Interview #92 – Jeremy Walker – Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness [Audio Podcast]

Passing Through Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness


Pastor Jeremy Walker
Pastor Jeremy Walker

“With the Word of God as our map and the Spirit of Christ as our compass, we are equipped to navigate this world, to make our way in the world so as to bring honor and glory to God.”

On episode 92 of our interview podcast we have Pastor Jeremy Walker back on (previously on episodes #38 & 35 ) to tell us all about one of his latest books Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness


  • How are Christians to engage with the world?
  • Why is answering the question, “Who and what are you?” important?
  • How does a pilgrim motif help us with our engagement (or disengagement) with the world?
  • What is the pilgrim’s destination?
  • Why does knowing our destination even matter?
  • What is “Holy Indifference”?
  • + more


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Get Desiring God’s new edition of Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress” FREE [PDF, EPUB, MOBI]

Pilgrims Progress New Ed

Desiring God:

On November 28, 1628, in a quiet cottage nestled within the English parish of Elstow, during one of the most tumultuous times in the country’s history, John Bunyan was born.


The place of Bunyan’s birth in Elstow was only a mile from the busy town of Bedford, where years later Bunyan would be imprisoned for over a decade for preaching the gospel. Like his father, Bunyan learned the simple trade of a tinker — a mender of pots and kettles — and came to be known as the “tinker turned preacher” when he began lay preaching in his late twenties. Bunyan’s skill and passion drew hundreds of listeners. Theologian John Owen, a contemporary of Bunyan, when asked by King Charles why he went to hear such an uneducated man preach, replied, “I would willingly exchange my learning for the tinker’s power of touching men’s hearts.”


But Bunyan’s legacy is not so much in his preaching, but his writing. During his imprisonment in the Bedford jail, Bunyan wrote several books, including most popularly, The Pilgrim’s Progress, which has sold more copies in the English language than any book besides the Bible. Today, the book still remains both an incomparable source of spiritual education and a classic in English literature.

Releasing a New Edition

For this reason, on Bunyan’s birthday, Desiring God is excited to release a new edition of The Pilgrim’s Progress, free of charge in three digital formats (PDF, EPUB, MOBI).


This new edition is the original first part of Bunyan’s classic, unabridged and redesigned in beautiful typesetting for modern readability. This edition also features a foreword by Leland Ryken, who kindly offered counsel to us since the beginning of this project, and a short biography of Bunyan’s life by John Piper. The preface to this edition was written by John Newton in 1776 to introduce an old version of the book that included his annotations. This preface was discovered by Tony Reinke, biographer of Newton, and is included now in print for the first time in over a century.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Leland Ryken
  • To Live Upon God Who Is Invisible: The Life of John Bunyan by John Piper
  • Preface by John Newton (1776)
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress


  • Download the PDF
  • Download the EPUB formatted for readers like the Nook, Sony Reader, and Apple iBooks (iPad, iPhone, iPod).
  • Download the MOBI formatted for Kindle. (You may be required to download the MOBI file to a computer before sending it to your Kindle device.)

In addition to the free ebook formats, we are releasing a new paperback version available on Amazon at minimum cost. At just over 250 pages, this paperback is a stout read and makes for a great gift idea this Christmas season, especially in the midst of new and exciting publications.

Preview PDF:

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New Blog: “John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress: On Pilgrimage to the Celestial City”

spurgeonReading anything of his (Bunyan’s) and you will see that it is almost like reading the bible itself.  He had studied our Authorized Version.  He read it until his whole being was saturated with Scripture; …. His Pilgrims Progress makes us feel and say ‘Why this man is a living bible!’  Prick him anywhere; and you will find that his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the bible flows through him.  He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his soul is full of the Word of God.

Pastor Curt Arend, the man we interviewsed on Podcast #24 – Spurgeon’s Sermons: His Preparation to Printed Product – Rare Document Traders + More, filled us in on a new project:

We have dedicated a new website to Pilgrims Progress.  Regular posts with graphics (many from antiquarian copies) walking through the work.  There is some commentary as well.  We did this last year through Face book and have about 2500 followers.  This time we are linking from FB to the site itself.


The site is titled John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress:  On Pilgrimage to the Celestial City one step at a time. The post just started up January 1st, so it is not to late to join along on their blog or join them on Facebook.

As a side note, Ken Puls [who we interviewed on episode 26 & 27] has a A Guide to John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Doing the Work of an Evangelist & A Guide to John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress – Ken Puls

yondergate1“Doing the Work of an Evangelist” is a portion from A Guide to John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (more on that below):

Pastors are to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the church. Paul’s exhortation to Timothy is “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). While this command is especially weighty on pastors and teachers, all believers have a ministry “teaching and admonishing one another” (Colossians 3:16). All believers have a mission to tell others to follow Jesus (Matthew 28:19). And we are all to be ready to share the reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15).

Read the rest or listen to four minute readout.

A Guide to John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress”



Notes and Commentary by Ken Puls:


“A Guide to John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress”  was originally published from January 1993 to December 1997 in “The Voice of Heritage,” a monthly newsletter of Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas 


A Prayer for Pilgrims (a hymn based on Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress)