Writing has always been a particular calling of mine. I have been privileged to work with churches that supported my writing, granting me time and energy to attend to the difficult process of birthing books. The following links will let you see a summary of the books I’ve written, peruse the Table of Contents, read a sample chapter, and order a copy if you are so inclined.
- A Spirit for the Rest of Us. Leafwood Publishers. 2009. This book takes a close look at what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit (in the Final Discourse of John) and suggests that between two Spirit-extremes (denial of the Spirit and abandonment to the miraculous) there is a “Spirit for the rest of us.”
- A Spirit for the Rest of Us Workbook. Leafwood Publishers. 2009. This workbook edition includes inductive Bible studies, small group discussion guides, and personal disciplines for exploring a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. Based on the book, this workbook is not a substitute for but an application of the principles discussed in A Spirit for the Rest of Us.
- The Messenger. NavPress. 2002. A work of historical fiction, based on Acts and the Philippian letter, that recreates Paul’s work in Philippi, his loving relationship with this church and its people, and his reasons for writing the Epistle to the Philippians.
- A Distant Presence. NavPress. 2001. The longer edition of my novel on Paul and the Philippins. Includes an extended section on the historical, theological, and cultural background for Paul’s ministry and the church in Philippi. Also includes a “narrative commentary” on Paul’s letter.
- We Can Be Heroes. September 11, 2001, made an indelible mark on our country and culture. The question is: did it make a mark on the church? Did the events of that awful day say anything to people of faith about their mission and ministry … about the need for spiritual heroes in the midst of a world gone wrong?
- A Church that Flies. Leafwood Publishers. 2000. In this book, I suggest that, if our movement (Churches of Christ) is to have future that matters to the Kingdom, we must leave behind our slavish attentions to “forms” of the New Testament church and focus instead on the “eternal functions” they (and we) must address. Worship. Holiness. Community. Discipleship. Witness. Service. Influence. These are the reasons why the church exists.
- Walk This Way. NavPress. 1999. This study of the Beatitudes is perhaps my favorite book-child. The Beatitudes were the first words spoken by Jesus to his assembled disciples. They lay out his agenda for their lives and for his ministry. They define the kind of people Jesus wants to build. By looking at these eight descriptions of the character of disciples, we learn a great deal about our own call to follow Jesus.
- Among Friends. NavPress. 1989. Written with James Hinkle. This book addresses the joys and challenges of relationships in the family of God. Why is “loving each other” so important? Where do Christian relationships go wrong? How should we handle conflicts within the body?