The Center Church Blog Tour – Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Redeemer City to CityThe Center Church Blog Tour is here! Today marks the first day that bloggers across the blogosphere will be posting their reviews of Timothy Keller’s new book, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your CityI’ll keep this list updated throughout the week as more blog reviews surface.

The Center Church Blog Tour

Rusty Modem Blog – This is perhaps the first review of this book to ever go online. Thanks, Rusty!

The High Calling blog - Here’s a great quote from this post: “Center Church is an excellent resource—too extensive to cover in this post. Pastors and lay people alike will find much to consider between these pages. In fact, here at The High Calling we consider it too valuable a resource to allow it to collect dust on our shelf.” They are giving away a copy of the book too!

The Jesus Creed blog (Scot McKnight) – Scot posted once on the measure of a church and just today posted again, specifically about contextualization.

Fundamentally Reformed blog (Bob Hayton)“I recommend that pastors and church leaders everywhere pick up a copy of this important book from Tim Keller. … If we recognize that some sort of “theological vision” exists and undergirds what we do, then focusing on what that vision is and how it is developed will have lasting impact in how we do church in the twenty-first century.” 

Can’t Catch My Breath blog (Dave Kludt)“Keller is a gospel fanatic (in a good way).” 

The Aquila Report“In many ways, this is Keller’s most important work.”

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Thursday Giveaway: Missional Moves by Rob Wegner and Jack Magruder

Rob Wegner, Jack Magruder, Granger Church, Alan Hirsch, Exponential SeriesToday’s giveaway is of the new book, Missional Moves: 15 Tectonic Shifts that Transform Churches, Communities, and the World by Rob Wegner and Jack Magruder. This is the newest book in the Exponential Series. Rob and Jack are on staff at Granger Community Church in Granger, IN. They’ve navigated the rough waters of taking a successful ministry and guiding it – move by move – to become more missionally focused.

This book is a great book for ministry teams to read together. It’s practical, filled with stories, and also filled with concrete research and explanations on ministry transformation. Don’t miss this book especially if you are in the process of planning out the long-term direction for your church. The “moves” Jack and Rob direct you to take are not necessarily quick. “Tectonic Shifts” aren’t always immediately felt, but they have huge results.

We’re going to giveaway two copies to random winners. To enter the giveaway please tell us of a “tectonic shift” that took place in the ministry you’re a part of. Even if it wasn’t immediately felt, can you think back to a certain decision, or a certain “move” that was made in your ministry that made a lasting difference?

Winners will be chosen at random tomorrow. Learn more about the book and download additional resources at 

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The Spiritual Influence Blog Tour

Mel Lawrenz, leadership, discipleshipThe “Spiritual Influence” Blog Tour

The blog tour is this week! I’ll be keeping a list below of the stops on the tour. I will update it as the reviews are posted. So be sure to check back.

Spiritual Influence: The Hidden Power Behind Leadership is a book written for leaders at any level of any organization, or even leaders in the home. This book is about the hidden currents of power behind leadership. It’s about character, wisdom, integrity, and perseverance. This book will help people understand how they can make lasting change in whatever sphere they live in a way that pleases the Lord and connects with the Holy Spirit. Read on for more!

The Blog Tour

  • The Squirrel Factor blog – One of my favorite book reviewers suggests that the book could be read in a small group or taught as a semester-long course. Great idea! (She also includes a mini-rant about the subtitle. If you have an opinion, I’d love to hear it.)
  • MGPC’s Pastor’s Blog (Gary Ware) – In this review a pastor tells us “what he liked” and “what he’s not sure about.” I love the format. It’s so helpful for quick reading. Thanks, Gary.

Spiritual Influence is available in print and as an eBook wherever books are sold.,,, and
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Sign up for the Center Church Blog Tour – Timothy Keller

This blog tour is now closed. Sorry if you missed out! Please check back for more opportunities to get a free copy of Center Church in the future.

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And the winners are…

David Clinkscales and Al Doyle! Thanks to everyone who shared a funny “churchland” story on yesterday’s post. I was seriously cracking up as I read them today. Oh, the shenanigans that happen in churchland…

David and Al: I’ll contact you via email and ship you the books. Thanks!


Thursday Giveaway: Adventures in Churchland by Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball, organized religion, rockabillyThe Thursday giveaway is back! We’ve been on blogging hiatus for a few weeks, but as the summer begins to draw to a close (I know, I’ve said that too soon) we’ll be back in the giveaway mode every Thursday.

Today I’d like to giveaway two copies of Dan Kimball’s new book, Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion.  I think Mark Batterson described this book best when he said:

“If you don’t like the church, or if you’re thinking about leaving, please read this book first. Dan’s stories will make you laugh, make you think, and make you appreciate the church like never before.”

If you find that the road you travel in ministry keeps taking you into situations in which you have to argue for the goodness and purpose of the church I hope you’ll read this book. Dan will help you think through common objections to church, and in a humorous way, he’ll give you some fresh ideas on how to talk about it with others.

If you yourself are ready to throw in the church towel. Or if you know someone who is I hope you’ll check out this book. Dan was an unlikely convert and his “adventures in churchland” so clearly reveal that despite the messiness of the church, and despite all the messy people in it, God still wants the church and together we serve those around us as he desires. It’s a funny, hopeful book.

For a chance to win a free copy tell us about one of your funny adventures in churchland. Tell us something humorous that only happens to people who go to church. Did someone sit in “your” pew one Sunday and send Grandma into a hissy fit? Did you ever lead the congregation in prayer only to learn later that your fly is down? Have you ever accidentally dumped the communion wafers all over the people in front of you?

No rants please. [We could all probably go on a rant about church at one time or another, but let's keep this post on the positive side.] Two winners will be chosen randomly tomorrow.

Blog Tour Sign Up: Spiritual Influence by Mel Lawrenz

Mel Lawrenz, leadership, discipleship“Mel Lawrenz has given us all a new baseline for leadership that is personal, wise, and spiritual. It spans generations and reaches across cultures. Just think what will happen if believers in positions of influence tie into the wisdom and the power that come from God in order to bring restoration in our broken world!” – Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor, National Community Church

This blog tour sign up is now closed. Sorry! Check back to read the reviews during the week of August 20-24. 

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