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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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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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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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Small Group Ministry versus Leading a New Kind of Tribe

Traditional small group ministry might seem like a leap ahead of the lecture-based classroom in terms of relationship-building, but the rate of change in our surrounding culture still far outpaces the rate of change within the church. Small group ministry is changing. Again. And Rick Howerton, one of the few guys I read religiously concerning group life has written an excellent guide for embracing this change in his new book, A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small …

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The Church Planting Journey Is Rather Personal

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 reasons. Calling is key, and while many books talk about church planting models and methods, few focus on the foundation, which is what matters when the going gets tough. They …

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ReWritten: Exchanging Your Story for God’s Story

A year and a half ago, I met Bruce and Heather Moore. I had somehow caught wind of their story and was so inspired that we invited them out to California to attend Saddleback's leadership conference. Bruce had served on staff at two different suburban megachurches, but God had called he and Heather into a new ministry venture leading a dying church. Their new congregation in downtown Tampa had one year to live, and over that year, God worked a miracle through their leadership …

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14 Great Books on the Subject of Prayer

I'm wrapping up a message series on the subject of prayer this Sunday, and I've grown in my personal prayer walk as a result of preaching it. I've learned from some great sources and wanted to pass along a list of my favorites... Handle with Prayer: Unwrap the Source of God's Strength for Living by Charles Stanley Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer by E. M. Bounds With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew …

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How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven

... and other ministry training. Michael Cheshire had me at the title! I like to laugh, and I enjoy comedy, but there are admittedly very few books that can actually make me laugh out loud. But within the introduction to How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven, I knew I was in for a delightful read! Michael's story is a pretty great one. It's a success story in the church planting sense (just check out the Journey Foothills website), but it's also a Cinderella story. You'll be …

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Throw Off the Leisure Suit: Get Unstuck!

Tony Morgan has released some pretty great books, many of which are available as free ebooks (which are actually books, but with an "e"). He's just released a new follow-up book and it's well worth checking out. Here's his description: The first eBook in this series, The Leisure Suit Trap: 8 Reasons Your Church Is Stuck, focused on why churches are stuck, defining the challenge at hand. This second installment addresses how your church can get unstuck. That leisure suit may …

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Ir-rev-rend: Christianity Without the Pretense

Pastor Rick Warren has often said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and an ounce of pretense is worth a pound of manure." Fake faith is a pet peeve of mine, and it is certainly an issue God addresses rather directly in Scripture. I believe God is serious about it because ultimately, Christianity with pretense hurts the reputation of the gospel. So, it's a huge relief when someone comes clean and speaks with brutal honesty about the Christian …

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