GUEST POST: Book Review of “On Pastoring”

The following is a guest post written by Kyle Robertson from NetGalley in review of my new book “On Pastoring” published by Moody Publishers (Available June 7, 2016). Pastor Charles has delivered a fascinating and well written book regarding pastoral ministry. I will begin by letting you know I am not a pastor. I work in […]

Book Review: Bloodlines by John Piper

The following is a guest post by Cameron Triggs, Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. He blogs at Racism: an explicit or implicit belief or practice that qualitatively distinguishes or values one race over other races.  That simple definition presents a complex challenge in this nation and around the […]

REPOST: The Church Is Not Our Cadillac!

During his tenth anniversary, Garrison Keillor told a story (he said it was true) about an experience he had as a teenager. Walking down the sidewalk one day, he saw this unbelievably beautiful woman coming toward him. A stunningly beautiful woman. What could he do? He spied a large, white Cadillac parked next to the […]

Maintaining Spiritual Warmth

Philip Henry’s advice to his daughter: “If you would keep warm in this cold season (January, 1692), take these four directions: 1. Get into the sun; under his blessed beams there are warmth and comfort. 2. Go near the fire. “Is not my word like a fire?” How many cheering passages are there! 3. Keep […]

Why Johnny Can’t Preach

On and between flights today, I read T. David Gordon’s little book, Why Johnny Can’t Preach (P&R Publishers). And it was wonderfully disturbing. Playing off the titles of several classics, Why Johnny Can’t Read and Why Johnny Can’t Write, Gordon argues that media (in the general sense) has shaped the pulpit. Consequently, Gordon argues, many […]

On Being A Servant God

As we begin this new year, I will begin recommending a Book of the Month for our congregation to read, which we will also make available to our members in our church’s resource center. I was considering which book to start with, and in a conversation with our deacon chairman, he mentioned a book that […]

When Grace Transforms

Matthew 5:3-12 records the “Beatitudes” of Jesus Christ, which introduce the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). These eight declarations pronounce divine blessings on those who possess the characteristics of citizens of the kingdom of God. Specifically, Jesus blesses the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for […]

"Watermark: An Explanation of Baptism" by Bob Franquiz

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are symbols of salvation. No, they cannot produce salvation. We are saved from our sins by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. But baptism and Communion are meaningful illustrations and reminders of how God gives sinners new life in Christ. They are not mere memorials. They are fundamental […]

The Pastor’s Public Ministry

I have just finished one of the most helpful and challenging little books on pastoral ministry that I have ever read (For the record, it always seems that whatever I just finished reading is the most important book I’ve ever read.): The Pastor’s Public Ministry by Terry L. Johnson (published by Reformed Academic Press). Terry […]

Good News for Life’s Dead Ends

Here is the book review I wrote in our church newsletter for our August book of the month. I have some books that have shaped my life in powerful and significant ways. I also have some authors who have shaped my life – with practically every book they write or have written. Ron Mehl is […]