What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

I found this book very helpful in pulling together all the good parts of different productivity systems and combining them in a way that keeps the gospel and working out it’s implications as the primary focus of our lives. The book is very systematic and detailed, with helpful summaries and action points for each chapter. […]

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World War Z review

I am a big fan of zombie apocalypse fiction, and the whole post apocalyptic genre in general. I don’t understand why, and I’ve continued to avoid self analysing too much. But I agree it’s a strange genre for a Christian to be enthralled by. I’ve seen all the movies and the TV shows, and so […]

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The masculine mandate: God’s calling to men by Richard D. Phillips

My highlighted notes below: Very few of us fit stereotype of man’s man, but all of us can fulfill God’s mandate for men: bear fruit for his glory in this fallen world; Be a Godly man, a loving husband, a good father and a faithful friend i.e. Be spiritual men placed in real-world, God-defined relationships, […]

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Gospel Centered Discipleship by Jonathan K.Dodson

My notes and comments from this book below available on amazon. Focus on being a disciple (noun) rather than discipling i.e focus relationship on Christ rather than on me We can be imperfect Christians because we cling to a perfect Christ The gospel saves and sanctifies therefore no need to distinguish between evangelism and discipleship? All […]

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Preach: Theology meets practice by Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert

My notes and comments below based on the content of the book. Available on Amazon. Aim of the book is to show reasons from the bible why expository preaching is important. 3 specific reasons why this book: Increase confidence in preached word of God Increase confidence in biblical exposition Improve reputation of expository preaching Ch 1: […]

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Iron Sharpens Iron: Leading Bible-Oriented Small Groups that Thrive by Orlando Saer

A refreshingly short and easy-to-read book on leading bible study groups (link to the book on Amazon). The book is helpfully structured and easy to read. It contains some material that will be familiar to those who have already read the Growth Group material from Matthias Media. The title of the book is a reference […]

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The Viral Gospel: How Finding Your Person of Peace Accelerates Your Mission

“In this new eBook, missional leader Alex Absalom offers a thorough explanation and exploration of the “Person of Peace” strategy that Jesus used throughout His ministry.” A short, free, and intriguing e-book on the idea of the ‘Person of peace’. I’d never heard of this particular evangelism and missional strategy before. It’s biblical basis largely appears […]

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The Complete Evangelism Guidebook: Expert Advice on Reaching Others for Christ

I can’t remember how much I paid for this book, only that I picked it up for cheap from a Koorong stand at Belgrave Heights Men’s Convention a couple of years ago. From a brief glimpse at the back cover and contents, I could tell it was a pretty good deal – over 70 chapters of practical advice from […]

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Am I called? The summons to pastoral ministry

By Dave Harvey. I was actually quite helped by this book in thinking through questions and ideas about calling and ministry. My notes below FOREWARDIf the spirit is pulling on you and you think that pull is towards pastoral ministry, let the spirit of God (thru this book) bring clarity to that tug. 1. THE SUMMONS AS […]

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Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community

Forward The world forms its view of Jesus by looking at Christians How do we ‘do church’ in a postmodern and post-Christian world? – In a easy-to-see, easy-to-understand, ‘come-and-join-me’ kind of way? Introduction Church as a production line of programs and people? Church too hard – too many rules of engagement, too many responsibilities? Does […]

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Planting Missional Churches

By Ed Stetzer. On Amazon Overall thoughts: Presents itself as a comprehensive guidebook to church planting. Although a fair assumption that people reading this book would already be supportive of church planting activity, the first few chapters do a good job of building the theological and evangelical rationale. Written with a firm North American target audience. Some […]

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Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

Another cheap Amazon kindle purchase Some key takeaways: The right approach is personal – everybody different. The approach of this book is to provide a playbook of best practices for producing great work The problem is usually not external – it is internal e.g. your own routine So much of ‘work’ now is just reactionary. […]

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True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer

How to live for Jesus moment by moment Foreword by Charles Colson I’m intrigued by Chuck’s summary: “It is a probing, penetrating search through the Scriptures for what it means to be truly Christian”. Introduction by Jerram Barrs The series of lectures that form the material for this book was born from a time of […]

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Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media

I read this short book (Kindle version) in a couple of hours rather than taking the whole weekend as the author suggests. It certainly draws on other more substantial work such as Tim Challies ‘The Next Story’. However still has some thought provoking ideas and the author’s style of writing is very accessible. I recommend it as […]

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