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Costly Grace: One of My New Favorite Books on Discipleship

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 to that short list - Jon Walker's Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship. I suppose it's ironic, first of all, that my short list …

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25% Off Two Awesome Blogging Books

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, Darren is offering 25% off his two ebooks, both of which are must-have's for anybody who is even halfway serious about the art of blogging. To get the discount, enter …

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7 Ways to Outlive Your Life

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 permanent. Lucado begs the question over and over again, what are you doing to outlive your life? What are you doing that matters in eternity? How are you investing yourself …

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21 Things Pastors Need to Know About Porn

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 pornography, and how they can find hope and help. It's written by Craig Gross and Jason Harper, both a part of XXXChurch, a radical kind of rescue outreach into the porn …

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

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 what life is all about. They move us away from thinking about methodologies and regulations and back to the idea of just knowing the Person of Christ. One Big …

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A Sweet Gift from My Church Family

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 Church in Rural America, Shannon actually has the gall to challenge our longstanding traditions such as voting on everything and settling for the status quo. He calls …

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Book Review: Why Is God Ignoring Me by Gary Habermas

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 before me. Gary is quite the scholar with an excellent web site full of resources to show for it. He's a skilled apologist and deep intellectual, but this book …

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Book Review: Living Life in the Zone

I've just finished reading through a "40-day spiritual game plan for men" called Life in the Zone (aff link) written by Kyle Rote and Joe Pettigrew. I thoroughly enjoyed moving through the content and believe we need more books written like this one for men in a world where books seem to be overwhelmingly written and marketed for women's tastes and personalities. Here's my review from Amazon's site... Christianity rarely caters to the needs of men well. It seems to some …

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