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
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
I like coffee. I like reading. I like drinking coffee while reading. I like drinking coffee while reading things that stir my heart and mind to delight in, declare, and display the gospel in all of life. Each Saturday, I will be posting three links that aim to do just that. Perhaps as you enjoy your Saturday … Continue reading Coffee Reading: Links that Stir Your Heart and Mind (3/18)
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.
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.
Allberry’s goal is to help Christians navigate through a world that is consistently at odds with the teaching of the Bible and the church regarding homosexuality. He answers important and tough questions while offering biblical and wise counsel about marriage, singleness, sexuality, and same-sex attraction.
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
Some of these books are written with teenagers in mind, many of them are relatively short and accessible, but all of them are worth every teenager reading. Additionally, I think these books provide a helpful guide for student ministers as they seek equip and send out students for the gospel.