it). It’s been a joy to revisit my television friend as an adult. I’m beginning to understand Mister Rogers’ wisdom, what he was doing, and why he did it. It’s helping me be a better parent and person.

So, I was pleased to receive Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History as a Christmas present. I read almost half of it the first night. It is filled with history, pictures, and interviews with the cast and crew. Any fan of Mister Rogers will be sure to treasure it.

Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women

Is it ok for me to say I’ve been enjoying a book that I co-wrote? Either way, I have been. For the past month, I’ve been anxious as the February 4 release date approaches. I’ve questioned myself on whether the book is any good or will be helpful to others. (For the most part, I’ve forgotten what we actually wrote since the last round of edits!)

I ripped open a manilla envelope on Saturday, expecting to find a different book. To my surprise, it was a copy of Worthy! I sat down and read almost all of it that afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised by how happy I was with it. Whether it is helpful to others or not remains to be seen. But, for now, I’m thankful to God for the opportunity to write it. And I pray he uses it to bless others and to glorify himself.

Giveaway: Hardcover ESV Scripture Journals

esv new testament scripture journal setThinking about reading through the Bible in 2020? Journaling through the Scripture is a great way to increase your comprehension, application, and prayer. Using the ESV New Testament Scripture Journals is a great way to do this.

I reviewed the journals and some of their uses this fall (here). But now Crossway has released a hardcover edition. This is a big improvement on the previous set, allowing you to throw a journal in your bag without fear of tearing up the cover.

Thanks to the generosity of Crossway, I have a full set to giveaway. You may enter here or through the form below.

A “Worthy” Giveaway of My New Book

Want to win a free copy of my forthcoming book?

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Ummm…so, yeah…I guess I forgot to mention on my own website that I have a forthcoming book. Sorry about that. It’s co-written with my friend Elyse Fitzpatrick and called Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women. It will release to the world on February 4, 2020.

You can read the endorsements and find links to pre-order it on our fancy-schmancy new website.

So about those free books… To celebrate the new website, we’re giving away a free copy to five friends who help us share it!

Giveaway closed.

Ministerial Sexual Abuse: High Treason in the Kingdom of God

This week, another story broke about a pastor who sexually abused a church member. That sentence seems accurate almost every week. Ministerial sexual abuse in an unfortunate constant in 2019’s headlines.

As each story that breaks, the same responses multiply. Some, understandably, see such abuse as permanently disqualifying. A man who has used the office of pastor to manipulate one under his care for sexual pleasure may never fill the office again. Others question why these reports matter—especially when the abuse took place “so long ago.” Should what a man did as a 22-year-old pastor impact his eligibility to hold the office one, two, or three decades later?

At the heart of this question are two matters: the nature of sex and the nature of the church. Continue reading “Ministerial Sexual Abuse: High Treason in the Kingdom of God”

Super-Social-Media-Sabbatical Giveaway!

I’m taking a break from social media for a while. So to keep my online friends entertained, I’m hosting a $550 Super-Social-Media-Sabbatical Giveaway!

I had a significant stack of giveaway stuff to, well, give away. So, I just decided to give it away all at once.

Five winners will share $550 worth of books, CDs, and a liturgical pint glass. (Prizes listed at the bottom of this post.) Enter here or through the form below. Continue reading “Super-Social-Media-Sabbatical Giveaway!”