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Jarrid Wilson Talks Social Media and His New Devotional

If you’ve never heard of Jarrid Wilson, then get ready, because it won’t be long before his name is mentioned alongside top ministry leaders.

Jarrid represents the new wave in ministry, one that uses social media and technology to preach the Gospel. Jarrid’s use of Twitter, Facebook, his podcast, and his blog has enabled him to spread the Word to tens of thousands of people all around the world.

Jarrid was kind enough to talk to us about his ministry and his brand-new devotional, 30 Words: A Devotional for the Rest of Us.

What compelled you to write a devotional?

30 Words is more than a devotional: it’s an experiment for an everyday person who is looking to gain further knowledge of God’s character. I wrote 30 Words in hopes that it would be set apart from other devotionals, something people can reread whenever they are looking for a fresh wind of encouragement or inspiration.

How is this devotional different from others?

There is plenty of material both for individuals brand-new to their faith, and for those looking to become the next great theological mind. But what I realized is that there fails to be much content for the middle man. “A devotional for the rest of us” is for anyone looking to deepen their relationship with God, no matter where they are on their walk with Him. 30 Words is a bridge.

What drew you to publishing with Kirkdale Press?

Simple. Kirkdale Press is family. Not only are they incredibly gifted at what they do, but they have an incredible heart for authors who are passionate about their work. I am truly honored to work with Kirkdale Press, and I am thankful God allowed me to publish my first book through them.

Social media plays an important role in your ministry. What do you find so compelling about social media?

Matthew 28:18–19 is a simple statement that encapsulates my yearning for ministry through social media. We are called to make disciples of “all nations,” and I believe that through the power of social media, we are able to take the Gospel to the homes of millions across the world. Social media has a tendency to turn the everyday introvert into an everyday extrovert. And by using that to my advantage I am able to speak words of truth, hope, grace, and love to people all across social media platforms.

What are some challenges and potential benefits for the church in incorporating social media into its reach and mission? 

I believe that God has gifted us with many tools in sharing the Gospel, and that one of those tools for today’s age is social media. I can’t begin to understand why a Church wouldn’t want to use this tool to help their mission in sharing Christ. Although not everyone is social savvy, you’d be surprised by how many people you can reach through a single tweet or Facebook post.

What are some great and not-so-great examples you’ve seen of social media being used by Christians?

I can’t begin to explain how many people I see who claim to love Jesus in their bios, but who have yet to resemble Him in their tweets or posts. It hurts my heart to see people tweet malicious statements in the name of Christ, all because they have the comfort of hiding behind a username. We are called to be the difference, and I believe our greatest struggle in the social media world will be to not conform to how the world uses it.

Jarrid’s devotional 30 Words is published through Kirkdale Press, and it’s available now.

Lisa Chan Discusses Being a Pastor’s Wife

I was happy to catch a few minutes to chat with upcoming Defined by God speaker Lisa Chan. Lisa has been married to pastor, speaker, and writer Francis Chan for 18 years. I asked Lisa about some of the struggles pastors’ wives face.

Was Francis a pastor when you first married him?

Yes, he was working with a church. The church had gone through a terrible time, and there was a split with the senior pastor. We left on our honeymoon thinking maybe he would take over temporarily at that church, but in two months’ time, Francis felt like, “You know what, I think God wants us to start our own church and for me to really head out and lead.” And so Cornerstone was founded after two months of marriage.

What’s the biggest challenge pastors’ wives face today?

That’s an interesting question. I think one of the biggest challenges is authenticity. It’s so easy to slide into a position or a title and find your identity in that instead of being an authentic, godly woman—one pursuing Christ, walking in step with the spirit, and focused on what he wants, rather than what people want or think. We all know that’s part of the territory, but if you can learn to keep your eyes forward and on Christ, you can learn how to deal with it in a better way.

What advice would you give to pastors’ wives who are struggling with authenticity and feeling like they have to fit into a mold that other people put them in?

