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Creating biblical, relevant, accessible books and resources to help individuals and whole churches open up the Bible and grow in their understanding of the Christian message.

As new Christians, we often start out enthusiastic at the idea of calling people to follow King Jesus. We are expectant ...
06/05/2019
When Evangelism Feels Impossible: 4 Steps to Joyful Obedience | The Good Book Blog

As new Christians, we often start out enthusiastic at the idea of calling people to follow King Jesus. We are expectant and joyful. But it can soon lead to deflation.

As new Christians, we often start out enthusiastic at the idea of calling people to follow King Jesus. We are expectant and joyful. But it can soon lead to deflation. We still try and talk about Jesus. We still invite people to church. But the joy has gone. We have given up even trying anymore. Is t...

"When we become God's children his commands are no longer a constant reminder of our abject failure, rather they become ...
06/05/2019

"When we become God's children his commands are no longer a constant reminder of our abject failure, rather they become the loving words of a Father who is for us" — Jonty Allcock, Impossible Commands

Buy Impossible Commands here: www.thegoodbook.com/impossible-commands

Episode 6 of The Good Book Company podcast is now available. "Rejoice always." "Don't be afraid." "Give cheerfully."What...
06/04/2019

Episode 6 of The Good Book Company podcast is now available.

"Rejoice always." "Don't be afraid." "Give cheerfully."

What do we do when God's commands sound impossible? Most of us find opt-outs and excuses, or pretend we're doing better than we are.

In this episode, Jonty Allcock argues that there is a better way. And in his new book Impossible Commands he says that obedience can be a life-giving joy rather than a job, a delight instead of duty.

Listen at www.thegoodbook.com/podcast and wherever you listen to podcasts.

The relationship that exists between coming to Jesus and going out from Jesus is critical. The plan to reach the nations...
06/04/2019
When Evangelism Feels Impossible: Coming to Jesus Before Going to Make Disciples | The Good Book Blog

The relationship that exists between coming to Jesus and going out from Jesus is critical. The plan to reach the nations does not rest on our shoulders but on his.

Imagine giving a child a bucket and commanding them to empty the ocean. It’s a ridiculous request and way beyond the realms of possibility. But if the child is young enough they’ll get started with a joyful enthusiasm and give it a go. But that won’t last long. They’ll soon get tired and rea...

"I was challenged, encouraged, and strengthened by this book" — Courtney Reissig, Author, Glory in the OrdinaryPick up...
06/04/2019

"I was challenged, encouraged, and strengthened by this book" — Courtney Reissig, Author, Glory in the Ordinary

Pick up your copy of Impossible Commands here: www.thegoodbook.com/impossible-commands

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06/03/2019

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06/03/2019
Impossible Commands by Jonty Allcock

Let's rethink obedience. What if obedience could be a life-giving joy rather than a burdensome duty? This is the kind of obedience that God calls us to.

In Impossible Commands, Jonty Allcock shows how facing up to the impossibility of God's commands frees us from the trap of self-dependence and duty-bound obedience. He reveals that coming the end of our own ability is actually the beginning of gospel-driven joyful obedience.

Find out more: www.thegoodbook.com/impossible-commands

"This book is exactly what Christians like me need, who both see our inadequacies and God's tall orders." — Daniel Dar...
06/03/2019

"This book is exactly what Christians like me need, who both see our inadequacies and God's tall orders." — Daniel Darling, Vice President for Communications, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Buy it here: www.thegoodbook.com/impossible-commands

This month's FREE eBook is James For You by Sam Allberry.What is the difference between genuine faith and counterfeit fa...
06/03/2019

This month's FREE eBook is James For You by Sam Allberry.

What is the difference between genuine faith and counterfeit faith? How do we know for sure that our faith is real? How can we know joy even in trials, and patience even in suffering?

James is a book full of practical, life-changing help for real life. Sam Alberry explains the book and applies its challenges to the experiences of everyday Christians as he brings clarity, wisdom and humour to every page.

Download it here: www.thegoodbook.com/free-ebook

"If you want your life to be transformed from crushing and dutiful legalism to heartfelt longing to obey then read this ...
06/02/2019

"If you want your life to be transformed from crushing and dutiful legalism to heartfelt longing to obey then read this book" — John Stevens, National Director, Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches

Buy Impossible Commands here: www.thegoodbook.com/impossible-commands

Impossible Commands by Jonty Allcock is out today!In our culture there is no such thing as impossible. We're told that a...
06/01/2019

Impossible Commands by Jonty Allcock is out today!

