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Review: The Insanity of Obedience

Is spiritual persecution missing from your life? You might want to consider the implications. Check out this ongoing review of Nik Ripken’s book “The Insanity of Obedience” for challenges and insight about global discipleship.

Review: Beautiful Outlaw

Read it anyway. That’s my recommendation. The first part of the book is so good, so beautiful and so descriptive of Jesus as a real person that it will provoke much thought and, I believe, lead you to deeper affection of and obedience. It’s the last part, where John tries to show a person how to relate to Jesus, that needs to be read with discernment. There are some real nuggets here as well, but you’ll need a shovel to dig them out at times.

Preview: Jesus is a Beautiful Outlaw

A quick look at John Eldredge’s book “Beautiful Outlaw..” Eldredge helps us rediscover Jesus as a very real person. Yes, He is fully God, and yes, He is fully man, but as a mysterious both, God the Creator did not cast off His infinite personality to become a flannel board, neutered get-well card of a deity.

Review: Deep & Wide, Part 1

Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley was one of the books I began 2014 reading with Dave Farris, our campus pastor in Pulaski, Virginia. Andy is the pastor of North Point Church near Atlanta, and his book Visioneering is on… Continue Reading →

No rules…

In much the same way that I read Matt Chandler’s book Explicit Gospel (see post here), I invite you to read with me Chip Ingram’s True Spirituality (previously published and titled Living on the Edge). I’m reading it in advance… Continue Reading →

Reflections on “Explicit Gospel” by Matt Chandler

I mentioned in this post that I’m beginning the new year by reading Matt Chandler’s book Explicit Gospel and invited anyone who’s interested to join me. This blog post will serve as an anchor and a conversation point. I’ll be periodically… Continue Reading →

Is your church ready? An excerpt from “Super Center Savior”

As churches head into the holiday seasons, they’ll see a rise in visits from those who see religious service attendance as a to-do item during holidays. Is your church ready to serve, encourage and get them to come back? It may be simpler than you think. Check out this excerpt from the book “Super Center Savior.”

Review: The Case for Antioch

Dr. Jeff Iorg is the President of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, but his book The Case for Antioch: A Biblical Model for Transformational Church is not a work that should only be read by students. Rather, it’s a book… Continue Reading →

A Boring Review

It’s not often that an author would’ve glad that I’ve read and reviewed his boring book. When I get to hash tag quotes from it as #boringbook, most would think I’m insulting him. Yet, this is the boring book that… Continue Reading →

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