1 Samuel for You in Portuguese

My book 1 Samuel for You is now available in Portuguese.

I’m delighted to see this because there’s a lack of good Christ-centred expository helps on Old Testament literature. This is one reason why I was so keen to write 1 Samuel for You and 2 Samuel for You – even though books on the Old Testament are far from being money-spinners!

It’s available from here in Brazil and from here in the UK.



Mission to Dendros: New children’s CD with Michael J Tinker

Here’s the latest children’s CD from Michael J Tinker on which I’ve written or co-written the lyrics for half a dozen of the songs. It’s available from here with a free set of album postcards for each pre-order before the release date on October 1, 2019. Here’s a sample …

Enjoying God in Portuguese

My book Enjoying God is now available in Portuguese.

I think this is the fastest translation of any of my books – it’s only one year since the publication of Enjoying God in English.

It’s available from here in Brazil and from here in the UK.



Top ten tips on leading a time of prayer

A friend recently asked me for advice on leading a time of prayer. Here’s what I came up with. The context they assume is a small group, Bible study or gospel community. But you could adapt them for other contexts.

  1. Say that anyone can pray, but nobody has to pray.
  2. Suggest people keep their prayers short, but don’t wait for others.
  3. Don’t get people praying in groups if unbelievers are present so they are not pressured into praying before they are ready.
  4. Suggest people pray for one thing at a time (but pray more than once) and encourage people to listen to others so the time of prayer has the feel of a conversation.
  5. Invite people to identify matters for thanks as well as matters for request.
  6. If people are poor at giving thanks, split the time into a time of praise and thanksgiving and a time for prayers of request.
  7. Invite people to pray through the passage, reading a verse or two at a time and suggesting people respond in thanks, praise, confession or request as appropriate.
  8. Use any discussion of prayer needs to reinforce a gospel culture and gospel priorities. You can doing this asking how we should pray for a need that it is raise or what we’re going to ask God for.
  9. Avoid spending a lot of time discussing what we might pray for and no much time actually praying – our job is not to problem-solve each issue, but to present it before God.
  10. Don’t let a time of prayer drag on – leave people wanting more not less.

New song on BBC Radio 4

A new song I’ve co-written with Phil Moore and Ben Slee featured on the Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4 this morning (Sunday 21 July). The song is called “Eternal Father, Gracious King (Lord in Your Mercy)”. I’ll post the lyrics, lead sheet and a recording at some point soon. But in the meantime you can listen online to the service which came from week one of this year’s Keswick Convention using this link …


The song begins at the 29’42” mark. But why not listen to my good friend Julian Hardyman preaching first!

@KeswickC @cornerstonewshp #KesConv2019

New book: Is Everything Mission?

Is Everything Mission? – my 2018 Keswick Lecture – is published today by IVP as a short 48-page book. Here’s what the blurb says …

Is everything a Christian does mission, or does it only count when we speak about Jesus and share the gospel? Does mission include volunteering at the food bank, campaigning for justice and providing aid overseas?As the needs around us multiply and opposition to the gospel intensifies, this question Is everything mission? becomes even more important for us to wrestle with. Tim Chester’s 2018 Keswick Convention lecture helps us unpack what mission is and the role that God wants you, your church, your mission agency, to play.

It’s available from https://smarturl.it/iseverythingmission.