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Small Groups With Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities

There are, in every industry, certain books that serve as cornerstones - manuals of the trade, if you will. If you want to fix a car, you buy a Chilton's Guide. If you're working in any psychology-related field, you need a DSM-IV manual. And if you're in small group ministry, ministry leadership, or you simply want your own small group to thrive, you need to have the new industry standard manual, Small Groups with Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities. Steve Gladen, …

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Every Pastor Should Read ‘Note to Self’

"Preaching it" is easier than living it. This creates significant problems when our speaking talent outweighs our personal character. Therefore, it is imperative that we, as shepherds, shepherd ourselves - that we hear the Word, do the Word, and preach to ourselves first. That's why I love Joe Thorn's book Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself (Re: Lit Books). We often buy books to help us prepare sermons. You should buy this book to help prepare yourself. …

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Saying “Yes” and Saying “I Surrender”

are pretty much the same when it comes to our life with God. I'm not sure why this thought didn't occur to me until I watched this video from Kay Warren... You can read more in Kay's book, Say Yes to God: A Call to Courageous Surrender. Jim Carrey made a movie called Yes Man in which he makes a commitment to say "yes" to every opportunity that comes along, no matter what it is (no, I'm not endorsing the movie). He learns this technique for living from a sort of …

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Is Money a god or a Gift?

Jamie Munson tackles that very question in his book, Money - God or Gift. Jamie's book is intended for use as a Bible study for either small groups or individuals. The really good side of the format is that Jamie gets right to the point in every chapter with a biblical principle and real life illustrations. This book is for people who love money, hate money, new Christians, old Christians, and people who don't have a relationship with Christ at all. It's both biblical and …

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Mini-Book Release: Using Twitter for Ministry

I've had this thought for a year now, I'd love to release a little book with some information on using Twitter for Ministry, but a hectic schedule has prevented me from doing so. But here it is - Twitter for Ministry. I recount the story of how Twitter has affected my own life and a few of the unique opportunities that have opened up as a result of using it. I also offer some basic "getting started" tips, some guiding principles, and some explanation about how I'm using …

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Books for Depressed Dummies

I don't mean to be insensitive, I promise, but I couldn't help but laugh when I saw this workbook in a local bookstore. The subtitle should read, "Just in case you weren't depressed enough already, let us remind you just how dumb you are." The branding seems a bit... off. I mean, PHP/MySQL/Apache for Dummies works, but I'm not so sure this strikes me with as much confidence. Nonetheless, if you are in the market... Books for Depressed Dummies …

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Attention: The Priceless Commodity of Marketing

I won a book, Attention! This Book Will Make You Money!. It's a book about how to use attention-getting online marketing to increase your revenue, by Jim Kukral. I read it in a couple of hours and it held my attention throughout, which is a really good start for a book on this topic! Jim tells a pretty neat story about his attempt to get the attention of a well-known wealthy guy you may have heard of before - Mark Cuban. It worked, and it's one of dozens of great examples …

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All Your Pastor Wants for Christmas

Disclaimer: I don’t know your Pastor (probably) and so I can’t say for sure he wants any of these things, much less that he wants these things exclusively, but I thought I’d take a stab at saying here’s what, in my estimation, many Pastors would love to have… if you’re looking for ideas. A Kindle! I don’t have a Kindle, but I do use the Kindle iphone app and if I buy books for myself, I buy them in this format. Why? I can read them anywhere. I can highlight things, add …

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Finding Faith at the Top of Mount Everest

Last week, I read The Summit: Faith Beyond Everest's Death Zone and I must say, it was a cliffhanger! Eric Alexander took a team of people to the peak of Mount Everest, including a blind man. Then, I got to interview Eric about his book (you'll hear that when we launch the Pastors.com podcast soon), and I can tell you, Eric is one exciting guy to talk to. The Summit chronicles a climb as well as the descent and you'll need to get the book to hear all of the amazing …

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When Love Comes to Town – Paul Louis Metzger on John's Gospel

I've preached through the gospel of John a couple of times in my ministry, and each time, I bought more commentaries. The Book of John is pure profundity wrapped in simplicity. It's deeply complex and linguistically simple at the same time. Very few commentaries dive deeper than the simplicity of the text itself. Paul Louis Metzger, however, has done an amazing job of probing not only the gospel of John, but the human heart as well in his new commentary, The Gospel of …

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