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Conversing the Gospel

Here are several resources that examine the kind of heart and some of the skills that I think it takes to have deep, good conversations. The last three (marked "Remix") come from a short book I have written. They have been rewritten to make them a little easier to share with a friend.

Conversing the Gospel

Jesus' Conversations in John

Laughing - Bible Study

Listening - Bible Study: 2 Kings 5

Learning (Remix)

Listening (Remix)

Looking to Affirm (Remix)

The Gift of Work

Does work make sense? Not, "Do you know what to do at work?" but, "Do you know why you are doing it?" Here are two Bible studies and one sermon that might help.

The Gift of Work

Paul on Work

Tim Keller on Work (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12) (Link to audio)

To dig a little deeper, you might want to try one of these resources as well.

Bigger Gospel - Bigger World (Bible Study)

Our Work Loves Our Neighbor (Book Review)

Heavenly Good of Earthly Work (Book Review)

"Work Stories" (Parables about Work)

More Work Resources (Annotated Bibliography)

Staying Close to God in a Busy World

Life is busy! If cutting sleep is not an option, how can we find the time (or find ways) to keep our hearts close to God? In my experience, there are three things that help.

  • Doing the things that best fit who you are. (Unless you are stuck in a rut. Then, do the opposite.)
  • Looking for those moments where God is already "showing up."
  • And if you are just getting started in daily prayer/reading the Bible, learning a simple structure

To help find what works for you, here is a short exercise: Getting Started (Or Re-Started) with God.

If you've never done this before, you might want to try the "7-minute approach" (or just ask a friend to show you what they do).

Living in the World

How are believers supposed to carry themselves in the world? Here are several Bible studies and one short paper.

Separation or Among? - Part 1

Separation or Among? - Part 2

Knowing, Living and Sharing the Gospel

Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (paper)

Reading the Bible

There are many good ways to read the Bible. You can read it for doctrine, looking for ideas about who God is and what the world is like. You can read it devotionally, asking God, "Is there anything you want to say to me today?" Or you can read it for the "drama," drawing insight and encouragement from the storyline ("Wow, God really does go with His people!") The first resource below is a Bible reading plan that takes you through highlights from the Old and the New Testaments with an emphasis on the "big picture" of the story.

The Story of Israel - The Story of Jesus

The second is a guide to reading the Bible with people who may be very unfamiliar with it.

Mixed Bible Reading Groups

God and Culture

God's image--even when people do not acknowledge it--shines through us all. This image shows up, on our best days, both in what we create and in what we desire. Here is a short paper that examines the "good news" the world says it is looking for.


Broken Heroes

The Bridge Illustration

For years, people have successfully used illustrations like the Bridge Illustration to communicate key truths about Jesus' life and death. Here is a link to the classic Navigator Bridge Illustration plus a link to a "one-verse" version of the Bridge.

The Bridge Illustration (link)

One-Verse Bridge illustration (link)

But sometimes, this kind of presentation can feel like too much, too soon. Here is a short illustration that explains why--and what we can do about it.

"Another" Bridge Illustration


If you like what you find here and want to share any of these resources, please feel free. (Just don't sell them.) And if you find something here you don't like, let me know--I would appreciate the chance to communicate better or to learn where I am wrong!

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