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Books: People-Pleasing Pastors

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 …

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My ONE Big Resolution. Yep, Just One.

The ONE Thing

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 …

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Grace That is Really Grace Is EPIC Grace

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 …

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

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 - …

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The Abiding Church: Calling Church Leaders Back to Jesus

The Abiding Church

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 …

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Should You Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart?

Stop Asking Jesus

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 …

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Are You Craveable? Is the Jesus In You Irresistible?

Craveable

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 …

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

Writing

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 …

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Andy Stanley: The Church Can Be Deep and Wide

Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley

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 …

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The Church Planting Journey Is Rather Personal

It's Personal by Brian and Amy Bloye

According to Brian and Amy Bloye, the two toughest jobs in the world are raising kids, and raising a church. And both tasks are deeply personal. I'm a better church planter for having read It's Personal. It's now one of the books I'll be pushing at every potential church planter. Why? Several …

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