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: Promise Unfulfilled, by Rolland D. McCune

Review by Andy Naselli | 9Marks Journal: Cooperation | 03.02.2010

Despite the disproportionate space given to them, the alleged weaknesses are relatively peripheral to McCune’s thesis, which he argues convincingly.

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(s) Review: Who Runs the Church? and Perspectives on Church Government

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 03.02.2010

Multiple-views books like this provide a perfect opportunity—an opportunity neither book fully makes good on—to set the record straight about positions that are not mutually exclusive.

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 Market-Driven Church, by Udo Middleman

Review by Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.02.2010

Skip it and go read something by David Wells.

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.

Book Review: Organic Church, by Neil Cole

Review by Kevin McFadden | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 03.02.2010

You may find this book helpful if you are a church planter, particularly in urban environment, but you’ll need to buttress it with books that have a more solid biblical ecclesiology.

Book Review: They Like Jesus But Not the Church, by Dan Kimball

Review by Kevin McFadden | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.02.2010

Kimball’s book provides good insight into how some non-Christians think, and readers will be challenged by his excellent diagnostic questions at the end of each chapter.

Book Review: Crazy Love, by Francis Chan

Review by Patrick Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 03.02.2010

This book is a useful prod for anyone who treats Christianity as if it only means intellectually assenting to a set of facts, but not something that changes your life.

Book Review: The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne

Review by Shane Walker | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.02.2010

The book’s theology is an unbiblical and incoherent synthesis which might be described as popularized Christian anarchism for young, disaffected, middle-class Americans.

Book Review: I Sold My Soul On eBay, by Hemant Mehta

Review by Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Cooperation | 03.02.2010

Which brings me to my question: why would the church scramble to take advice from someone who does not share its faith?

Book Review: Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them, by Ed Stetzer

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 03.02.2010

I think that a less-than-biblical philosophy of ministry shines through at certain points, so read with discernment.

Book Review: The Hip Hop Church, by Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson

Review by Thabiti Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.02.2010

Read the book to be more conversant with the young people of your congregations. But I would not recommend it for basic ecclesiological strategy.

Book Review: Good Christians, Good Husbands?, by Doreen Moore

Review by Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Marriage & Pastor's Wives | 03.02.2010

Does your home have the aroma of Christ? This book should help provoke that question.