In our culture there is no such thing as impossible. We're told that as long as you put your mind to it, you can do anything! So we instinctively look to ourselves for the power to obey God's commands.

We know we are supposed to obey God. We think that if we aren't able to do it there is something wrong with us. So we all pretend we are doing it, when deep down we know we aren’t!

Author Jonty Allcock calls this 'the madness of our lives' and 'the slavery of the impossible'. He shows us that embracing the impossibility of our own obedience leads not to despair, but to true freedom as we look to the God who can do all things:

“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)

This book takes us through four steps that will help us look to ourselves less and depend on God more, enabling spirit-led joyful obedience.

Buy it here: www.thegoodbook.com/impossible-commands

Whose job is it to care for the pastor? How do we work out what to pay them? Christopher Ash covers these questions and ...
05/31/2019
How Should We Pay Our Pastors? | The Good Book Blog

Whose job is it to care for the pastor? How do we work out what to pay them?

Christopher Ash covers these questions and more in his latest piece.

I guess the baseline is that pastors ought to care for us. That’s their job, to “watch over you as those who must give an account”. And yet… And yet we are to submit to their pastoral authority in such a way “that their work will be a joy, not a burden”. For, if it is a grievous burden, ...

If you find yourself scrolling through Netflix wondering "is it OK for me to watch ?" read this
05/30/2019
Here’s a Framework For Whether You Should Watch | The Good Book Blog

If you find yourself scrolling through Netflix wondering "is it OK for me to watch ?" read this

In my new book Plugged In: Connecting your faith with what you watch, read, and play, I tackle the much-asked question: “As a Christian, is it ok for me to watch [insert generic TV show with sex and/or violence]?” Somewhat surprisingly, the 16th century “Solas” (Latin for ‘alone’) of the...

Impossible Commands by Jonty Allcock releases in 3 days!"Rejoice always." "Don't be afraid." "Give cheerfully."What do w...
05/29/2019

Impossible Commands by Jonty Allcock releases in 3 days!

"Rejoice always." "Don't be afraid." "Give cheerfully."

What do we do when God's commands sound impossible? Most of us find opt-outs and excuses, or pretend we're doing better than we are—or we give up trying.

There is a better way. A way to accept the impossibility of obedience, and then do it anyway. A way to enjoy obeying God, even when it feels that you can't.

This book will show you how to embrace genuine, joyful, gospel-shaped obedience in the face of impossible commands.

Find out more: www.thegoodbook.com/impossible-commands

Episode 5 of The Good Book Company podcast is now available. So many of us struggle with prayer. Many books have been wr...
05/29/2019

Episode 5 of The Good Book Company podcast is now available.

So many of us struggle with prayer. Many books have been written on the subject and there’s a reason for that. Prayer comes hard to most of us, in most seasons. And when we do pray, we often don't know what to say. What is it that my Father loves to hear about? What are the best things I could pray for my family, my church, and myself?

In this episode, renowned Bible teacher Alistair Begg talks about his new book Pray Big. He shows us that the Apostle Paul clearly enjoyed prayer, and was excited about it. He also expected his Father in heaven to hear what he said, and to act in other people’s lives accordingly, and the truths that underpin and shape Paul's prayers can motivate us to pray and set us an example.

Listen at www.thegoodbook.com/podcast and wherever you listen to podcasts.

"We should engage with culture because we're compelled to contend for Christ's honor" — Dan Strange, Plugged Inwww.the...
05/29/2019

"We should engage with culture because we're compelled to contend for Christ's honor" — Dan Strange, Plugged In

www.thegoodbook.com/plugged-in

I want to erase the two words that shut most of our prayers down. Here they are:“Be with…”
05/28/2019
Stop Praying “Be With” Prayers | The Good Book Blog

I want to erase the two words that shut most of our prayers down. Here they are:

“Be with…”

Time-bound and fallen creature that I naturally am, I often forget the spiritual and eternal element of reality. That’s why the things that fill my prayers are so regularly absent from Paul’s—and why the things that fill his prayers are so regularly absent from mine. He has his eyes fixed on e...

