Do you find yourself pondering questions about the nature of God? Do His divine attributes sometimes make you stop and scratch your head? I’m one of those type people who can say I’m exhausted, get into bed, and then lie awake for hours thinking of how God can know the future. How does that work? Where does free will come into play? If these type questions are intriguing to you, then this classic work by Arthur Pink will certainly be a treat. At just over 200 pages, “The Sovereignty of God” is a thorough, if not comprehensive examination of the doctrine of God’s absolute sovereignty. I must warn you, that Pink is a no-nonsense type author. There is no sugar-coated theology and there are no Sunday school answers in this book. From the first chapter to the final sentence, Pink takes you on a direct journey to understanding God’s absolute freedom over His creation to do with it whatever He pleases. Continue reading
It seems that nothing in our country has changed quite so quickly as the way we think about gender and sexuality. Concrete terms like male and female are no longer acceptable. It’s become so muddied that Facebook now allows you to customize your particular gender identity. You can be male, female, agender, bigender, intersex, transgender, transsexual, non-binary, gender fluid, and many more. Society is telling us that if gender exists, it is a fluid concept that is moldable to your liking. Continue reading
Bill Hull is a discipleship guru. If you are serious about being a disciple and making disciples, pick up any of his books here and eat it up. He also has some free ebooks over at discipleship.org. But his latest book is Conversion and Discipleship: You Can’t Have One Without The Other. This book packs a punch by straightening out many misunderstandings of the gospel, helping people see the process of discipleship, and encouraging leaders to disciple others.
Here are 8 quotes that I found to be particularly powerful. Continue reading
Hello. My name is Josh Watford and I’m a “small” church youth pastor.
I put small in quotation marks because small is bigger than you might think. From several different sources, we have found out that the average sized church has around 75 people sitting in the pews on Sunday mornings. My church has more than that, however, most people would still call it a small church. Other studies have found that the average youth group size is 8. I have more than that yet many people would still call it small. Continue reading
Henard, Bill. Can These Bones Live?: A Practical Guide to Church Revitalization. Nashville: B&H Publishing. 2015.
Ezekiel 37 is among the most well known passages of the Old Testament. God gives Ezekiel a vision of a valley of bones. These bones were particularly dry, signifying they had been there for a long time. As they are walking around the valley, God asked Ezekiel “Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel answered, “Oh Lord God, you know.” Dr. Bill Henard applies this Scripture to dying churches. In his book, Can These Bones Live?: A Practical Guide to Church Revitalization, he answers the question of the title with a resounding “yes!” Pastors who go into churches that are dying or declining may feel an overwhelming sense of inadequacy for the task at hand. Dr. Henard again reminds all pastors that they are inadequate, but with the Spirit of God and the instruments that He works through, a church can live again. Continue reading
This month I want you to seriously consider picking up a copy of Jonathan and Paul Feinberg’s Ethics For A Brave New World. Allow me a few moments to explain why.
In our culture today believers are faced with a myriad of complex ethical issues. How should we respond to Continue reading
If you’re like me you’ve found yourself utterly disappointed with most books about marriage. Some are far too academic to be used in normal church settings. Others are far too shallow and fail to provide anything meaningful and substantial. Still others are doctrinally impotent and portray marriage as the key to happiness and sustainability as a person. All in all I’ve too often found myself finishing whatever is the newest, most heavily-publicized marriage book written by the sexiest and trendiest personality in evangelical life, only to feel the same way I do after I eat gas station sushi: still hungry and just a little nauseous. Continue reading
Over the past few years my interest in the Bible and for knowing God’s word has grown by leaps and bounds. I reached a point in my life where I was no longer content with just a surface level knowledge of the Bible stories. God’s grace began to lead me to hunger for the core of the gospel. Dr. James R. White’s book, The God Who Justifies, is a comprehensive study of one of the most central doctrines of all Christendom: The doctrine of justification. Dr. White is the director of Alpha and Omega ministries, an elder at Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, an accomplished debater, and one of my personal favorite Bible scholars. He is also the author of dozens of books on topics ranging from the Trinity, the King James only controversy, Roman Catholicism, among many others, including this book on the doctrine of justification. Continue reading
Want an enjoyable read on what life was like in the world of the New Testament? If so, I gladly commend to you James Jeffers book The Greco-Roman World Of The New Testament Era. In chapter 1 he masterfully pulls you into this world by inviting you to be a dinner guest in the home of a prominent 1st century Jew. He then plunges into by an easy to understand survey of the history which led up to the development of the Roman Empire as it was known in the New Testament era. Continue reading