Tag Archives: Books

What I’m reading…

It has been said that “a teacher that ceases to learn ceases to teach” or “teachers are life long learners.”  You can also tell a lot about a person or at lest their current state by observing what they are reading or in other words, “their teachers.”

So I just wanted to let you peer into my life and mind a little by sharing what I’m reading at the moment.  I frustrate my wife in how I read.  One, I read slowly or at least much slower than her.  Two, I always have 4 – 6 books on the hook and 3 – 4 waiting in the wings.  Here’s what I’m chewing on:


The Normal Christian LifeThe Normal Christian Life – Watchman Nee




The WatchersThe Watchers – Mark Andrew Olsen






Finding Organic ChurchFinding Organic Church – Frank Viola




the rabbit and the elephantThe Rabbit and The Elephant – Tony & Felicity Dale, George Barna




Organic LeadershipOrganic Leadership – Neil Cole






So Beautiful – Leonard Sweet

From Eternity to Here – Frank Viola

Organic Community – Joseph R. Myers

Atlantis– David Gibbins


What are you reading?


Me, Erwin, Jesus & Java…

JavaJust so you know where my head is right now, I’m in my Tuesday Office meeting with Erwin McManus and Jesus.  OK, Erwin is not actually, physically here.  I am so excited about my devotional and study time.  The other day I was in the bookstore picking out a couple of things to read.  I felt really drawn to a specific author, Erwin McManus, who is the Lead Pastor of Mosaic.  Something in me got excited like me and Jesus were about to embark on a great journey.  So I am stoked.

Go pick up a copy of one of Erwin’s books.  It will bless you or maybe I’m just on my own little trip.

What good books have you read lately?

What do you think?

im-ok-youre-not.jpgI am currently reading a book called I’m OK – You’re Not: The Message We’re Sending Nonbelievers and Why We Should Stop, which I’ll write about after I’ve finished it.  However,  I would like to pose a question that it has raised and see what you think.  Here it goes.  What is more important, to love people or get them saved?  Does the great commandment trump the great commission?  Should we pay more attention to the Great Commission than the Great Commandment?  (Matthew 22:37-39; Mark 12:33; Matthew 28:18-20)  OK, that’s maybe 3 questions or the same 3 ways.  So, what do you think?  Please Comment.

How an Atheist ministered to me…

You ever thought about what goes through the minds of some people?

As christian leaders, this is the question.  This has to be “the question.”  We have to evaluate our ministry based upon this question. 

When someone walks through the doors of our church it is our job to remove as many obstacles as we can between that person and them having an encounter with God.  There is much about what we do as Christians that makes no sense to an unbeliever.  There is frankly much that we do in church that makes no sense to unbelievers.  We have to ask ourselves, as we look at what we do, what would an unbeliever think?  Would this be an obstacle to them or would this help them encounter Jesus. 

I believe a sign of maturity is when our attention turns from ourselves and how we want it in our churches to the needs of others, especially unbelievers.  Paul told the church in Colossee to be wise in how they act toward those outside the faith.  Colossians 4:5  He also tells us that we need to be mindful of the needs of others. Philippians 2:4  We have to ask ourselves what the needs of unbelievers are when we are ministering to them.  What goes through their minds?  If we are wise this will affect how we do what we do.

jim-casper.jpgSome food for thought.  How an Atheist ministered to me…  Take a look at this little book by Jim Henderson & Matt Casper called “Jim & Casper Go To Church.” Jim is a Christian / retired pastor and Casper is an Atheist.  They team up and travel the US visiting 12 well known Churches documenting their experiences at and their reactions to each one.  This is an easy and interesting read.  It will cause you to take a look at what we do in our western Christian Churches and if we really know what is on the minds of those who we say we want to reach with the love of Jesus.   Read this book!

Book Recommendation…


500 Questions to get your teens talking.

Kevin Mahaffy Jr.

Kevin Mahaffy’s BookIf you are a parent, Youth Pastor, Sunday School teacher, or spend time talking to teens then this book is for you.  When you are not a teenager any more, it can be hard to know how to start discussions.  This book will be an excellent tool to help in your ministry. 

You can purchase it at these online stores: (click one of the links)




For more information about the author, check out Kevin’s MySpace. (click here)