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One Assembly: Rethinking the Multisite and Multiservice Church Models by Jonathan Leeman

In the past few decades, the Western church has seen a drastic rise in the number of megachurches. Along with the rise of megachurches has come a rise in the number of churches going to multiservice and/or multisite models of ministry, which has happened so rapidly...

What Should I Do Now That I’m a Christian? (Church Questions)

Becoming a Christian is not an easy transition. For many in today’s culture, they are coming to faith from a secular background. They may not have been raised in the church or haven’t been in a long time. By the time they come to faith later in life, they are often...

Why Should I Join a Church? (Church Questions)

Being a new Christian is an exciting time in one’s discipleship journey. A person has passed from death to life and has been born again by the power of the Holy Spirit. Yet, it can also be a scary time, especially for believers who have entered the faith despite not...
“Of The Church” Series – Joe Thorn

“Of The Church” Series – Joe Thorn

Much has been said about who the church is, what the church does, and how the church does it over the past two thousand years. We live in an age where there is no shortage of ecclesiology books that address such topics. I have found that many of these books live in...

The Heart of the Church by Joe Thorn

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...

“The Vine Project” by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

“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...

Gospel Eldership by Bob Thune

Gospel Eldership by Bob Thune

Everything rises or falls on good leadership. The fruitfulness and effectiveness of the local church are dependent upon men who exert strong, humble, and God-centered leadership. Weak men spawn weak churches. But men who live according to God’s mandate are a part of...

Who Moved My Pulpit: Leading Change in the Church by Thom Rainer

Who Moved My Pulpit: Leading Change in the Church by Thom Rainer

If you were to ask most Pastors what they dread the most they would most likely say change. Some Pastors have had a horrible experience bringing about change in their churches. Many Christians greatly resist change of any kind. We tend to fight change in our own lives...

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever

Asking someone to define discipleship into one small sentence is no small task. The gospel-centered, disciple-making movement among Evangelicalism has got a wide lens. We define our churches as churches that “make disciples,” but to the non-believer or the believer...

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

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...

Zeal Without Burnout (Christopher Ash)

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...

Zeal Without Burnout by Christopher Ash

Zeal Without Burnout by Christopher Ash

Ministry is hard! It is tiresome, demanding, never-ending work that requires a great deal of sacrifice. If you are in ministry or have been in ministry you know exactly what I am talking about. But all too often the journey in ministry brings an unexpected detour due...

A Review of “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Heath Lambert

A Review of “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Heath Lambert

“Counseling is a theological discipline.” That statement captures the very heart of Lambert’s book. It is also, he says, the most “controversial part of this book” (11). Despite what many others believe, counseling is inherently theological and as such we must wrestle...

A Review of “Strength in Numbers” by Mark Shaw

A Review of “Strength in Numbers” by Mark Shaw

When I finally realized what Ephesians four was calling me to I was shocked. There Paul writes that God has given to the church pastors in order that they might “equip the saints for the work of the ministry.” That is to say, the saints do the work of the ministry,...

Gospel Conversations How To Care Like Christ by Robert W. Kellemen

Gospel Conversations How To Care Like Christ by Robert W. Kellemen

The best way to learn how to do counseling is by giving and receiving counseling in the context of real relationships. Often times some people think that the best counseling is learned by reading a book (which is good regarding learning the how to) but learning to...

A Review of “Addiction and Virtue” by Kent Dunnington

A Review of “Addiction and Virtue” by Kent Dunnington

Whenever professionals cross disciplines, there are some interesting results. So, when philosopher Kent Dunnington takes on the task of understanding and describing the nature of addictions, we get a fascinating and fresh look at this important subject. While...

A Review of “Gospel Conversations” by Robert Kellemen

A Review of “Gospel Conversations” by Robert Kellemen

I often tell my students that the best Biblical Counselors are those who have received good Biblical counseling. Dr. Robert Kellemen believes the same thing. “We learn to become competent biblical counselors by giving and receiving biblical counseling in the context...