I think the best way is to not spend too much time thinking about it—usually if we focus on the problem, it just gets bigger and bigger. But if we turn our focus and choose to say, “No, I’m going to go after Christ, I’m going to grow in my walk with God, I’m going to learn to listen to his voice and do the things he asks me to do”—that’s really the only answer. And I know it seems really oversimplified, but sometimes our biggest problems have very simple answers. That would be my biggest advice—just follow after God and that’s what it’s all about.

My husband gives this illustration that if you’re learning to be a mountain-bike rider, you have to look where you want to go. In other words, if you look where you don’t want to go, like the cliff or rut, your bike will automatically go where you don’t want to go. So to stay on the right path, you look at where you want to go. And so for us, as pastors’ wives, let’s not look at this big cesspool of “Oh people expect so much of me, and this is so terrible”—you’re going to go that way—but if you just say “I’m going to be a women of God, a child of God after him,” all the other stuff falls into place because you’re just following after God.

What will you be speaking on at the Defined by God conference, and how will it help pastors’ wives?

I’m pretty sure that I’m going to be speaking about having a steadfast love, and I’m going to be sharing a lot that I’m saying here; I want to refocus and resimplify because we tend to overcomplicate, and I know that’s my tendency, and the Lord is just showing me how much I need to step back and simplify and do the next step that’s right in front of me. What does God have for me right now, today? I don’t want to worry so much about the future and get ahead of myself.

What would you say to women who are thinking about coming but are on the fence?

I know that as pastors wives, we hear a lot of messages—maybe sometimes we get to attend some with our husbands, we’re listening, we’re reading, so sometimes it can feel like it’s just gonna be one more thing on our plates. But I think the uniqueness of this is that it will be just pastors’ wives instead of a women’s conference or couples’ retreat, and so to me, that’s the fun of this. Wow, we’re all very like-minded, we have the same struggles, the same desires, husbands who are in the same place in ministry, and so there’s camaraderie and the ability to feel united with so many women who are in the same place. And I’m just asking women to consider how much of a blessing it is to come together with other women to understand exactly where you’re at.

Come see Lisa and more fantastic speakers at the Defined by God conference in San Diego, CA,  November 1–3.

Register now for FREE!

400 of History’s Most Powerful Prayers

Pastors often have occasion to pray in public. Whether for a special occasion, like a baptism, or a regular responsibility during a weekly worship service, they need to deliver prayers that communicate the state of their people before God.

In such situations, many us turn to prayers from the past. The Bible, especially the book of Psalms, is of course first on the list. The written prayers from leaders throughout church history, like Anselm of Canterbury, Clement of Rome, John Calvin, John Wesley, and George Whitefield are another resource. Prayers can also come from ancient documents and liturgies, like the Didache or the Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles. Though the writers of these prayers are no longer with us, their words still capture the thoughts, attitudes, and emotions of twenty-first-century believers.

The prayers of these heroes of faith, and many others, are collected in 400 Prayers for Preachers, with Slides. For those of us seeking the right word for any occasion, this resource has everything:

  • Material for service planning—All prayers are organized by theme (like suffering, reverence, or God’s faithfulness), Scripture references, and prayer type. This means that if you are preaching or focusing your worship service on a Scripture or topic, you can quickly find relevant prayers. If you are looking for a particular type of prayer—whether petition, praise, thanksgiving, intercession, or confession—this resource saves you the time you might otherwise spend hunting through your library.
  • Easy sharing—Each prayer is accompanied by a professionally designed slide that contains an excerpt from the prayer, making the prayer easy to share visually.
  • Updated language—For some prayers, archaic language (like “thee,” “thou,” and “beseech”) has been updated, so that the prayers are ready to use in a modern context.
  • Cited sources—Each prayer includes a bibliographic citation, enabling you to track it down in its original context.

When you need a prayer for any occasion, this resource makes it easy to find just what you need. Order it now at the discounted Pre-Pub price!

Brand-New Content Added to the Faithlife Study Bible

The Faithlife Study Bible is a dynamic and growing resource. Already an enormous study Bible, the FSB has added all-new content to its already exhaustive notes.

