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Costly Grace: One of My New Favorite Books on Discipleship

Costly Grace

I have well over 1,000 books in my library, but just a handful come to mind when I think of books that are able to define discipleship well. They would include Jim Berg's Changed Into His Image, Clyde Cranford's Because We Love Him, and of course, Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life. Now, I'm adding another …

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25% Off Two Awesome Blogging Books

31 Days to Build a Better Blog

If you're a blogger, you're probably familiar with Darren Rowse (aka, Problogger). It was his course, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog that really propelled my own efforts at blogging by taking me through an exercise every day for a month to expand my readership and grow my community. Throughout November, …

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7 Ways to Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

I've just finished reading Max Lucado'snewest book, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference, and I feel... challenged! The premise of the book is that we have a choice to do things that will make an impact that outlasts us. Life is a temporary assignment, but the effects of our lives are …

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21 Things Pastors Need to Know About Porn

My Porn Blocker

Just this morning, a book came across my desk, Eyes of Integrity: The Porn Pandemic and How It Affects You, and I devoured it in a matter of hours, not because it was an "easy read" but because it shares a compelling story that rarely gets talked about - what happens to people who consume or produce …

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Jesus Manifesto, by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (Book Review)

Jesus Manifesto

About Jesus Manifesto Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2010 Video Review Jesus Manifesto (Book Review) from Brandon Cox on Vimeo. Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola have written an excellent treatise on returning to Jesus as the core of …

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A Sweet Gift from My Church Family

In the Faith, W. A. Criswell, Jeremiah 33:3

I've spent a long time hunting down every book written by the late W. A. Criswell, and I have all that I know of that he wrote. One thing I have searched for, to no avail, is an autographed copy of his study Bible. So Sunday, Bethel presented me with one!! …

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Cool Stuff For the Weekend – Issue #4

In case you missed it, I released the inaugural edition of the Life Here and There newsletter this week (you can subscribe over on the right), and plan on publishing it once or twice per week in the future. Here are some cool things for your weekend! …

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Book Review (and Giveaway): Transforming Church in Rural America


I grew up in a small, rural community in a small, rural church. I've served as Pastor of small, rural churches as well. So to see that Pastor Shannon O'Dell had written a book on "breaking all the rurals," he had my attention. Upon reading his work, I've been left uncomfortable and disturbed! In Transforming …

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Book Review: Why Is God Ignoring Me by Gary Habermas

Why Is God Ignoring Me?

As a Pastor, I'm often asked the tough questions. One of the biggest is the title and subject of an excellent book, Why Is God Ignoring Me?: What to Do When It Feels Like He's Giving You the Silent Treatment. Having read Gary Habermas' answers, I'm slightly more confident about the next time this question comes …

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I’m Lovin’ My New Bible – It’s Every Man’s Bible


I went to the bookstore yesterday to continue the long-standing debate in my head over which of two study Bibles I was going to buy. This is always a bittersweet decision for me. I enjoy the process, but I want the leather perfectly lined up, the typesetting to be nice, the pages all perfectly centered... you …

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