"We believe “Jesus is the answer,” but we are so deaf to the cultural forces around us that we often present him as ...
05/27/2019
Christian, Answer Questions People Are Actually Asking | The Good Book Blog

"We believe “Jesus is the answer,” but we are so deaf to the cultural forces around us that we often present him as answering questions that people are not asking" — Tim Keller

I once heard one of my professors tell a story about Paul Tillich, a German theologian who was prominent in academic circles. When my professor was a young faculty member at a seminary in the United States, he was given the task of moderating the discussion after a public lecture by Tillich. Student...

"Dan Strange shows us, in the most accessible way I’ve ever seen, how to do Christian cultural analysis" — Timothy K...
05/27/2019

"Dan Strange shows us, in the most accessible way I’ve ever seen, how to do Christian cultural analysis" — Timothy Keller, Pastor Emeritus Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC

Find out more: www.thegoodbook.com/plugged-in

"Whatever your take on the relationship between Christianity and culture, I encourage you to hear Dan’s brilliant cont...
05/26/2019

"Whatever your take on the relationship between Christianity and culture, I encourage you to hear Dan’s brilliant contribution to this important discussion." — Krish Kandiah, Founding Director, Home for Good

Have you got your copy of Plugged In? www.thegoodbook.com/plugged-in

"There really is nothing else like this book" — Timothy Keller, Pastor Emeritus Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC😮B...
05/25/2019

"There really is nothing else like this book" — Timothy Keller, Pastor Emeritus Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC

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Buy Plugged In: www.thegoodbook.com/plugged-in

"At a time when many Christians feel disempowered in an increasingly individualistic and secular society, this book is b...
05/24/2019

"At a time when many Christians feel disempowered in an increasingly individualistic and secular society, this book is both thought provoking and practical." — Nola Leach, CEO, CARE

Pick up your copy of Plugged In: www.thegoodbook.com/plugged-in

Plugged In by Dan Strange is out now! Whether it's TV boxsets, Instagram stories or historical novels, we all consume cu...
05/24/2019

Plugged In by Dan Strange is out now!

Whether it's TV boxsets, Instagram stories or historical novels, we all consume culture. So it’s important that we are neither bewitched by it—buying into everything it tells us—or bewildered by it—lashing out in judgement or retreating into a Christian bubble.

Dan Strange encourages Christians to engage with everything they watch, read and play in a positive and discerning way. He also teaches Christians how to think and speak about culture in a way that plugs in to a bigger and better reality—the story of King Jesus, and his cosmic plan for the world.

It’s possible to watch TV and read novels and play video games in a way that actually feeds our faith, rather than withers it. It’s even possible for you—yes, you—to be that person who starts off talking to a mate about last night’s football and ends up talking about Jesus.

So be equipped to engage with culture and use it for God.

Find out more: www.thegoodbook.com/plugged-in

Plugged In by Dan Strange is out now!Whether it's TV boxsets, Instagram stories or historical novels, we all consume cul...
05/24/2019

Plugged In by Dan Strange is out now!

Whether it's TV boxsets, Instagram stories or historical novels, we all consume culture. So it’s important that we are neither bewitched by it—buying into everything it tells us—or bewildered by it—lashing out in judgement or retreating into a Christian bubble.

Dan Strange encourages Christians to engage with everything they watch, read and play in a positive and discerning way. He also teaches Christians how to think and speak about culture in a way that plugs in to a bigger and better reality—the story of King Jesus, and his cosmic plan for the world.

It’s possible to watch TV and read novels and play video games in a way that actually feeds our faith, rather than withers it. It’s even possible for you—yes, you—to be that person who starts off talking to a mate about last night’s football and ends up talking about Jesus.

So be equipped to engage with culture and use it for God.

Buy it here: www.thegoodbook.com/plugged-in

The Man Who Would Not Be Quiet is an engaging retelling of Blind Bartimaeus from Mark 10 v 46-52 teaching pre-school chi...
05/23/2019

The Man Who Would Not Be Quiet is an engaging retelling of Blind Bartimaeus from Mark 10 v 46-52 teaching pre-school children that listening to Jesus can change your life forever!

Find out more: www.thegoodbook.com/the-man-who-would-not-be-quiet

Christopher Ash tells a story of 2 pastor visits to 2 very different families and one surprising outcome.
05/23/2019
This One Thing Will Keep Your Pastor Going Year After Year | The Good Book Blog

Christopher Ash tells a story of 2 pastor visits to 2 very different families and one surprising outcome.

A pastor’s visits one week included these two. The first was to a home where all was well. Ryan and Steph were prosperous; the home was pleasant; a good car sat on the driveway; the children were being educated in expensive schools; their manners were good; talent abounded.

