Review of Partly Right

Campolo, Tony.  Partly Right: Learning from the Critics of Christianity.  Thomas Nelson,  1985 (rev. 2008).  ISBN: 978-0-8499-2086-8. Meet the Author Tony Campolo is an ordained American Baptist pastor, professor emeritus at Eastern University, founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, author of 35 books, and popular speaker.  He is a media commentator on religious, social and political matters, including appearances on television programs like Nightline, Read More …

The Changing Church – Looking into the Future

The rate of change in the America culture is often far more rapid than within the American church.  The church, however, must proactively and strategically consider and act to enable it to live into its purpose now and in the future.  I created a Top 10 List of the changes I believe will be most helpful over the next several years.  I revisit and revise the list often.  The latest revision follows: Looking into the Future: The Top 10 Changes for the American Church 10.    Less Real Read More …

How Should a City Council Pray?

Lodi, a town with 62,000 residents located between Sacramento and Stockton and the self-proclaimed Zinfandel Capital of the World is now famous for an entirely different reason: prayer.  At the heart of the issue is how the council begins its meetings.   For many years each council meeting has started with public prayer.  This became an issue in May when the city received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation that challenged the use of the words Jesus Christ in prayers. The city Read More …

Review of The Heart of Prayer

Barrs, Jerram. The Heart of Prayer: What Jesus Teaches Us.  P&R Publishing, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-59638-10302. Meet the Author Since 1989, Jerram Barrs has served as  Professor of Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture at Covenant Seminary. Previously he served the L’Abri Fellowship in England, where he also pastored the International Presbyterian Church. He is the author of several books including Learning Evangelism from Jesus and The Heart of Evangelism.   Book Read More …

Review of The Prayer of the Lord

Sproul, R.C.  The Prayer of the Lord.  Reformation Trust, 2009.  ISBN: 978-1-56769-118-4. Meet the Author R.C. Sproul is the founder and President of Ligoneer Ministries  and can be heard daily on the Renewing Your Mind radio broadcast .  He is a respected teacher, theologian, and pastor. Sproul is currently serving as the director of Serve International, and as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida.  Sproul, an ordained Presbyterian Read More …

Review of On Earth as in Heaven

Braun, Kay Bender. On Earth as in Heaven: Praying at the Crossroads.  Augsburg Fortress, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-8066-8009-5. Meet the Author Kay Bender Braun is pastor of St. Petri-Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has a background in journalism and has written for diverse publications including The Charlotte Observer, the team magazine for the NBA Charlotte Hornets, and Word in Season, a daily devotional published by Augsburg Fortress.   Book Read More …

Review of Finding Jesus in His Prayers

Shoemaker, H. Stephen.  Finding Jesus in His Prayers.  Abingdon Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0-687-35253-1. Meet the Author Stephen Shoemaker is the Senior Minister at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He is the author of several books, including Finding Jesus in His Prayers,  God Stories: New Narratives from Sacred Texts, and Strength in Weakness: A Lyrical Re-presentation of II Corinthians.   Book Basics For those who seek to know and follow Jesus, learning more Read More …

Reaching 20-Somethings

It is widely accepted that different generations hear and respond differently to the same invitation to participate in the Christian faith.  Most church leaders and those involved in making decisions about reaching out to those not yet a part of the faith community are well beyond their twenties.  For those over 30, myself included, Scot McKnight's recent article The Gospel for iGens (Leadership, Summer 2009) is an important read.  If you are not familiar with McKnight, he is a forward thinking Read More …

Review of The Social Media Bible

Safko, Lon and Brake, David K.  The Social Media Bible.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009. ISBN: 978-0-470-41155-1. Meet the Authors Lon Safko is an innovator and professional speaker with more than twenty years experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, strategic partnering, and e-commerce.  He is the founder of eight sucessful companies, including Paper Models, Inc. and LonSafko.com. David K. Brake is the CEO and founder of Content Connections, a company that uses social media Read More …

Review of Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day

Evans, Dave.  Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day.  Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2008. ISBN: 978-0-470-34402-6. Meet the Author Dave Evans is a social media expert whose passion is tapping the power of the social web and applying it to business.   In 1994, Dave cofounded Digital Voodoo, which provides strategic marketing services for clients wanting to tap the power of the social web.  In 2005, he cofounded HearThis.com, a podcasting service firm focused on social media and marketing.  Read More …