Category: Church

Book Review – Churched: One Kid’s Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess

Churched: One Kid’s Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess is written by Matthew Paul Turner a blogger, speaker, and author. Churched details Mr. Turner’s experience growing up in a culture of fundamentalism where the Pastor often preached a healthy dose of hell fire and brimstone and gave commands to his congregation about how cut their hair and what they were to wear. One of the goals of good writing is to draw the reader into story and show the reader how one’s story is also their story. In this book, I identified with much of what Mr. Turner experienced as a young man growing up in the Church. I even identified at the end of the book with his reflections on finding a good Church but realizing there was no perfect Church. One of the things I appreciate about Churched is that while the author shares his experiences both positive and negative- Mr. Turner does not at the end come out against the Church even though he has some differences with the Church he grew up in.  Churched is a mature but honest look at what it means to be a Christian- passionately pursuing Christ and being in fellowship with other believers in the local Church. Finally, the most enjoyable part of this book was the author’s humility. The author readily admits he doesn’t have all the answers...

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Book Review – Pastor as Scholar & Scholar as Pastor

The Pastor As Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor Reflections on Life and Ministry by John Piper and D.A. Carson edited by Owen Strachan and David Mathis is a brilliant book that combines head and heart and calls for the embodiment of both theological depth and practical focus. This is a good book for every Pastor, teacher, Bible college student or seminarian to read. In recent days there has been much conversation on the topic of pastor-theologian or pastor-scholar. Drs. Carson and Piper masterfully through their own testimony, experience, as well as Scriptural explanation explain the importance of being ministers that are committed to loving the Lord God with all of one’s heart, mind and strength. Drs. Carson and Piper have deeply impacted my own life, thought and ministry, and as such I cannot think of a better book that demonstrates not only their gifts which the Lord has blessed them with but their pastoral wisdom. As I read this book as a seminary student, I felt I was being pastored by both men. Dr. Piper calls for two things in this book: first he describes his emergence as one who thinks and feels deeply about the things of God and then speaks and writes about them. Finally he describes how thinking serves the feeling in the ministry of the Word. Dr. Carson calls for scholars to pastor their...

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