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.

Limited-Time Offer on the Welwyn Commentary Series

Most pastors and Bible teachers rely on more than one commentary to help them formulate their sermons and lessons. Some commentaries offer literary context, discussion of the original languages, and in-depth exegesis, while others provide practical insight, illustrations, and expository thoughts. The Welwyn Commentary Series belongs in the latter category. It’s a terrific resource for personal study, preaching, and teaching.

Until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, the Welwyn Commentary Series (49 vols.) is 59% off—that’s $490 off the retail price! Use coupon code WEEKLYWCS at checkout to get this discount.

A Commentary for Leaders

The Welwyn Commentary Series’ 49 volumes of Bible exposition are designed to help you teach God’s Word in a practical and straightforward way. With numerous maps, illustrations, book outlines, and study questions, these commentaries will help you communicate the biblical story to your congregation or small group. They’ll help you make the Word relevant with clear areas of application.

If you’re leading a small group or Sunday school class, the Welwyn commentaries will help you steer the discussion toward Scripture. They’ll give you clear analogies to help you drive home the point of the text.

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Through Thursday night only, this comprehensive commentary series is on sale for 59% off retail. Save $490 when you order the Welwyn Commentary Series (49 vols.) before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, with coupon code WEEKLYWCS. Get it now!

Chart a Course through the New Testament with the Lexham Bible Guides

Ephesians ships Oct. 23

Information is good, and more information is better. But in the digital age, the volume of information available to us can be overwhelming—and this is no less true when it comes to information about the Bible. The Lexham Bible Guides help you chart a course through the forest of biblical study and theological commentary.

Created by Logos’ Bible reference team, each Lexham Bible Guide focuses on one literary unit of Scripture at a time. In a clear and easy-to-follow format, the guides provide—

  • An outline of the passage’s structure
  • An overview of the passage
  • A description of important exegetical and theological issues
  • Explanations of key original language words
  • Curated, annotated links to your Logos library
  • An application summary

The Lexham Bible Guides give you a comprehensive picture built on the best and most in-depth research available. They elegantly synthesize biblical and theological commentary with historical and literary background. For busy pastors and teachers, the guides include slide templates and prebuilt word-study slides to make it easier to present the information to an audience.

At each point on the map, though, the Lexham Bible Guides offer you the opportunity to delve deeper—without getting lost.

Written to take full advantage of the Logos platform, each Lexham Bible Guide links to relevant content in your Logos library. With one click, the annotated bibliography opens up into a more extensive exploration of a full range of theological perspectives from top scholars. Learn more about how God’s Word has been understood by scholars—faster, and without stumbling over the details.

New Lexham Bible Guides have just been released for several New Testament books. In addition to Lexham Bible Guide: Ephesians,* Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, and 1 Peter are also available. Pre-order your Lexham Bible Guides now!

*Lexham Bible Guide: Ephesians ships October 23—get yours while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

Pastor Appreciation Month Roundup: Oct. 13

To celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month, we’re revealing a new sale item every weekday through October 26. If you’ve been watching the Pastor Appreciation Month page, you’ve seen the deals released so far. But if you’ve missed them, here are the live specials for the second week:

A. T. Robertson Collection (15 vols.)

Retail: $365.87  Regularly: $249.95

Only $179.95 with coupon code PAM06

The 15-volume A. T. Robertson Collection contains the grammars, commentaries, lectures, and sermons of one of America’s foremost Baptist scholars. A founding member of the Baptist World Alliance, a Greek scholar, and prolific preacher, A. T. Robertson devoted his entire career to equipping others for ministry.

Tyndale Theological Studies Collection (5 vols.)

Retail: $123.00  Regularly: $99.95

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The Tyndale Theological Studies Collection brings together five diverse works from Tyndale Seminary Press. From collected essays on dispensationalism to a discussion of important pastoral topics, these resources are informative, highly practical, and theologically rich.

Deluxe Printed Training Bundle

Retail: $150.00

Only $100.00 with coupon code PAM08

Logos Bible Software 4 is packed with dynamic and innovative tools for Bible study. Morris Proctor’s Deluxe Printed Training Bundle will help you get the most out of your software. In this bundle you’ll get volumes one and two of the Logos 4 Bible Software Training Manuals, plus Inductive Bible Study with Logos Bible Software, the I-BEAM of Message Building Training Manual, the Logos QuickCard Set, and the Logos 4 Keyboard Shortcuts Mousepad.

The Works of Zwingli (7 vols.)

Retail: $201.65  Regularly: $69.95

Only $54.95 with coupon code PAM09

Zwingli preached against ecclesial corruption, fasting, the requirement of celibacy for the clergy, the veneration of saints, excommunication, and more, setting the stage for the Swiss Reformation. The Works of Zwingli (7 vols.), which assembles some of Zwingli’s most important works translated into English and includes historical works about his life and legacy.

Contemporary Theology Collection (6 vols.)

