Dr. John K. LaShell
In the fall of
2014, I transitioned from serving Grace Community Church full-time to a
¾-time schedule. This has allowed me to pursue additional writing and
speaking opportunities. I would love to speak at your church or retreat.
For a further description of individual books,
click on the links below. Click here for ordering information.
The Beauty of God for a Broken World:
Reflections on the Goodness of the
God of the Bible (2010)
You may be hostile to the God of the Bible. Maybe the
church and its representatives have done you great harm. You may be overwhelmed
by the suffering of the world and resentful of a God who claims to be in charge
of the mess. Or you may be a dutiful Christian whose faith has become dry and
stale. You are going through the motions, but your heart is not engaged. Do you
have doubts and questions you hesitate to voice? In this book, I draw on
insights from Jonathan Edwards's to explain God's attractiveness. I write for
two kinds of readers: those who suspect God is unlovely, and those who want to
love Him more. Whether you think of yourself as an ex-Christian, an interested,
thoughtful outsider to the Christian faith or a struggling believer, The Beauty of God will challenge you to
think and hope again.
for Those Who Hobble along the Path of Life (2014)
Hebrews 12 exhorts us to "run
with endurance the race that is set before us," but that same chapter
describes us as lame. How can a lame person run if the best he can do is limp?
This book is designed to encourage believers when they are distressed and
disappointed in themselves. They wonder how God could ever love and accept them
when their faith is so small and their failings so large. Probably all of us
fit into that category at times. Clear Bible exposition is coupled with
striking parables that illustrate biblical principles.
How to Live out What You Believe (2017)
observed a lamentable tendency to divorce biblical doctrine from Christian
practice. The major doctrines of the Bible are not dry, dusty subjects. They
are intensely practical truths. Good doctrine is meant to be lived. You may
have good doctrine in your head and live poorly, but you cannot live well
without good doctrine in your heart. Practicing what we believe is the theme of
this short book. Each chapter begins with a brief statement of a major
Christian doctrine. Then relevant passages are provided and explained along
with questions to enable the student to apply the doctrine to daily life.
I wrote this
fantasy series several years ago to read aloud to grade-school children. I was
teaching them during our Wednesday Family Night program, so I read one chapter
a week. Over the years, those children (even after they became adults) have
urged me to have them printed. The nine stories (in three volumes) follow the adventures of three
children who accidentally discover a doorway into Earth Two. Earth-Two is a
parallel world created by God to preserve the Mother of all Languages that God
gave to Adam and Eve. This language was intended to enable our first parents to
rule the animals and subdue the earth, but like all good gifts this language
can also be used for evil, as the children discover to their peril.
A Scottish-American Debate
This is my PhD dissertation
done under Dr. Samuel T. Logan, Jr. at Westminster Theological Seminary in
1985. It examines the controversy over mental images of Christ that erupted
during the Great Awakening of the 1740s. The study explores mental idolatry and
the appropriate use of vivid images in preaching—both essential topics
for today. Key figures in the study include Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Erskine,
and James Robe. Although the opening chapters are suitable for a general
audience, the bulk of the book is written at a more academic level.