Last Call for Father’s Day Orders

If you’re hoping to get Gospel Meditations for Men in time for Father’s Day, you need to get your order in right away. At this point, you’ll also want to request expedited shipping. Order here.


New CWM Hymn: “Call to Worship”

I’m very happy to introduce a new anthem I wrote with my friend Rick Nichols. I was surprised during my family’s recent vacation to receive an email from Rick that included an MP3 of the new song. I’d sent him a text in January, but I had no idea that he was working on it, much less that it was finished! It was a thrill to hear it for the first time while surrounded by my girls in our vacation-bound van.

I wrote Call to Worship while meditating on Psalm 57:8-11 (see also Psalm 108:1-5). The Psalms sometimes urge the worshiper to rise from physical, mental, or spiritual slumber to offer to God exuberant, whole-hearted praise. That’s what I was after—an exuberant sound. Rick nailed it, writing a rousing, regal piece for brass, percussion, choir, and congregation. I trust that it will be a God-exalting anthem that effectively inspires Christians to worship our great God.

 Call to Worship Demo

You can find the links and text below. When you listen to the demo, turn your speakers up so you get the full effect of Rick’s work! The octavo (as heard in the MP3) will be available from SoundForth soon. Grace!

(BTW, speaking of new hymns, my gifted friends Paul Keew and Brian Pinner just published a lovely new meditation on Philippians 2 entitled See the Christ. Check it out.)



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Call to Worship

Slumb’ring souls, awake and sing
Psalms to your exalted King.
Join the choir of saints above;
Joy in songs of Christian love.
Give to God a glorious song—
Hands extended, voices strong!

Wakened souls, your anthem raise;
Sing your sacrifice of praise.
Lift your mind, your heart, your voice,
Heed the happy call: “Rejoice!”
Give to God a glorious song—
Hands extended, voices strong!

Joyful souls, let song take flight:
Praise the Father, God of light;
Praise the Savior, Christ the Son;
Praise the Spirit—Three in one!
Give to God a glorious song—
Hands extended, voices strong!

Gospel Meditations for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is less than a month away—May 13, 2012. Gospel Meditations for Women has been used by many churches and individuals as an affordable and edifying gift, selling over 12,000 copies in the last two years. If you plan to order, you need to do so soon.

You can read a sample and endorsements here, and you can order this book or its companions for Men and Missions here. Be sure to take advantage of the quantity discounts. And please help spread the word!

By the way, we’re now on Amazon!

New Hymn on Passion, Resurrection, and Missions: “Every Knee Shall Bow”

I meditate often on the triumph of Christ’s resurrection and ascension—how it was a complete turnabout of the humility of His crucifixion (Philippians 2:5-11). I think also of the implications of that triumph for Christian missions: that the church has the privilege both of experiencing for ourselves and of extending to others Christ’s victory over sin and death. In light of these great themes and with an eye on Philippians 2:9-11 (“Every knee…Every tongue…”) and Revelation 5:9-10 (“Every tribe…”), Molly Ijames and I have teamed to write a new hymn. I trust that Every Knee Shall Bow will inspire the church to worship her Savior and to take His gospel to the ends of the earth. Grace.

(Thanks to Molly for her relentless work to capture just the right mood and sounds for this piece; thanks to many friends who helped improve the song through their critiques.)

You can download PDF files, hear an MP3 sample, and read explanatory notes at the following links. The text itself is printed out below.



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4000 Gospel Meditations for Missions

In the last two months has received orders for over 4000 copies of our latest devotional book, Gospel Meditations for Missions. We’re especially excited to see churches, schools, and missionaries using it as an affordable and challenging resource for missions conferences. Who knows what fruit will result from Christians studying the Bible with an eye toward world evangelization?! I encourage you to put a copy of the book into the hands of every member of your church. And as you distribute and read it, pray for laborers!

You can read more about it here and order it here. Grace!


THABITI ANYABWILE (Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, keynote speaker at Together for the Gospel, and author of The Decline of African American Theology and other books)

“Can we do missions without meditating on the gospel?  Of course not.  And yet, how many well-meaning, mission-minded saints go off into the harvest having failed to prepare their own hearts with due consideration of the Good News?  Too many I fear. Gospel Meditations for Missions helps us slow down to consider what is of first importance that we might hold this treasure more fully in our clay hearts.  I joyfully commend it.”

Pre-Order Gospel Meditations for Missions is now taking pre-orders for its new publication, Gospel Meditations for Missions. GM4Missions is a stirring 31-day devotional written by Chris Anderson, Joe Tyrpak, and guest writers JD Crowley, David Hosaflook, and Tim Keesee. Books will ship in early December. Order here.

More information to follow. Please help get the word out.

GM4M Update

If you’re interested, here’s what’s happening with Gospel Meditations for Men:

  • So far, 3636 copies have been ordered.
  • The second printing (including an updated back cover) arrives today and ships tomorrow.
  • We’re still filling orders for Father’s Day (June 19). However, you may want to consider expedited shipping to make sure they arrive in time.
  • Order here.