When I Am Afraid – Edward T. Welch (2010)

When I Am Afraid by Edward T. Welch is a short book.  It is also a very powerful book.  The author sets forth his intended goals at the beginning of the book. You want to hone your spiritual instincts so that you turn to  Christ when anxious thoughts arise. You want to know what JesusContinue reading “When I Am Afraid – Edward T. Welch (2010)”

When I Am Afraid – Edward T. Welch (2010)

When I Am Afraid by Edward T. Welch is a short book.  It is also a very powerful book.  The author sets forth his intended goals at the beginning of the book. You want to hone your spiritual instincts so that you turn to  Christ when anxious thoughts arise. You want to know what JesusContinue reading “When I Am Afraid – Edward T. Welch (2010)”

Favor: Finding Life at the Center of God’s Affection

Greg Gilbert, Favor: Finding Life at the Center of God’s Affection Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2017, 172 pp. $9.47 The prosperity gospel has been an influential force within the ranks of evangelicalism for some time. This God-dishonoring approach to the Christian life misinterprets Scripture and misrepresents the gospel. Tragically, many people are led astray by theContinue reading “Favor: Finding Life at the Center of God’s Affection”

No Silver Bullets – Daniel Im (2017)

Daniel Im, No Silver Bullets, Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2017, 268 pp. $11.02 Discipleship books are a “dime a dozen” these days. The upswing in these books is both a blessing and a curse. Great blessing comes when one of these books draws readers to Scripture, captures their hearts with Christ-saturated truth, and presents biblicalContinue reading “No Silver Bullets – Daniel Im (2017)”

Steal Away Home – Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey (2017)

Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey, Steal Away Home, Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2017, 294 pp. $14.60 Church history is filled with stories of courage, adventure, adversity, and persecution. From the exile of Athanasius, the martyrdom of John Rogers and William Tyndale, or Luther’s trial at Worms, these stories are well-known and we are quick toContinue reading “Steal Away Home – Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey (2017)”

I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian (2015)

Thom S. Rainer, I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2015, 198 pp. $10.48 “I want hymns in the worship service.” “I want sermons that are practical and tug on my emotional apron strings.” “I want a slick youth program.” “I want the worship team to dress up.” “IContinue reading “I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian (2015)”

Reset: Living a Grace-Paced LIfe in a Burnout Culture (2017)

David Murray, Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2017, 208 pp. $10.86 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step into the ring with Sugar Ray Leonard or Ray “Boom Boom Mancini? David Murray may be a self-described soccer player but in his most recent book,Continue reading “Reset: Living a Grace-Paced LIfe in a Burnout Culture (2017)”

Good and Angry – David Powlison

David Powlison, Good and Angry Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2016, 246 pp. $17.99 Anger is a subject that most people can relate to. Many people battle a problem with chronic anger that lashes out at others and demands that specific needs be met or this high-toxic anger will continue to escalate. David Powlison address theContinue reading “Good and Angry – David Powlison”

HERALDING THE TRUTH: PASSING GOD’S WORD TO THE NEXT GENERATION

Psalm 78:4 gives specific marching orders for followers of Christ, namely – we must herald the truth of God’s Word: “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done” (Psalm 78:4, ESV). Instead ofContinue reading “HERALDING THE TRUTH: PASSING GOD’S WORD TO THE NEXT GENERATION”

NOTE TO SELF: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself – Joe Thorn (2011)

I will never forget the first time I read the maxim, “Preach the gospel to yourself” in a Jerry Bridges book.  What originally appeared counter-intuitive turned out to be an important exercise in humility and a constant reminder of the grace that saved me and enables me to live the Christian life each day –Continue reading “NOTE TO SELF: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself – Joe Thorn (2011)”