The Best Thing To Do by Steph Williams is an engaging retelling of Mary and Martha from Luke 10 v 38-42 teaching pre-sch...
05/23/2019

The Best Thing To Do by Steph Williams is an engaging retelling of Mary and Martha from Luke 10 v 38-42 teaching pre-school children that listening to Jesus is always the best thing to do!

Find out more: www.thegoodbook.co.uk/the-best-thing-to-do

Never Too Little is an engaging retelling of the little children coming to Jesus from Mark 10 v 13-16 that teaches pre-s...
05/23/2019

Never Too Little is an engaging retelling of the little children coming to Jesus from Mark 10 v 13-16 that teaches pre-school children that you’re never too little to be God’s friend.

Find out more: www.thegoodbook.com/never-too-little

Episode 4 of The Good Book Company Podcast is available now. Modern research is uncovering more and more detail of what ...
05/22/2019

Episode 4 of The Good Book Company Podcast is available now.

Modern research is uncovering more and more detail of what our brain is and how it works. We are living, thinking creatures who carry around with us an amazing organic supercomputer in our heads.

In this episode, brain imaging scientist Sharon Dirckx lays out the current understanding of who we are from biologists, philosophers, theologians and psychologists, and points towards a bigger picture that suggests answers to the fundamental questions of our existence. Not just "What am I?", but "Who am I?"—and "Why am I?"

Listen to it at www.thegoodbook.com/podcast and wherever you listen to podcasts.

"The most transformational thing you can do is look at Christ with the eyes of your heart" — Alistair Begg, Pray Bigww...
05/22/2019

"The most transformational thing you can do is look at Christ with the eyes of your heart" — Alistair Begg, Pray Big

www.thegoodbook.com/pray-big

Little Me Big God is a new series of simple, age appropriate Bible stories to engage real toddlers with God's Word from ...
05/22/2019

Little Me Big God is a new series of simple, age appropriate Bible stories to engage real toddlers with God's Word from Steph Williams, writer, designer, illustrator and Mum.

Children will learn to listen to Jesus from the accounts of blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52) and Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). They will also learn that they are never too little to come to Jesus (Mark 10:13-16).

Find out more here: www.thegoodbook.com/little-me-big-god/

If we are just our brains, as some scientists propose—if our decisions are simply the product of synapses firing—are...
05/22/2019
Is Free Will An Illusion? | The Good Book Blog

If we are just our brains, as some scientists propose—if our decisions are simply the product of synapses firing—are we really free in any meaningful sense?

You are out shopping for snacks to bring to the office party and decide on breadsticks and hummus. Did you make the decision? Or did your brain make it for you?

Thank you to Tim Challies for this kind review of Christopher Ash's new book.
05/22/2019
The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read (But Is Too Embarrassed to Ask) - Tim Challies

Thank you to Tim Challies for this kind review of Christopher Ash's new book.

I’ve seen churches where the pastor has been treated terribly—a slave forced to cede to the congregation’s every whim. I’ve seen churches where the pastor has been treated heroically—a superstar who exists above all critique and accountability. Surely the biblical position avoids both extr...

Telling Bible stories to children, at home or in church, is often a challenge. Steph Williams, author of the Little Me B...
05/21/2019
Three Questions To Ask Yourself When You’re Telling Children A Bible Story | The Good Book Blog

Telling Bible stories to children, at home or in church, is often a challenge.

Steph Williams, author of the Little Me Big God series, suggests three questions we should all be asking when telling Bible stories.

Telling Bible stories to children, at home or in church, is often a challenge. A younger sibling may be trying to eat the book, or poke someone in the eye. In toddler groups, someone is inevitably standing right in front of the book or making off with a visual aid. It’s not always easy to hold att...

05/20/2019
Am I Just My Brain: Can neurons explain belief in God?

Rewatch Sharon Dirckx's at RZIM's Why Series event in London where she unpacks the content of her new book Am I Just My Brain?

What is the relationship between our brains and our minds—and ultimately our sense of identity as a person? Are we more than machines? Is free-will an illusion? Do we have a soul?

If you have ever wanted answers to any of those fundamental questions then watch this.

On Saturday 18th May, at 10.50am (UK time), join Dr Sharon Dirckx for the first of today’s livestreams from our Why Series event in London. Sharon is a Senio...

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