Book Review: Why I Love the Apostle Paul, by John Piper

Review by Nathan Loudin | 04.25.2019

Piper’s example is commendable. Pastors should get to know the Bible and their authors more comprehensively. How might our ministries change if we invested ourselves so thoroughly in Peter, John, Jeremiah, and others biblical authors?

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Book Review: A Church You Can See, by Dennis Bills

Review by Justin Harris | 04.18.2019

Bills presents a great case for uniting to a local congregation and receiving biblical instruction with brothers and sisters who live in your same zip code.

Book Review: God’s Country, by Brad Roth

Review by Cheston Pickard | 04.11.2019

In the same way that God values the populations in cities, God values the populations in rural areas. In the same way that God calls men and women to serve in the cities, God still calls men and women to faithfully serve in rural areas. The two areas could not be more different, but Christ builds his church in cities and rural areas alike.

Book Review: Preaching that Moves People, by Yancey Arrington

Review by Adam Triplett | 04.04.2019

Arrington suggests that preachers use videos, props, and interviews to make your sermons more engaging and exciting. But God’s Word alone ought to compel our listeners to respond, not gimmicks and fluff.

Book Review: The Forgotten Church, by Glenn Daman

Review by Dayton Hartman | 03.28.2019

This book is a compelling and thoughtful presentation of the value of small community ministry and the of the need for healthy local churches in those communities.

Book Review: God’s Ambassadors, by Chad Van Dixhoorn

Review by Nick Gardner | 03.21.2019

The Westminster Assembly truly believed that the health and holiness of the church depended on the regular preaching of the Word.

Book Review: A Scottish Christian Heritage, by Iain Murray

Review by Caleb Greggsen | 03.14.2019

This book is a wonderful devotional tool for the pastor tempted to feel discouraged at the small size of his flock or the seeming lack of fruit in his preaching.

Book Review: The Ten Commandments, by Kevin DeYoung

Review by Shane Walker | 02.28.2019

If we want to love Christ as he deserves and as he desires, we will keep his commandments (John 14:15). And that means as we keep in step with the Spirit, we would do well to remember the Ten Commandments.

Book Review: Humble Calvinism, by J. A. Medders

Review by Jeff Mooney | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

This book is a simple, straightforward, and humble correction and encouragement to follow the Savior from the Reformed ranks.

Book Review: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, by J. I. Packer

Review by Mark Carrington | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

Packer’s book offers a concise and compelling argument unpacking how evangelism and the sovereignty of God co-exist, and if properly understood, enhance one another.

Book Review: By His Grace and For His Glory: A Historical, Theological and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life, by Thomas J. Nettles

Review by Adam Triplett | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

This work can help pastors and members alike better understand how the doctrines of grace undergird and fuel passionate evangelism and missionary endeavors.

Book Review: What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace? by Richard Phillips

Review by Clint Humfrey | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

This book is the doxological antidote to anyone suffering from the so-called “cage stage” fascination with Calvinism.

Book Review: Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity

Review by Sam Emadi | 01.31.2019

One key takeaway from the story of Joel Osteen’s ministry is the way that he and other modern mainstream prosperity preachers have altered the prosperity gospel to fit more with America’s secularizing worldview.

Book Review: The Preacher’s Catechism, by Lewis Allen

Review by Paul Alexander | 01.24.2019

Preacher, if you don’t think you need to read this book, then, well . . . you need to read this book.

How We Fixed Our Sleepy and Unspiritual Members’ Meetings

Review by Josh de Koning | 01.18.2019

About five years ago, I realized our members’ meetings were sleepy and overly informational. So we’ve changed them.