Upper Room Trilogy – John 13-17

The God Who Prays is a forty-day meditation on Jesus’ farewell prayers. This is our third and final meditative journey into Jesus’ discipleship  sermon. This study follows the The God Who Kneels (John 13) and The God Who Comforts (John 14 – 16:22). There is an escalating challenge in Jesus’ discipleship sermon. Each successive phase requires us to think deeper and prayer harder. There comes a time when we need to let go and move on from our old inquiries, doubts, and hesitancies. Like the disciples we need to shift out of training mode and move into mission. A move made possible only by the grace of Christ. 

The God Who Kneels

CASCADE_TemplateThe God Who Kneels: A Forty-Day Meditation on John 13
[Cascade Books 2015]

The God Who Kneels is a meditative journey in John 13. The Apostle John opens the door and invites us into the upper room to relive the words and actions of Jesus. He writes us into the scene and gives us a seat at the table. On Thursday night, Jesus gave his followers two simple object lessons during the evening meal. He washed their feet and he broke bread. These two enduring acts go a long way in defining the mission of God and the body of Christ. They merge real hospitality and deep sacrament. The towel and the basin, and the bread and the cup, signify the essence of Jesus’s kingdom strategy. The disciples missed the meaning of Jesus’s message the first time around. Like them we need a fresh experience of the upper room to grasp the Savior’s humility and glory. Less than twenty-four hours before the crucifixion Jesus offered his disciples a vivid parable of the atonement and a true picture of discipleship. This forty-day Lenten series is a close reading of the biblical text revealing the significance of the God who kneels for today’s discipleship.


Follow the Lamb: A Pastoral Approach to Revelation

Follow the Lamb: A Pastoral Approach to Revelation
[Wipf and Stock 2014]

The Revelation builds conviction, inspires worship, and encourages patient endurance. This is a prison epistle like no other: a disciple-making tract, a manifesto, an extraordinary treatise on Christ and culture, and a canonical climax. We come expecting to learn the ABCs of the end times, and the Apostle John gives us the fullness and fury of his Spirit-inspired praying imagination. Meaning is not found in cleverly devised interpretations, but in God’s redemptive story. The apostle’s purpose was to strengthen the people of God against cultural assimilation and spiritual idolatry, not to stimulate end times speculation. The Revelation is a sustained attack against diluted discipleship with an unrelenting focus on the immediacy of God’s presence in the totality of life. Nothing escapes the gaze of Christ.wsp

New Book: The Christ Letter

The Christ Letter: A Christological Approach to Preaching and Practicing Ephesians

[Cascade Books 2012]

The Christ Letter is a conversation partner for pastors and students of the Bible who want to wrestle with the meaning of the biblical text for Christian living today. Scholarly commentaries perform an essential task, but they often leave today’s believers on their own when it comes to making Paul’s letter come alive. Doug Webster weaves together deep biblical insights, penetrating cultural perspectives, and stories of transformation into a pastoral commentary that promises to release the powerful message of Ephesians. This commentary offers lines of thought, illustrations, and applications that carry the gospel into the present situation. Webster draws out the personal and practical impact of Paul’s spiritual direction for today. The Christ Letter gives pastors a fresh perspective and a better handle on how to preach Ephesians effectively. Webster inspires and guides faithful disciples in what it means to follow Jesus in a Christ-centered way.

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