The Leadership Development Book I’ve Been Looking For

Introduction to Biblically Correct

September 22, 2014

On Sunday evenings at Central Baptist Church, during our EQUIP time, we are going through a new study entitled Biblically Correct, written by my friend Evan Lenow (Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX). In this 10-week study, Christians are challenged to be prepared to speak biblically about […]

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How to Pray for your Pastor (and his family) during their Vacation

June 27, 2014

I have been looking forward to the upcoming week for some time. It is vacation week! While there are still many things I could be working on if I were here, I am confident they will still be there when I return. And, with all that has been going on, both in ministry and at […]

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Pulling Back the Shades – A Review

April 15, 2014

As a pastor, I remember when the book Fifty Shades of Grey came out. While I was not at all surprised about the overall popularity of the book at a cultural level, I was surprised about the reports I was hearing of Christian women reading the book. I was similarly discouraged with the multitude of Facebook posts […]

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Book Review – Uncovered: The Truth about Honesty and Community

April 7, 2014

When a book strikes a nerve with me, it is usually for one of three reasons: 1. I strongly agree with the author and sense a kindred spirit. 2. The author touches a subject where God is stretching me and I feel the pain of that stretch (usually through conviction). 3. I strongly disagree with […]

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Highway to Hell – Telling the Untold Story

March 12, 2014

In a way that only a journalist could, Matt Roper, in Highway to Hell – The Road Where Childhoods are Stolen, tells the horrors he and Canadian county music singer Dean Brody discovered as they sought to expose the sex trafficking taking place along Brazilian highway BR-116, a road that traverses over 2800 miles near the eastern coast […]

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What Can You Accomplish in a Half Hour?

February 11, 2014

What can you accomplish in a half hour? The answer may well be, “more than you are currently accomplishing in an hour…or more.” In His new book, The Power of a Half Hour: Taking Back Your Life Thirty Minutes at a Time, pastor and author Tommy Barnett seeks to help people become better stewards of their […]

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Review – Clear Winter Nights by Trevin Wax

December 26, 2013

Upon writing this review, of Clear Winter Nights (Multnomah, 2013) by Trevin Wax, there are two disclaimers I should give upfront. First, I don’t like reading fiction. And, second, Trevin is my friend.  The first issue probably shouldn’t have too much impact on this, for, if the book turned out to be really good fiction, then […]

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Great Joy For All Men – Even in Pain and Suffering

December 25, 2013

(I apologize for the length of this post. I shared this message at our Christmas Eve Service last night at Central Baptist Church.) Perhaps this year, more than ever before, I have been aware of those who are facing all manner of pain, suffering and sorrow this Christmas season. I have a great uncle and […]

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What has Philippi to do with Philly?

December 23, 2013

Joseph H. Hellerman is concerned that leadership structures in local churches look more like Fortune 500 companies than the servant-leadership model embodied by Jesus and exhorted by Paul. To discover a much-needed corrective, Hellerman researched the Roman honor-system culture that existed as the cultural backdrop when Paul wrote his letter to the Philippian church. What […]

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Good Preachers Are Growing Preachers

November 11, 2013

Whether you are a new preacher or a seasoned veteran, there is always room to grow. And, in order to help us grow as faithful servants and communicators, there are all kinds of resources available – websites, blogs, videos, books, etc. The challenge is often finding the time to put those resources to work. In […]

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