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)
The great British preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones, as usual, made a striking declaration to his audience. “The most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching; and as it is the greatest and most urgent need in the Church, it is the greatest need of the world also.” Of course, I believe Lloyd-Jones is right… Continue reading Verse-by-Verse or Bust?
Burnout. It's a popular topic in pastoral ministry these days, most likely because it is a very real and prevalent topic among our churches today. As someone who works in pastoral ministry, I am already seeing just how easy it is to get burnt out in ministry, how living in a lifestyle of overworking can… Continue reading Book Review: Zeal Without Burnout (Christopher Ash)
Just short of ten years ago, my family closed the heavy metal door to the moving truck. My whole life, in one sense, was being transported across the country to Maryville, Tennessee. In another sense, though, my whole life was staying behind. Growing up in Cut-N’-Shoot, Texas, a population under 1500 residents, had its drawbacks,… Continue reading To Freeman
January 4, 2010. It was a cold day in Atlanta, Georgia, and I had just finished grabbing a bite to eat for dinner and heading toward the Phillips Arena for the evening session of the Passion Conference. I was nineteen at the time, a college freshman who came into town for winter break and to… Continue reading The Joy of Glorifying God — A Tribute to John Piper
The landscape of books on pastoral ministry is so broad that it’s tough to discern what you’re going to get when picking up another book on the subject. You can almost categorize most of these books into simple summary statements: “Care about your leadership more than your people.” “You need the right charisma and strategy… Continue reading Book Review: The Imperfect Pastor (Zack Eswine)
This book review was very special for me. I am in the middle of beginning the process of actually putting my call to ministry into action. I pursued a degree in Audio Production in college, only to pretty much abandon my drive for a studio job to get in the thick of pursuing pastoral ministry.… Continue reading Book Review: The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry (Jared C. Wilson)