Sneak Peek at all things “Sacred Endurance”

Sneak Peek at all things “Sacred Endurance”

On November 12, Sacred Endurance will launch into the world and I want you to get a first look! I’m praying this book encourages us all to run the race with endurance fixing our eyes on the One who will sustain us till the end.

There’s a great deal to share so I’m going to get right to it.

If you’d like to know more about the book and what others are saying, check out my book page here:

I’m thrilled to share about the Stories of Sacred Endurance Podcast. Learn more and subscribe here (don’t forget to listen to SacredEndurance-PodcastArtwork-v2 (1)the trailer!):

And be on the lookout on the blog for guest posts. I’ve invited friends to share their own stories of endurance or the stories of others. My prayer is that you would be inspired and encouraged as you read each guest post.

You can read an excerpt:

Here’s a sneak peek at the Table of Contents:

  1. Called to a Race
    2. Jesus and the Cloud of Witnesses
    3. The Right Motivations
    4. The Real Christian Life
    5. Enduring and the Mind
    6. Enduring in Society and the World
    7. The Heart Needed, the Strength Supplied
    8. Taking Steps in Practical Disciplines
    9. Broken and Contrite
    10. Don’t Go It Alone
    11. Falling and Getting Up
    12. Looking to the Prize

Are you in Nashville on November 8? Join us for the Sacred Endurance event featuring music by Sandra McCracken, a short talk from Jedidiah Coppenger, a panel featuring Dr. Russell Moore, Barnabas Piper, Dorena Williamson and Trillia and other special surprises meant to encourage our faith to run the race set before us.

Learn more and register here:


You can pre-order where books are sold or find it at these links: IVP, Amazon,, Barnes&Noble

God promises to finish the good work he began in us—but that doesn’t come without bumps in the road. Life can be hard, faith can wane, and distractions abound. Too many today are at risk of compromising their integrity or giving up on their faith. How can we persevere to the end? I, a fellow struggler on the journey, offer encouragement and hope for us to run the race well. While life may be full of challenges, we have a true and real hope in Jesus, who provides us with what we need to endure through pain and doubt. Newbell shares theological insights and practical disciplines to train us for faithful, godly living over the long haul. The race is hard, but you are not running it alone. Find strength and courage here to endure and finish well.

Join us (virtually) in Rwanda!

Join us (virtually) in Rwanda!

In a few short days I’ll be embarking on a journey to Rwanda with five storytellers to meet the incredible men and women served by HOPE International. We’ll be sharing stories and images and would love for you to join us virtually! You can follow along on social media by searching #2019InvestinginDreamsTrip. Learn more about HOPE and the trip via

Many of you have offered to pray for us. I wanted to provide specific ways to pray along with however the Lord prompts you.

How you can pray:

  • That we would be protected from any travel hiccups that could detract from our time there—sickness, flight delays, jet lag, etc.
  • That our time with families served by HOPE would be mutually encouraging for both us and the Rwandans we meet
  • That the things we post and share would resonate with those who see them, inspiring more people to be a part of HOPE’s mission
  • That we’d tell stories in a way that is dignifying to those we meet in Rwanda

Thank you for praying for us! Please make sure to join us virtually at #2019InvestinginDreamsTrip and learn more at


Pic: Bernadette Mukeshimana (pictured) is one of the amazing clients of HOPE our team hopes to meet in Rwanda. Bernadette is part of a group of farmers leveraging loans and training from Urwego Bank, HOPE’s microfinance institution in Rwanda. Together, these rice growers are expanding their farmland, hiring more laborers, and cultivating greater harvests.

Free Sacred Endurance Event in Nashville, TN!

Free Sacred Endurance Event in Nashville, TN!

I’m excited to invite you to join us for an exciting event! Sacred Endurance releases in November and we want to provide a night of fellowship, worship, refreshments, and learning. The event is on November 8; doors open at 7:00 pm. Below you’ll find all of the details including info about our special guests.

The evening includes music by Sandra McCracken, a short talk from Jedidiah Coppenger, a panel featuring Dr. Russell Moore, Barnabas Piper, Dorena Williamson and Trillia and other special surprises meant to encourage our faith to run the race set before us.

This event is absolutely free but….Please make sure to register. Space is limited and we want you there! (REGISTER)

More details:

Fri, November 8, 2019

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST


The Well Coffeehouse

690 East Old Hickory Boulevard

Brentwood, TN 37027

Reminder: Please make sure to register. Space is limited and we want you there! (REGISTER here)

All proceeds during the event from sales for Sacred Endurance go to benefit HOPE International.

More about our special guests:

Sandra McCracken

Sandra McCracken’s prolific contributions as a songwriter, modern-day hymn writer, and record producer has brought grace and clarity to her soulful, folk-gospel sound. Whether in a theater or in a chapel, she is a dynamic performer who blurs the lines of what church music sounds like, captivating and inviting audiences to sing along. While many of her songs like “We Will Feast In The House Of Zion” and “Thy Mercy My God” have settled into regular rotation in Christian worship services internationally, she has also had songs recorded by All Sons And Daughters, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Audrey Assad, A Rocha Compilation, Bifrost Arts, Caedmon’s Call and others. She is further a founding member of Indelible Grace Music and Rain For Roots (children’s music) and has been a guest writer for Art House America, She Reads Truth, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, RELEVANT Magazine and more.


Russell Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Dr. Moore is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel and The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.




