• Introducing GOSPEL MEDITATIONS ON CREATION with Astronaut Jeff Williams

    Church Works Media is thrilled to announce the publishing of our latest devotional, Gospel Meditations on Creation. Joe Tyrpak and I are joined this time by co-author Jeff Williams. Jeff is a devout Christian who also happens to be a NASA astronaut. He has spent 534 days aboard the International Space Station—an American record when […]

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  • Quarantine: Nothing New Under the Sun

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Dickens’ timeless statement aptly describes my feelings about the response of Christians to the COVID-19 crisis.  I’ve been encouraged to see churches adapt so quickly to these challenging times. “Zoom” was unknown to most pastors just a month ago, but they’ve learned how to minister to […]

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  • Sing the Psalms. Like This.

    The modern church has lost the Psalms. We certainly don’t sing them. Sure, we’ll sing phrases from them. We’ll copy and paste a verse that makes us happy or hopeful into a greeting card or its twenty-first-century equivalent. But we don’t make use of the Psalms—entire Psalms, beginning to end, including dark shades as well […]

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  • Fighting for Joy in Times of Trouble

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Word nerds everywhere are grateful to Inigo Montoya for this profound statement. People use words they don’t understand all the time. Simple words, even. Joy is one of those, I think. Christians speak, sing, and pray about joy. Good! But what […]

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  • God Is Always Good

    In these difficult times, we wanted to share an article that we thought would be particularly encouraging (and challenging). This is Day 1 from our devotional Gospel Meditations for the Hurting by Chris Anderson and Joe Tyrpak. We pray that it will minister God’s grace to you today! Read Psalm 100. “For the Lord is […]

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  • Invalid Validation

    I had a meeting over the weekend with a potential new member at the church I pastor, Killian Hill Baptist Church in Lilburn, GA. It wasn’t an ominous meeting. I had reason to hope that this family would lean in and become part of our church family. But I wasn’t sure, and I was nervous. […]

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  • Succinct, Stirring, Christ-Saturated Theology: “He Will Hold Me Fast”

    Matt Merker’s “He Will Hold Me Fast” has quickly become a beloved hymn of Christ’s church. It’s so encouraging, so soothing, so hope-building. And because of Matt’s exceptional writing, it’s so Christ-filled. The first two stanzas of the song were written by Ada Habershon, a friend of Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, Ira Sankey, and […]

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  • God Has Spoken

    So far, Church Works Media has published over 50 hymns and songs. Some are more familiar, some less. One of my favorites is still kind of unknown: “God Has Spoken.” Scripture describes several ways in which God has revealed Himself to humanity. This hymn highlights 3 of them, noting the crescendo from general revelation to special […]

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  • The Blessing of Ordination

    Killian Hill Baptist Church had the distinct privilege of ordaining a man to the gospel ministry last weekend. By God’s grace, we’re going to have several similar opportunities over the next year. It was a great time to reflect on the meaning and importance of ordinations. Here’s a concise summary of what ordination is about. […]

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  • A New Hymn about an Old Promise

    “I will build My church…” (Matthew 16:18) This momentous promise by our Savior is one of my favorite texts of the Scriptures. I’ve prayed it innumerable times, asking the Lord to keep His promise by building the local churches in which I’ve worked, or by blessing the work of our missionaries, or by demonstrating His […]

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