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Passion in the Pulpit

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You might be thinking; “another preaching book?” You are correct, but don’t judge a book by its cover, just yet!

Passion in the Pulpit is another classic resource for preachers who want to understand how to say what they feel compelled to say. This book is similar to those that have come before it, especially from Jerry Vines, but the book addresses the emotions of a preacher and how those should be founded upon and guided by the text, rather than the other way around.

This book is going to be helpful for preachers that need sharpening and refining, which really does include all preachers.

What a preachers feels is important and becomes evident through a sermon. But often, feeling comes first, rather than the passage and perspective from God, according to a given text. This book is a great aid in guiding preachers to the scripture and allowing the scripture to marinate the mind of the preacher first, so that people feel what the text feels, instead of vice-versa.

It’s good to see Jerry Vines, and Adam Dooley collaborating together to provide a resource that is necessary for preachers of all seasons and contexts.

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

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Essential Edwards

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The legacy and faithfulness of Jonathan Edwards lives on for today’s generation to learn from. Billy Graham was affectionately known as America’s Pastor, but before there was Graham, Edwards was.

If one was to read just one volume on the life of Jonathan Edwards, this new volume must be it. The authors have edited 5 categories from the history of Jonathan Edwards and each category is applicable and relevant to learn, listen to, and apply to our lives today.

The due-diligence done by the authors allow readers to see who Jonathan Edwards was, where he came from, and what he came to believe. This resource is not one to be read lightly or candidly. This is something that will take time to digest as the curtain is pulled back on the person and practice of Jonathan Edwards.

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

Equipped to Engage the struggle

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It seems that mental illness is growing in the lives of people in society. What once may have been ignored, overlooked, or just not as rampant, is becoming common.

This review and this book is not an explanation of why this is a growing occurrence, but rather, a tool for understanding how to cope, shepherd and give counsel to those who suffer from various illnesses of the mind.

This is a book that has come along at an opportune time, as many people are struggling with different illnesses and trying to come grips with a new normal. Pastors must be equipped to shepherd, and listen to those who need encouragement and guidance through these specific struggles. Unfortunately, many churches and pastors most likely feel inadequate to do what is necessary, not because of laziness or carelessness, but simply because this is a new territory in many ways.

This is a handy resource that needs to be distributed amongst shepherds, counselors, and teachers of God’s Word.

I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Academic & Ministry Blog Review Service. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Scale of Scholarship

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For older generations, one of the greatest joys leading up to the holidays was the Sears & Roebuck Catalog that came in the mail. This catalog carried everything from tools to toys for the upcoming season. As children, me and my sibling(s), friends and cousins would fight over who got to look through and mark items in the catalog first.

For bible resources, there is a catalog that produces great joy for the one who wants to gander at what is available. This volume is the go-to, hands-on resource for evaluating resources for New Testament scholarship.

The author/editor have condensed resources for every New Testament book into categories that scale the resources into which is best for what type of study the reader is attempting.

It seems that these sort of books may come out every couple of years or every decade, once other commentaries are available. However, this edition will last a while as it sifts through the multiple resources that are available.

The layout, format and usability of this resource will come in handy as students begin to build their library and try to find the best commentaries and resources that address their specific study needs.

This is a FUN book to peruse and will remain that way for years to come.

I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Academic & Ministry Blog Review Service. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

Discipleship by Tozer

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The efforts and impact of A. W. Tozer were simply not wasted. Thanks be to those who were impacted by him and their work to preserve his works for later generations to dwell on.

In this latest collection of sermons, essays and other writings from Tozer, readers will get a feast on what discipleship is for the child of God. Readers can also plan to get a contrast of what discipleship is not and how it disguises itself as the authentic lifestyle of discipleship.

This edition of Tozer’s writings is chalk-full of insight and truth on the life of a Christian. There are many heavy readings to ponder and dwell on so that application can be accurately produced in the life of the reader(s).

This book came highly recommended and it continues to be today and in the days ahead.

Tozer’s pulse on the Christian life is clear, vibrant and accurate, even so for today’s generation & the generations to come.

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

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Forgotten, overlooked, unheard…these words describe the reality for many pastors and their congregations, as they are small congregations that are not on the cutting edge of ministry.

The majority of churches in the United States are represented in this book, yet they seem like the minority as they dwell in the shadows of mega-churches.

First, this book should be read by small church pastors and mega-church pastors. It simply is worth the time of all pastors across the board.

Second, the instruction, encouragement, and practicality of this book make it a worthwhile read. It is more than a tool. This books tells the tale of small churches and why they are significant.

Third, Karl Voters seems to have a keen understanding on the nuts and bolts of ministry and why ministry matters, no matter the size of the congregation.

This is a fantastic read and will be a valuable asset for the days ahead!

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

Tick-Tock

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Sharing Jesus is simple if you simply walk with Jesus. It is not based on who you are or what you do, but it is based on His love and the power of His love to transform you.

This book is brief but impactful as it takes a few chapters to explain the kind of person Jesus was in His interactions with others and how that propelled conversation about grace & truth.

This is an equipping book designed to motivate, inspire and train readers to simply be like Jesus and then speak about Him. This book has practical examples of what this looks like and how it can be achieved by keeping things simple.

The book is designed with short & to-the-point dialogue that does not overwhelm the reader, but overtakes them to do what is suggested.

This is a helpful book for those who are intimidated to share their faith, but also frightened by books that overwhelm them.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. 

Yes & Yes.

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Most people despise being told no, but do not hesitate to answer with no themselves, when being asked a question. Those moments can be paralyzing and numb.

But, when one says Yes to God, there is freedom and joy that is unrivaled and unmatched. This book is story after story of those who said YES to God and began to walk by faith, not by sight.

These stories will move you to consider saying YES and will encourage you to remember the times you did say YES…and what followed afterwards.

This is a book that is inspiring and invigorating to the soul that is slumbered in comfortability. Consider this book a wake-up call to what could be and what should be, if we will say YES, instead of NO.

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review. 

Biblical Leadership

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Leadership has a variety of implications, but biblical leadership implies being motivated through a servant’s heart.

In this book on leadership, there are many looks at what leadership is throughout scripture. The book addresses biblical leadership within the Old and New Testaments, giving readers understanding on leadership lessons.

Most readers will find the New Testament portion better explained over the Old Testament. However, both portions give great insights to what a leader looks like from the heart of God.

Is this book only for the biblical leader on a church staff? No, indeed, not. There are leadership principles for all kinds of leaders who want to influence people and make others thrive. Therefore, school principals, students, interns, business owners would absorb incredible insight from this book.

This is a book that will be read and then repeatedly gleaned from after reading it in its entirety.

I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Academic & Ministry Blog Review Service. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

The In-Between

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In a day where entertainment reigns, suffering still exists. Suffering cannot be extinguished in the lives of people, especially those who follow Jesus. One day, it will be extinguished forever, but until the Day of the Lord, suffering remains an ingredient in life.

Understanding suffering and the redeeming love and power of God is only learned through experience. It is not something that you learn without applying. It is as simple as that, yet so much more easier said than done.

This book is a dialogue that ventures into the world of suffering to see the beauty and majesty of God in the midst of difficulty. This is an honest look at knowing God through suffering and coming out of suffering with a greater faith and a stronger desire for God to be glorified.

This book is not a how-to tool that will show you how to manipulate God or by-pass suffering, but what it is to embrace God in the midst of suffering and to see Him in ways that otherwise you may not.

This is a resource for pastors, counselors, and Christians in general that will serve as a bedrock resource for the days ahead.

Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review.