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Words of Endearment: the Ten Commandments as a Revelation of God’s Love by Bill Coker, Sr. will be available in late 2020 with pre-orders of e-books in mid-October. If you want to know when Bill’s book is available on amazon.com, please send your email address to me and I will contact you.
Journey with Bunyan’s Pilgrim is a work in progress (WIP) by Ann. Chad R. Allen has coached me with his Book Proposal Academy. The goal of this companion book is to connect John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress and Scripture with a personal life journey. No publisher yet, but the work is coming along well as I work on platform as well as formatting the writing. As a workbook it will help readers interpret Bunyan’s classic and apply it to life. The content divides into 13 six-day weeks.
Another WIP is a book that contains Bill’s pulpit prayers from World Gospel Church. Pastoral Prayers: the Why and the How. Bill typed out his prayers and kept them in a half-size 3-ring binder. I’ve arranged them in topics: prayers from Sunday morning services, special occasions such as weddings and funerals, national events, church calendar, and benedictions. The collection is complete as a first draft. Pastor Charles Lake wrote the foreword. I have an offer to send it to a self-publishing firm. I met the acquisition editor at Taylor University Writers Conference.
An article, “The Lost Art of Pastoral Prayers,” was published in 2019 in Grace and Peace, a magazine of the Nazarene Press for pastors. It included comments by Bill but also interviews from several pastor friends.
Some of you remember Bill’s Advent series that included “Man in the Shadows” about Joseph. I’ve heard people say it’s one of their favorite sermons. This series of four messages will now be published in time for Christmas of 2021 as “The Irreverence of the Incarnation.” The other three personalities are Zechariah, Mary, and Jesus.
We started the process for publication of this book in October 2020, but it was too quick of a turnaround to be ready for this Christmas. I’m grateful for good advice from the editor — to wait to publish in 2021.
Transcripts have been edited for yet another book: Let the Church Be the Church. These messages were not in a series but collected from various dates at World Gospel Church. In one sermon, Bill describes what an ideal church should look like physically and spiritually. One aspect is a church with no walls (and therefore no prejudice) in order to welcome anyone and everyone.
My dream job includes getting Bill’s audio messages online. We started that in Terre Haute, but I need someone in Indianapolis to help download the sermons. However, I can’t blame that project on anyone else; I haven’t put in the time to get the task going strong.
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