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: http://www.trillianewbell.com/sacred-endurance/
I’m thrilled to share about the Stories of Sacred Endurance Podcast. Learn more and subscribe here (don’t forget to listen to the trailer!): http://www.trillianewbell.com/stories-sacred-endurance-podcast/
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: https://www.ivpress.com/Media/Default/Downloads/Excerpts-and-Samples/4578-excerpt.pdf
Here’s a sneak peek at the Table of Contents:
- 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacred-endurance-book-launch-tickets-69049096707
You can pre-order where books are sold or find it at these links: IVP, Amazon, ChristianBook.com, 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.
I’m excited to share with you about the Stories of Sacred Endurance Podcast. In conjunction with my book Sacred Endurance (releasing November 12) we’ve developed a podcast to take the biblical call to run the race with endurance and bring it to life with stories of modern day Christians.
We’ll hear about a young man who went to prison and was saved, a woman whose life was forever changed after diving into shallow water, the ordinary walk of a pastor and teacher, the story of a man who escaped from the prosperity gospel, and much more.
Join me as we listen and learn from those who are in this race of faith with us. Make sure to subscribe to Stories of Sacred Endurance wherever podcasts are available. But here are some quick links!
More about the book
In the book I share that 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?
The race is hard, but you are not running it alone. Find strength and courage to endure and finish well in Sacred Endurance. We are excited to offer to podcast listeners 30% off and free shipping! Head over to ivpress.com and use the code SACRED30 for 30% off and free shipping to U.S. residents! Offer valid through the end of March 2020.
Hope you’ll grab the book and can’t wait for you to hear these encouraging stories of sacred endurance.
Last week the ERLC hosted a national conference focused on sexual abuse and assault. The Caring Well conference was attended by over 1500 people. Overwhelming. That’s how I would describe witnessing a sea of laymen and pastors, counselors and caregivers, survivors and others pour into the conference. Emotions were high. There were moments of tears, laughter, and yes, grief. But one theme stood out to me: naming the abuse. Unfortunately, naming the offense can also start a war. Too often victims are shamed, not believed, and belittled.
As this conversation continues to grow in our churches, more sexual abuse survivors will come forward. And you and I will have a choice: Will we take the path of least resistance, or will we care well with our words?
i hope you’ll take a brief moment to listen or read my commentary this week on The World and Everything In It:
Do you believe that you must avenge yourself? Many of us do, whether we use those terms or not. It’s why we react the way we do when we are wronged by others. God calls us to a radical love that includes loving our perceived enemies. We won’t do it perfectly, but by the grace and power of God we can do more good than harm. We can strive to live peaceably with all no matter what the cost and no matter what they’ve done or who they are.
I share more thoughts on forgiveness on today’s The World and Everything In It: https://worldandeverything.org/…/trillia-newbell-the-lord-…/
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)
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’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 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 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 ColorFull, ThoughtFull 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 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: http://www.trillianewbell.com/sacred-endurance/
Lately, I’ve found myself gravitating towards hymns. This isn’t anything new for me. I tend to listen to contemporary worship for a time but then always find my way back to older songs. There’s something so rich about them—theologically and worshipfully. This is not a critique of contemporary worship songs, although perhaps it could be, but rather it’s simply that my heart needs deep truth. I love the catchy, rhythmic tune from time to time and I’m grateful for the simplicity of many of the songs today. And yet I’m still drawn to hymns.
Today, Trevin Wax has a post highlighting the potential problem of one of those catchy songs. Here is an excerpt:
There’s a popular worship song I’ve heard in recent years that I just can’t sing. The heart behind the lyrics is right, and the overall focus of the song is the goodness of the Lord, but at one point, it repeats a line over and over again—that God is never going to let us down. Every time I hear it, I just can’t bring myself to sing those words.
I’ve wrestled for months now about my hesitation in saying that God is never going to let me down.
- Is it because I still feel wounded by tragedy that has affected our family?
- Is it because of my hardness of heart?
- Is it because I resist confessing something true in an ultimate sense—that God will eventually fulfill all of his promises and will satisfy us with his presence for all eternity—if the lyrics run up against common experience here on earth?
I’ve wrestled similarly with this particular song. God is so good. Yes! We should shout it from the mountaintops. But we need something with greater depth for our hearts and minds than to declare that he will “never let us down” to fight tragedies and endure through suffering.
I will sing this song with all my heart and hopefully you will, too! But if you have struggled with singing that refrain, feel free to check out the rest of Trevin’s post as he finishes his thoughts on suffering, faith, and singing: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/true-god-wont-ever-let/