Centering Jesus: How the Lamb of God Transforms Our Communities, Ethics, and Spiritual Lives (NavPress 2023)

Centering Jesus is an impassioned call for us to fix our eyes on Jesus as the Lamb of God and to keep the Lamb at the center of our Christian experience.

I this book I invite you to imagine what it looks like to keep Jesus as the Lamb of God at the center of three key areas of our lives—our spiritual formation, our moral lives, and our common life together.

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With the deep divide in American culture and the polarization that continues to grow, we need a renewed focus on the Lamb so that we might blaze a path forward into civility and kindness.

Kingdom and Country: Following Jesus in the Land that You Love  (NavPress 2022)

I contributed a chapter to this helpful book on the relationship between one’s Christian identity and one’s national identity. My chapter is entitled “Under the Authority of Another.”

Contributors to this book include Alejandro Mandes, Juliet Liu, Ryan Tafilowski, Rod Wilson, Michelle Reyes, Amanda Smith, Karen Wilk, Sean Palmer, and Tina Boesch.

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As Christians, we love God and seek to follow him. At the same time, nothing shapes us and tugs at our loyalties quite like the place we live. And of course we are regularly encouraged to pledge our allegiance to our country―or particular understandings of it. Who wins when the priorities of God and our country clash?

coverBy the Way: Getting Serious About Following Jesus (Herald Press 2019)

What if asking Jesus into our hearts is not the heart of the gospel? What if salvation looks different than we thought? This book reframes everything we’ve been told about Christianity and what it means to follow Jesus. Discipleship isn’t an add-on.

Reclaiming discipleship as the heart of the Christian faith means seeing anew the gospel, the cross, the resurrection, transformation, and the community of faith. We learn the ways of Jesus by practicing them.

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Discipleship means joining God s joyful mission of reconciliation, not just saving souls. Following Jesus is more like taking a long walk in the woods than sitting in a classroom. Living by the Way takes practice and that’s the point.

coverN.T. Wright and the Revolutionary Cross: A Reader’s Guide to The Day the Revolution Began (Doctrina Press 2017)

The death of Jesus is the foundation of our faith, but what do we mean when we confess that Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture? N.T. Wright’s book The Day the Revolution Began offers compelling answers to that question. His book is nothing less than a game changer. Just as Wright’s book Surprised By Hope changed our view of the end, so this book is changing our view of the cross.

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This reader’s guide offers a clear summary of Wright’s interpretation of the cross in the context of both history and the big story told by the Bible. Using this reader’s guide prayerfully will open up vistas of the love of God as you see the revolutionary cross with new eyes. Such a renewed vision will stir your thinking, prompt new conversations about the cross, cause your love for Christ to grow, and equip the Church to carry forth her gospel-shaped mission.

webThrough the Eyes of N.T. Wright: A Reader’s Guide to Paul and the Faithfulness of God (Doctrina Press 2015)

In this helpful 100-page reader’s guide, Derek Vreeland sums up the primary arguments and conclusions from N. T. Wright by creating a readable roadmap to help readers navigate through Wright’s big book on Paul’s theology. Using this reader’s guide prayerfully will open readers’ eyes to see new things in the ancient writings of Paul, things which will cause people’s faith to grow and the church to be strengthened.

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The church has received a great gift, a fresh vision of Paul’s theology given to us by N. T. Wright, the preeminent New Testament scholar of our generation. This gift is in the form of a massive two-volume book, Paul and the Faithfulness of Godthe result of forty years of research, writing, and wrestling with central themes of the Christian faith. Through the Eyes of N.T. Wright, makes his big book on Paul readable and accessible. This title is also available in Spanish.

Primal Credo: Your Entrance into the Apostles’ Creed (Doctrina Press 2011)

Primal Credo is a fresh, modern reading of the Apostles’ Creed. Some followers of Christ have never heard of the creed and others recite the creed Sunday after Sunday without giving it much thought. I wrote this book to help new Christians and seasoned saints enter into the creed and discover our DNA as believers in Jesus Christ.

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Primal Credo brings to light an ancient creed for these modern times.The Apostles’ Creed is an entry point into God’s story. From “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth” to “I believe in…the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting” the Apostles’ Creed provides a helpful synopsis of God’s story recorded in Scripture. Both the creed and the Scriptures are gifts from the historic church to the contemporary church. The creed works to keep us focused on the big ideas of the Bible, namely God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Primal Credo allows everyday Christians to understand and live out the essentials of the Christian faith.

Shape Shifters: How God Changes the Human Heart (Word & Spirit Press 2008)

Shape Shifters is a bold spiritual adventure in pursuit of the elusive change Christians are looking for. During a time when moral failures in Christian leadership seem to be too common, followers of Jesus are looking for authentic, real heart change that is grounded in Scripture, God-centered, and verified by the historical Church. Above all, we want a model of spiritual transformation that works.

Willpower has failed. Trendy, self-help techniques leave us unfulfilled. Simplistic answers no longer satisfy. We all want to experience change and we know it is God’s desire to conform us into the image of Jesus, but where do we begin?  Shape Shifters is a deeply personal book for me. I draw from the Scripture, church history, and contemporary discussions of spiritual transformation and integrates them into my own experience to open up the door to real life change. This book grew out of my rediscover of the Trinity and my desire to see myself and others experience spiritual transformation.

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