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Leadership that Matters Is All About Conviction

Just two quotes that grabbed me, from Al Mohler's book The Conviction to Lead: Congregations and Christian institutions need effective leaders who are authentically Christian - whose leadership flows out of their Christian commitment. Wherever Christian leaders serve, in the church or in the secular world, their leadership should be driven by distinctively Christian conviction... If our leaders are not passionately driven by the right beliefs, we are headed for disaster. At …

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Books: People-Pleasing Pastors

Charles Stone has that rare gift of knowing and speaking directly to the heart of today’s shepherd-leader about the one big leadership issue we all have but rarely admit – our tendency to want to be liked. He cuts through the fluff and helps us recognize our tendency to be people pleasers and gives us a practical way back to strong, authentic leadership. Churches will be far healthier whose Pastors and leaders read this book! From the Book's Description Pastors and …

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My ONE Big Resolution. Yep, Just One.

Yep. Just one. I plan on eating better based on what I'm learning from reading The Daniel Plan. I also want to exercise and run. Those are probably typical. I also want to read through the Bible, pray more, lead better, and date my wife like crazy, blog (almost) daily to help ministry leaders, etc., etc., ad infinitum. But... I'm reading a really good book right now called The ONE Thing. The authors point out that there is no such thing as having right "priorities" …

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Grace That is Really Grace Is EPIC Grace

Most of the books that I read on the subject of grace tackle it from a theological point-of-view in which the subject of grace is systematically defined and expounded upon. And I love books that comprehensively address grace, a topic with which it seems I'm never familiar enough. But sometimes, I like to read a book that builds on the foundation of a healthy theology of grace but focuses on grace lived out. Kurt Bubna's book Epic Grace is just that. It's sort of a memoir …

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Let Go of Some Old Labels and Live a Limitless Life!

I've been anticipating the release of my friend Derwin Gray's new book Limitless Life for many months now. There are books that come along that hold the key to restoration and healing for a great number of people, and I believe this is one of those books. Derwin addresses a subject near to all of us - labels. Some are good, many are bad, and because of our broken nature, we tend to allow the negative to stick hard and long. But God has other plans. He has other labels for …

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The Abiding Church: Calling Church Leaders Back to Jesus

When I first moved back to northwest Arkansas to plant a church, not everyone understood. Even quite a few church leaders wondered why the neighborhood needed another church. But Nate Sweeney embraced us and has encouraged us all along the way. I so appreciate his ministry in northwest Arkansas, and I'm excited about the release of his first book, The Abiding Church. Nate Sweeney has walked through a plethora of leadership issues in his young life, transitioning a church …

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Should You Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart?

According to J. D. Greear, yes! And J. D. is an expert on the subject, having asked Jesus into his heart thousands of times. I remember leading a fifteen-year-old student through the gospel, which he knew quite well already, and then in receiving Christ by faith. He knew in his head, felt in his heart, and decided in his will to trust Jesus, repenting of his sin. I welcomed him into God's family, congratulating him on his new faith in Jesus. His mother held up her hand …

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Are You Craveable? Is the Jesus In You Irresistible?

Jesus was irresistible. Yes it's true that the Jewish leaders stirred the crowds to demand his crucifixion. But why? A big part of their motivation was jealousy. They no longer had a monopoly on the religious devotion of the people because this Jesus guy had come along and was stealing the show... and the crowds. There was something different about Jesus. He was the life of every party He attended. He was always the giver, the encourager, the healer. And as a result of His …

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I’m Taking the Plunge – I’m Writing a Book

I'm planting a new church, we're expecting our third child, and I'm still working on building a global community of Pastors. May as well write a book, too. I was recently approached by an Editor with Passio, the newest imprint of Charisma House Publishing. My good friend, Artie Davis, has just completed writing on his first book, Craveable, with Passio as well as a few other authors I know. I identify strongly with Passio's stated goal: Aiming to reach contemporary-minded …

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Andy Stanley: The Church Can Be Deep and Wide

A little over a year ago, Angie and I started planting Grace Hills Church in northwest Arkansas, and one of our biggest hopes is that it's a church that unchurched people love to attend. So Andy Stanley's newest book, Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend caught my attention. I pre-ordered it and devoured it once it arrived. I found the book to be both deep... and wide. Andy opens with the deeply personal side of how North Point Ministries …

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