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Kevin Johnson
Bestselling author of books and study Bibles for adults and youth
Interests: backyard astronomy, photography, trail running
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I've never put myself out there like this. Pray the Scriptures: When Life Hurts weaves my story of years of agonizing depression and physical illness together with key Scriptures that help us talk to God in our pain. Prayer is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Kevin Johnson Books
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After several hundred hits on my message this week and getting feedback that the stream was choking, I've moved the audio to YouTube. I will update here weekly, with a couple breaks on weekends when I'm not speaking. When Life... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Kevin Johnson Books
Reading through the powerful final edits by Micah Walker in The Modern Life Study Bible makes me grateful for all my partners in publishing. She masterfully refined my reworking of nearly 3200 doublespaced pages of articles and notes, showing how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Kevin Johnson Books
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Head to Thomas Nelson to download the book of James from the new Modern Life Study Bible. Some details about the MLSB: "With innovative, full-color illustrations, maps, and diagrams, along with special information on occupations of the Bible, profiles of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Kevin Johnson Books
As Contributing Editor of The Modern Life Study Bible I had the privilege of writing the foreword to this major work. Here's how I summed up the project. Thanks to Bob Sanford, Bob Sennett, and editor Micah Walker of Thomas... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Kevin Johnson Books
The Modern Life Study Bible. Kevin Johnson, Contributing Editor. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Kevin Johnson Books
The Rock Solid Faith Study Bible for Teens from Zondervan is a finalist for Christian Retailing's Best award in the teen Bible category. More at the CBA web site. Bibles and books are judged "on their impact, including their ability... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Kevin Johnson Books
I've crafted a four-part message series to help congregations learn to pray Scripture. It offers enough structure and content for an extended sermon or teaching progression without stifling your own creativity. Together with the Pray the Scriptures Bible, it can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Kevin Johnson Books
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Pray the Scriptures: A 40-Day Prayer Experience is my first follow-up to Pray the Scriptures Bible. It energizes prayer by showing how to take familiar Bible passages and pray them back to God. Prayer-starter phrases help you apply the text... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at Kevin Johnson Books
Are you a pastor or other church leader? I've developed four sermon outlines for teaching your congregation how to pray the Scriptures. And look for Pray the Scriptures: A 40-Day Prayer Experience in June 2013 from Bethany House Publishers. Bookmark... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
I never take kind reviews for granted, and I love this one from Dan Istvanik, an 18-year youth ministry veteran. I had the privilege of teaming up with Zondervan to concept the The Rock Solid Faith Study Bible and write... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
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A lifetime and three years in the making, the full Pray the Scriptures Bible is available now. I trust that it will open your mind, heart, and words to the Giver and Lord of Life. +++ Most people pray. Many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
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My primary work is pastoring a community of Christ-followers known as Emmaus Road Church. As of December 2, 2012, this vibrant and sane group of friends will move our worship services to the Jaycees Studio of the Hopkins Center for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
I'm grateful that co-authors and friends have already offered up some kind words for Pray the Scriptures Bible. Here's what they say: "I know firsthand that Kevin Johnson is biblically insightful and practical. Pray the Scriptures Bible will help you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
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Here's the new Bible that pairs with the Once-A-Day Devotional for Teens. Each day gets you three readings--a selection from the Old Testament, New Testament, and either Psalms or Proverbs--wrapped up with my brief "rewind" of the passages. The cover... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
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The Once-A-Day Devotional for Teens cuts straight to the the heart and meaning of Scripture. As part of Zondervan's popular Once-A-Day line, the book provides a plan to read the complete Bible in a year, with each day offering right-sized... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
I remember agonizing on the couch about a dozen years ago. Right after seminary I had pastored a group of several hundred middle schoolers, a rare and amazing privilege. I started writing books during that time. After five years I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
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Our high school daughter has already nabbed the purple faux-leather version of the new Rock Solid Faith Study Bible, the first of three projects I did for Zondervan coming out in the next few weeks. Grab a look at this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
I had only a small part in this project, but this trailer highlights the vivid appeal of this study Bible for ages 8-12. Big answers for big questions. Turn up your speakers and have a look. Deep Blue Kids Bible... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
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A few years back I got a rare chance to rework a series into several new books. I grabbed my Early Teen Discipleship (ETD) books from Bethany House and thoroughly rewrote, reformated, and republished them with Youth Specialties. I split... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
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As part of my neverending quest to stay alert for hours of writing, I've found lately that the SeaWorld Penguin Webcam can't be beat. Tucked in the corner of my monitor, it throws off a perfect level of visual distraction... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
I have a stunt double with a soul patch. Zondervan put together this potent video on Scripture to promote Rock Solid Faith Study Bible. I didn't write the script, and I was jolted by a couple of lines. But I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
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I worried I would have to drive a couple hours west to dodge clouds that threatened to hide the Transit of Venus. But instead I went to Onan Observatory at Baylor Park, a site of the Minnesota Astronomical Society not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
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You can now flip through a 16-page online sample of the full Pray the Scriptures Bible, coming in late October 2012. It includes spreads from Exodus and John plus my introduction. The sample looks like the finished product with a... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books
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An editor friend from my work on the Adrian Rogers Legacy Bible pulled me in for a small part of another project. I wrote Bible book introductions for the Deep Blue Kids Bible, set for release in September 2012. The... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Kevin Johnson Books