Jonathan Leeman

Journal about Deacons

Deacons

May - June 2010
Purchase a Print Edition

Book Review: Shepherds After My Own Heart, by Timothy Laniak

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 2) | 03.05.2010

This book is excellent, and should be read by every thoughtful and thoughtless pastor, so that they might better understand both the Word and their own role.

Book Review: Soul Cravings: An Exploration of the Human Spirit, by Erwin McManus

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: The Gospel | 03.05.2010

This book leaves so much unsaid, to state it as charitably as I can, that what the person would gain from your book itself is not Christianity or the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Book Review: Vibrant Church, by Thom Rainer and Danny Akin

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Young Pastors | 03.03.2010

In short, Vibrant Church provides a very useful tool for strengthening, energizing, and equipping God’s people for the 21st century.

Book Review: Franchising McChurch, by Thomas White and John Yeats

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 03.02.2010

White and Yeats offer an alternative and excellent course for our generation. Yet I wonder if we still have the ability to recognize healthy food from junk food.

Book Review: The Transforming Community, by Mark Lauterbach

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 03.02.2010

If you’re not careful, Lauterbach’s book just might cause a paradigm shift in how you think about grace and the gospel, as well as how you think about the church.

Book Review: Discipline with Care, by Steven McQuoid

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 03.02.2010

Discipline with Care is a good book on church discipline that will strengthen churches by promoting their holy witness.

Book Review: Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be), by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Cooperation | 03.02.2010

Emergents, I plead with you, please read those aspects of the book carefully and with open hearts.

Book Review: The Living Church: Convictions of a Life Long Pastor, by John Stott

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.02.2010

I found myself deeply encouraged by the reflections of this life-long pastor, who has been such a clear gift to Christ’s church.

A Church Discipline Primer

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 03.01.2010

A reluctance to practice church discipline may suggest that we believe ourselves to be wiser and more loving than God.

What in the World is the Missional Church?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Mission | 03.01.2010

The basic premise of the missional church is that “missions” is not simply one of the functions or programs of a church. It constitutes the very essence or nature of the church.

Biblical and Systematic Confusion Yields Gospel Delusions

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology | 03.01.2010

I don’t think it’s individualistic, overly cerebral, or beholden to Western legal categories for me to want to know what you think about God.

A Meal Says More than You Think

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

If someone said to me, “How will God glorify himself through Christ?” I am not sure “the hospitality of God’s people” would make my list.

Book Review: Walking Together: A Congregational Reflection on Biblical Church Discipline, by Wyman Richardson

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 03.01.2010

Can a pastor use this book for training his fellow church leaders, assuming that not all church leaders are not pastorally and theologically sensible? It gets an easy “yes.”

The Alternative: Why Don’t We Plant?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.26.2010

Christianity, by which I mean church membership, is a participatory sport, not a spectator sport.