Sometimes you see a book that you know you need to read. Gospel Fluency was once of those books for me. It was not about knowing more about the gospel. It was about knowing the gospel in such a way that it changes you. It works powerfully within us and flows freely from us. Gospel … Continue reading Becoming Gospel Fluent: The Gospel Fluency Handbook
As 2017 comes to a close, I decided to review the top 5 posts from Declare & Display. I started blogging a little over a year ago out of a desire to declare and display the gospel in all of life. I wanted to speak to the issues of disciple-making, engaging culture, and church planting. … Continue reading Top 5 Posts of 2017
How can the church be faithful in its mission to bear witness to Jesus Christ in our secular age? Are we asking the right questions? Do we really understand the context in which we are serving? How can we communicate the gospel in a way that addresses the real concerns and questions of this generation? … Continue reading Book Notes: Our Secular Age
Jarvis Williams and Kevin Jones have given Southern Baptists, and any denomination with ears to hear, a great gift in Removing the Stain of Racism From the Southern Baptist Convention: Diverse African-American and White Perspectives. It is the gift of honest reflection and thoughtful responses to the removing the stain of racism from the Southern Baptist Church. … Continue reading Book Notes: Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention
It is easier to see the digital speck in the eyes of others than to see the digital log in my own eye! Serving in student ministry offers a front row seat to the possibilities and dangers of the digital age. I picked up 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke because I want … Continue reading Book Review: 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke
Friendship. What comes to your mind when you hear that word? You might be painfully aware of your lack of friends. Or you may be grateful to be thriving in healthy, biblical friendships. Most likely, you find yourself somewhere in between these two options. You probably have some friends, some you might even consider close. Most likely, you've experienced some of the challenges and joys of friendship. If you are anything like me, you've felt the need to be a better friend and have wondered if your friendships are all they should be, all that God desires them to be. If any of this fit your experience, The Company We Keep by Jonathan Holmes will help you better understand, pursue, cultivate biblical friendships.
As The Shack comes comes to the big screen, I hope we will not only discern its error but that we will also discern the opportunity it provides us to share about our God who draws near to us in our suffering and speaks to us through His Son and the Scriptures.
You’re going to want to pick up a copy of Gospel Fluency. Jeff Vanderstelt has done the church a great service with this book. If you are looking for a book that will encourage you and equip to share the gospel more, this book will do it. However, it is also more than that. Gospel Fluency calls us to know, rehearse, and be immersed in the gospel so that it works in us and flows from us.
On my reading list this year are a number of books on friendship. This stems from both a personal and ministry interest. The older I get the more I recognize the value of meaningful friendship. I have experienced the joy of these friendships countless times over the course of my life. I have also experienced … Continue reading Book Notes: True Friendship by Vaughan Roberts