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As the Christian church grows in parts of the world, “The Shape Of Christian History” is a great read on how the church and Christian faith has grown over the centuries. A little under 200 pages, the book addresses many topics on the subject, including:
– Different views on creation that contrast with a Christian worldview.
– Historical threats…[Read more]
“Doing Church As A Team” is a good title for anyone seeking encouragement and insights for serving in a local church. Just over 200 pages, the book addresses many topics, including:
– The need for members to move from being a consumer to being a servant and contributing time and talent in a church.
– Being careful to not compare yourself with…[Read more]
“Kingdom Values” is another good title by Tony Evans and focuses on living out true character (in the power of the Holy Spirit) in a world that wouldn’t know the Holy Spirit if it bumped into Him in a broom closet! Indeed, I am sick and tired of “virtue signaling” (i.e. – giving the impression that you really care about things when in actuality…[Read more]
“Associate Pastors” is a great read for current or aspiring church associate pastors who, by virtue of the position, pastor between the church senior pastor and church members. Some of the many important topics covered include:
– 3 common aspects of an associate pastor: relation with the senior pastor, working as managers in the church, and…[Read more]
“Inalienable” is a great read for anyone interested in the current state of the evangelical church in America. The authors bring several years’ experience and different perspectives and yet agree that the American evangelical church needs a wakeup call and bring people of different ethnicities and backgrounds to the table without compromising…[Read more]
“The Characters Of Creation” is a nice read on people and events around the creation story in the Book Of Genesis. Around 170 pages, some of the topics covered include:
– What creation reveals about God.
– While we need to live in community with other people, our greater need is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
– Doubting God’s…[Read more]
In a day when the emphasis in church is “casual” (clothes, music, etc.), the old and reverent hymns seem to be on the way out. “Our Hymns Our Heritage” is a great read on how the old hymns came about. The book is over 250 pages, covers over 100 hymns and is organized by chapter (hymn):
– Name of hymn.
– The actual hymn itself.
– How the hymn…[Read more]
“On Worship” is a great read for anyone interested in corporate worship in the church. Around 170 pages, some of the great points covered include:
– The importance of worshipping God on His terms (He is God and we are not!).
– Instead of making an idol of God, we must see Him as He is.
– Engaging our whole being (mind, emotions, will, body,…[Read more]
“What’s Big Starts Small” is a good read for anyone wanting to strengthen and grow their faith in Jesus Christ. The book focuses on 6 threats to our faith and practical strategies for overcoming them. While not a self-help book that floods the “Christian” market, the author does make it clear that the reader is responsible for the quality of their…[Read more]
“The Complete Bible Commentary” by George Williams is a great read for anyone looking for a one volume commentary. Indeed, any commentary recommended by Billy Graham has to be considered! I recently used this commentary to help me prepare for a Sunday School lesson on 1 Kings 11 – Solomon’s many wives and concubine and God’s eventual judgement.…[Read more]
“The Beast Or The Lamb” is a great read on the importance of staying close to Jesus Christ in today’s age. The book centers around history’s latter days and the choice everyone has to make: Jesus or the antichrist?
Just over 200 pages, the book addresses many topics, including:
– 3 marks of the antichrist.
– Examples of the spirit of antichrist…[Read more]
The “Discover Your Gifts Workbook” is an excellent supplement for the “Discover Your Gifts” book and a great aid for better clarifying your gifted areas. A quick read, the workbook gets right to the point about 12 areas of gifting, some of which include: leadership, financial, civic, technical, and others. The book may be completed fairly quickly…[Read more]
“Discover Your Gifts” by Don Everts is a great read for anyone needing clarification on what their gifts and abilities are for better serving others for God’s glory. The book is written from a Christian perspective and addresses such topics as:
– 2 ways we are transformed when we see everyone being unique and created by God.
– 2 positive results…[Read more]
“A Non-Anxious Influence” by Mark Sayers is a great read and challenge for anyone wondering how the church can be a positive factor in today’s world. Around 190 pages, the book makes many great points and covers topics like:
– The world is full of anxiety and if Christians are not diligent in their walk with Jesus Christ, they can be the same…[Read more]
“Ending Human Trafficking” is a great title for anyone concerned about one of the world’s greatest problems – human trafficking. The book covers many topics on the subject, including:
– Various ways well-meaning Christians do more harm than good when trying to address the problem. While their motives may be good, their “Savior complex” gets in…[Read more]
Calling In Context by Susan Maros is an interesting read for how social factors (location, race, culture, economic factors, etc.) shape our calling for life. While many books approach the subject from an American WASP perspective, this title is unique in that it considers many factors outside an American WASP upbringing.
Many things to like about…[Read more]
The Person In Psychology And Christianity by Majorie Gunnoe is a great read for describing how some aspects of well known psychological theories can be integrated into Christianity. While psychological classes (like some I took) being taught in colleges avoids reference to God, this book offers a refreshing perspective from a Christian worldview.…[Read more]
“Buried Talents” by Susan Howell is a good read for anyone wanting insights on how to make a wise vocational decision while not caving into the expectations of the church and outside the church. Around 140 pages, the book covers many topics, a few of which include:
– How Jesus Christ treated women positively compared to how they were treated by…[Read more]
“Road To Flourishing” is a great and welcomed read on improving employee engagement in a world where workplace toxicity seems to get worse and worse. Around 180 pages, the title discusses 8 keys to a flourishing work culture, goes into great depth on how to improve each of the 8 keys, and states that employee engagement = organizational success…[Read more]
Whether you struggle a lot or a little with anxiety, “The Anxiety Field Guide” by Jason Cusick is a helpful read for anyone on this topic, especially in today’s out-of-control world. After reading the book, here’s what I like:
– Easy to read and understand.
– Covers many relevant topics relating to anxiety.
– Full of spiritual and practical…[Read more]
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