Category: Christian Book Reviews

How to See Your Sunday School Excel

Posted by Randy Mann - August 29, 2013 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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Books written by theoreticians can sometimes be helpful when you are trying to learn information about a new area of mission or ministry. However, when wanting advice on how to evaluate and improve upon an existing area of ministry, the careful thoughts and experience of the practitioner is the greater need. In Sunday School That […]

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A Comprehensive, Accessible Resource on Paul

Posted by Randy Mann - July 2, 2013 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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I was pleased recently to get a copy of Lars Kierspel’s book Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul. It is one of the newest installments in Kregel’s Kregel Charts of the Bible series. There are two words that come to mind when evaluating  Kierspel’s book – Comprehensive and Accessible. The book is comprehensive in scope, including […]

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Advanced Strategic Planning – An Indispensable Resource for Pastors

Posted by Randy Mann - July 1, 2013 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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Though  I have been in pastoral ministry for over 10 years, I have been the lead pastor of a church for only 6 months. While I felt well-prepared for approaching this responsibility in areas such as preaching and teaching, leadership in general was an area I felt I needed personal growth. It is not that […]

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A Gift to Pastors and Churches

Posted by Randy Mann - February 15, 2013 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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I recently received an invitation from Aubrey Malphurs (Church Consultant; Author; Founder of The Malphurs Group) to be part of a “launch team” in preparation for the release of his new book, Look Before You Lead: How to Discern and Shape Your Church Culture. I agreed to participate. I am very glad I did. There were at least […]

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Are You Pursuing Holiness?

Posted by Randy Mann - October 21, 2012 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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I finally finished reading Jerry Bridges’ classic book The Pursuit of Holiness. I started it some time ago, but got away from it. While on vacation I picked it back up and finished it. It was both convicting and encouraging, challenging and helpful. Long story short, it is a book every Christian should read – probably 2 […]

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Should Christians Be Environmentalists – A Review

Posted by Randy Mann - August 24, 2012 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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According to many Christians, all “environmentalists” are tree-hugging, bleeding-heart liberals who care more about the environment than people. According to many “environmentalists,” Christians take their biblical mandate to “exercise dominion” over the earth to such an extreme that they unthinkingly (or perhaps even knowingly) abuse the creation for their own selfish purposes. In his new […]

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Living for a Different King and a Different Kingdom

Posted by Randy Mann - August 11, 2012 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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Ed Stetzer says (and the Bible teaches), “Being a part of the kingdom [of God] means a new loyalty to King Jesus.” He goes on to say, “Something is wrong when churches are filled with people who seemingly haven’t changed their loyalties.” And yet, both research studies and anecdotal evidence seem to indicate that the […]

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How Do You Help Your Children Deal With “Hot Button” Issues?

Posted by Randy Mann - August 4, 2012 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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As a parent and a pastor, I am always looking for resources that will help me and those I seek to lead grow to be more godly and effective parents. Kregel Publishers has now provided two great new resources to help toward that end. These new resources are two books authored by Nicole O’Dell – […]

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The Biblical Meaning of Marriage

Posted by Randy Mann - July 12, 2012 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews, Living the Gospel
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There are many ways to measure a marriage. When asked if their marriage is a “good one,” many couples answer “yes” if in it they feel relationally connected, sexually satisfied, and/or emotionally fulfilled. In short, they consider their marriage “good” if it is meeting their perceived needs and benefiting them in tangible ways. What if, […]

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Why Church Matters – An Important Book for Today

Posted by Randy Mann - June 29, 2012 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews, Living the Gospel
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Author Joshua Harris “Kissed Dating Goodbye.” In “Why Church Matters (Waterbrook Multnomah, 2011),” he now is calling on everyone to “Stop Dating the Church” – the title under which this book was originally released in 2004.  (The new version has small group discussion questions in the back). No matter your perspective on young men and women […]

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