Ir-rev-rend: Christianity Without the Pretense

Brandon Books, Church Planting, Culture, Living

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 …


Small Groups With Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities

Brandon Books

There are, in every industry, certain bos 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 …

Note to Self by Joe Thorn

Every Pastor Should Read ‘Note to Self’

Brandon Books

“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 Joe Thorn’s bo Note to Self: The Discip of Preaching to Yourself (Re: …

Money: Gift or God?

Is Money a god or a Gift?

Brandon Books

Jamie Munson tackles that very question in his bo, Money – God or Gift. Jamie’s bo 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 bo is for …