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For a number of years now, I have been writing short devotions for Holy Week or Passion Week as well as for Good Friday.
These devotions have not appeared either here on this blog or in print form, so this year, I decided to make them available as an ebook.
Here you will find devotional reflections on Psalm 22, the Seven Last Words of Christ, What it means to “Take Up Your Cross,” Events that are recorded in at least three of the Gospels from the Mount of Transfiguration to the Cross, and on Isaiah 61:1-2.
Overall, were this an “in-print” book, it would cover about 70 pages. At the moment, I have no plans to turn this into a print book or to post them as blog entries, so if you have enjoyed the writings and reflections found here, you might want to pick it up here on Amazon for only $0.99 (or free, if you have KindleUnlimited!).
God bless you as you prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.
Yours in Christ, “Preacher Win”
Last year in our Bible Club at church (our K-4th grade midweek Bible Program), we were tackling the Biblical theme of the Armor of God from Ephesians 6. Wanting to try something new, I decided to tell the kids a story. So, every other Wednesday, I wrote for the kids and then that evening sat down with them and told them the story of Michael and Hope.
For many of us in Reformed circles, John Bunyan’s classic novel, The Pilgrim’s Progress, holds a special place in our hearts. It is a story that I wasn’t introduced to until later in life, but it is one that my children have both read (several times, actually!) and been influenced by. In fact, I remember the excitement on my son’s face when he came home from school one day and told us about this book they were reading in class.
Bunyan left open the idea that there were other pilgrims along the road to the Celestial City. So, rather than trying to retell the story of Christian and Christiana, I set forth to write a new story (in the spirit of the old) of two more pilgrims on the road: Michael and Hope who would be joined by others in their adventures.
What humbled me during the process was just how responsive the children were to the story. They looked forward to new installments with anticipation and could tell me what happened in previous chapters even though sometimes we read the chapters weeks apart. Their excitement birthed the idea to perhaps share this story with a wider audience.
While originally written as a story to be read out loud, it has been thoroughly edited and tweaked to be able to stand as a novel on its own. It has also been wonderfully illustrated by a local artist, Tessa Sentell, who used her gifts to bring Michael and Hope to life along with Prudence and others they meet on the road. We aimed the novel format toward readers ages 8-12, but my experience with our Bible Club kids and volunteers is that the story is one that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Middle Tree Press has chosen to publish the book. It can be found either on Amazon or on their website. If you go to Middle Tree Press’ website, they are offering a 10% discount if you type in the code: MichaelHope10.
I hope you like it. Middle Tree Press has also set up a blog window for us to continue the conversation about the book and the themes that the book develops. Sign up for updates from Middle Tree and you will be able to follow along and interact with these discussions.
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 47,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Seven years ago I began the process of writing an introduction to Systematic Theology — a primer of sorts — from a broadly evangelical perspective, for use with the students I taught. Two summers ago I took a week and wrote the last chapter as well as expanding the chapter on Theology Proper into two chapters to make it more manageable. This past summer, I edited it by hand and last week I finally finished putting in the edits and building the index, table of contents, etc… Though I am no longer teaching High School, for me it was an unfinished project that needed to be finally birthed and used as it may, if even only as a future textbook for our children whom we homeschool. 😉
In the end, as I mentioned recently, I made the choice this summer to pause on my usual devotional writing and work on these two projects to bring them to completion. That done, I have missed the daily devotional writing and am looking forward to getting back to them (along with getting back to the comments and questions that some of you have left me). May God bless you and may God bless this completed work. If you are curious, you can click on the image below…
This summer I made the decision that instead of writing new material, I would focus on putting some old material into a format so that it would be ready for publication. I am not sure that my decision was entirely the best idea, but nonetheless, that was the call that I made and I am still plodding through some materials that I began and are hanging over my head like a lead weight…I like to finish that which I begin. So, be patient with me and more writing will soon grace these pages. For those who have sent comments, be patient too, I am not ignoring you and have not forgotten your thoughts.
On a more positive note, I have gotten one of my projects into print… The book is entitled, God’s Glory — Man’s is Dust: An Introduction to Reformed Theology.
This book is essentially a revisiting of a series of lectures that I used to give in Ukraine to new seminary students. The goal is both an understanding of the Calvinistic TULIP and the origins of the Calvinistic/Pelagian, Semi-Pelagian, Arminian, Neo-Arminian, Wesleyan debate. Yet, in approaching it for publication, I designed this for those sitting in the pews under reformed preaching. It is not overly technical, but hopefully deep enough that I won’t insult your intelligence and may even present some aspects in a way you might not have considered. This is meant to be the first in a series of theological books aimed at those in the pews.