These new additions include Faithlife Study Bible sidebars by respected and high-profile contributors, including:

Along with new sidebar notes, more than 20,000 words have been added in additional notes on Genesis, Ephesians, and Philippians. We’ve even revised notes throughout the FSB.

We’ve also added new articles—more than 66,000 words—to the Lexham Bible Dictionary (bundled free with the FSB). They treat subjects like:

  • Baptism
  • Joseph
  • Early Christian worship
  • Trinity
  • Rhetorical criticism
  • And much more

A study Bible with no page constraints is a study Bible that’ll grow with you! And the FSB adds new study notes, maps, media, and articles all the time.

Download the Faithlife Study Bible free through March 2014 and you’ll get:

  • Three layers of study notes—go deeper into the meaning of the text.
  • The Lexham Bible Dictionary—learn from more than 2,800 articles.
  • Rich media—augment your study with tons of photos, videos, and infographics.
  • Community Notes—share favorite verses, thoughts, and questions with your church, small group, etc.
  • Reading plans—read through the Bible with groups.
  • Devotions—reflect on the Faithlife Study Bible’s daily devotionals.
  • Smart searches—find what you’re looking for when you need it.
  • Highlighting—customize your notes with more than 80 colors and symbols.
  • Document sharing—share notes, lesson plans, outlines, and more with your groups.
  • The freedom to study anywhere—use the FSB in Logos 4 or on your mobile device.

If you haven’t downloaded the Faithlife Study Bible, why wait any longer? Get it free today!

Get Resources from Your Favorite Resurgence Speakers

Resurgence 2012 is right around the corner, and this year’s lineup features some of the world’s most successful leaders. Catch Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, Mark Driscoll, James MacDonald, Craig Groeschel, and Miles McPherson in person on the R12 stage.

Resurgence 2012 isn’t the only place you can go to hear the voices of these influential men—Logos Bible Software connects you to their works. Build your library today with resources like Greg Laurie’s Why Believe?: Exploring the Honest Questions of Seekers, or get the Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive and dive into 10 years’ worth of thought-provoking messages.

Pick up James MacDonald’s discourse on the infallibility of the Scriptures in God Wrote a Book, or study the Bible Rick Warren’s way with Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods.

If you want to be a part of the action, there’s still time to register for Resurgence 2012. This year’s conference will take place in Irvine, CA, Oct. 9–10. Catch the speakers’ messages by registering for the conference, and purchase their Logos resources today!

Free Plane Ticket: Sign Up for the Next DMin Classes

Knox’s next DMin classes start in October in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. We’ve extended the application deadline through Oct. 1—and if you’re among the next 30 students accepted, we’ll cover your airfare up to $500!

That gives you only six more days to complete your application. Start it right now—it won’t take long.

Here are the October preaching classes:

  • The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching | October 15–19
  • Biblical Theology and Preaching That Inspires | October 22–26

Start earning your DMin in Preaching and Teaching with these transformative classes. If you’re among the next 30 students enrolled, you’ll fly free (or at least $500 cheaper). The deadline to apply is October 1—save your seat now!

Save a Bundle during the Logos Labor Day Sale!

For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer activities and a return to serious Bible study. In keeping with this tradition, we’re discounting four bestselling books and collections for Labor Day. These titles will add both diversity and functionality to your sermon preparation, Sunday school lesson, or home and study-group discussion—not to mention your personal edification.

This sale has everything you need for first-rate study: a 17-volume commentary on the New Testament, a Bible dictionary, a 4-volume scholarly Bible encyclopedia, and a dictionary dedicated entirely to theological history and development.

The Life Application Bible Commentary

Retail: $249.95  Regularly: $199.95

Only $149.95 with coupon code LABORDAY1

Like many commentaries, the 17-volume Life Application Bible Commentary collection walks you through the New Testament verse by verse, giving you explanations, backgrounds, biographies, and geographic information. Where this series really excels is in its valuable suggestions and questions for application. Each section is full of life-giving wisdom for you and your ministry.

