Category: Bible Reading Challenge

So I was attracted to this book because of one of the authors – Gary Chapman. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it. Many DIY books seem to be ‘this worked for me so it should work for you’ and I don’t find that realistic. In this book the authors describe different practices that can be tried to help shape character in the home. There are no promises or guarantees, just opportunities to invest in your family. As a pastor I’m a big fan of Mark…

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My previous blog post was also on a Eugene Peterson book and much that I share about the author there speaks to him regarding this book. When you read one of his books – he reveals a part of his heart and his own faith so we can be blessed by it. Run with the horses provides some insight into one the major prophets – Jeremiah. These insights allow us to glean from this prophetic text applications for our personal lives and for our churches. One of the benefits of…

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When you read a Eugene Peterson book you are reading more than his thoughts and ideas, you’re getting a deep sense of his heart. You see his heart as a pastor, a theologian, and as a disciple of Jesus. This book is not a new book, and yet its content remains remarkably relevant and insightful despite being well over thirty years old. In many ways this book is more relevant than ever as it looks at discipleship in a culture that is focussed on instant gratification. When first written, the…

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Mere Discipleship is a different kind of book than many books on discipleship.  McGrath is broaching a side of discipleship seldom discussed, but valuable nonetheless.  I’ve been reading on discipleship lately and much of what I read are ‘how to books’ and practical suggestions – but are very valuable to read!  McGrath slows that process down and forces us to reflect on the discipleship of the mind.  This is a topic that is less practical, but equally important.  McGrath wants us to explore the concept of discipleship through how we…

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I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book, but as I dove into it I realized what a practical tool this book was. I wouldn’t suggest that anything in this book is new, however this book consolidates a lot of information into a concise digestable fashion to make it a worthy and useful ‘toolkit’ for any manager. I appreciate the various examples and case studies that compliment the reflections and thoughts of the authors. I also appreciated how she went into detail examining different personality types and what to…

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This is the kind of book that you can read each year for the purpose of deepening your reflection and thoughts on the topic of prayer, specifically the Lord’s Prayer. If you read this book just for ‘information’ you’ll gain some value from it, but to really benefit from it you need to take the time to reflect on each day’s prayer, and each week’s reflection on the Lord’s prayer. I suspect if you did that, and you did it multiple times, you would find yourself discovering new insights each…

Bible Reading Challenge

If you read my blog somewhat regularly you know I value reading as a method for personal growth and professional development.  One of the most intentional, and voracious, readers I know is Adam Driscoll. Last year I asked him to share his reading list for 2018, and have done so again this year for his 2019 reading list.  I hope that you’ll be challenged to be intentional in your reading, or at the least, find some good book titles to explore yourself this coming year.  So Happy New Year… and…

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One of the biggest challenges for parents in the digital age is how do they control and limit access onto the internet for their families.  Right alongside this is how as adults is there accountability in how technology is used to ensure that it is not being used inappropriately by adults. This blog post will examine a number of options out there for families that are effective and hard to work around when setup properly.  One key to do this is if men want their wives to ensure their access…

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When one thinks of fast food I’m not sure anyone thinks of culture.   The food isn’t that distinguished after all.  However every organization has a culture. Some are good, some are bad, and some are exemplary.   When it comes to a franchise restaurant there are different levels of culture.  I worked at the Sherwood Park DQ’s  and there were three levels of culture.  Each individual store had it’s own culture, there was a broader culture that was a part of both stores, and there was the franchise culture.…

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It can be awkward being a Baptist Minister.  It can be even more awkward when you don’t drink and you’re a Baptist Minister.   Baptists, if you don’t know, have a reputation when it comes to alcohol.  For a while a lot of Baptists were against drinking.  Though my understanding is it didn’t necessarily stop people.  But people assume that since I’m a  pastor that I don’t drink, that I am offended by alcohol being consumed, and even more insulted if I am offered any. So when I go to someone’s…

Bible Reading Challenge