Dorena Williamson

Dorena Williamson is a Preacher’s kid, First Lady, and veteran of cross-cultural ministry. In 1995 she and her husband Dr. Chris planted Strong Tower Bible Church, a faith community in Nashville that celebrates the beauty of God’s diverse kingdom. Dorena has written ColorFullThoughtFull and GraceFull, a series of children’s books that feature diverse ethnicity and helps shape perspective on race, disability and homelessness. A frequent podcast guest and speaker, Dorena co-leads Nashville’s Be the Bridge group, part of an international collective focused on building bridges of reconciliation. She is a stylist with Evereve, a fashion brand that empowers woman. She and Chris have four teenage and young adult children.


Barnabas piper

Barnabas Piper is the Director for Community at Immanuel Nashville and is the author of three books – The Pastors Kid, Help My Unbelief, and The Curious Christian. He co-hosts two podcasts, The Happy Rant and The Table of (mal)Contents, writes for He Reads Truth, and has contributed to a number of other websites and publications. Piper speaks regularly at churches and conferences around the country.




Dr. Jed Coppenger is the Lead Pastor of Redemption City Church, in Franklin, TN. He’s married to Melanie and they have 3 kids.






Just in case you forget: make sure to register. Space is limited and we want you there! (REGISTER)

 Learn more about Sacred Endurance by visiting:

All work matters and other stuff

All work matters and other stuff

I enjoy social media and at times I try to share something that could be useful for building up those who engage with my sites. Yesterday, I shared a thought that I hope to expound on soon. But until then, I thought I’d share it with you, too:

Meal planning for the week. It seems so mundane but it’s such significant work. It’s a means to care for my family, steward God’s gifts, and provide a way to enjoy fellowship with my closest neighbors. Hope that encourages you as you do the mundane and ordinary today. Maybe today you can write down how your ordinary tasks serve the Lord and bless others.

It can be easy for us to forget the significance of our work when it seems small and mostly unseen. I hope as you labor today, you remember that your work matters–all of it.


Although I try to post here at least once a week, I am very active on social media and would love to find you there, too. You can find me at the following places:




Hope to see you there, too!

Sacred Endurance Launch Team!

Sacred Endurance Launch Team!

As I shared on Tuesday, it’s time to build a launch team for Sacred Endurance and there’s so many wonderful things planned for us!

Sacred Endurance releases on November 12th. God promises to finish the good work he began in us—but that doesn’t come without bumps in the road!

I’m gathering a community around this new book and would love you to consider joining me. This group is forming to serve two purposes:

  1. to journey together in setting and reaching a spiritual goal. Each member will set a spiritual goal such as prayer and Bible reading that they would like to tackle over the next few months. I will be available in the group to encourage you as you work toward your goal and journey over the bumps along the way.
  2. to help me launch Sacred Endurance. We will read and discuss Sacred Endurance together and then, Lord willing, we will share about the book.

(Join here:

As a launch team member, you will receive:

+ a concentrated time of spiritual refreshment and engagement with a community of others on the same journey.

+ a digital advanced copy of Sacred Endurance.

+ access to an exclusive Facebook group for discussion and collaboration.

+ regular encouragement and mutual encouragement.

+ early access to tickets to the Sacred Endurance live launch party November 8th in Nashville featuring special musical guest Sandra McCracken and many more guests!

+ exclusive content, videos, and free giveaways.

Once you sign up you agree to:

+ preorder and read the book

+ participate as you can in the private Facebook group

+ spread the word on your social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blog communities, etc.) and in-person with friends

+ submit an honest review of the book during the launch period on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or GoodReads (or all of them!)

+ write a book review on your blog or online community if applicable

Launch teams are a unique and special concentrated time—one I have come to enjoy greatly. I hope you will join us!

Thanks for your interest!

Here’s the link to sign up before August 25:


When writing and life meet

When writing and life meet

Over the past several weeks, we’ve read about or heard of prominent leaders leaving the faith. Some ministry leaders have decided to no longer follow Jesus. Some have decided they no longer believe. Others have fallen due to unrepentant sin. This isn’t anything new—people make these decisions often. But it has seemed to be a unique time. And over the past two years, I have been writing and editing a book on enduring in the faith, Sacred Endurance.

It’s not often that a writer shares the inner wrestling involved in the writing process. I wrote this book to serve you and me. I wrote this book because I have experienced enough trials and sorrows to know that this Christian walk is one filled with deep valleys and beautiful mountaintop highs. But what I couldn’t have known was that we’d be in a season where so many would be struggling to finish their race in such public and confusing ways.

So, what’s the wrestling I’m writing about?

I’ve been reluctant to share more about the book because I realize the weight of what I’ve written about. The topic is of utmost importance because it’s a matter of life or death. I want nothing more than to see everyone finish their race and finish it well, whether by crawling across the finish line or by leaping. But I believe with all my heart that no one wants you to finish well more than Jesus and as you will see through his Word, he has given us all we need. He has promised to finish the good work he began—he will surely do it.

But we are in confusing and difficult times. Circumstances aren’t easily explained away. And yet we have a God who is faithful. We know that Christ holds us fast. And if you don’t know this, I pray that the Lord would remind you and help you to remember through his Word and if he might use it, through the pages of Sacred Endurance.

In a few days, I will invite you to consider joining the launch team for Sacred Endurance. I’m looking forward to being a part of this community online. We will read through the book together, there will be times of prayer, I imagine there will be times when we will mourn, and there will also be times of rejoicing and enjoying all that the Lord has done and will do.

I have faith that we will make it. I am also praying that we will make it. And I am praying that the Lord might use this work, Sacred Endurance, to help in whatever way he chooses. I hope that the book is useful and helps you in this journey.

Be on the lookout on Thursday for more information.

Sacred Endurance coverYou can learn more about Sacred Endurance by visiting IVP:


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