May the Light shine upon the nations this Christmas

Posted by Stephen Witmer on December 11th, 2017

I recently visited mission partners from our church who are serving in the Middle East. We stood atop a hill overlooking the great city where they live and minister, praying for the millions of people who live there. There were mosques almost everywhere we looked. My friend said to me as we gazed out over the city, ‘Many of the people here will never hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many will never personally know someone who knows and loves the gospel.’

We sing ‘Joy to the World’ at Christmas. And we worship the Light of the world. Our Savior is not a tribal deity. He didn’t come to save just one tribe or tongue. The news of him is to go to the ends of the world.

This Christmas, let’s yearn and pray for what God himself purposes. ‘Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy’ (Psalm 67.3-4). ‘God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!’ (Psalm 67.7).


A quick explanation of the history and meaning of Advent

Posted by Stephen Witmer on December 2nd, 2017

As we enter into the Advent season, why not take five minutes and watch this helpful explanation of where Advent comes from and what it means? Thanks to Ryan Reeves for producing this video.

Report on our Big Gospel, Small Places conference

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 16th, 2017

Here’s a report I wrote for the Gospel Coalition website on our recent Gospel Coalition New England conference in Loudon, NH on November 8, called ‘A Big Gospel in Small Places.’ PCF, thank you so much for allowing me to help organize this conference. It was a thrilling day, as 50+ New Hampshire pastors and ministry leaders gathered to encourage one another, hear from God, and consider how the gospel can impact our ministries. Read the report here.

Free on-line courses from the Gospel Coalition!

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 15th, 2017

The Gospel Coalition just released a bunch of free on-line courses. This looks like a tremendous resource, full of excellent, Christ-honoring material.

Why not set a goal to complete 1-2 of these courses in 2018 with a friend or two?

Check out the introductory article (with links to all the courses) here.

And here’s a link to the learning platform itself, TGC Courses.

Parents, here's some help on engaging your kids' imagination

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 14th, 2017

Parents, you’ll do well to listen to this 1/2 hour talk by author and singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson (thanks for the link, Nathan King). It’s a beautiful, funny, and moving description of the awakening of his own imagination as a kid; how fantasy fiction prepared the soil of his heart for the seed of the gospel. As the parent of young children, I find this helpful and inspiring.

To listen, click here.