Attractive Church (Rainer Publishing, 2016)
What would happen if our churches were attractive to God?
Having an attractive church–the kind that pleases God–is not about the aesthetics of the facilities; nor is it about the pastor, musicians, or church staff. Here is the simple yet profound truth: The church is neither a building nor a platform for her leaders. Becoming an attractive church is about the ministries, the mission, and above all else–the heart. These core components determine whether or not a church is attractive. And when the local church is attractive, the incredible happens. People discover the heart of the Jesus and find redemption and restoration. People are freed, and God is worshiped.
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Preaching remains relevant even as America becomes less Christian. Preaching Sticky Sermons is a practical and accessible book for pastors young and old. Kelley and Hoagland reveal how to make your sermons stick. They focus on four main areas of creating a sermon: Preparation, writing, delivery, and evaluation. This book will help you write sermons that stick not only on Sunday but also throughout the week.
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What if there was a book written by a regular pastor to regular pastors? Landon Coleman has spent the last ten years doing what regular pastors do. Pastor to Pastor is a much-needed resource for the many everyday pastors out there. Coleman offers much practical wisdom for the seminary student, the pastor recently called to a new church, even church members who want to know what they should expect from their pastors.
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The word “theology,” at its most basic definition, means “words about God.” We are all theologians since we all talk about God. We all have a theology, and it’s either good or bad. Good theology is the system of roots that keeps our tree of faith vibrant and alive. It keeps us grounded, centered, and yet growing. And when we are rooted, we won’t remain stagnant.
In Rooted, Medders and Smith make theology practical for Christians who want to grow in their faith. Rooted covers the most basic and crucial areas of theology: the Trinity, Scripture, redemption in Christ, and eternity. The authors bring the deeper things of God to light, but without the complexities often associated with theological works. Whether you read this book on your own or with a group with friends, you will have a better understanding of theology and why it matters for your life.