Five Life-Shaping Books

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Last week one of my fellow PS23 contributors sent me one of those annoying Facebook challenges, in this case it was to post a picture of a book that influenced my life, with no explanation, for 5 days.  And while, as a rule, I find things like this annoying, and ignore them, in this case I was intrigued to think through the five books that impacted my life.  I’m a book guy, I always have been (even as a hard partying unbeliever and even as a child) so it was an interesting exercise to think through the 5 books that really affected my life.… Continue reading

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Back to the Basics: The Canon of Scripture

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Back to BasicsMany times when a Christian encounters push back concerning the Faith, it comes in the form of questions and questioning about the Bible. In some of these cases it is a matter of how the Bible came to be recognized, compiled or created. In order to lay some ground work for a better understanding of this subject I would like us to look to the New Testament as an example of how the Bible came to be. The format for this post will be a bit unorthodox as it is presented as a series of questions and answers followed by some recommendations for further study, all for the purpose of taking us Back to the Basics.… Continue reading

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What We Read in 2015

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Maybe you love to read. Maybe you hate to read. Maybe you make time to read. Maybe you try to find every excuse possible to avoid reading. Maybe you start a book and not pick up another book until that one is finished. Maybe you start 15-20 books and only finish half…………..maybe. 🙂

child-readingHowever you slice it, reading is a part of life. For Christians, it is our life because God has given us a book to read: the Bible. So, Christian, you are a reader whether you like it or love it.

Thankfully, God has also given many good teachers who are also writers and that is where this blog post comes from.… Continue reading

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Reviewing Exemplary Spiritual Leadership

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Wragg BookIn Exemplary Spiritual Leadership author and pastor Jerry Wragg takes on the notion of much of modern evangelicalism in the realm of what characteristics and qualifications a man must possess in order to be a leader within the Church. The entire tome works to explain the differences between what God demands and what the world seeks in a leader. In the conclusion Wragg offers the following definition of leadership,

“It is the God-given ability to influence others through the power of a godly life and the wisdom gained in the practice of truth.” (p. 144).

From an experiential perspective, this is perhaps the best definition of the term as it applies to the Church I have come across so far in my Christian walk.… Continue reading

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Thinking About Worship

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Recently I began considering what do we hope to accomplish each week in our corporate gatherings as dispersed local churches. Likewise, I am curious how that activity ought to be related to our individual lives throughout the rest of the week. I worship Psalm 96have chronicled elsewhere how it is I like to revisit books I’ve read, things I’ve learned as a sort of refresher course on any subject. Therefore, staying true to my habit I took another look at a book to help put my thoughts in order. What follows is a combination book-review and lessons learned report on the subject of Worship.… Continue reading

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