Book Review: Holy Rebellion

“Can rebellion be holy? Certainly, as long as we rebel against things that God abhors. It’s time to rebel against the desire to make ourselves great in pastoral ministry.”


Book review: The ONE Thing

Success comes from focusing on ONE thing, not many things.
April 07, 2016   David Bowman

Book review: 5 Gears: How to be present and productive when there is never enough time

Most of us have used figures of speech derived from the experience of shifting the gears of a car or a bicycle.  “On my way home from work I try to shift gears so I’m ready to interact with my family.”  “While doing lunch with my co-workers I have to ...
April 05, 2016   Brian Thorstad

Book review: Pull — Making Your Church Magnetic

Over the past 25 years, there have been many great books on how to make church better. I’ve read many of them and each one offers a unique perspective on the topics of what to do, how to do it and why do it? Bob Franquiz’s book, Pull – Making ...
April 04, 2016   Mark Lenz

Book review: Living Forward

A little over a year ago, I was given Leading the Life You Want by Stewart Friedman to review for my Church Central blog. I still haven’t posted that review. The core content of the book is good. It fits well with the LifePlan process Becky and I facilitate. However, ...
March 09, 2016   David Bowman

Book review: I Will! Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian

Lukewarm is just an unappealing word – especially when it refers to your spiritual life. In his book I Will! Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian, Thom Rainer challenges every believer to abandon lukewarm attitudes and behaviors. He believes it’s time that we stop being church spectators and become ...
March 03, 2016   Dr. Pamela Ovwigho

Book review: Faith alone - the doctrine of justification

Many of us have a couple of “book lobbyists” in our lives.  There’s the guy who says we ought to be reading theology instead of all that modern pragmatic stuff.  Then there’s the other guy who says we shouldn’t be wasting our time on theology when we could be reading ...
February 11, 2016   Brian Thorstad

Book review: The secret of pastoral care; it’s not just for the pastor

Marvin McMickle has written a remarkable book for pastors in Caring Pastors, Caring People: Equipping your Church for Pastoral Care (Judson). McMickle defines pastoral care much more broadly than we usually do. He doesn’t view it as one responsibility among many, but as an overarching model for ministry.  He uses ...
February 03, 2016   Margaret Marcuson

Book review: Preaching That Empowers God's People

Preaching That Empowers God's People; Expository Preaching in the 21st Century, by Dr. Jeremy W. Odom was published in 2014 under the PowerHouse Publication label. First, I would like to commend Dr. Odom for this undertaking. Attempting to convince modern preachers of the need for a return to expository preaching ...
January 27, 2016   Jeff Klick

Book review: The “Happy Church”

It’s the weekend of the Monster Storm (Jan. 21-22) and on this Saturday morning we have already had a couple feet of snow and I have shoveled off the patio twice and it is quickly filling up again. Not a lot to feel happy about, but the puppy and I ...
January 25, 2016   Ronald Keener

Book review: God Dreams by Will Mancini

God Dreams gives leaders and teams tools to create vivid pictures of a preferred future
January 01, 2016   David Bowman

Book Review | Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

Timothy Keller’s book on prayer is a resource of such depth that if used wisely, can revolutionize your prayer life. He collects some of the richest and yet most practical insights from Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Owen and Edwards and shows how they can be easily integrated into our prayer life ...
December 16, 2015   Lang Montgomery

Book review: Has your church done an audit lately?

No one ever says, “I wish I could be on the church audit committee.” Yet auditors play essential role in congregational life. Financial accountability is a critical role in ministry, and it can help people follow appropriate procedures when they know they will be held accountable In addition, people are ...
December 15, 2015   Margaret Marcuson

3 steps to reading through the Bible in a year

Have you ever wanted to read through the entire Bible? But, like a New Year’s resolution diet, you see Numbers and quit? For over a dozen years, I have read through the Bible at least once per year. So, what’s my strategy? Here are three easy steps. 1. Organize your ...
December 13, 2015   Matthew Fretwell

Book review: Leadership Pain by Samuel R. Chand

As a leader, I was incredibly drawn to the title of this book. What leader doesn’t experience pain? At first, I thought the book was going to have a masochistic message. I was expecting, “Every leader experiences pain. Jesus did. So suck it up and keep serving.” I was wrong. ...
November 27, 2015   Dave Blundell
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