Books

Books

Daily Illumination  writings are now available in self-published books.  If interested in a copy, please contact me.


Screen Shot 2021-04-07 at 9.35.46 AMThe Tale of the Cursed Fig Tree (2021) 

Why did Jesus curse a fig tree for not bearing fruit — especially when it wasn’t the season for figs? What if the fig tree that Jesus cursed could tell his side of the story? In this imaginative  retelling of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to shouts of “Hosanna,” we see how Jesus’ fate was strangely intertwined with the fate of an old fig tree standing watch over the Temple all these years. 74 pages


Screen Shot 2021-04-07 at 10.18.07 AMThe Lucky Tale of Eutychus (2021) 

In a seaside village on the Aegean Sea, a local physician announces that the great miracle working apostle is coming to visit. Eutychus is skeptical of the wild stories circulating about Paul and his message about a crucified Jew. Curious, he goes to hear Paul speak, but ends up dozing off during the sermon and falling out of the window to his death. This is an imaginative firsthand account of a boy named ‘Lucky’ who was lucky enough to live (again) tell his tale. 66 pages


9781725294066Wise Church: Forming a Wisdom Culture in Your Local Church (2021) 

Wise Church is about rethinking church cultures so they become more of a wisdom culture. The topics vary as widely as church life itself: letter writing as pastoral care, the work life of congregants, evangelism, music, church economics, spiritual formation as the pursuit of wisdom, racial justice, marriage, learning how to teach like Jesus, gospeling like the apostles, and the wise use of social media. This is the book my doctoral cohort wrote together. My chapter is on letter writing. Buy a Copy!  286 pages


Screen Shot 2021-03-22 at 12.04.38 PMSage, Shepherd & Letter Writing Pastor (2021) 

In our digital age of distance learning, disembodied teaching, and impersonal sermons on a screen, pastors need to return to more personal and embodied forms of wisdom for forming souls.  In this doctoral thesis, Jeremy explores sages and students in the ancient world, urging pastors to reclaim the roles of sage, shepherd, and spiritual guide, and offering letter writing as a powerful means of embodying wisdom in a culture desperately in need of it.  293 pages


Screen Shot 2021-02-08 at 9.31.36 AMMidlife Revision (2021)

This is an account of my vocational struggle and journey of reimagining ministry at MainStreet Covenant Church. The revisioning process coincided with my 40th birthday, a symbolic number that added weight to the struggle. Despite many nights in the valley of the shadow of self-doubt and confusion, God faithfully met me there. He dropped down a ladder from Heaven, and has been ascending and descending with a daily doses of grace and vision for a new season of ministry. 280 pages


Screen Shot 2021-02-08 at 9.30.50 AMPastoral Letters: Soul to Soul Sermons (2021)

Despite all the ways to stay connected these days, we are more lonely and isolated than ever. Likewise, pastors can preach sermons to the crowd each week, and hardly know the names and stories of the people in the pew. My doctoral thesis explored recovering the lost art of pastoral letter writing as a powerful and more personal tool for shepherding souls. This is a collection of some of my letters, or what I call “soul to soul sermons.” 317 pages


cover-beatitudes-of-bethlehemThe Beatitudes of Bethlehem (2020)

An upside-down Kingdom was born in Bethlehem that first Christmas that would flip the script on who is really blessed and who is not. The babe in a manger would someday announce his Kingdom with a series of pronouncements we call the Beatitudes. But the truth of this upside-down Kingdom was already on display in the unlikely characters surrounding his birth. Enjoy this Advent series written in the midst of a global pandemic and political mayhem.  125 pages


Screen Shot 2020-11-05 at 8.44.46 PMIn the Shadow of His Wings (2020)

In a year that brought a global pandemic, race riots and protests, and a politically charged election, these writings reveal a heart seeking refuge in the shadow of Christ’s wings  Closer to home, our church moved locations and stepped into a new vision in 2020. I traveled to Israel before the world shut down, struggled to lead a church in quarantine, and became a chicken farmer in the suburbs. An insane year! 329 pages


Screen Shot 2020-11-05 at 8.16.16 PMTreasures New & Old (2019)

Turning 40 this year brought with it a fresh awareness of the grand march of time. These pages give a window into my recent journey into the contemplative tradition I’ve dubbed my “pilgrimage of the soul.” I also dip my toe into spicy topics such as abortion, immigration, gun violence, American liberty, Trumpism, and many chapters on Jesus-shaped politics. Also included are sermons and weekly lectionary reflections. 253 pages


Screen Shot 2019-04-09 at 10.11.43 AMCrossEyed: Sermons & Sentiments (2019)

This collection features many sermons, personal journal reflections, letters, and other miscellaneous writings from Advent 2018 through Lent 2019. A recurring theme is the call to see the world and our Christian walk through the lenses of the cross—a CrossEyed vision for life and faith and conduct. 330 pages


mainstreet-book-cover-jpgMainStreet Beginnings | 2010-2016

Every church had a beginning. This is MainStreet’s story told in a hodgepodge of journal entries, articles, church documents, photos and more.  Shining through it all, you’ll see ordinary people caught up in a story of an extraordinary God “who calls into existence things that do not yet exist” (Rom. 4:17). In this case, MainStreet Covenant Church. 407 pages


Dispatches CoverDispatches From the Desert (2018)

