@mtayloractive 1 week, 6 days ago
In a day when many churches seem to be more focused on entertaining people and attracting a crowd, we seem to have lost some of the reverence for God Almighty in our worship services. The worship service is supposed to be about God, not us! Rory Norland’s “Transforming Worship” is a timely read on the subject.
Around 180 pages, the book addresses…[Read more]
Isaiah” by Paul Wegner is a great single volume commentary on the Book of Isaiah. After reading through the book, there are many things I like about this title:
– Good verse by verse exegesis (not just a brief summary of a bunch of verses lumped together).
– Scholarly, and yet easy to read and understand.
– Good comprehensive bibliography for…[Read more]
“Winsome Conviction” is a great read for anyone seeking guidance and wisdom on having convictions while at the same time not unnecessarily offending those who disagree with you (and yes, I think this is possible). Just under 200 pages, the title covers several topics, including:
– 3 common beliefs about having strong convictions.
– 4 principles…[Read more]
“Deacons’ by Matt Smethurst is a good read on the importance and role of deacons in the local church. Around 180 pages, there are many things to like about this book:
– Brief read.
– Easy to read and understand what the author is discussing.
– Addresses a wide variety of topics.
– Good inclusion of biblical references and practical…[Read more]
“40 Questions About The Historical Jesus” is an excellent title from a Christian viewpoint in a day and age when skepticism about Jesus Christ is growing and growing. Around 360 pages, the book covers many areas about Jesus:
– Various views of Jesus Christ.
– Jesus birth and childhood (when was He born, was He really born of a virgin, did Jesus…[Read more]
“Every Leaf, Line, And Letter” is a great read on the history of American Evangelicalism and the Bible through American History. The title is a compilation of several articles covering many topics on the subject, including:
– Faith and free will by quoting early leaders like Jonathan Edwards and John Erskine.
– How the Bible was used to justify…[Read more]
“The Coming Race Wars” is a good and timely read on the problem of racial tension in today’s culture. The book was originally written in 1992 after the Los Angeles riots resulting from the police brutality towards Rodney King. The author writes this new edition with expanded information from the 1992 issue.
While improvements in race relations…[Read more]
“Reading The Times” is a great read for anyone needing relief from the constant barrage of news headlines that demand our attention in an attention-deficit age. Around 180 pages, the title covers many topics, including:
– How the news fragments our thinking.
– Spending so much time on the trivial (i.e. the news) negatively impacts our intellect…[Read more]
“The Magna Carta Of Humantiy” by Os Guinnness is an excellent read on today’s struggle for freedom in America. Guinness has written several thought-provoking titles in the past and this one is no different. The author uses the American Revolution and French Revolution as the basis for his points and compares and contrasts the revolutions and how…[Read more]
“Relational Spirituality” is a good read for anyone wanting to learn more about the connection between spiritual maturity and strong relationships. The title is academic and written from a Christian perspective and covers many topics, including:
– How theology and relationships are connected.
– The importance of goodwill towards others in…[Read more]
In a day and age where some preachers minimize the Old Testament to the detriment of the church and its members, “Your Old Testament Sermon Needs To Get Saved” is a great read and challenge to incorporate the Old Testament into preaching. Around 130 pages, the title covers many topics on the subject, including:
– The importance and necessity for…[Read more]
Tired of hearing phrases like “being your best self”, “be the best you can be”, “you deserve this”, “you can achieve what you believe”, and other empty pious platitudes? Yes, I am too! If you fall into that category, then “Getting Over Yourself” is an excellent read for anyone sick and tired of the cheap and empty theology infecting some churches…[Read more]
“Rare Leadership In The Workplace” is a timely read, especially in a day where toxic work environments seem to be the norm instead of the exception. The title is a more basic version of the “Rare Leadership” title the authors did a few years ago (another very good title) and covers many topics on the subject, including:
– The difference between a…[Read more]
In a day when some preachers ignore or minimize the Old Testament’s importance, “John Through Old Testament Eyes” is a good read for anyone wanting to learn more about how the Gospel John is connected to the Old Testament. I have read through enough of this title and like the following:
– Many references of the connection between the Gospel of…[Read more]
“Obadiah, Jonah, And Micah” is a very good commentary on three of the minor prophetical books of the Bible. After looking through the title, there are many things to like:
– Good introductory information (date, historical setting, author, etc.) that helps the reader better understand the book being studied.
– Easy to read and understand.
“Yes! You Really Can Change” by Chip Ingram is a good read on how we can change for the better. Unlike many self-help books today that tell us to “suck it up” or “try harder”, “just relax and take it easy”, and other phrases, this title focuses on God’s power to change us when we cooperate with Him. Around 180 pages, the book addresses many…[Read more]
“Candor” by Charles Causey is a great read for anyone wanting to speak appropriate truth in the appropriate way and time. In our day of both hypersensitivity to differing viewpoints and “telling it like it is” regardless of other people’s feelings, Candor is a timely read. The title is around 170 pages and covers many topics on the subject,…[Read more]
“The Parables” by Douglas Webster is an excellent title on the many parables Jesus used in the New Testament books. I have read through most of the book and there are many things I like about the title:
– Easy to read title – while the book is labeled as an academic title, it does not read like one. Very easy to read and enjoyable.
– Covers a…[Read more]
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