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About the Authors

Bill Thomas is an associate pastor at First Christian Church of Washington, Missouri. Previously he has served as a minister at Northridge Church of Christ in Circleville, Ohio, and as pastor of Stony Point Christian Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Bill received a B.S. in Education from the University of Kansas, a Bachelor of Theology from Manhattan Christian College, and a Master of Arts from Johnson Bible College. His previously published works include The Road to Victory: A Pre-Easter Home Study and The Critical Questions … And More: Three Pre-Easter Bible Studies (CSS Publishing). An avid sports fan who referees football and basketball, he is also the author of two young adult Christian books with a sports theme: Pete Thompson and the Long Road Home, and Pete Thompson and the Last Out (Publish America, 2004).

Richard Gribble, CSC is a Catholic priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He has served at St. John Vianney in Goodyear, Arizona, and as the acting superior at Moreau Seminary at the University of Notre Dame. Father Gribble earned his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America, and has also earned degrees from the United States Naval Academy, the University of Southern California, and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He is the author of several books and over 100 articles.

Brand Eaton is Director of Spiritual Wellness at Bethany Village Retirement Community in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to his current ministry location, Brand served as pastor to various United Methodist congregations in central Pennsylvania for twenty years. He is a graduate of Lycoming College (B.A.), Wesley Theological Seminary (M.Div., D.Min), and a Board Certified Chaplain. Brand and his wife, Susan Eaton, live in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.

Rev. Timothy W. Ayers recently pastored a small church in western New York. It was his first time working with a smaller body of Christians. After planting churches and working with several larger congregations, he felt the call to minister in a completely different setting. He learned a lot about the limitations of a small congregation. Tim merged two of his past literary mediums of short plays for contemporary churches and children's literature. He combined the styles of his short plays, Living Parables, written to illustrate the Sunday service messages (published by CSS Publishing), and his middle reader series, Spinechillers Mysteries. From these two loves came Five Little Christmas Dramas for Today's Kids. It is Ayers' desire that churches around the world can tell this marvelous story of the birth of our Savior through relevant, fun, and easy-to-produce holiday plays.

The Rev. Dr. Roger E. Timm retired in 2011 after serving eleven years as pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Riverside, Illinois. From January 1993 to November 2000 he was pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, Naperville, Illinois. Timm served in various campus ministry positions from 1973 to 1992 at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin; Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania; University Lutheran Chapel at UCLA; and Concordia College, Bronxville, New York. Timm's first pastorate was at St. John-Concordia Lutheran Church in the south Bronx, New York, from 1970-1973. He received his M.Div. degree from Concordia Seminary and an M.A. in philosophy from Washington University, both in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1970. Timm received a Ph.D. in religious studies from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, New York, in 1975. Pastor Timm and his wife Marilyn have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.

Janet Burton is a pastor's wife, minister of education, and writer of Christian worship and education resources. The Burtons, who have served churches in Texas and New Mexico for almost 50 years, reside in Austin, Texas, where her husband Jack serves as an interim pastor for churches in transition. Author of four books and a contributor to five others, Mrs. Burton's specialty is Sunday School Bible study curriculum. In addition, she has contributed weekly or monthly columns to three Christian newspapers. Burton attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Rolf Svanoe is an associate pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has also pastored several congregations in Wisconsin. He has earned degrees from Augustana College (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), as well as Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching program at Luther Seminary.

2018 Lent Easter Bundle

This well-rounded package of resources will help you and your congregation journey through Lent in new and meaningful ways. This collection includes:

  • Sermons
  • Worship services and ideas
  • Dialogues and dramas
  • Bible studies

2018 Lent / Easter Bundle
Walking the Journey of Lent: Reflections on the Scriptures for Cycle B by Richard E. Gribble
Lectionary Stories For Preaching and Teaching: Series II, Cycle B by Peter Andrew Smith "What I find most valuable is Fr. Gribble's ability to find contemporary books or figures or situations that make his reflections quite concrete and easy to understand..." -- Fr. Bill Williams, Plymouth, MA
Book $14.95 / E-book $9.95
So That You May Believe: Creatively Preaching the Fourth Gospel by Brand Eaton
They The World According to Jesus "...Eaton plumbs the depths of John in a way that speaks clearly and powerfully to today's church. I know of no finer book on preaching the Fourth Gospel." -- Robert E. Van Voorst, Western Theological Seminary
Book $15.95 / E-book $9.95
Imagining the Gospels by Timothy W. Ayers
Imagining the Gospels Cycle B sermons for Lent/Easter based on Gospel texts.
Book $13.95 / E-book $9.95
Redemption To Transformation The Journey of Lent and Easter by Richard E. Gribble
Redemption To Transformation The Journey of Lent and Easter Cycle B sermons for Lent and Easter based on Second Lesson texts.
Book $13.95 / E-book $9.95
Surrounded by Grace: A Bible Study for Lent by Bill Thomas
Mark His Word This volume, based on the Gospel of John, will help pastors, small groups and congregations answer the question of what grace is in a modern context.
Book $14.95 / E-book $9.95
Bread For The Journey: A High-Carb, Multisensory Lenten Worship Series by Rolf Svanoe
Hearers to Kneelers to Chosen The Transformed Life This series offers sermons for Ash Wednesday, each week in Lent, Holy Week and Easter. It also includes recipes for breads that can be baked and distributed during the services, offering additional insight into the Lenten experience.
Book $9.95
Worship Innovations (Vol. 3): Lent and Easter Season Resources by Janet Burton
Hearers to Kneelers to Chosen The Transformed Life The easy-to-produce dramas and programs can be used in any size church and each user-friendly resource comes with detailed instructions, including a complete list of everything you need to prepare for.
Book $17.95 / E-book $9.95
Acting Out The Messages Of Mark and John: Lenten Dialogues For Lectionary Cycle B by Roger E. Timm
Hearers to Kneelers to Chosen The Transformed Life "Any pastor who is looking for something new and meaningful to be used during midweek Lenten worship should give these dialogues a try." -- Paul Landahl, Former Bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA
Book $14.95 / E-book $9.95