Pulpit Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a word I hear far more often on the university campus than on the church campus.  It is, however, one that deserves attention in both arenas. Sarah Pulliam Bailey recently asked the question, "Is pulpit plagiarism on the rise?" in response to several recent incidents in which well-known pastors were caught plagiarizing content for sermons, radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, and/or books.  Some of the pastors attracting attention of their plagiarism include Mark Driscoll, Read More …

Review of Altar Ego

Meet the Author Craig Groeschel is the founding pastor of LifeChurch.tv, which has grown from a single campus in 1996 to a multi-campus church with weekly worship experiences in fourteen locations, including an online campus.  Groeschel has written six books, including The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist (2010, read my review here) and It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It (2011). Book Basics Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are is Read More …

Safety is Not a Virtue

John Richardson, communications director at Generous Church, recently blogged about how the Christian faith calls adherents to step away from a life of safety and security.  After quoting Craig Groeschel, Erwin McManus, David Platt, Francis Chan and Jesus, he summarizes the big idea thusly: Here’s the problem with playing it safe - safety is not a virtue in the Kingdom of God.  Instead, the Gospel calls us to the exact opposite: a radical departure from the “safe” things of this world and an Read More …

Reflections on 75 Recently Published Books

Over the last year and a half (roughly 75 weeks), I have posted my reflections on 75 recently published books.  I encourage you to browse the list as you think of your reading list for 2011.  Each title is linked to my review. Author Title Year Allison, Jay and Gediman, Dan, eds. This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable American Men and Women 2006 Allison, Jay and Gediman, Dan, eds. This I Believe II: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable American Read More …

Review of The Christian Atheist

Groeschel, Craig.  The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn't Exist.  Zondervan, 2010.  ISBN: 9780310327899. Meet the Author Craig Groeschel is the founding pastor of LifeChurch.tv, which has grown from a single campus in 1996 to a multi-campus church with over eighty weekly worship experiences in fourteen locations including an online campus.  Groeschel has written five books: Confessions of a Pastor: Adventures in Dropping the Pose and Getting Real with God; Read More …