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Daily Illumination writings are now available in self-published books.  If interested, you can purchase a copy through me. Contact me at thatjeremyberg(at)gmail.com.

MainStreet Book Cover JPGMainStreet Beginnings | 2010-2016 

Every church had a beginning. This is MainStreet’s story. This is a hodgepodge of blog reflections, reports, testimonies, private journals, highlights and low moments in the adventure of planting a church.  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 attempt to parade Lady Wisdom’s attractive figure across the busy intersections of Facebook where we find whistling pedestrians casually scrolling about, passing the time . . . tripping over the political trash littering the streets of the social media landscape. I hope someone hears her cry above the clatter, stop to read one of my reflections, 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. May these “rapid-fire thoughts from the hip” help you 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 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.   300 pages

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 11.16.34 PMThe Father’s Song: The Divine Symphony of Scripture

In this creative overview of the Bible, Jeremy helps train our “ears to hear” the penetrating God-beat at the center of redemption history. The story of the Bible sweeps and flows, builds and develops like a masterful musical piece with many movements. From the explosive energy of the opening of Creation, to the somber sounds of Sin and Lament along the way, the song rises and falls and rises again to the grand crescendo at the end. Leave the dissonance of the world and learn the “unforced rhythms of grace” (Matt 11 MSG). 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.   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 treatments of both Ephesians and 1 Peter, as well as some reflections on the Jonah and a favorite text from 1 Corinthians. We begin by exploring some  different ways The Bible Speaks to us, and the various attitudes and postures we ought to bring to our engagement with God’s Word. These were all written during a season of 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

The bulk of this volume is reflections on the Gospels. We also step into the action-packed narratives of Joshua and Nehemiah who both live lives of active faith and obedience. Undergirding all these Bible expositions is a sense of adventure and a call to join God in His mission, and were all written from the front lines of church planting, where I had the chance to walk in the shoes of Jesus, Joshua and Nehemiah in raising up a people willing to leave comfort behind and join us in our missional task. 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