The New Pastor’s Handbook (Jason Helopoulos)

The New Pastor’s Handbook (Jason Helopoulos)

Scanning over the endorsements of this book, the reader will find one recurring theme sung out by popular pastors and church leaders about this book, summed up well by Tim Challies: “Where was this book when I was first ordained?” A number of these pastors have called...

The Imperfect Pastor (Zack Eswine)

The Imperfect Pastor (Zack Eswine)

The landscape of books on pastoral ministry is so broad that it’s tough to discern what you’re going to get when picking up another book on the subject. You can almost categorize most of these books into simple summary statements: “Care about your leadership more than...

40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Most who profess the name of Christ, whether they be Catholic, Protestant, and all the variations that exist under both umbrellas, participate and practice at least some version of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. With that said, there are a variety of competing beliefs...

Understanding Gender Dysphoria

Understanding Gender Dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is unstable and unfamiliar ground for the church. As more and more people navigate their way through feelings of gender incongruence the Church must seek to understand it and navigate it with them. We must do so from within a Biblical framework and...

The Pastor As Public Theologian Reclaiming a Lost Vision

The Pastor As Public Theologian Reclaiming a Lost Vision

Few issues today are as important as understanding what theology is and it’s importance to the local church. This is why I’m excited to see a resurgence in conversation about what pastoral ministry is. Many pastors today see themselves primarily as counselors,...

Gaining by Losing Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send

Gaining by Losing Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send

Five times in the New Testament writers command Christians to go and make disciples. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a huge increase in writing, and speaking around topics pertaining to discipleship, evangelism, missions, and apologetics. The local church is the hope...

Recapturing The Voice of God Shaping Sermons Like Scripture

Recapturing The Voice of God Shaping Sermons Like Scripture

One of my favorite genres to read within pastoral theology is books on preaching. This should come as no surprise to my readers because I love to preach and teach the Word of God. When I saw a new book Recapturing The Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture by...

The Pastor’s Ministry Biblical Priorities For Faithful Shepherds

The Pastor’s Ministry Biblical Priorities For Faithful Shepherds

Pastoral ministry I’m learning is difficult, painful, and blessed work. If that sounds contradictory it’s on purpose. While I’m not a pastor yet I am a pastor in training and am actively involved in serving in a wide variety of ministries at my local church. I’m also...

I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian

I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian

Few issues are as important or as neglected as biblical church membership in our day. Following his successful book I Am A Church Member Dr. Thom Rainer has recently written I Will! Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian which advances the conversation he...

The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision

The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision

Since graduating seminary three years ago, I’ve noticed a number of very encouraging trends related to the gospel and matters pertaining to the church. One of these trends is a conversation about the pastoral theologian. The general idea behind a...

The Prodigal Church A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo

The Prodigal Church A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s I was heavily immersed in the Purpose Driven church. My dad went to a church that walked people through the Purpose Driven model. I was in a church that had programs designed to help a variety of age groups to grow in Christ. As...

Preaching Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism

Preaching Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism

It seems every year at least a few preaching books coming out. In recent days, we’ve seen a steady stream of these books come out from a variety of practitioners of varying experience and skill. One preaching book I knew I was going to read this year and enjoy was Dr....

The Pastor And Counseling: The Basics Of Shepherding Members In Need

The Pastor And Counseling: The Basics Of Shepherding Members In Need

In my teenage years, I spent a lot of time in both secular and Christian counseling. Some of that counseling was genuinely helpful, but most of it wasn’t. As I’ve had plenty of time to think through what counseling was most helpful to me personally, I came to realize...

Developments in Biblical Counseling

Developments in Biblical Counseling

Biblical Counseling is, by all accounts, a young movement. Just barely out of its infancy it is experiencing some of the pangs of growth and maturation. J. Cameron Fraser has an earnest desire to help readers understand some of those pangs and that process of...

Gospel Centered Counseling How Christ Changes Lives

Gospel Centered Counseling How Christ Changes Lives

Over 50 times in the New Testament Christians are taught to one another each other. The reason God's people can one another each other is because of the gospel. The gospel provides the fuel which God’s people go in the Christian life. Christians need to learn...

