Here are some recommended resources to serve you and your family …
Gospel Teaching for Families:
The New City Catechism is a series of short systematic teachings with scripture proofs to support you and your family in understanding the bible.
The Jesus Storybook Bible is written for children ages four and up, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the one story underneath all the stories of the Bible and points to the birth of a child, the Rescuer, Jesus. Complete with 44 Bible stories, The Jesus Storybook Bible paints a beautiful portrait of Jesus and invites children to see that he is not only at the center of God’s great story of redemption—he is at the center of their story too.
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing shares profound spiritual truths from the Bible told in a conversational tone–drawing insights from creation, history, science, the writings of great thinkers and preachers and writers, and more–to turn the reader’s eyes toward the God who loves them with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. Perfect for family devotions, bedtime, story time.
The Gospel According to Pixar – The Gospel According to Pixar looks at how each Pixar film portrays the basic concerns of everyday life and seeks to connect them with a Christian understanding of the world. It touches on themes such as love, identity, fear, freedom, guilt, purpose, and belonging – to name just a few. The book communicates the Gospel in a fresh, persuasive and, above all, fun way. (Note: this book is not written for kids, but great for parents to read & discuss with kids!)
Student Resources (Secondary / Post Secondary level)
The Story of Everything – We’re all searching for significance—something deeper, richer, and bigger than what we can see in our unremarkable, everyday routines. The greatest news we can hear is that God has a very real purpose for everything in this life. In The Story of Everything, Jared Wilson explores the redemptive story that God is telling in and through the world, helping us play our part in his ultimate plan to make all things new.
Prayer – Christians are taught that prayer is the main way to experience God. But aside from learning prayers by rote, few receive guidance in how to make the most of this essential Christian act. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller shows us how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. With his trademark insight and energy, Keller offers brilliant and inspirational biblical guidance, as well as prayers for specific situations, such as dealing with grief, love, and forgiveness. Using great model prayers from the Bible and great Christian teachers throughout history, he discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader.
Understanding Law & Gospel
The Mockingbird Devotional – As long as it has been available, people have turned to the Bible to address the problems and anxieties of everyday life. We look to it for comfort in the midst of suffering, clarity in times of confusion, or simply to learn about God. Thankfully, what we find in its pages is not a collection of rules or demands but a message of unbending honesty and unspeakable compassion: the gospel of Jesus Christ. With humor and heart (and a surprising number of disco and B-movie references) the 365 short devotions in The Mockingbird Devotional carry the good news of God’s mercy and forgiveness to the inner-rooms of human reality.
Galatians For You Perhaps more than any other book of the Bible, Galatians shows with utter clarity that the gospel is not only the message that saves us, but the message that underlies and empowers all of the Christian life. Author Timothy Keller wants the reader “to see Paul showing the young Christians in Galatia that their spiritual problem is not only caused by failing to live in obedience to God, but also by relying on obedience to Him. We’re going to see him telling them that all they need—all they could ever need—is the gospel of God’s unmerited favor to them through Christ’s life, death and resurrection. We’re going to hear him solving their issues not through telling them to ‘be better Christians’, but by calling them to live out the implications of the gospel.”
Modern Reformation Magazine – “We believe that each generation must rediscover and apply the gospel to their own time … We put our time and resources toward helping Christians “know what they believe and why they believe it.” * The editors make an intentional effort to include voices from across the Reformational spectrum in Modern Reformation’s pages. Contributors come from Anglican, Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Reformed churches.
Grace in Practice
Good News for Anxious Christians – Like a succession of failed diet regimens, the much-touted techniques that are supposed to bring us closer to God “in our hearts” can instead make us feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed. How can we meet and know God with ongoing joy rather than experiencing the Christian life as a series of guilt-inducing disappointments? Phillip Cary explains that knowing God is a gradual, long-term process that comes through the Bible experienced in Christian community, not a to-do list designed to help us live the Christian life “right.”
Gospel Wakefulness – Once you are liberated by the gospel of Christ’s grace, you become utterly enamored with Him. There’s no end to the depth of His gospel & you can’t be entertained or satisfied with anything else in church but Christ preached. Jared Wilson reminds us of the death-proof, fail-proof King of kings who is before all things and in all things and holding all things together, and of the Spirit’s power to quicken our hearts and captivate our imaginations. The message of Gospel Wakefulness will make numbness the exception rather than the norm and reawaken us to the multifaceted brilliance of the gospel.
The Gospel Driven Life – Michael Horton turns from the crisis to the solutions, offering his recommendations for a new reformation in the faith, practice, and witness of contemporary Christianity. This insightful book will guide readers in reorienting their faith and the church’s purpose toward the Good News of the gospel. The first six chapters explore that breaking news from heaven, while the rest of the book focuses on the kind of community that the gospel generates and the surprising ways in which God is at work in the world. Here is fresh news for Christians who are burned out on hype and are looking for hope.
Side By Side – Everyone needs help from time to time, especially in the midst of painful circumstances and difficult trials. In this short book, a highly respected biblical counselor and successful author offers practical guidance for all Christians—pastors and laypeople alike—who want to develop their “helping skills” when it comes to walking alongside hurting people.Written out of the conviction that friends are the best helpers, this accessible introduction to biblical counseling will equip believers to share their burdens with one another through gentle words of wisdom and kind acts of love. This book is written for those eager to see God use ordinary relationships and conversations between ordinary Christians to work extraordinary miracles in the lives of his people.
You Are What You Love – You are what you love. But you might not love what you think. While we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. James K.A Smith explains that worship is the “imagination station” that incubates our loves and longings so that our cultural endeavours are indexed toward God and his kingdom. Worship is not simply something we do – worship does something to us.
Is God anti-gay? – Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view. So is God homophobic? What do we say, and how do we relate to to both Christians and non Christians who experience same-sex attraction? In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry is a celibate, gay minister who wrote this book to address what God has said about these questions in the scriptures, and offer a positive way forward through this debate.
Washed and Waiting – “Gay,” “Christian,” and “celibate” don’t often appear in the same sentence. Yet many who sit next to us in the pew at church fit that description, says author Wesley Hill. As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God’s “No” to same-sex relationships. How can gay Christians experience God’s favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of shame and guilt? Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, such as Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hill offers a fresh perspective on these questions.
Questioning Christianity / Apologetics
The Reason for God arrives at a point when both belief and skepticism are on the rise. “Skepticism, fear, and anger toward traditional religion are growing in power and influence,” says Keller. “But, at the same time, robust, orthodox belief in the traditional faiths is growing as well.” As each grows, those who hold to each become increasingly convinced that they are in imminent danger. The world is polarizing over religion—or at the very least our culture is polarizing over religion. Attempting to find a way forward, Keller suggests that both believers and skeptics look at doubt in a whole new way. Within the book he does not make the classical distinction between believers and unbelievers, but rather between believers and skeptics.
Mere Christianity – One of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide. This book brings together C. S. Lewis’ legendary radio broadcasts during the war years, in which he set out simply to “explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times.” Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations, Mere Christianity provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to absorb a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.