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.

Read Along with Your Faithlife Community

It’s easy to connect with your Faithlife groups using custom reading plans. Whether it’s for your church, your small group, or your Christian book club, you can create a plan around your schedule and needs. Maybe you already have a Faithlife group you want to transition into a reading group, or maybe you want to form a group around a certain text. Creating a plan is simple.

Once you have the group you want, it’s time to select the book. In order for everyone to participate in your group reading plan, everyone must own the resource you want to read. Just like in a face-to-face book club, you can’t read if you don’t own the text!

If you’re looking for a book to get started with, the Faithlife Study Bible is a great place to start. It’s free through March 2014, and it integrates seamlessly with the Faithlife community. Download yours now!

Here’s a quick step-by-step to get your custom reading plan up and running:

1. Open Logos 4.

2. Under File, select Reading Plan.

3. Select the text you want, how often you read, when you start, when you want to finish reading, and what group you want to share with.

4. Click “Generate.”

Now you’re ready to read with your group. A reading schedule will automatically appear in Faithlife’s “Today’s Readings” widget to keep you on track. You’ll be able to talk about the text, share your insight, and so much more from within your group on Faithlife. Get started today!

*Don’t have a Faithlife account yet? Sign in using your Logos account, or get started now with a free account. Then tell your friends and start building your online community.

Life-Changing Women’s Conferences

Last month’s Faithlife Women conference drew women from all over to hear some of today’s best speakers and authors. Presenters like Angela Thomas, Liz Curtis Higgs, Carol Kent, and Kasey Van Norman encouraged, empowered, and edified us as we gathered in Irving, TX.

The conference was such a success, we’re already planning next year’s Faithlife Women event! Keep watching FaithlifeWomen.com for information as it’s available and to read life-changing content from some of today’s top Christian authors and personalities.

Don’t Miss the Defined by God Conference!

If your husband works in ministry, come join us for the Defined by God conference November 1–3 in San Diego, CA! It’s the perfect opportunity for you to recharge your battery and connect with others who understand the challenges you face at a conference designed solely for pastors’ wives. Register today for FREE!

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!

The Time Has Come to Apply for Your DMin!

The first round of Knox DMin classes kicked off in Bellingham, WA, on August 13. Students raved about the program, classes, and instructors. We put together this video to give you a little taste.

The next classes will be held in October in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The deadline to apply is September 19.

Don’t worry if you missed the first round of classes. One of the wonderful things about the program is that the classes run cyclically. You can start the program anywhere in the cycle and be on track to earn your doctorate in three years.

Highlights of the Knox Program

This DMin is full of dynamic additions to your education and ministry:

  • You’ll 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.
  • You’ll learn from the finest scholars. Drs. Haddon Robinson, Bruce Waltke, Warren Gage, Samuel Lamerson, and others—these thinkers will pass on their knowledge and expertise directly to you.
  • You can keep your job and church. You’ll attend up to four onsite classes each year; do the rest of your studies wherever you want!

If you’ve ever considered furthering your education, you owe it to yourself to learn more about Knox Theology Seminary’s one-of-a-kind Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching. Check out details on the program now.

 What We Need for Your Application

The deadline to apply for October classes is September 19. Here are the items you’ll need:

  • Knox’s online application (you’ll need to sign in)
  • 3 reference forms—pastoral, personal, and academic
  • A letter of approval from your church’s governing body stating support for your enrollment
  • Official transcripts—undergraduate and graduate—sent directly from your previous institution(s) to Knox’s admissions office

Send your documents to:
Knox Theological Seminary—Admissions
5554 N. Federal Hwy.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

Visit Dmin.me now for more information, and remember, the deadline to apply is September 19!

Got a Camera? Win Cool Prizes!

Early yesterday morning, our Facebook page crossed over the 50,000-fan threshold! 

We’d love the chance to get to know you better. The best way to do that, we’ve decided, is with another photo competition.

The 50,000 Fans Photo Contest

We want to see you using Logos on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device or simply sporting your Logos apparel. Have fun and be creative! Take a snapshot in the most unique location possible, compose an artistic photograph, or shoot a funny pic. Show us your vintage Logos products or your cool Logos control center. We might even reshare some of our favorites!

Once you have your pics ready, simply:

  1. Submit your photo by tagging us.
  2. Use the hashtag #BetterBibleStudy in your photo description.

We’ll be collecting entries through the end of the day September 28. Tweet, post, or pin as many interesting photos as you can before then!

We’ll choose 15 finalists based on the following factors:

  • “Likes,” +1s, retweets, repins, and other shares
  • Creativity
  • Image quality

After we choose the 15 finalists, we’ll open the competition up for a round of voting. Three winners will be chosen based on your votes. Those winners will choose between a Nexus 7 (16 GB), a Kindle Fire HD (32 GB), or $250 in Logos credit.

Start snapping those photos and sharing them with the hashtag #BetterBibleStudy. We look forward to seeing your most creative pics!