The Supremacy of God in Preaching

The Supremacy of God in Preaching

There are few people alive today that have had as massive an impact on my life as John Piper. His thinking and his theology have had a huge impact on the way that I think about the Christian life and ministry. One of the most critical things he has taught me and...

On Being A Pastor Understanding Our Calling and Work

On Being A Pastor Understanding Our Calling and Work

Pastors have one of the most demanding and joyful jobs in the world. They get to be with people at the most critical times of their lives- from birth to death. They preach the glories of the gospel from the text of Scripture. They meet with people in their office, at...

Scripture and Counseling God’s Word For Life In A Broken World

Scripture and Counseling God’s Word For Life In A Broken World

The doctrine of Scripture is under attack today. Recently John MacArthur held an Inerrancy Summit with some of the top theological minds in the Church today. At this conference, these theologians instructed us about the doctrine of the Bible. One of the key pieces of...

Comfort the Grieving

Comfort the Grieving

I can honestly admit to having never read a book like Paul Tautges Comfort the Grieving. Manuals on how to shepherd people through the valley of the shadow of death are not exactly popular. In this short work, however, the author seeks to make such a topic accessible...

Unashamed Workmen: How Expositors Prepare and Preach

Unashamed Workmen: How Expositors Prepare and Preach

Over the past five years, I’ve been in the enjoyable position to receive most, if not all of the latest and greatest Christian books. This position has offered me the opportunity to grow in my knowledge and understanding of a great deal topics. Since I was a teenager...

Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World

Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World

Contemporary Christianity seems to be overly fascinated with the extraordinary. Most Christians are most excited when they hear elaborate and exciting testimonies of God’s hand at work in this person’s life or we’re drawn to “this” person’s ministry because of their...

Transformational Groups Creating A New Scorecard For Groups

Transformational Groups Creating A New Scorecard For Groups

Small groups are a place where Christians come together to not only study the Bible but to do life together. Having led and been part of small groups for quite awhile, I know well what works and what doesn’t work. The goal of gathering in small groups isn’t for one...

Preaching by Ear: Speaking God’s Truth From the Inside Out

Preaching by Ear: Speaking God’s Truth From the Inside Out

While I am not a preacher, I must submit I do enjoy a quality sermon that is well delivered, demonstrates a great deal of preparation, and most importantly is biblically sound. Having never been a pastor and having never prepared a sermon for delivery, it is...

Invitation to James: Persevering Through Trials to Win the Crown

Invitation to James: Persevering Through Trials to Win the Crown

A discussion of perseverance in the faith, let alone a sermon founded upon that topic is often hard to come by in the church. Talk of standing firm in the face of trials has often been replaced with sermons focused on more feel good topics such as blessing and hope....

Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections

Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections

Over the past decade I’ve read close to two dozen books on preaching. Most of these books either focus on biblical interpretation, sermon preparation or delivery. In that time I can’t recall reading a book dedicated solely to the centrality of the heart in the...

The People of God Empowering The Church To Make Disciples

The People of God Empowering The Church To Make Disciples

Loving God leads to loving the Church. That statement while true is incomplete. Loving God leads to loving the Church and the people in the Church. This statement accurately reflects what God’s love produces in His people—namely a love for Himself, a love for people...

Am I Called? The Summons to Pastoral Ministry

Am I Called? The Summons to Pastoral Ministry

Ministry is not for the faint of heart, nor the uncalled. It is not a career path to choose, a job that simply pays the bills, nor simply something to try when no other career seems to work. Christian ministry is a path that can only be taken when God calls. This is...

Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections

Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections

In Matthew 15:11 Jesus stated, “What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them." Thus, issues of the heart, also termed out affections, are a true gauge of spiritual maturity. Dealing with the often...

The Unfinished Church: God’s Broken and redeemed Work In Progress

The Unfinished Church: God’s Broken and redeemed Work In Progress

The past few years have seen a resurgence in conversation about the Church, specifically whether Christians should be lone ranger Christians or be members of a local church. This is a conversation I’m actively involved in especially because in my own area, I’ve been...