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A Few Good Books for September

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Becoming a Blessed Church: Forming a Church of Spiritual Purpose, Presence, and Power (second edition), by N. Graham Standish, was published this spring, and provides a theologically and spiritually rich guide for practical ways that every local church can be more focused on discerning God as the purpose, presence, and power for  everything it does. […]

June Reading – Two Suggestions

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SOME READING SUGGESTIONS FROM JEFF MICKLE: I have two books to recommend this month: one short and practical; the other, longer and theologically rich. First, the short book full of practical pastoral wisdom is The Necessary Nine: Things Effective Pastors Do Differently, by Kay Kotan and Bob Farr (Abingdon, 2016). I read this book in […]

What We’re Reading: April 2016

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown At first glance, this may not seem like a book that would help church leaders, but in fact, it is one of my favorite books for just that purpose in the last few years.  The premise is that we have so many options, so many things […]

Jeff Mickle’s March Book Reviews

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SOME READING OPTIONS FROM THE D.S. The best book I have read on the Crucifixion of Jesus is the recent one by Fleming Rutledge, published in 2015, titled simply The Crucifixion, subtitled, “Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ.” The best book I have read on the Resurrection of Jesus is older, written by N. T. […]

Book Review: The Wright Brothers

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SERENDIPITOUS THOUGHTS FOR OUR SACRED WORK FROM A SECULAR BOOK The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough, has climbed quickly to the top of the nonfiction best-seller list. I have enjoyed reading it. As a preacher, who is prone to think theologically and missionally, I discovered some interesting parallels for our work as leaders in the […]

Book Review: The Emotional Intelligence of Jesus by Roy Oswald

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This is a great new book for church leaders: The Emotional Intelligence of Jesus: Relational Smarts for Religious Leaders is a new book by Roy Oswald (a long-time consultant with the Alban Institute on matters of church leadership) and Arland Jacobson (a New Testament professor). They have combined their expertise and interest to explore the […]

Book Review: N.T. Wright’s Simply Good News…

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A GREAT READ FOR PREACHERS N.T. Wright has written a wealth of ground-breaking books in New Testament studies over the past 25 years. Much of that work has been gathered together in his new book, Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good. It is not a preaching book, but […]