Fine books on preaching/leadership

Preaching courses are absolute essential courses in seminary but seem to be given lower priority today in place of leadership. Here are a few of my favorite books on practical ministry that I think are absolutely excellent. On preaching: Haddon Robinson, Biblical Preaching, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001). Donald R. Sunukjian, Invitation to Biblical …

What books have shaped your life?

Everyone has either person(s) or books that have greatly shaped who they are inside and how they think and carry out their personal live.  I’ve read many books throughout my Christian life and studies but not everything have necessarily shaken me up to the core and changed the way I think and behave; however, these …

Can small churches be strategically small?

Is your church too big?  Maybe think about downsizing. What?!  Why would you want to get smaller when churches are thinking of ways of how to grow?  Author Brandon J. O’Brien in his new book, The Strategically Small Church (Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2010) thinks that small churches have advantages that large churches do not …

Missional church: Church When the Maps Have Changed

Alan J. Roxburgh, one of premier authorities on the missional church today spoke at Montreal Diocesan Theological College at a clergy conference, Sept. 26-28, 2010. There were seven lectures on the topic: Church When the Maps Have Changed (link). Lecture #1 | Lecture #2 | Lecture #3 | Lecture #4 | Lecture #5 | Lecture …

Book giveaway: Romans commentary

Marc Cortez, who blogs at Scientia et Sapientia, is giving away a commentary on Romans by Douglas Moo. If you're like me and you can't afford to purchase too many commentaries, go there and enter the contest.  Yes I do hope to win.

Tyndale Seminary Online Reading Room

Tyndale Seminary Online Reading Room webpage has links to numerous biblical-theological resources that conveniently links to google books.  You'll find links to Karl Barth, Bonhoeffer, Lesslie Newbigin, Moltmann, plus more. Christian Book Distributors (CBD) has come out with two new sets: Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics (Hendrickson, 2010) (not yet released but can pre-order) Calvin's Commentaries …

Some books on the missional church

I’ve recently finished reading two books on the missional church.   These two books have been my foundational readings about the missional church. Craig Van Gelder. The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit (Baker, 2007). Craig Van Gelder, editor. The Missional Church and Leadership Formation: Helping Congregations Develop Leadership Capacity (Eerdmans, …

Your Church is Too Small

Your Church is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ’s Mission is Vital to the Future of the Church Author: John H. Armstrong Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010 ISBN: 9780310321149 First, I wish to thank the good people at Zondervan for sending me this book to review.  This book is likely the challenging book I’ve …

What will the next evangelicalism look like?

I've finished reading  The Next Evangelicalism (InterVarsity Press, 2009), authored by Dr. Soong-Chan Rah.  As an Asian Christian reading a book written by another Asian Christian, I can say that I've been having a very tough time digesting it. I was almost scared to keep reading because Rah goes direct and head-on, no holds-barred, with …

Reading: The Shack by William P. Young

I have been reading the best-selling Christian novel, The Shack, authored by William P. Young (2007).  I am just about done reading it and I'm finding it extremely engaging and stimulating.  I heard much about the book before but never ventured to get into it until recently.  I heard the author speak at a conference …

Just bought some new books to read

I already have a bookshelf full of unread books.  I don’t know why, but tonight, I went to browse around the bookstore and was driven to pick up a few more to add to my collection of unread books.  I hope I can justify my purchase.  Here’s what I bought and why I got them: …

Was Jesus’ persecution extraordinary?

Dr. Craig A. Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University (Nova Scotia, Canada).  Dr. Evans believes that Jesus’ punishment at the hands of the Roman soldiers who mockingly ridiculed him as a “king of the Jews” was actually nothing out of the ordinary.  In his opinion, …

Do we need a simple spirituality?

I've just finished reading Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World (IVP, 2008), written by Christopher L. Heuertz.  I heard Heuertz speak last month at the MissionsFest 2010 Conference in Edmonton, Canada.  After listening to him speak, I was impressed by his spirituality and found myself wanting to learn more from him …

Number of books to read for 2010

I was just doing a little inventory of how many books I managed to read since completing seminary in November 2008. From then until the end of 2009, my count of theological books read is 25. This was more than I had thought so I have to be happy with that. My goal for this …

Martin Luther’s Here I Stand – free download

FYI, there a free download of Martin Luther's Here I Stand, a 24-minute recording by Max McLean. Download it by November 1.HT: TC We just celebrated Reformation Sunday this morning, and showed our youth a clip from the Luther movie Joseph Fiennes (2003) during confirmation class.