Retail: $284.80  Regularly: $119.95

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The Contemporary Theology Collection brings the eternal truth of God to bear upon the contemporary considerations of the modern intellectual condition. In six volumes, the collection examines the ontology of God, the Trinitarian nature of atonement, forgiveness and truth in the modern world, and much more. Each volume is marked by rigorous academic inquiry and timely appraisal of the issues.

Keep watching the Pastor Appreciation Month sale page for new deals. All coupon codes expire October 31!

Celebrate the Ministry of F. F. Bruce

In both the classroom and the pulpit, Frederick Fyvie Bruce stands out as perhaps the most recognized voice among mid- and late-twentieth-century evangelical scholars.

Born in Elgin, Scotland, on October 12, 1910, F. F. Bruce—as he is more commonly known—was educated at Aberdeen, Cambridge, Vienna, and Manchester University, where he excelled in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. Bruce held teaching posts at some of Europe’s most prominent universities, most notably as the Rylands Chair of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at Manchester University. He was a member of a number of prestigious societies, among them the Society for Old Testament Study and the Society for New Testament Study. Bruce was instrumental in the establishment of Cambridge’s Tyndale House, a research library for postgraduate students engaged in biblical research.

Bruce was a prodigious author, and it is in his numerous works that we find his enduring legacy. He wrote on a wide variety of subjects, including early Bible translations, Greco-Roman history, the Old Testament, and the New Testament. Some of his better-known titles include The Canon of ScripturePaul: Apostle of the Free SpiritThe Epistle to the Galatians (NIGTC), and three volumes in the NICNT: ActsColossians, Philemon, and Ephesians, and Hebrews. Bruce’s writings were born from a deep knowledge of apostolic Christianity. But he communicated this in a way that was easily accessible, making the world in which Jesus and the early church lived come alive.

This weekend, in celebration of F. F. Bruce’s birthday, we’re offering Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit for only $29.95 with coupon code FFBruce12. Pick up a copy of Bruce’s seminal work on Paul—you won’t be disappointed.

Zwingli, Lost Hero of the Swiss Reformation

As part of our ongoing Pastor Appreciation Month sale, we’re featuring the seven-volume Works of Zwingli for only $54.95 with coupon code PAM09.

It’s surprising that Huldrych Zwingli isn’t better known. Zwingli, a contemporary of Martin Luther’s, was an important figure in the Swiss Reformation.

Zwingli believed that faith was a personal experience that didn’t require sacraments and ceremonies to sustain itself. His work and his regular, exegetical preaching led to sweeping reform in Switzerland.

Zwingli spoke out publicly against

  • Lenten fasting
  • Veneration of the saints
  • The damnation of unbaptized children
  • Church corruption
  • And many other important issues

As opposition from Catholic Cantons grew, a Christian Civic League which included Zwingli’s city of Zürich was formed. Tensions grew between the two factions, and Protestant encouragements to evangelize within Catholic Cantons only inflamed tempers further. Swiss and German reformation movements sought to unify their efforts against the Pope but Zwingli and Luther fell out over theological issues relating to communion.

On October 9, 1531, the Cantons declared war on Zürich. With internal squabbling at a high, the Zürich forces were unprepared for the size of the army mobilized against them. On today’s date, October 11, 1531, Zwingli, along with 500 members of the Zürich army, was killed. The battle that took Zwingli’s life lasted less than one hour.

The Works of Zwingli (7 vols.) includes the powerful writings that propelled Zwingli to the forefront of the reformation movement in Switzerland. The addition of Samuel Jackson’s and Samuel Simpson’s works on Zwingli bring important historical context to Zwingli’s life and work. With coupon code PAM09, you can save more than 21% on this collection. Get your copy now!

Don’t miss out on the rest of the Pastor Appreciation Month Sale’s daily deals.

Focus on Christ with These Concordia Volumes!

Dive into God’s Word with the wisdom of the Concordia commentaries. Two works in this magnificent series are still available on Pre-Pub—don’t miss out!

Timeless and Practical

Conservative in their approach to biblical interpretation, the Concordia commentaries are ideal for pastors and students alike. Written with preaching pastors in mind, they interpret the text in light of its original oral, cultural, and religious context. They follow Martin Luther’s hermeneutical method—namely, interpreting Scripture with Scripture—to provide close, conservative readings of Holy Scripture.

As a theological commentary series, these commentaries steer away from textual criticism to focus on  Christology and spiritual application. The series testifies to John 1:1 in each of its volumes:

Matthew 11:2–20:34

Jeffrey Gibbs cogently interprets this middle section of Matthew, providing mature hermeneutical insight without overcomplicating the text. You’ll come back to this volume anytime you crack open the Gospel of Matthew.

Putting Christ at the center of his study, Gibbs explores two themes: Christ’s revelation of himself and the people’s perceptions of Christ. This leads us to consider some essential questions: How does Christ reveal himself to us through this Gospel? How do we respond?

