Brian Croft on the External Call to Ministry

A while back, I blogged about a book on visiting the sick by a faithful Louisville pastor I know named Brian Croft.  It’s a delight to share with you that Brian has written another practical ministry book on the external call to ministry.  It’s entitled Test, Train, Affirm & Send into Ministry (DayOne, 2010).  It [Read More...]

What Is the Gospel, and Why Care?

Greg Gilbert’s brand-new What Is the Gospel? (Crossway–IXMarks, 2010) is dynamite.  Pick this book up to remind yourself of the essential of the essentials.  A short (127pp), small, readable, punchy text, What Is the Gospel? dispels the cloudiness surrounding the exact character of the gospel today.  Pastors, disciplers, Bible study leaders, and many others would [Read More...]

Book Alert: Josh Harris on Theology; Carson, Moo, Naselli on the New Testament

Josh Harris has just released Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why it Matters (Multnomah, 2010).  I am working my way through it and finding it a rewarding read.  The purpose of this book: to communicate the need for a deeper walk with God, a theologically rich way of life.  This is an [Read More...]

The Crusades, Church Architecture, and Liberty University’s Strangest Student

Hunter Baker has a post up at Evangel on Rodney Stark’s new book on the crusades, God’s Battalions.  Here’s what he says about the book by way of description: Rodney Stark’s God’s Batallions is an outstanding book designed to help the educated reader (not only the academic reader) understand the Crusades.  You know the routine. [Read More...]

Books on Tap: Morley, Wax, Carson, Cole, Beale, and The Essential Edwards Collection

I’ve received some books recently, and have a minute at present to quickly pass on word about them.  I’m no expert on any of the books or subjects covered below, but I do love books, and it’s fun to try to let others know of possibly edifying works. First, Patrick Morley’s Pastoring Men came out [Read More...]

Book Reviews: Chabon on Men, Crawford on Work

Time for one of my favorite things to do: briefly review books.  It’s tough to do this in the midst of the academic semester.  I’ve got two critically acclaimed bestsellers for you today, each of which I review in summary fashion. First up is Michael Chabon’s very recent Manhood for Amateurs (HarperCollins, 2009).  Chabon is [Read More...]

Words from the Fire: Mohler’s Latest Challenges Church and Culture

Al Mohler has word out about his latest book, Words from the Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the 10 Commandments (Moody, 2009).  On his website, he gives a teaser from the book’s introduction that caught my attention: The great philosophical crisis of our day is an epistemological crisis – a crisis of knowing [Read More...]

Books to Buy: Dockery on SBC and Dutcher on Idolatry

Two books to highlight in this installment of Books to Buy.  This is not a review post, but a quick summary designed to put good books on your radar screen. The first is Union University president David Dockery’s new Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future (Crossway, 2009).  The text is an edited [Read More...]

Coming Very Soon: The Accidental Billionaires

This looks like an interesting book: The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook.  Not so much the sex part that seems a part of the story, but the founding of Facebook part.  It’s out in mid-July 2009. Here’s a description: “Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends–outsiders at a school filled [Read More...]

Sweeney’s “Jonathan Edwards”: Must-Buy

The Director of the Henry Center, Doug Sweeney, a friend and mentor, has authored an important text entitled Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word (InterVarsity, July 2009). The book covers the life and Word-centered ministry of the colonial pastor-theologian, a subject area in which Sweeney has already produced numerous important works, including Volume [Read More...]