Kneeling with Giants

Hansen separates the wheat from chaff. He discovers valuable nourishment in each of their approaches to prayer ... It achieves what few others dare. Hansen goes a long way toward bridging the gap between doctrine and faith. And he does it with simplicity and an invitational spirit.
The Presbyterian Outlook best experience of leading an adult ed class, and so much of that is due to your book. It is really at the right level for my congregation: well written and engaging history that many of them have never encountered before, plus practical descriptions of how to pray.
Matt Wright

Love Your Bible

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Best modern introduction to 'Lectio Divina'

To obtain the most from this resource, you simply cannot just read the words on the page but must put them into practice. Fortunately, this book is slim enough to keep with your Bible, perhaps tucked into your Bible cover, to refer to often.
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Heidelberg Catechism Participant’s Book

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With great success, we used Gary Neal Hansen’s study of The Heidelberg Catechism in a year-long presbytery study of the new translation ... the study provided us the first opportunity in many years to 'do theology' together in a careful, sustained, respectful and dialogical way. I highly recommend it for adults who want better to understand the faith of the church.

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Letters to a Young Pastor: A Reformed Approach to Divine Guidance

Dear ______: Yes, I agree, it would be awfully nice if God would speak up more often and give direct answers to our questions — like whether you are called to ministry. Most of us want guidance. We all face serious struggles and deep confusion at times. And it isn’t like God doesn’t care about […]

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Keeping Our True Orientation to Communion (Heidelberg Catechism, Q55)

Last week I posted that the church is most the church when it is in worship, on Sunday morning, receiving the Lord’s Supper. My friend and colleague Chris James left a thoughtful reply disagreeing with me. I see his point. Isn’t this actually the problem in mainstream Christianity? We neglect the mission of God in the world because we are […]

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Letters to a Young Pastor: Hearing God’s Voice

Dear ______: Sorry. I didn’t mean to imply that you had all those problems yourself. What I wanted to say is that God’s call requires more than woundedness. So, sometimes you think you hear an actual voice telling you that you are called. That is more than woundedness! But let’s think about it. When I was […]

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Church and Community: What Are You Aiming to Be?

There is a huge amount of energy right now around creating new worshipping communities. That’s good: Like all living things, the Church needs to grow or we will die. But all that ferment should prompt some questions: What makes a “community” a “church”? What are we aiming to be? I’ve blogged off and on about the many forms […]