The best non-fiction Christian books of 2017. Who made the cut?
Many Evangelicals have been positively impacted by the work of Eugene Peterson. One of the Church's modern sages, Peterson is the author of many books that occupy the shelves of pastors, church leaders, and laypeople alike. His Bible translation, The Message, has been read and used by many. His writing ministry's influence is pretty much undeniable.… Continue reading As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Book Review)
Anyone with novice familiarity with Christianity knows the ins and outs of its origin story, whether five to ninety-five years old. We all easily recall to mind the show-stopping encounter between the serpent and the woman, Eve, as he lured her into breaking God's one commandment to avoid the forbidden fruit. What was it that… Continue reading Immeasurable (Book Review)
It was not the beginning of the book, or the end of the book, that stopped me in my tracks, but the middle. Jim Scott Orrick, one of the writers of Encountering God Through Expository Preaching, tells a quick story of surveying audiences about what mode helped lead them to Christ: "How many of you… Continue reading Encountering God Through Expository Preaching (Book Review)
I recently sat down one on one with a handful of pastors, serving in various ministry contexts, to have the proverbial kitchen sink thrown at me when it comes to student ministry. What is it? What works, and what doesn't? What do I need to know? What would they do with what they know now?… Continue reading As You Go (Book Review)
To try and succinctly describe what it means to live the Christian life in a few words is an impossible task. It's nearly just as impossible in only one hundred words. Most people would struggle to do so, in all reality, in only one hundred pages. That's because Christian growth is a tricky thing —… Continue reading How Does Sanctification Work? (Book Review)
If we read enough, we are fortunate to find very few books that expound on problems we don't often experience ourselves, and offer advice we are already taking. Then there are many books that we draw wisdom from, though it is specially applied to our own context and situation; while we see the author's point… Continue reading Recapturing the Wonder (Book Review)
I remember walking into youth group that Wednesday night around a decade ago. I was so excited about the evening’s upcoming events. As a church, we had been advertising this night heavily, encouraged on multiple occasions to make sure we invite our friends to be a part of what we were doing. There was more… Continue reading Is Inviting People to Church Enough?