Book review for Center Church by Tim Keller
In Tim Keller’s Center Church, the idea of a center church is a balanced ministry on each of three axes: The Gospel, Culture, and Movement. The first axis is the Gospel: The gospel is the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ from the wrath of God. The gospel isn’t something we do, but something that has been done for us that we respond to.I loved Center Churchand give it a high recommendation. Its “insight per page” ratio is among the highest of the books that I’ve read this year. Go out and buy it and read it today.
Book Review: The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion by Rodney Stark
Rodney Stark hits another home run with Triumph of Christianity. Stark examines the history and sociology behind the growth of Christianity from a few adherents 2000 years ago to nearly 40% of the world today. Read this book, you won’t regret it. One of my favorites this year and winner of World Magazine’s book of the year.
Book Review: Ministries of Mercy by Timothy Keller
Pastor Tim Keller has combined his experience with mercy ministries New York, his ability to communicate, and sound biblical teaching to produce an essential guide for churches who are developing their ministry to the poor. Keller opens by stating that, “Mercy to the full range of human needs is such an essential mark of being a Christian that it can be used as a test of true faith.I would recommend this book for any church leader who is developing a ministry of mercy or any believer who has a vision for expanding ministries of mercy in his or her local church.
Protegé is a book that goes beyond the basics in mentoring new leaders. The book breaks down the task into understandable components of leadership and gives practical objectives and suggestions to help mentors develop believers into effective leaders. I recommend this book.
Book Review: The Multi-Site Church Revolution: Being One Church in Many Locations by Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, Warren Bird
Multi-site is worth reading even if you are not considering starting a new campus because it will help you to understand the philosophy behind the multi-site church that probably will soon be opening near you; a high percentage of the nation’s largest and fastest growing churches are multi-site. Take it a look, it is worth reading.
Book Review: To Transform a City: Whole Church, Whole Gospel, Whole City by Eric Swanson, Sam Williams
This book is worth reading. You’ll find yourself wanting to buy copies and give them to others who have a vision for reaching their whole city or those who know that a healthy church’s ministry should be much more than programs at the church building for its members.
Book Review: Simply Jesus by N. T. Wright
With all the talk about Jesus going around today, N. T. Wright in Simply Jesus adds to the conversation through his unparalleled knowledge of Scripture and culture of the original hearers of the gospels. Readers from our century and culture can easily put modern understandings into the gospels and distort Jesus’ words and actions. Wright, in Simply Jesus, attempts to correct these distortions.I would highly recommend this book. Wright’s analysis and insight provokes any New Testament reader to go deeper in thought and study of the Gospels.
N. T. Wright has produced another brilliant book on the message of the gospels of Jesus Christ. Wright thinks many of us have it wrong when we talk about the main purpose of the gospels. The descriptions of the gospels used today often do not adequately account for the content that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John included. When attempting to summarize the gospels, people often leave out elements or distort the author’s message.This book will stretch you and cause a renewed interest in the gospels. I highly recommend it.
Book Review: Paradigms in Conflict by David J. Hesselgrave
Paradigms is a very helpful book for someone interested in the top ten issues in missiology. Hesselgrave manages to define the issues, give a strong version of each side of the argument, and give his opinion based on solid, evangelical interpretation. Anyone interested in the study of missions will benefit from this book. Hesselgrave outlines ten key issues in a way that tries to honor each position and includes extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter for further exploration.
For anyone who’s part of a governing board for an organization started a generation or more ago, this is the book for you. The authors give expression to the obvious: organizations which have huge representative boards to please a broad client base with an untenable menu of services, will be passed up by nimble, focused organizations giving high-quality services to a specific membership profile.
Book Review: Cultivate: Forming the Emerging Generation Through Life-on-life Mentoring by Jeff Myers
If you are looking for a book that gives practical advice on mentoring, you’ve found it with Cultivate. Jeff Myers begins with the motivation, value, and lasting impact of mentoring and then gives chapters filled with practical advice benefiting both novice and experienced mentors.
Book Review: American Church in Crisis by David T. Olson
This book’s thesis is that denominations need to focus on starting new churches or their decline is inevitable. It is filled with statistics, maps, and other information. The audiences most likely to benefit from this book are denominational leaders who would profit from the church growth and decline data, as well as local leaders who are considering a church-planting ministry.
Book Review: Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton
It normally doesn’t occur to good-hearted people that charity can cause harm. For many, the solution to a need is to simply give a gift. The need is eliminated isn’t it? Robert Lupton points out that gifts that are indiscriminately and regularly given erode the recipient’s personal dignity and initiative. A more useful approach is to take the time to understand and address the root causes of the need in community rather than just temporarily meet the needs of individuals. If you are involved in any kind of ministry to the needy or are considering getting involved, this book is worth reading.
Book Review: Future of the Global Church by Patrick Johnstone
Johnstone illustrates visually the century-by-century expansion of the church around the world and lists the shaping events of each century. Analyzing the trends within each branch of Christianity, he gives special attention to various forms of evangelical Christianity.
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