Website of 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.
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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 one of colonial America's great thinkers, using Jonathan
Edwards's writings on the love of God 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)
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.
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 follow the adventures of three children who
accidentally discover a doorway into Earth
Two, a parallel Earth 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. Volume one of these adventures, which is now available, includes
the first three stories: The Vortex; The
Voyage; The Village. I hope to publish two more volumes of three stories
each later this year.
Books in the works (I may
change the titles of these. Much of the material is written, though it needs to
Enjoying God: Meaning and Methods. As the justly famous Westminster Catechism teaches
us, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him
forever.” What does it mean to us to enjoy God in the activities of daily
life? How do we do it? How is enjoying God related to the fear of the Lord and
to the disciplined life Christ calls us to pursue?
Deity in the Details. Many Christians know only one or two texts that teach
the deity of Christ. However, on page after page, the New Testament shows us
His Godhood in the small details of His life. Let your heart be warmed toward
God incarnate by these rich meditations on the implications of Jesus’
words and work.
The Practical Catechism. I wrote this
a number of years ago as a Bible study to explain basic doctrines of the
Christian faith. It is built around our church’s doctrinal statement, which
I also wrote. Now I need to put it in a more accessible form.