Zeal Without Burnout

Christopher Ash. Zeal Without Burnout. The Good Book Company, 2016. 125 pp. $11.68 Let’s face it: Ministry, by definition is a brutal undertaking. Most pastors and Christian leaders have no idea what they’re getting themselves into when they sign up for full-time vocational ministry. Long hours, disloyal people, backstabbers, carnal habits and a propensity toContinue reading “Zeal Without Burnout”

RAISING UP GODLY ELDERS

Bob Thune. Gospel Eldership. Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2016. 144 pp. $14.99 Everything rises or falls with good leadership. The fruitfulness and effectiveness of the local church is dependent upon men who exert strong, humble, and God-centered leadership. Weak men spawn weak churches. But men who living according to God’s mandate are a part ofContinue reading “RAISING UP GODLY ELDERS”

BOLD REFORMER: Celebrating the Gospel-Centered Convictions of Martin Luther – David S. Steele

On April 1, 2016 my new book, Bold Reformer will be available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and Booksamillon.com.  Here’s a brief summary: On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed the ninety-five theses to the castle door in Wittenberg. One act of courage sparked a theological firestorm in Germany that set the world ablaze inContinue reading “BOLD REFORMER: Celebrating the Gospel-Centered Convictions of Martin Luther – David S. Steele”

THE SHARK TANK AND BUSINESS SENSE

Daymond John, The Power of Broke. New York: Crown Business, 2016. 261 pp. $15.60 Daymond John is the well-known fashion mogul who is best known for swimming in the Shark Tank, the popular reality television show where investors pitch their business idea in exchange for stake in their company. The Power of Broke is theContinue reading “THE SHARK TANK AND BUSINESS SENSE”

THE NATURE AND END OF EXCOMMUNICATION – Jonathan Edwards

The Nature and End of Excommunication is a timely and practical sermon.  For many churches in our generation simply refuse to exercise church discipline on the unrepentant.  This act of passivity is not only cause for grave concern; it is a violation of Scripture. Edwards utilizes 1 Cor. 5:11 as his text: “But now I amContinue reading “THE NATURE AND END OF EXCOMMUNICATION – Jonathan Edwards”

Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity – Tim Challies (2015)

Here’s a lofty claim: “I believe this book can improve your life.” This is a claim we’ve all heard before. Infomercials, hucksters, and television preachers make similar claims. The net result is generally less than satisfying. The consumer usually walks away from such a claim with a lighter wallet, a bruised ego, and more skepticismContinue reading “Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity – Tim Challies (2015)”

THE PASTOR AS PUBLIC THEOLOGIAN – Kevin VanHoozer and Owen Strachan (2015)

After serving in pastoral ministry for nearly twenty-five years, I can testify that the most discouraging moments occurred when the people of God failed to look favorably on theology.  R.C. Sproul rightly laments, “We live in the most anti-intellectual period in all of church history.”  Frankly, many pastors have the battle scars to prove it.Continue reading “THE PASTOR AS PUBLIC THEOLOGIAN – Kevin VanHoozer and Owen Strachan (2015)”

THE NAVY SEAL ART OF WAR – Rob Roy (2015)

Former Navy SEAL, Rob Roy was inspired by Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War.  The result is a book of his own: The Navy Seal Art of War.  The book is filled with over fifty chapters of leadership inspiration. Rob Roy shares a wealth of leadership tips from his years in the military in The Navy Seal Art ofContinue reading “THE NAVY SEAL ART OF WAR – Rob Roy (2015)”

THE TRELLIS AND THE VINE – Colin Marshall and Tony Payne (2009)

Over six years ago, I read The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne.  The work was encouraging and helpful in those days but my second read through was far more significant. The authors compare the local church to the trellis and a vine, the kind of masterpiece found in many backyards.  Marshall andContinue reading “THE TRELLIS AND THE VINE – Colin Marshall and Tony Payne (2009)”

THE ART OF WORK – Jeff Goins (2015)

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins is a personal growth book that focuses in on the important topic of calling.  The subtitle gets at the heart of the book – A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant To Do. Goins identifies seven characteristics that help frame a person’s life and calling.  These characteristicsContinue reading “THE ART OF WORK – Jeff Goins (2015)”