As part of the Litfuse blog tour for Pass It On, I am pleased today to welcome Champ Thornton to the blog!
Champ Thornton, MDiv, is associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, OH. He is also the author of “The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith,” “God’s Love: A Bible Storybook,” and Bible curriculum for early and upper elementary-aged children. Champ and his wife, Robben, have been married since 1996 and have three children.
His new book, Pass It On, released October 30, 2017 from New Growth Press
Let Scripture reform the next generation.
There are many different kinds of legacies we can leave, but sharing yourself and your faith with the next generation will always stand the test of time. Through showing himself and his wisdom in the book of Proverbs, God has also left his legacy with us and relies on us to share it with our children and grandchildren. But before we can share that wisdom, first we must grow in our own understanding and knowledge and record, reflect, and consider what we have learned.
Pass it On provides readers with an opportunity to create a legacy of wisdom and faith and to share it with their children and grandchildren. As readers are guided through the book of Proverbs, they are asked to create their own personalized, wisdom journal with the aim of giving it to someone they love. Through careful study, answering questions, writing out prayers, and sharing personal stories, readers can create a lasting keepsake for themselves and for their families and friends.
Created by Champ Thornton, best-selling author of The Radical Book for Kids, Pass It On is an innovative resource to strengthen families and help them grow in their love for God and each other. This is a perfect gift for an older and wiser friend or relative, so they can share themselves and what they have learned about God with the next generation.
The fresh and careful translation provided comes from Dr. Bruce Waltke, who, now in his eighties, has devoted his life to a humble and Christ-focused study of God s Word, and especially the book of Proverbs. His two-volume work on Proverbs is considered by many as the premier commentary in the English language. As you study the translation of individual chapters, add your own comments in the margins. And feel free to circle, underline, and connect key words or phrases as you see them in the chapter for the day.
Hi Champ! Welcome to the blog!
Champ: Apples. I love the different kinds of apples with their variety of tastes.
Carrie: Apples are the best!
Champ: Winter. I like cooler weather.
Champ: Dogs. I grew up with an amazing Golden Retriever, named Jesse.
Carrie: Dogs are such great friends ♥
Champ: Coffee. (Is this a real question?) The taste, the caffeine, the daily routine.
Carrie: haha! I do get that reaction a lot 🙂
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Champ: Listening to audiobooks at double-speed.
Carrie: LOL! That would drive me crazy 😛
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
- Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
- Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves
- The Complete English Works of George Herbert
- Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon (As a bonus to the wonderful, Christ-saturated content, the copy I own was given to my father by my grandfather.)
Carrie: Oh! I love that! What a special inheritance…tangibly and spiritually.
Q: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Champ: I aspire to certain qualities which appear to me in the works of various authors. For example, I love the compact, linear, and straight-from-the-shoulder explanations of British biblical scholars J. I. Packer and John R. W. Stott. I find the metaphors and imagery of C. S. Lewis and George Herbert highly thought-provoking. And I enjoy the rhythms, cadence, and flow of well-written historical narrative, as penned by David McCullough or Edmund Morris.
Carrie: Those are great authors to aspire to!
Q: Why write about the book of Proverbs? And why did you choose this unique format?
Champ: My wife and I want our three children to one day leave our house living in sync with reality, God’s reality. There is a God, he made life on this world to work in certain ways, because of sin this planet is fallen as are all its inhabitants, but this God also sent his Son to die in the place of sinners and to redeem this world. These are the big realities to which we should seek to conform our lives. The book of Proverbs throws open hundreds of little windows to see on a more granular level what is true and real about this world. So, I wanted to provide a resource where people (including myself!) could take time to learn the wisdom from Proverbs and then pass it on to those they love: children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, etc. As such, this book is part devotional, part journal, part gift book. And it’s not meant to be kept: it’s for you to give away, to pass along a legacy of wisdom for the next generation to treasure and to keep.
Carrie: I really enjoyed the journal/gift book aspect to Pass It On. I’ve already bought a couple for Christmas gifts 🙂
Q: What is something that surprised you the most while researching Pass It On?
Champ: That the book of Proverbs, while initially seeming to be a somewhat random collection of wise sayings, is actually structured and arranged according to various themes. There’s more order here than first meets the eye.
Carrie: I found that very interesting too!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Pass It On?
Champ: I hope readers will come away with a portable, easy-to-use working understanding of wisdom and the book of Proverbs, and that they will have taken time to put into writing (through the guided questions which are provided) their thoughts, advice, and life lessons for the next generation.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Champ: The next project will be a year-long devotional for tweens and teens which will aim to help them adopt and use a biblical worldview.
Carrie: Such a need for that!
What about you? What’s a verse from Proverbs that speaks most to you?