Are You Looking for Something Good To Read?

One thing I love to do is resource other people with good books. That means I read a lot and then try to mention some of the best of the bunch in case that will spur other people on in their own reading. To that end, here are a few of the books I’ve read recently, accompanied by miniature reviews. (And, in case nothing here strikes your fancy, I’ve got two other round-ups from 2020: number one and number two.) …

New and Notable Christian Books for January 2020

I’m in the happy position of receiving endless numbers of Christian books. Every month or so I try to sort through them to identify the new books that seem most noteworthy and, therefore, may be of most interest to readers like you. Here is the selection for January 2020, including the publishers’ descriptions. (Note: I’ve skimmed these books, but have not thoroughly read most of them.) To Seek and to Save: Daily Reflections on the Road to the Cross by …

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Looking for Something Good To Read? (10 Book Suggestions)

I spend a lot of time reading. And, for as long as my messed up hands keep me from being able to type as much as I’d like, I’ll be spending even more time reading than usual. Here, in case you’re looking for something good to read, are some of the books I’ve gone through in the past couple of weeks. All of these are general market books, but I do read Christian books as well—it’s just that I tend …

How We Worshipped One Sunday in January

From time to time I like to share one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. In that vein, here is how we worshiped on one January Sunday morning. This week’s cast of characters included Steve as service leader, Paul as preacher, and Allie as music leader. Dwight read the Scripture text and led the pastoral prayer. The band was composed of a piano, and electric guitar, and two female vocalists. Welcome and Call to Worship (Steve) Steve welcomed …

Looking for Something to Read? (Brief Book Reviews)

Every two to three weeks I write a full-length book review, but for only a fraction of the books I actually read. From time to time I like to provide miniature reviews of some of the others. If you are looking for some reading suggestions, here are notes about some of the books I’ve read recently. Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History by Andrew Roberts. Albert Mohler recommended this book on his blog. I promptly bought …

7 New and Notable Books for December

Even late in the year, we continue to see some excellent new books come our way. And, one way or another, most of them make their way to boxes on my front doorstep. I sort through all those books and try to distill them down to some of the most notable. Here are the ones that stood out to me this time around. Systematic Theology by Robert Letham. “This comprehensive systematic theology by a respected theologian covers the whole field …

A Textbook Pastoral Prayer

A couple of Sundays ago, Paul Martin prayed a pastoral prayer at Grace Fellowship Church that I think stands as a textbook example of how a pastor can pray for his people when they gather to worship. If the pastoral prayer is the time for the pastor to intercede before God on behalf of his church, I believe he did so in an especially powerful and effective way that Sunday. Please read and benefit from it. ***** God of Adam, …

Black Friday 2019 Deals for Christians

While there are many places you can go today to find deals on electronics and other big-ticket items, I like to provide a place for Christian retailers to make their deals known to Christians who are trying to kick-start their Christmas shopping. I will update this list regularly throughout the weekend, so check back often. Be sure to check back on Monday for Cyber Monday deals. Amazon Amazon has lots of deals, of course. They have lots of general market …

A Pastoral Prayer

From time to time I like to share an example of a Pastoral prayer that was prayed during a Sunday morning service at Grace Fellowship Church. This one comes from pastor Paul Martin and is based loosely on Psalm 27. *** Promise-keeping, ultra-reliable, fully-engaged God, You are our salvation. You provide nothing but Truth to us. Who are we supposed to be afraid of if you are ours? We admit we have many enemies. Satan is here. We are not sure how he will …

How We Worshipped One Sunday in November

From time to time I like to share one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. In that vein, here is how we worshiped on one November Sunday morning. This week’s cast of characters included Steve as service leader, Paul as preacher, and Allie as music leader. The band was composed of guitar, electric guitar, and bass guitar with one male and two female vocalists. Welcome and Call to Worship (Steve) “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? …