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[19 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 94 views]

Here is a suggestion you will thank me for. Get a copy of John Piper’s Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ and read it devotionally. It is written in rich, short, chapters perfect for devotional reading. You can buy a copy and mark it up as you read or read it free in PDF format here. I read mine in the wee hours of the morning working the front desk at the Riverfront Character Inn.
You will read things here you have never read before written in a way you have …

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[16 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 277 views]

Andy Stanley has an unusual gift at making theological, biblical ideas concrete and clear and communicating in a fresh way. Compared to some of his other books, though, The Grace of God is lacking in concrete description.
The book surveys the major movements of the Bible highlighting the grace of God and showing that grace is not a concept that appears in the New Testament, but a truth that appears in the first pages of the Bible and continues throughout the Bible as a theme–the central storyline of the …

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[14 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 83 views]

I’ve hesitated to do this review because they say any publicity is good publicity and I do not want to have anything to do with giving this book any publicity. Most of it is borderline blasphemy. Some of it is outright blasphemy. It is an arrogant diatribe that is written by a man who openly claims to be a Christian. It would make more sense to me if he disclaimed Christianity altogether. This book sounds like it is written by a person who has no fear of God, no reverence …

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[20 Jan 2012 | No Comment | 83 views]

Red Like Blood is a good read. I’m not going to take time for a review here, but I think it is very worth your time. If you like concrete narrative and good, gospel theology together, you will want to invest in this book. I read it on my Kindle and found it for 3.99.
There were a few places that just made me weep at the mercy of God and the sweetness of the gospel.
The language is salty in places and I think that is a bad trend and …

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[19 Jan 2012 | One Comment | 292 views]
Ann Kiemel

When I speak to young people, and I often do, I almost always tell them about Ann Kiemel’s 1979 book “I’m Out to Change My World.”
Ann Kiemel still writes and she still speaks. I think most of her books were aimed at young women, but her writing has always stirred up my heart to spread the love of Jesus. She writes an occasional blog-post in her unique small-case free-verse. Her posts have the honest rough-edge of reality to them.

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[26 Dec 2011 | One Comment | 109 views]
The Windward Shore

Christmas Day my daughter Hannah added a treasure to my library. Jerry Dennis has written another wonderful new book. This one is about the Great Lakes in winter. It is called “The Windward Shore.” Jerry is a skilled writer who lives in Northern Michigan. If you love good writing and nature and Michigan you will love his books.

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[9 Oct 2011 | No Comment | 181 views]

Not pictured is Heidi’s husband, Austin Hancock. This was taken before they were married. They are now expecting a daughter in February. More pictures to come.
Lois and I have eight children and a growing number of grandchildren. I used to read books on prayer. Now that we have eight children I don’t need to read books on prayer as much. We have so much to pray about.
Here is a helpful blog post and book recommendation (the Kindle edition is less than a dollar!)

Current Thoughts, Evangel Baptist Church, Featured, Headline, What I'm Reading »

[29 Aug 2011 | One Comment | 168 views]

We had a beautiful day at Evangel yesterday. Though it was almost the last Sunday of summer we had a great attendance and a spirited service. In the evening we had a large attendance for our children’s musical Go, Go Jonah. After the evening service we had an Executive Deacon meeting. After the meeting a couple men hung around outside in the cool evening air and we talked a little about how to move the church forward.
I think God is stirring something. We prayed together and went home. This …

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[3 Aug 2011 | No Comment | 88 views]

The last three posts have been about Hell. Let me recommend a wonderful book on Heaven. It is by Randy Alcorn and it is titled simply; Heaven. I give it ten stars out of ten.
Invest in this book and read it. You will thank me.
Here is a link to Randy’s site.

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[31 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 207 views]
Francis Chan

I want to recommend a book I have not yet read. I bought it the other day, but I promised our son Daniel he could read the book first. He is training for ministry in Grand Rapids–the home of Rob Bell (No Hell Rob Bell). Some of his classmates have been enthusiastic about Rob Bell’s heresy about Hell.
He’s been reading Francis Chan’s new book on Hell–Erasing Hell. As we drive along he keeps asking questions and reading portions of the book. He quickly read half the book even while …