Let the Life Application Bible Commentary help you prepare your sermons, Sunday school lessons, youth-group talks, and small-group discussions.

Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible

Retail: $45.00

Only $29.95 with coupon code LABORDAY2

Eerdmans has a reputation in the academic community for publishing trustworthy and relevant materials. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible is no exception. With nearly 5,000 entries, this dictionary explains every book, person, place, significant event, and distinctive term or expression found in the Bible.

The Eerdmans editorial team  has incorporated articles that explore and interpret important focuses of biblical theology, text and transmission, Near Eastern archaeology, extrabiblical writings, and pertinent ecclesiastical traditions—all of which help make the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible the most comprehensive and up to date one-volume Bible dictionary on the market today.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979–1995)

Retail: $149.95  Regularly: $129.95

Only $99.95 with the coupon code LABORDAY3

Imagine searchable access to nearly 9,000 scholarly entries on biblical topics, including 3,500 cross-references, nearly 1,500 photos, and over 300 maps. You’ll quickly see why this encyclopedia won the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Gold Medallion Award for Bible Study and Theology and the Gold Medallion Award recipient for Best Reference Work!

“I use this set more than any other reference work I own. Great articles on every major doctrine, person, place, and event in the Bible. This one is indispensable!”—Dr. Kim Riddlebarger

The Dictionary of Historical Theology

Retail: $69.95  Regularly: $44.95

Only $29.95 with coupon code LABORDAY4

This is a must-have resource for anyone interested in Christian theology’s history and development. The volume features more than 300 entries detailing the theological figures, movements, and texts that have shaped Christian thought. The 173 contributors to The Dictionary of Historical Theology, drawn from international and interdenominational circles, trace theology’s development from the early church to today.

“There are well crafted articles by excellent scholars, and topics which take me beyond familiar terrain. It would be a worthwhile addition to one’s reference collection.”—Denver Journal

“Recommended not only for academic and seminary libraries but for community libraries whose members have an interest in Christian theology.”—Library Journal

Taken individually, any of these products will dramatically improve your Bible study. Add them together and you have a powerful storehouse of networked resources. Don’t miss your opportunity to advantage of these discounts!

These superb Labor Day savings are available only through September 5, 2012. Get them now!

Come to the Faithlife Women Conference—FREE!

We have exciting news!

You may have heard about the new Faithlife Women Conference that Logos and groups like Compassion International are putting on in September. Faithlife Women is shaping up to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, and with today’s announcement, it’s getting even better: we’ve worked out a partnership to make the conference FREE to the first 2,500 attendees! If you can get to Dallas September 6–8, you can hear from Faithlife Women’s outstanding speakers and authors completely free of charge.

We have an amazing lineup scheduled for you. You’ll hear Angela Thomas reveal what the Bible says about joy, listen to Liz Curtis Higgs discuss grace, and be blessed by Dr. Lois Evans’ unveiling of Psalm 91’s “secret place.” Those are just a few standouts among many terrific speakers and workshops.

Not only will you experience first-rate ministry—you’ll be edified by worship from Gwen Smith and music by the acclaimed Robbie Seay Band.

But that’s not all.

Want to get backstage at the conference? We’re giving away an exclusive lunch with some of our speakers! We’ll choose two women (both of whom can bring a friend) to share this special luncheon with Liz Curtis Higgs, Kasey Van Norman, Arlene Pellicane, Leslie Vernick, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Kendra Smiley, and Gwen Smith. Get in on the contest now.

Save your place!

Registration is still required, and seats are going fast. Register for free at FaithlifeWomen.com/conference and get your tickets today.

P.S. Share this post on Facebook, tweet it, text your girlfriends, email the women at church, call your mom—tell everyone you know about the Faithlife Women Conference.

Get Your Doctorate Using Logos: New Classes Start Soon!

Knox Theological Seminary’s DMin in Preaching and Teaching  is a sure-fire way to equip yourself for lifelong ministry. You may have heard about the program when we announced it in May, but just to recap, here’s why this particular Doctor of Ministry is a big deal:

You’ll learn world-class theology with the best Bible software on the planet—Logos.

The next two onsite classes are gearing up in October. These courses delve into theology from a unique standpoint: that theology is just as much art as it is science.

The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching

October 15–19 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

This class shows you how to analyze the text, but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll move beyond analyzing the text to examine the beautiful structure of the entire biblical canon. In this course, you’ll develop a firm grasp of the following practices:

  • Analyzing details in context of the “big picture”
  • Recognizing recurring themes throughout the Word
  • Working with different forms of biblical text
  • Identifying biblical symbolism
  • Implementing exegetical theology into preaching

The class is a fine way to start your doctorate, but why stop with just one course when you can knock out two?

Biblical Theology and Preaching That Inspires

October 22–26 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Building on the previous class, this course focuses on developing your knowledge of the Scriptures and equipping you to proclaim them powerfully. You’ll learn to express the Word of God in ways that stir up your congregation to rejoice. You’ll communicate sound doctrine—doctrine that grounds your followers in the truth and motivates them to know more.

Learn Theology through Technology

As you work through these courses, you’ll use your own Logos Bible Software 4: Portfolio Edition library to dig into the text. Portfolio is included in the price of the program; plus, your entire DMin curriculum is based in Logos, which gives you some considerable academic advantages.

  • More than 1,600 books—worth nearly $30,000 in print
  • $1,000 of credit for books from Logos.com
  • Training in how to use Logos for scholarly research
  • Sources that cite themselves when you copy–paste
  • All your textbooks on your Mac, PC, and mobile devices
  • A massive library to use for lifelong ministry

The Knox DMin in Preaching and Teaching gives you all this and more. You can learn more about the program professors, how Portfolio works into the degree, and the courses themselves at DMin.me, which is where you need to go to apply for these fantastic classes. The deadline to register is September 17, so save your seat today and learn to approach theology as both science and art.

Get Interactive with Abraham Complete Church Curriculum!

Are you the kind of Bible reader who likes to fill the margins with handwritten notes? Do you feel compelled to underline significant verses when working through a reading plan? For many people, this record of study makes their own Bible more significant to them. That’s why Abraham: Following God’s Promise includes fill-in-the-blank boxes [see an example] where you can write and save your answers to reflection questions, giving you the option of leaving the same kind of record in your Logos book.

An eight-week self-study program, Abraham: Following God’s Promise combines in-depth interpretation, theology, and application insights. And to help you reflect on the material’s relevance to your life, each section of the program contains questions encouraging you to pause and contemplate the reading and your response.

Beneath each question, fill-in-the-blank boxes allow you to record your thoughts in your Logos book. As a personal study tool, Abraham: Following God’s Promise combines the best of the digital features you’ve come to expect from Logos resources—interconnectivity with other Logos materials, memorable media, and in-depth Bible study—with the appeal of the personal notation possible in print Bibles.

As a group-study resource, Abraham: Following God’s Promise becomes a powerful tool for weekly small-group meetings. Take your digital book to your group and review the material together. With the answers to your reflection questions saved in your book, you can easily share your reflections and insights with others.

In addition, if your pastor has adopted Abraham: Following God’s Promise as your church’s curriculum, you can take your digital book to church on Sunday morning and follow along.

As your pastor preaches the sermon series, compare your insights. Your entire church—as individuals, as groups, and as a congregation—can grow together in a deeper understanding of Abraham’s story. You can discover its relevance for you and your church community starting today.

Abraham: Following God’s Promise provides a robust Bible study for those who want to grow in their understanding of Abraham’s life and its significance today. Known for providing tools for original-language study, Logos now provides an in-depth Bible study program for those who want to go deeper but who may not have training in original languages. Join us by purchasing the single volume self-study program or the complete church curriculum for pastors and leaders today.