Category: Church

Why Bother with Church? And Other Questions About Why You Need It and Why It Needs You by Sam Allberry

Many Christians today think that the Christian life is to be lived in isolation from the local church. Some Christians also don’t see the need to continue to listen to sermons. We are living in a rapidly biblical illiterate church culture where people may know enough about the Bible to answer some questions but not enough to grow in God’s grace. This is a real problem that pastors and ministry leaders face. Thankfully Sam Allberry has written a very helpful book Why Bother with the Church and Other Questions About Why You Need It and Why It Needs You...

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Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule (Jonathan Leeman)

James K.A. Smith posted a thought on Twitter that captured it perfectly. “I still haven’t decided whether 2016 is the worst year, or the best year, to be writing a book on political theology.” In some sense, you could perceive the political horizon of 2016 as being such a dumpster fire that any books celebrating and championing a political theology will be met with confusion, dismay, even frustration. As I write this review, the top two candidates vying for the Presidency are anything but examples of trustworthy and morally-driven leaders. The political sphere feels more than ever an exhausting,...

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Kellemen, Bob, Kevin Carson, eds. Biblical Counseling and the Church: God’s Care Through God’s People

The Biblical Counseling Coalition’s new book, Biblical Counseling and the Church: God’s Care Through God’s People demonstrates the progress that has been made in the ministry of biblical counseling since Jay Adams’ initial exhortation to the church many years ago. The goal of the editors and contributors isn’t to give an apologetic for biblical counseling, although it does, rather it is to demonstrate that biblical counseling is a ministry for the church by the church. In other words, biblical counseling should be an equipping ministry. Dr. Bob Kelleman and Dr. Kevin Carson, pastors and biblical counselors, have assembled over...

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Pulpit Aflame Edited by Joel R. Beeke and Dustin W. Benge

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to read dozens and dozens of preaching books. Whenever a new preaching book comes out, I try to read it. One reason for this is I want to improve my craft of preaching and teaching the Word of God. A new book Pulpit Aflame edited by Joel R. Beeke and Dustin W. Benge on preaching has come out that seeks to honor the life and ministry of Dr. Steve Lawson, a man the Lord has used mightily in our generation. Summary Pulpit Aflame has contributions from many of the greatest preachers of...

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Zeal Without Burnout (Christopher Ash)

Burnout. It’s a popular topic in pastoral ministry these days, most likely because it is a very real and prevalent topic among our churches today. As someone who works in pastoral ministry, I am already seeing just how easy it is to get burnt out in ministry, how living in a lifestyle of overworking can do massive damage to your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. There is a lot of talk about “balance” these days, about riding the see-saw of work and rest. But what if we throw ourselves 100% into our work and 100% into being refueled? In Zeal Without...

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