When the church feels like home

Posted by Stephen Witmer on September 10th, 2019

The New Testament uses family terms to describe the church. We are brothers and sisters of one another, and we have a Father in Heaven. That’s really important. What does it mean to take seriously the family identity of the church? In this Gospel Coalition review, I assess a helpful new book by my friend Lee Eclov. It’s called Feels Like Home: How Rediscovering the Church as Family Changes Everything. To read my review, click here.

My book is coming soon!

Posted by Stephen Witmer on September 5th, 2019

I was excited to see my soon-to-be-released book in the recent InterVarsity Press new titles catalog! I’m so thankful for my PCF church family. It’s been here at PCF that I’ve formed a theological vision for small-town ministry in the context of a loving, supportive church family. And PCF’s kindness in sending me and my family away on sabbatical last summer was what allowed me to write this book.

Definitions Conference coming up

Posted by Stephen Witmer on August 24th, 2019

Looks like a great conference from Songtime Radio coming up on Cape Cod on September 6-8. It’s called the Definitions Conference, and will feature main speakers Donald Whitney and Tedd Tripp this year, as well as breakout speakers from various parts of New England. I’m thankful for my friend Adam Miller, who is putting this all together.

Why I so appreciate George Herbert's 'The Country Parson'

Posted by Stephen Witmer on August 21st, 2019

I was thrilled to discover, a couple years ago, that the great poet George Herbert (who was also a rural pastor) had written a manual on rural ministry before his early death at the age of 39. That rural ministry book, called The Country Parson, was published in 1652, long after Herbert’s death. Although it has encouraged many generations of pastors and laypeople in the centuries since, it’s not as widely known or used today. Here’s a recent Gospel Coalition article in which I make the case for reading and learning from this important book: ‘What a Famous Poet Can Teach Rural Pastors.’

Why study the book of Revelation?

Posted by Stephen Witmer on August 17th, 2019

Several years ago I had the opportunity to preach all the way through the entire book of Revelation. You can listen to all those sermons here.

I also got to write the study guide on Revelation for Crossway’s Knowing the Bible series, and you can see that study guide here.

More recently, I wrote an article for Crossway on why we should study the book of Revelation, and you can read that article here.

And if you want to read the book of Revelation itself (that’s by far the best thing to do!) you can read it here.