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?
As a new Student Pastor, one of the first things I've gotten the chance to do is visit the local schools and see some of the kids during their lunch period. I spent a lot of time observing the students, trying to pay attention to how, and why, they do what they do today. As I… Continue reading The Tech-Wise Family (Book Review)
You’ve probably been there. Whether it’s in a big stadium while attending a conference, or a small, rural church while attending a church service, most of you have experienced what many have nicknamed “The Altar Call.” The preacher has just gotten up and spent thirty or forty minutes delivering a sermon, but before he goes,… Continue reading The Pulpit Call