Why Johnny Can’t Preach

Posted by on Apr 14, 2009 in Book Review, Preaching | 2 comments

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 pulpits in America are filled by men who cannot preach. That is, many...

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On Being A Servant God

Posted by on Jan 14, 2009 in Book of the Month, Book Review, Ministry, Wiersbe | 2 comments

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 the deacons read in training: On Being A Servant of God by Warren W. Wiersbe. And as soon as he mentioned it, I had my book for January....

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When Grace Transforms

Posted by on Jun 27, 2008 in Book Review | 0 comments

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 righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted...

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The Pastor’s Public Ministry

Posted by on Feb 8, 2008 in Book Review, Pastoral Work | 0 comments

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 Johnson pastors the Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah, Georgia. I first heard of Johnson when I was...

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Good News for Life’s Dead Ends

Posted by on Sep 6, 2007 in Book Review | 3 comments

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 one of those authors. In fact, I consider Mehl a good friend who I have only met through his writings. I was introduced to Ron Mehl some years ago through his...

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Facing Your Giants

Posted by on Aug 1, 2007 in Book Review | 0 comments

Young David was just minding his business. Doing his duty. Obeying his father’s orders to take food to his brothers who were soldiers and to find out how the battle with the Philistines was going. But David got more than information. He got involved. With great jealousy for God’s reputation, David faced Goliath when none of Israel’s army dared to accept the giant Philistine’s challenge. Not his big brothers. Not the best of Israel’s fighting...

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