IMHO, this is THE best book on parenting available.
Here are the two recommended resources that I mentioned in today's message. When People are Big and God is Small, Ed Welch From Fear to Freedom, Rose Marie Miller
This Sunday in our new sermon series, No Longer Bound, we are going to begin dealing with some very practical issues in a richly theological context. For example, we'll address questions concerning why we are so concerned what other people think, why we get over-committed, why we second guess decisions, why we avoid people, why … Continue reading Book Recommendation : When People are Big and God is Small
Here are the books that were referenced in today's message, Rags to Riches, from Acts 2:22-41. From Fear to Freedom, by Rose Marie Miller Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt, by George Grant The Gospel for Real Life, by Jerry Bridges
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The right and left are playing "hardball." The gospel shows us a different way to play. Are you a Christian who wants to influence American culture? Read, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Church: Finding a Better Way to Influence Our Culture (Chapter 2 has a few hermeneutical issues, but other than that, very helpful). For … Continue reading Cultural Influence: Hardball vs. the Gospel
WARNING: Explicit Material for Adults Only I haven't read Shades or seen Magic Mike, but I have read reviews. Due to all the hype of this book and movie, if you are a part of the Creekstone community, I just want to warn you pastorally about these new releases. Essentially, both are pornography—and I certainly … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Grey and Magic Mike: Do Not Be Deceived
In preparation for this Sunday's message in Romans 8:18-25, I'm re-reading Larry Crabb's book, Shattered Dreams. One theme he deals with is how suffering produces a new hunger for God, who is the source of true soul satisfaction and eternal joy. Here is a challenging excerpt: "If we are satisfied with good health, responsible children, enjoyable marriages, … Continue reading How Suffering Produces a New Hunger to Know God
This week's book recommendation is Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb, which ties in with the message this coming Sunday from Romans 8:18-25. It is a senstivie, helpful, honest, and hopeful study for those who have been, as the hymn says, "bruised and broken by the fall." I have read my copy numerous times for the balm of grace … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Shattered Dreams
The book recommendation this week, which dove-tails nicely with this week's sermon from Romans 8:15-17, is Rose Marie Miller's, From Fear to Freedom. As a review says, For all those who live in fear of never quite "measuring up," this honest account of one woman's spiritual crisis provides a new look at the transforming power … Continue reading Book Recommendation: From Fear to Freedom
This week's book recommendation is The Prodigal God, by Dr. Tim Keller. This smallish book will rock your world. It rocked mine when I first heard the message in sermon form back in 1998. So simple, yet so remarkably profound. This book is on my short list of favorites and should be considered one of … Continue reading This Week’s Book Recommendation
Like an automobile that will break down without maintenance, every marriage needs a realignment and tune up now and then. These resources have helped me and I trust will be a blessing to you as well. Just click on an image above to go to its page on Amazon.
This very well may be essential reading for every disciple of Jesus. I am reading it with great profit and blessing. It is easy to read, yet profound in its substance. Get it here, or by clicking on the image above.
The Samson Society is the result of the ministry of Nate Larkin, former pastor and recovering addict. Over our vacation, I read his personal testimony, Samson and the Pirate Monks, in which he calls men to authentic brotherhood and community, something we guys rarely experience. Regardless of one's addiction, the truth is that men need … Continue reading The Samson Society
Since this is my major "sermon prep day," I just want to post something quick and simple, but potentially marriage transforming. As part of our weeklong marriage resource week, the book that I most recommend is When Sinners Say I Do: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage, by Dave Harvey. In a nutshell, … Continue reading When Sinners Say “I Do”
I am reading a newly released book by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson, Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus. Although I am only half-way through, I can say with confidence that this is the best book on parenting I have ever read. The best (and yes, I have read the … Continue reading Best Parenting Book Ever (IMHO)
I just started reading a book by David Platt entitled, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Even though it is devestating my western, American, comfortable ideas of Christianity, I am sensing a strange joy in the pain. Anyway, here is one quote that I found particularly helpful for preacher types like myself: … Continue reading Radically Dependent
Today is Cyber Monday at Lulu.com, where they are offering my book, The Bronze Serpent, for 25% off until 11:59 p.m. PST. Just go to the site and search The Bronze Serpent, or McKay Caston. Then enter the code: MONDAY305 for your 25% discount! If you have Amazon Prime, you may order it at Amazon.com … Continue reading Cyber Monday & The Bronze Serpent – 25% Off
I am reading Restoring Broken Things, by Scotty Smith and Stephen Curtis Chapman. One sentence stood out to me today that I think is profound and helpful. They say, "Christians, more than anything else, are called to 'make much of Jesus.'" Sounds great, but how? How do I make much of Jesus? I have thought … Continue reading Making Much of Jesus
At the encouragement of long-time friend and fellow running enthusiast/addict, Stu Keyes, I am reading Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall. Absolutely fascinating! I'll let y'all know how it turns out. Thanks, Stu.
I am reading Larry Crabb tonight. I don't know him personally, but wish that I did. Here is a nugget from his book, The Safest Place on Earth. We moderns tend to think of our spiritual journey as a God-directed adventure until something goes seriously wrong or until certain problems persist past the time we … Continue reading A Helpful Nugget from Larry Crabb
This is an excerpt from my book of exegetical prayers, The Bronze Serpent, which is being revised for publication. “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5b My God and my King, how beautiful is humility. How glorious is the … Continue reading Grace Flows Downhill
I recently read a book by Timothy J. Koegel (thought it was going to be Timothy J. Keller, didn't you!) entitled, The Excellent Presenter. Although not specifically written for preachers, I found the material to be extremely helpful for preparing sermons–and I need all the help I can get! However, I think that it would … Continue reading Recommended Reading for Public Speakers