Following a noteworthy career in magazine, curriculum, book and Bible publishing, Dean Merrill is now concentrating on indepen­dent editorial work. Some of his projects are solo writing, many are collaborations with well-known personalities, and still others involve overall directing of complex editorial projects.
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BOOKS                              view all »

Excellence Wins

Excellence Wins

Collaboration with Horst Schulze, the fascinating man who put Ritz-Carlton “on the map” of the hotel industry. This book is his no-nonsense guide to becoming the best in a world of compromise, whether you’re in business, education, government, the nonprofit arena, or...

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The God Of New Beginnings

The God Of New Beginnings

Collaboration with Rob Cowles and Matt Roberts—two daring pastors who have stepped out of the normal career track to plant “churches for people who don’t do church.” Called Genesis Project (“a place of new beginnings”), they touch hundreds of addicts, felons,...

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Miracle Invasion

Miracle Invasion

A collection of 40-some stories of accounts of credible healings, prophecies, miracles, and other gifts of the Spirit that have occurred in North America during the past few decades. They inspire faith and courage to access God’s activity—if Christians are not too...

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Serving God In A Migrant Crisis

Serving God In A Migrant Crisis

Subtitled “Ministry to People on the Move,” this 134-page monograph is a data-packed plunge into the worldwide refugee situation: what’s going on, what to know, and what to do in the name of Christ. It draws upon the extensive knowledge of the great missiologist...

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Serving God In Today’s Cities

Serving God In Today’s Cities

A fast-moving monograph (113 pages) on our fast-urbanizing world, developed from the research of noted British mission leader Patrick Johnstone. Shows how this is the world’s “first urban century”–some 90 percent of us will live in cities by the year 2100, and the...

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SHORT READS                              view all »

  • So Sorry- About five weeks ago I wrote a post here about finding the will to forgive those who offend us, belittle us, or make us look bad in the eyes of our friends. I told the story of the former Nazi prison guard who approached one of his victims, Corrie ten Boom, after World War II… read more »
  • Town Meeting in Grand Detour- It was Dad’s chance to deliver a fervent speech. Would he rise to the occasion? read more »
  • Little Ones to Him Belong- God has promised to use the small, the weak in special and surprising ways…. read more »
  • The Sexual Hazards of Pastoral Care- Moral failure in the ministry is more often the result of inattention than intent…. read more »
  • Finishing Well- What would it take to make you turn back from your walk with God? Getting old? Getting sick? Getting ridiculed by your secular peers? Watching your favorite preacher fall into sin? … read more »
  • Screening Out the Word- Sometimes technology gives us more than we bargained for…. read more »
  • Whatever Happened to Group Prayer?- I’m talking about the entire congregation “going vertical,” disregarding their neighbors to the left and right in order to lift up their hearts and minds simultaneously to the Lord above…. read more »
  • Back to School—What Christian Kids Need Most- Notebooks and pencils and gym sox—that’s the least of it. Physical preparation for a new school year is only half the job…. read more »
  • Did the Upper Room Have a Worship Band?- Musicians tend to be passionate people, and it is quite possible for us to get so wrapped up in our art that we start to view it as our personal gig…. read more »
  • Car Fever!- I was a wide-eyed twelve-year-old in the fall of 1956, a season to be marked forever in automobile history as the Year of the Fin…. read more »
  • Is Marriage More Chancy These Days?- A number of the old allies have fled—the traditions and forces that used to prop up marriage as an institution. Our generation is in greater need to distinctly Christian reasons to stay married…. read more »
  • Avoiding the Iceberg- I confess I’m mystified these days by an odd crossover of opinion: more and more Christians seem to be trying to make ethical room for drinking … while at the same time secular authorities are warning and worrying about this society’s rampant problem with alcohol…. read more »