This collection of writings from a dry and disillusioned season of ministry show me doing my best to “run with perseverance the race marked out for me, fixing my eyes on Jesus” (Heb. 12:1-2). These writings show me sometimes running, often stumbling and occasionally crawling on all four – but always forward and never alone. “And a man shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a refuge from the tempest” (Isaiah 32:2). That man is Jesus. 219 pages


frontWisdom Shouts: Private Thoughts in the Public Square (2018)

In this collection from December 2017 to April 2018, I try to parade Lady Wisdom’s attractive figure across the busy intersections of Facebook where we find pedestrians casually scrolling about, passing the time . . . tripping over the political trash littering the streets of the social media landscape. I hope some hear her cry above the clatter, stop to read, and get a refreshing whiff of a Way of life that is “right and just and fair” (Prov 2:9). 302 pages


BOOK Cover_Soul ArtisanSoul Artisan: Musings on Faith & Life (2017)

This is a collection of my Daily Illumination writings from 2017. Most were published previously on my blog, but many are only available here. I hope these “rapid-fire thoughts from the hip” can help others navigate the busy and often confusing intersection of faith and everyday life. 264 pages


FixedtoRock1Fixed to the Rock: My Formative Years Vol. 1

As I close the chapter on my formative years (age 19-35) I have compiled my personal writings on my faith, family and ministry development into two volumes. They include old college & seminary journals, accounts of my first dates with Keri, original songs/poems, birthday reflections, and insights into my “Tumultuous Twenties.” 304 pages


FixedtoRock2Fixed to the Rock: My Formative Years Vol. 2

Volume Two continues giving a window into my growth as a young husband, new father, emerging leader and pastor, and a growing follower of Christ. It includes letters to my kids at their births on the significance of their names, and many essays about my journey into vocational ministry and ordination, and beyond. 300 pages


screen-shot-2017-05-09-at-11-16-34-pm-e1494390165787The Father’s Song: The Divine Symphony of Scripture

In this overview of the Bible, Jeremy trains our “ears to hear” the God-beat at the center of the cosmos. The story of the Bible sweeps and flows, builds and develops like a musical composition with many movements. From the explosive energy of Creation, to the somber sounds of Sin, the song rises and falls and rises again to a grand crescendo. Leave the dissonance of the world and learn the “unforced rhythms of grace” (Matt 11). 112 pages Download PDF


Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 9.18.26 PMScraps From the Master’s Table

A random collection of scraps that may be described as “leftover thoughts, reheated wisdom, stale sermons and microwaved movie reflections.” Consider it a late night spiritual snack for the hungry (or insomniac) soul. Even the scraps from the Master’s Table are worth more than a full meal from the world’s junk food buffets. Included in here are several “Faith & Film” movie reviews from my youth pastor days. 243 pages


Parables CoverEveryday Parables: Extraordinary Truths in Ordinary Places

This collection of modern parables or “sacred analogies” finds extraordinary truths in very ordinary things. From a youth backpacking trip in the mountains to pulling weeds in the garden, from learning how to drive a car to playing a round of golf, or getting lost in the rhythms of your favorite album; each of these chapters is an attempt to answer Jesus’ question: “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?”  224 pages


product_thumbnail.phpThinking Out Loud: On Theology, Culture & Faith

This is a collection of thought experiments from a mind early in its theological development including miscellaneous musings on Heaven and Hell, sex and politics, teens and technology, suffering and salvation, culture and the church, the perils of preaching, and more. It also includes several academic essays from my graduate studies. 386 pages


Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 10.51.44 AMDaily Illumination: Thoughts from the Intersection of Faith & Everyday Life

This is a collection of 69 pieces published on my Daily Illumination blog from about 2009-2017. I hope you find here evidence not of a brilliant thinker or seasoned writer, but a devoted follower of Jesus with an undying thirst for God-reality.  I have done my best to share the light I have received with others, hoping to provide some daily illumination for fellow pilgrims making their way through an often dark and dreary landscape. 292 pages


Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 9.47.55 AMThe Word is Alive: Scriptural Reflections on New Life in Christ

This is part of a two volume collection of Bible expositions which includes incomplete series on Ephesians and 1 Peter, as well as reflections on the Jonah and a favorite text from 1 Corinthians. We begin by exploring some  different ways The Bible Speaks to us. These were written while church planting and learning how to pastor my first church. I’m certain this background and personal context will surface many times throughout. 204 pages


Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 9.43.10 AMThe Word is Active: Scriptural Reflections on Missional Living

This volume includes reflections on the Gospels and the action-packed narratives of Joshua and Nehemiah who both live lives of active faith and obedience. Undergirding all these expositions is a sense of adventure and a call to join God in His mission. They were written from the front lines of church planting, where I had the chance to leave comfort behind and join Joshua, Jonah, Jesus and others in a life of mission and adventure. 202 pages


Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 10.52.24 AMDear Philippians: Pastoral Advice from a Prison Cell

My Daily Illumination blog was born of an ambitious New Year’s goal to provide a substantial post each day in 2009. Some of the best fruit of my voracious binge-writing that year was my reflections on Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. Pull up a slab of rock and light a candle. Grab a quill, some ink and a scrap of papyrus to take notes. We’re journeying back to the year AD 58 to a wet, dim lit Roman prison cell to eaves drop on Paul as he pens his letter to his friends in Philippi. What does this ancient letter say to us some 2,000 years later? 146 pages