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Advent resources

Posted by Stephen Witmer on December 6th, 2019

Advent is a time of waiting and a time of cultivating our understanding of, and joy in, the coming of Jesus from Heaven to this world. Let’s seize the opportunity this season provides to deepen our understanding of what the Bible teaches about the first Christmas. I’ve been helped and encouraged this year as I’ve read through Tim Keller’s excellent book Hidden Christmas, and I strongly recommend it as an insightful, exciting, illuminating discussion of Christ’s coming into the world.

Our family has been reading together through an excellent Advent devotional from John Piper. Here’s a free Advent devotional produced by Desiring God several years ago.

Let’s dig in deeper this Christmas!



TGC 2019 book award!

Posted by Stephen Witmer on December 2nd, 2019

I’m thrilled that my book on small-town/rural ministry, A Big Gospel in Small Places, has been awarded a Gospel Coalition 2019 book award in the ‘Ministry’ category. I’m grateful for this honor, and hopeful that perhaps it will bring a bit more attention to the important work God is doing in small places throughout our country and our world today.

Here’s the announcement.

Small-town Savior

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 19th, 2019

I count it a huge privilege to write for Desiring God. I’m grateful that I get to publish articles with a ministry with which I resonate so deeply. My latest DG article is about Jesus’ small-town ministry, and I hope it will be an encouragement for many small-town pastors and layleaders. You can read the article by clicking here.

Launch day for A Big Gospel in Small Places!

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 5th, 2019

Today is the launch day for my new InterVarsity Press book, A Big Gospel in Small Places! I’m praying that God will get this book into the hands of those who will most benefit from it, and that he’ll use it in the months and years to come in order to make much of himself in the small places (and big places) of the world. Please join me in praying for these things. I’m grateful to and for Pepperell Christian Fellowship on this day. So much of my thinking about small-place ministry has been shaped through my 11+ years of pastoring here, and it was during my 2018 sabbatical that I wrote most of the book. Soli deo gloria!