Leadership that Matters Is All About Conviction

Just two quotes that grabbed me, from Al Mohler’s book The Conviction to Lead: Congregations and Christian institutions need effective leaders who are authentically Christian – whose leadership flows out of their Christian commitment. Wherever Christian...
Books: People-Pleasing Pastors

Books: People-Pleasing Pastors

Charles Stone has that rare gift of knowing and speaking directly to the heart of today’s shepherd-leader about the one big leadership issue we all have but rarely admit – our tendency to want to be liked. He cuts through the fluff and helps us recognize our tendency...
My ONE Big Resolution. Yep, Just One.

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)...
Grace That is Really Grace Is EPIC Grace

Grace That is Really Grace Is EPIC Grace

Most of the books that I read on the subject of grace tackle it from a theological point-of-view in which the subject of grace is systematically defined and expounded upon. And I love books that comprehensively address grace, a topic with which it seems I’m...
Let Go of Some Old Labels and Live a Limitless Life!

Let Go of Some Old Labels and Live a Limitless Life!

I’ve been anticipating the release of my friend Derwin Gray’s new book Limitless Life for many months now. There are books that come along that hold the key to restoration and healing for a great number of people, and I believe this is one of those books....
The Abiding Church: Calling Church Leaders Back to Jesus

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...
Are You Craveable? Is the Jesus In You Irresistible?

Are You Craveable? Is the Jesus In You Irresistible?

Jesus was irresistible. Yes it’s true that the Jewish leaders stirred the crowds to demand his crucifixion. But why? A big part of their motivation was jealousy. They no longer had a monopoly on the religious devotion of the people because this Jesus guy had...
Andy Stanley: The Church Can Be Deep and Wide

Andy Stanley: The Church Can Be Deep and Wide

A little over a year ago, Angie and I started planting Grace Hills Church in northwest Arkansas, and one of our biggest hopes is that it’s a church that unchurched people love to attend. So Andy Stanley’s newest book, Deep & Wide: Creating Churches...
The Church Planting Journey Is Rather Personal

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...
14 Great Books on the Subject of Prayer

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...
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