Book review: The Life You've Always Wanted


I don’t know what it is about John Ortberg, but God speaks to me through his writings like few others. He is clear, concise, and compelling.


Does it take an engineering degree to turn a church around?

Once a month I have lunch at the LongHorn restaurant in town with the chair of our deacons’ team. I am chair of the leadership team (board) and he and I talk over church business and how to move ministry forward. He and I see church matters pretty much from ...
November 09, 2015   Ronald Keener

“War Room”: You’ve seen the movie, now read the book

Like a lot of people, I saw "War Room" over the Labor Day weekend that likely contributed to the film pulling in $12.6 million over the four-day holiday. By any measure the film is a success, but in Hollywood where box office is everything, the film was made for $3 ...
September 11, 2015   Ronald Keener

Is your church in a leadership transition: a book review

Passing the Leadership Baton addresses the issue most churches avoid: transition. Tom Mullins tells the remarkable story of his own passing the baton to his son Todd at Christ Fellowship, the church he founded. Any long-term pastor can benefit from reading this book, as can those who follow a long-term ...
August 11, 2015   Margaret Marcuson

The Me I Want to Be Book Review

Becoming God's best version of you
July 22, 2015   David Bowman

Teams that Thrive: How well do your leaders and staff work together?

When I was editor for eight years of Church Executive magazine [2005-2013] it seemed like there was a new book a week on the theme of leadership in the church. That might be a stretch, but it seems close enough. [I might attribute Bill Hybels as having begun the leadership-wave ...
May 21, 2015   Ronald Keener

Leading a Generous Church Book Review

Your church can grow generous disciples without chasing money.
May 05, 2015   David Bowman

10 significant quotes from a well respected church whisperer

True confession! I am an unabashed admirer of Adam Hamilton. Not only did he lead a mere 17 people to become the 17,000 member Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, he’s a churchman with a true compass about what it means to nourish seekers and believers simultaneously.   Brief ...
March 28, 2015   Doug Lawrence

New book on The Crusades: Whether playing defense or offense matters (Part 2)

In Steve Weidenkopf’s new book, The Glory of the Crusades (Catholic Answers, 2014), he says, making a distinction between defensive and offensive military campaigns is important in understanding the Middle East today.
March 10, 2015   Ronald Keener

What’s in your library? 33 books on transformation and change

Churches can’t say they don’t have resources for effecting change. Below are 33 books that help you do just that. All have something helpful, but I have bulleted ones that have stirred my passion for change. They are listed in no particular order.
February 16, 2015   Ronald Keener

A concern for legacy

Maybe it’s a sign I’m getting older, or maybe it’s because I talked recently with an old friend whose wife had stage four cancer and passed away less than a week after we talked.
January 15, 2015   Ken Walker
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