Ezra–Nehemiah

Israel’s postexilic period is one of its most easily overlooked. Yet this uncertain era is one of Jerusalem’s most sensitive times. Jerusalem’s walls are smashed, its people deported and imprisoned, and its temple burned—so where is the hope of a loving and all-powerful God?

Andrew E. Steinmann shows us how, in these two powerful books, Jerusalem prepares herself for the Messiah’s coming. And with Jesus coming again, perhaps we should do the same.

Pre-order Before They Ship!

Make these commentaries yours while they’re still on Pre-Pub for $29.95 each—pre-order now!

Find Yourself in Mary’s Story

As believers, we all have a part in the story that God is telling, the great drama of redemption that he is unfolding. But sometimes we struggle to understand: What is my role in God’s story? We know now that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had a pivotal role. But when the angel Gabriel left her, after making his shocking announcement about her pregnancy, Mary must have wondered.

As central as her role was in giving birth to the Messiah, Mary remains a shadowy character in the biblical narrative. We hear about her only a few times in the Gospels. As one who often “pondered these things in her heart,” Mary rarely shares her thoughts with us—except once. Not long after her encounter with the angel, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, and many of her questions seem to have been laid to rest as she sang her hymn of praise, the Magnificat.

The eight-week study Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan follows what we know of Mary’s life, offers detailed information about the time and place in which she lived, and considers the remarkable transition she made from mother of the infant Savior to follower of Jesus Christ.

This comprehensive curriculum offers a rich set of resources for individuals, small groups, and entire congregations. At its heart is an eight-chapter study guide that provides biblical commentary, historical and cultural background, and thoughtful application. The complete curriculum package expands this study guide into:

  • Eight sermon outlines with dynamic visual media for each sermon, including an introductory video and a customizable slideshow of maps, illustrations, Scripture references and questions for reflection.
  • An eight-week guide for small group leaders, including visual media and discussion-question handouts.

Mary provides a model of faithful surrender to God’s plan. As the Advent and Christmas season approaches, Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan and the companion Complete Church Curriculum will challenge you to consider your part in God’s ongoing story of redemption.

Pastor Appreciation Month Roundup: Oct. 6

To celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month, we’re revealing a new sale item every weekday through October 26. If you’ve been watching the Pastor Appreciation Month page, you’ve seen the five deals released so far. But if you’ve missed them, here are the live specials for the first week:

N. T. Wright Collection (34 vols.)

Retail: $502.82  Regularly: $429.95

Only $339.95 with coupon code PAM01

The N. T. Wright Collection combines 34 of Wright’s most beloved works in a collection rich in theological depth, engaging in tone, and compelling in biblical wisdom.

Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series (12 vols.)

Retail: $158.88 Regularly: $139.95

Only $99.95 with coupon code PAM02

The Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series draws on the wisdom and research of dozens of esteemed evangelical scholars and writers to address the issues and challenges of contemporary living.

Bible Study Magazine

Retail: $29.70 Regularly: $19.95

Only $14.95 with coupon code PAMBSM

In each 48-page issue of this one-year subscription, you’ll get sound advice and enriching insights from pastors and scholars who have spent a lifetime applying the Bible to their lives and teaching others to do the same.

The Works of Dr. Robert A. Morey (33 vols.)

Retail: $458.49 Regularly: $299.95

Only $219.95 with coupon code PAM04

This collection contains more than 5,400 pages of material addressing a host of important apologetics topics, such as open theism, the core doctrines of the faith, radical Islam, cults, the afterlife, reincarnation, and the Trinity.

Tony Evans’ Understanding God Series (10 vols.)

Retail: $121.84 Regularly: $109.95

Only $69.95 with coupon code PAM05

Tony Evans’ Understanding God Series includes 10 volumes of Evans’ most significant works on Christian living. This set includes The Battle Is the Lord’sThe Promise, and Our God Is Awesome. These bestselling works are Evans’ guide to spiritual discipline, growing in knowledge and faith, and developing a deeper understanding of Christianity’s principal aspects.

Keep watching the Pastor Appreciation Month Sale page for new deals. All coupon codes expire October 31!

Shipping Soon: The Works of John Wycliffe

This is your last chance to grab The Works of John Wycliffe (12 vols.) before the collection ships and the price goes up! Pre-order before the 11th and get the works of this important early Bible translator and theologian for a remarkably low price.

One of the Earliest English Bible Translators

Wycliffe translated the Bible from the Latin Vulgate as early as the 1380s, spreading understanding of the Bible from the clergy to the laity. So widespread was his Vulgate translation that, to this day, over 150 copies still exist despite attempts to destroy these same copies.

One of the Earliest Protestants

John Wycliffe had a sharp mind for philosophy and theology. This collection’s works lay out his philosophies, his political and ecclesial positions, and his lasting legacy.

A century before Martin Luther, John Wycliffe opposed the Catholic Church using similar theological platforms. His ideas challenged the church and laid the foundations for a more complete dissension 100 years later.

12 Volumes Shipping Soon!

Snag this essential collection while the price is still $79.95. On October 11, the price will go up to $99.95, so grab these influential works today!