Monthly Archives: September 2010
Old Testament scholar Brian Webster and licensed counselor David Beach have co-authored The Essential Bible Companion to the Psalms - a book created for everyone in the pews and to be a helpful resource for ministry leaders. It illuminates each psalm with background information, full-color visuals, and affecting reflections and applications. (You may remember I posted something from this book on 9/11.)
See the video interview below with David Beach to learn more about the book. The giveaway information is below that. (I’ve got 5 copies to give away. )
The new issue of Bible Study Magazine is out now and Chuck Swindoll is featured on the cover. They even reviewed Insights on Romans! I’ve included the review below. If you’d like to learn more about this series visit www.SwindollInsights.comInsights on Romans
It’s 64 ad. A tent-maker and Pharisee-turned-apostle is writing a letter encouraging Roman Christians in their faith. Paul is writing what Charles R. Swindoll calls “the first systematic theology of the Christian faith,” “the believer’s constitution,” and “a manifesto of the new kingdom” (pg. 19).
Mark DeYmaz is serious about making the local church diverse. He’s the author of two books on the subject, the newest being, Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity into Your Local Church, with Harry Li. It’s part of the Leadership Network Innovation Series.
Here’s what some others have said about Ethnic Blends:
For those doing the hard and important work of helping to build the ethnically diverse church, Ethnic Blends offers much-needed encouragement and a road map forward. — Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Author, and Professor, North Park Theological Seminary
God called us to reach people, love people, and help people grow in Christ, no matter what their background is. This book helps us to recapture that vision in a powerful way. — Jonathan Falwell, Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church
The Ethnic Blends blog tour will be November 1-5. Sign up here to participate. [Sorry! This blog tour sign up has closed.] If your blog is approved you’ll be sent a FREE copy of the book. Then post your review on Amazon and on your blog. It’s that simple!
(After reading the word “blends” so much is anyone else jonesing for a milkshake?)
In two weeks the Fatherless Generation Blog Tour will begin (October 11-15). Bloggers across the country will be wrestling with the questions found in John Sowers’ Fatherless Generation:
What does it mean for a generation to grow up without Dad? What happens when Dad walks out the door of your life, never to return? What happens when our givers of life give us a lifetime of tears?
John Sowers is the president of The Mentoring Project, a non-profit founded by Donald Miller to help young boys who have no father at home and need Christian mentoring. In the foreword to Fatherless Generation Miller writes:
I really enjoyed our recent blog tour supporting Turning Controversy into Church Ministry. I use the word “enjoyed” because throughtout the blog tour I sensed a genuine desire by all participants to approach the topic of homosexuality with love, respect, and general civility. Truly, that’s a step in the right direction for church ministry to those struggling with same-sex attraction - regardless of your belief on the matter. Thank you all.
On page 17 of Turning Controversy into Church Ministry W.P. Campbell offers us “Ten Ministry Essentials” that set the tone for how to minister to people struggling with same-sex attraction:
1. The best way to avoid extremes is to follow Christ’s example.
2. Churches that blend uncompromised grace and truth are positioned for dynamic ministry.
3. Ministry begins when we connect brokenness in our hearts with brokenness in others.
4. Church leadership is about godly role models, not rights.
This video features a lot of pretty serious imagery: guns, gangs, drugs, suicide, etc. When I saw the first draft of the video I thought “whoa, that’s a little heavy for a book trailer.” But then it occured to me – That’s the point. Fatherless boys have no guide to lead them away from these things.
Does your church have a mentoring program? How does it work?
To learn more read The Fatherless Generation.
Over the weekend Joshua Simpson over at In Defense of Orthodoxy posted “The Modern Tentmaker: The Challenges of a Bi-vocational Pastor”. I read the post (recommended!) and it got me thinking about bi-vocational ministry in general. Here are few sites I’ve been reading in addition to Joshua’s:
What Should a Church Pay Bi-Vocational Pastors? Suite 101 – Crown Financial Ministries seconds Paul’s exhortation, saying, “The Word of God is specific when it says that laborers are worthy of their hire. This means that churches should give the maximum amount of support to their pastors, without jeopardizing the overall financial stability of the church.”
Pastor, Go Get a Job: Four Reasons Church Leaders Should Be Bi-vocational ReveLife – Today, I’m calling on pastors and church leaders to do something really radical, like put your money where your mouths are.
What I Learned from Being a Bi-Vocational Pastor Church Forward, Sam Rainer - They are many, but they get only a fraction of attention given to pastors of larger churches. They receive little recognition, but they are the workhorses of churches that do much of the heavy lifting.
How many of you are bi-vocational ministry leaders? What are your biggest challenges? What are the greatest blessings you’ve received as a result of being bi-vocational?
We just posted this video up of Pete Briscoe talking about his new book, The Surge: Churches Catching the Wave of Christ’s Love for the Nations. This book is part of the Leadership Network Innovation Series and releases in November 2010.
Look for The Surge on shelfve in November, and I’ll also be giving away a few copies here in December.
I love what he says in this video about being a “mission-minded pastor.” What do you think? In your own church, are leaders encouraged to think this way about the Great Commision?