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.

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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!

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?


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.

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

Logos 4: Link to Images from Notes

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Several Logos users have recently asked me how to place images in the content area of a Note file. Currently, we can only type, copy–paste, or drag–drop text into the content section. We can, however, create a hyperlink to an image. Here’s how:

  • Choose File | Notes.
  • Name the untitled Notes document. (A)
  • Click Full in the upper-right corner of the document (B) so that you can see both the title and content of the note.
  • Click Add note (C) on the document’s toolbar.
  • Name the Note. (D)
  • Open a Logos resource to a page containing an image. (For example, type 1000 Bible Images in the Command box (E), and press the Enter key to open this book.)
  • Choose the panel menu (F) on the resource.
  • Click Copy location as: URL. (G) (Make sure to click URL.)
  • Close this resource. (H)
  • Click in the content box of the Note. (I)
  • Type some text in the content box, such as click here for a great picture. (J)

Insert Hyperlinks Example

  • Select (highlight) the text you just typed. (A)
  • Click the Hyperlink (chain links) icon (B) on the Note file’s formatting bar.
  • Execute a paste inside the address box (C) that appears underneath the icon. (This paste places the location of the image in the box.)
  • Press the Enter key to close the box.

Insert Hyperlinks Example 2

  • Click the new hyperlinked text (A) in the contentarea to jump to the image:
    • Windows: use Ctrl + click to follow the link.
    • Mac: use Cmd + click to follow the link.

Insert Hyperlinks Example 3

Even though the image is not directly in the Note file, it is just a click away!

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

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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.)

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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!

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!

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!

A Theological Interpretation Collection like No Other

It’s true. This collection is unlike our other interpretation collections. Most collections on Bible interpretation, hermeneutics, or theological interpretation guide the reader into producing his or her own informed interpretation of biblical texts—these collections are, essentially, discussions of the act of interpretation itself. The Baker Academic Theological Interpretation Collection, however, gives you something else.

Practical Interpretations for Practical People

These volumes replace lofty academic discourse with an emphasis on immediate action. Guiding you to healthy biblical interpretations, they maintain a practical focus so that you won’t miss the Bible’s call to action as a necessary part of Christian life. These volumes will never leave you wondering what to do with your biblical interpretation.

Specialized for Contemporary Interpretation

As you study and interpret the Bible for today, you’re facing specific needs for your congregation, classroom, or small group. The Baker Academic Theological Interpretation Collection gives you specific answers and specialized focuses on theological interpretation, allowing you to dive right into hermeneutics.

Bringing Together Scholars You Trust

You know the names Joel B. GreenRichard S. Briggs, and Craig G. Bartholomew—and if you don’t, you certainly can’t afford to miss these thinkers any longer! Joel Green is series editor for the New International Commentary on the New Testament (one of today’s most popular commentaries), Richard Briggs is a rising star who studied under the great Anthony C. Thiselton, and Craig Bartholomew is an internationally acclaimed Old Testament scholar who brings the OT into twenty-first-century relevance.

Save 40% with Pre-Pub!

What would normally cost you $318.96 now costs only $189.95—but for a limited time only. Pre-order yours today!

Find the Perfect Quote for Any Occasion

I love to share favorite quotations. They enable me to say what I want to say—better than I could say it myself. There’s something about a well-turned phrase from a well-respected author that speaks deeply to people’s hearts.

Many preachers have had the experience of trying to remember a quote that could make our message stick in the minds of our listeners. So we rack our brains, wondering where it was that Augustine talked about people’s hearts being restless, or Charles Spurgeon made that comment about the Gospel being like a lion, able to take care of itself if it is let out of its cage. Or was it the Bible being like a tiger?

That’s why I’m so excited about 300 Quotations for Preachers with Slides. It includes quotations from hundreds of years of church history from such leading writers and preachers as John Calvin, G. K. Chesterton, John Chrysostom, and Thomas à Kempis. Unlike many other books of quotations, however, this one has several stand-out features:

  • It provides material for sermon prep. Find quotations by searching for author, theme, or Scripture reference. Whether you’re looking for a Bible passage or a quote that relates to a theme, this resource enables you to find exactly what you need—fast.
  • It makes sharing easy. All quotations come with a professionally designed slide featuring an excerpt, making it easier to share with others.
  • It updates language. For some quotations, archaic language (like “thee” and “thou”) has been updated, making the quotations ready to use in a modern context.
  • It takes you to the source. Each quotation includes a bibliographic citation, enabling you to track it down in its original context.

This resource puts you in touch with wisdom from the past—and helps you do the same for others. Reserve your copy at this discounted Pre-Pub price!