Category: Church

The Heart of the Church by Joe Thorn

The first review I read of Joe Thorn’s new book, The Heart of the Church was decisively negative. This specific reviewer awarded the book with a dreaded “two stars,” which in the land of book reviews is something akin to wandering through a barren wasteland without water. But nothing could be further from the truth. My aim, therefore, is to set the record straight and give Thorn’s work the credit it deserves. The Heart of the Church is the first in a series of three, which were all recently released. The first book guides readers on a fascinating journey...

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“The Vine Project” by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

Every pastor and ministry leader desires church growth, and so books on how to attain growth are ubiquitous. Most of these books claim to have unlocked some secret, or assert the keys to revolutionize ministries. They make a case for “epic” church, and dynamic leadership. Marshall and Payne do not offer reader such elements. In fact, in many ways, their book is exceedingly simple. It is their simplified strategic plan which makes The Vine Project such a compelling book. The Vine Project is a sequel, of sorts. It follows on the heels of the author’s previous book, The Trellis...

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The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry by Jared C. Wilson

There are only a handful of living pastors who I would trust to write on such an important topic as is the pastorate and the justification of the Pastor. Jared Wilson is one of these men, and he has given a tremendous gift to pastors, seminary students, and laymen alike in the form of his uplifting book on the topic of applying Christ atonement to the work of the pastorate. No other book I’m aware of on the market walks through the many different joys, sorrows, highs, lows, difficulties, obstacles, seasons of growth and excellence, and seasons of doubt...

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Serving a Movement: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City (Tim Keller)

A few years ago, Tim Keller released one of the most significant works on church planting and development to hit the shelves this century. Center Church is a massive examination of what it looks like to do Gospel-centered ministry in your community. It received overwhelming praise from a majority of readers. However, if I had to guess, those who chose not to read it in spite of the reviews probably didn’t do so because of its size. The first edition of Center Church was a 400-page piece of work, emulating more of a textbook than anything. That’s why Keller’s...

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Designed to Lead & Eric Geiger & Kevin Peck

“The primary purpose for our leadership mandate is to make known the glory of God by leading others to flourish in God’s design.” (62) Is there a connection between discipleship and leadership? Where do leaders come from? Are all disciples leaders? What role does the Church play in leadership development? In an effort to answer these questions and more that Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck have written Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development (B&H, 2016). For decades there have been books written, seminars and conferences dedicated to, and entire models made and revolutionized around the idea of...

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