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

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...

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

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...

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Reformed Preaching: Proclaiming God’s Word from the Heart of the Preacher to the Heart of His People by Joel R. Beeke
Reformed Preaching: Proclaiming God’s Word from the Heart of the Preacher to the Heart of His People by Joel R. Beeke

Reformed Preaching: Proclaiming God’s Word from the Heart of the Preacher to the Heart of His People by Joel R. Beeke

Dr. Joel R. Beeke is one of my favorite writers to read. I’ve lost track of how many books he’s written and how many of them I’ve read, but there is a common thread between them all- they are devotionally warm. One of Beeke’s goals in everything he writes is to...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever
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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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....

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

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

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A Review of “The Recovery Minded Church” by Jonathan Benz and Kristina Robb-Dover
A Review of “The Recovery Minded Church” by Jonathan Benz and Kristina Robb-Dover

A Review of “The Recovery Minded Church” by Jonathan Benz and Kristina Robb-Dover

She did not fit the stereotype of an addict. This 24-year-old girl was articulate, intelligent, and pretty. She seemed smart and full of potential, but she was also addicted to meth. It was an important realization in those early days of my ministry: every addict...

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Biblical Counseling and The Church: God’s Care Through God’s People
Biblical Counseling and The Church: God’s Care Through God’s People

Biblical Counseling and The Church: God’s Care Through God’s People

Biblical counseling is a growing movement in the Church that is seeking to help God’s people to care for one another through God’s Word. This is an encouraging trend in my opinion because rather than focus on the latest psychological trends or diagnoses, we are...

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A Review of “Biblical Counseling and the Church” ed. by Robert Kellemen and Kevin Carson
A Review of “Biblical Counseling and the Church” ed. by Robert Kellemen and Kevin Carson

A Review of “Biblical Counseling and the Church” ed. by Robert Kellemen and Kevin Carson

At one level, Biblical counseling is not a ministry of the church. It is the DNA of all Christians who are seeking to fulfill the “one another” commands of Scripture. The church, then, should not have a counseling ministry but rather be a counseling ministry....

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

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The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry
The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry

The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry

Resources on pastoral ministry are legion. From blogs, ministries, conferences, articles, podcast, and more—pastors today have more resources at their disposal than at any time in the history of the world. While there will be no slow down on the release of material...

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The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive (Mark Dever & Jamie Dunlop)
The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive (Mark Dever & Jamie Dunlop)

The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive (Mark Dever & Jamie Dunlop)

I have yet to read a book put out by the 9Marks initiative that I didn’t like. I’m so thankful for Mark Dever and the other wise and helpful pastors he’s gotten on board to help us learn about building healthy churches. They have been essential resources for...

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Let The Earth Hear His Voice Strategies for Overcoming Bottlenecks in Preaching God’s Word
Let The Earth Hear His Voice Strategies for Overcoming Bottlenecks in Preaching God’s Word

Let The Earth Hear His Voice Strategies for Overcoming Bottlenecks in Preaching God’s Word

Pastors, Bible study leaders, and all who preach and teach the Word of God have a challenging and humbling responsibility in teaching the Word of God to the people of God. This requires great skill, maturity, training, and practice. Let The Earth Hear His Voice...

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Preaching The Whole Counsel of God: Design And Deliver Gospel-Centered Sermons
Preaching The Whole Counsel of God: Design And Deliver Gospel-Centered Sermons

Preaching The Whole Counsel of God: Design And Deliver Gospel-Centered Sermons

Biblical preaching begins with faithful hermeneutics, discovering the truth of the text. It’s not only the nuts and bolts of preaching, it’s also the doing of preaching that’s vital. This is what Julius Kim has done so well in his new book Preaching The Whole...

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The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Owen Strachan
The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Owen Strachan

The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Owen Strachan

I'm a student of theology. I love spending my time reading books. I'm the guy that reads Reformed Dogmatics for fun, or watches apologetic debates on my downtime. I love the study of God. But how does that translate to my pursuit of ministry? Aren't there plenty of...

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The New Pastor’s Handbook Help And Encouragement For The First Years Of Ministry
The New Pastor’s Handbook Help And Encouragement For The First Years Of Ministry

The New Pastor’s Handbook Help And Encouragement For The First Years Of Ministry

Seminary is a time where future pastors and ministry leaders get poured into for the purpose that they can pour out their lives into the people of God. Seminary I’ve learned can also be a spiritual dangerous time where you read the Bible so academically that you...

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Gaining by Losing Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send
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...

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Recapturing The Voice of God Shaping Sermons Like Scripture
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...

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The Pastor’s Ministry Biblical Priorities For Faithful Shepherds
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...

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The Prodigal Church A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo
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...

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

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Defying Isis: Preserving Christianity In The Place Of Its Birth And In Your Own Backyard
Defying Isis: Preserving Christianity In The Place Of Its Birth And In Your Own Backyard

Defying Isis: Preserving Christianity In The Place Of Its Birth And In Your Own Backyard

Every day we’re confronted with more news about Isis and the terror they are reigning on the world around us. Yet what is often not reported on not nearly enough is the massacre that is happening at the hands of Isis. This massacre is the persecution, and killing...

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

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Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World
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...

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Transformational Groups Creating A New Scorecard For Groups
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...

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Persuasive Preaching: A Biblical and Practical Guide to the Effective Use of Persuasion
Persuasive Preaching: A Biblical and Practical Guide to the Effective Use of Persuasion

Persuasive Preaching: A Biblical and Practical Guide to the Effective Use of Persuasion

As someone who is not a pastor, I typically do not read books devoted to the subject of homiletics or preaching. With that said, a book on the subject matter of persuasive preaching seemed like something of interest, if anything to see what I might glean as useful...

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

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Invitation to James: Persevering Through Trials to Win the Crown
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...

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The People of God Empowering The Church To Make Disciples
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...

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The Foundation of Communion with God: The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen
The Foundation of Communion with God: The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen

The Foundation of Communion with God: The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen

John Owen has long been a favorite of mine, in particular among the more noted Puritan authors. In fact, recently I purchased his collected works which I am sure will take a lifetime to read. So when a book comes along that extracts key statements on a particular...

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Act and Being: Transcendental Philosophy and Ontology in Systematic Theology
Act and Being: Transcendental Philosophy and Ontology in Systematic Theology

Act and Being: Transcendental Philosophy and Ontology in Systematic Theology

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an important figure within the Confessing Church in Germany during the time of the Nazi regime of the 1930s. His better known works include titles such as The Cost of Discipleship and Ethics. Fortress Press has released a collection of the...

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Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles
Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles

Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles

The discipline known as Pauline studies has certainly had its share of ups and downs over the years. Furthermore, much ink has been spilled on the subject of Paul and the New Testament epistles he wrote. Thus to a certain degree, there can be a sense of confusion...

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Blessed Are the Balanced: A Seminarian’s Guide to Following Jesus in the Academy
Blessed Are the Balanced: A Seminarian’s Guide to Following Jesus in the Academy

Blessed Are the Balanced: A Seminarian’s Guide to Following Jesus in the Academy

Bible college and seminary students face innumerable challenges from emotional, spiritual and financial pressure to often relational issues as a result of going to school. All of these are challenges that I know well. I was a Bible college and seminary student for...

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

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Book Review – Dispatches From the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance In The World’s Difficult Places

Book Review – Dispatches From the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance In The World’s Difficult Places

One of the most neglected aspects in the field of missions work is the telling of stories of how God is at work in the world. Christians rightly emphasize the Bible's emphasis of God seeking to save the lost (Luke 19:10). Whenever I read or hear missionaries...

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