AS IRON SHARPENS IRON – Howard and William Hendricks

As Iron Sharpens Iron attempts to explain and sell the concept of mentoring.  The stated goal of the authors is to see thousands of readers develop mentoring relationships as a result of reading the material.  The authors hope to steer as many men as possible into vital relationships that produce and reproduce godly men. TheContinue reading “AS IRON SHARPENS IRON – Howard and William Hendricks”

GROUNDED IN THE GOSPEL: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way – J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett (2010)

J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett are concerned about the current condition of the church.  They have written Grounded in the Gospel in order to reignite a passion for catechizing believers in the Christian faith. The practice of catechesis finds its roots in the Old Testament: “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shallContinue reading “GROUNDED IN THE GOSPEL: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way – J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett (2010)”

THE WALK: Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus – Stephen Smallman (2009)

When I coached tennis in college I placed a tremendous amount of stress on fundamentals.  My players were filled with chagrin when I told them to leave their racquets at home.  The reason: We would devote ourselves to fundamentals of good tennis before we ever stepped onto the court. Understanding the fundamentals are important inContinue reading “THE WALK: Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus – Stephen Smallman (2009)”

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)”

INSTRUMENTS IN THE REDEEMER’S HANDS – Paul David Tripp (2002)

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp is a superb introduction to biblical counseling.  However, Tripp’s book should not be confined to a mere counseling resource.  Rather, his work is about the simplicity of personal ministry.  It is call to live a life that is rooted in the reality of God’s Word.  Additionally,Continue reading “INSTRUMENTS IN THE REDEEMER’S HANDS – Paul David Tripp (2002)”

THE DISCIPLE MAKING CHURCH – Bill Hull

The Disciple Making Church maintains the discipling church is the normal church and that disciple making is for everyone and every church for three important reasons.  First, Christ instructed the church to take part in it.  Second, Christ modeled it and third, the New Testament disciples applied it.  The author advances the thesis that “unlessContinue reading “THE DISCIPLE MAKING CHURCH – Bill Hull”

DUG DOWN DEEP: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters – Josh Harris (2010)

Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris uncovers the importance of understanding and embracing a solid theological framework.  It is in many ways a gracious answer to the typical post-modern response to doctrine. Harris walks the reader through a handful of important branches of systematic theology including the doctrine of God (theology proper), the doctrine ofContinue reading “DUG DOWN DEEP: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters – Josh Harris (2010)”

THE GOOD NEWS WE ALMOST FORGOT: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism – Kevin DeYoung (2010)

I was first introduced to Kevin DeYoung back in 2008 when I read Why We’re Not Emergent.  I found his follow-up book, Why We Love the Church exceptional.   The Good News We Almost Forgot is no exception. DeYoung carefully unpacks the Heidelberg Catechsim, first published in 1563.  The Catechism is primarily an overview of theContinue reading “THE GOOD NEWS WE ALMOST FORGOT: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism – Kevin DeYoung (2010)”

WORLDLINESS: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World – C.J. Mahaney, Ed. (2008)

Scripture warns, “Do not love the world or the things of the world” (1 John 2:15, ESV).  This same warning is found throughout C.J. Mahaney’s, Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World. Mahaney is quick to point out, “Today, the greatest challenge facing American evangelicals is not persecution from the world, but seduction byContinue reading “WORLDLINESS: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World – C.J. Mahaney, Ed. (2008)”

BASIC CHRISTIANITY – John Stott (1958)

A friend recently asked, “What book should new Christians read?”  I immediately referred him to Basic Christianity by John Stott.  First published in 1958, Stott’s work has sold over 2.5 million copies and was named “Book of the Century” by Christianity Today. The book begins by focusing the attention of the reader on the divineContinue reading “BASIC CHRISTIANITY – John Stott (1958)”