Leaders Are Readers

As I’ve argued before, leadership is influence. Everyone influences, so everyone leads in some degree and in some sphere.

But how powerful of an impact you make as a leader/influencer is based on many factors, and one of them is how much you read.

On that topic, here’s a guest post by Dave Frederick with a gift for you included.[Continue Reading…]

A New Testament Scholar Shreds the Recent NEWSWEEK Article – “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin”

If you read Newsweek, online or in print, you know about the recent article about the Bible.

The article opens with a declaration of two points that I’ve shouted from the hilltops myself for years.

(1) Countless Christians have no idea what’s in the Bible because they rarely read it.

(2) Countless Christians in the evangelical world condemn others for certain kinds of sins while turning a blind eye to other kinds of sins — the “excused” sins being those which angered Jesus the most when He was here in His flesh.

From that high note, the wheels come off. The article rips the Bible using 19th-century arguments (all of which have been refuted long ago) alleging that the Bible is full of contradictions, serious manuscript variations, and false additives, thus making it an untrustworthy document.

Then, in a stroke of hand-waving sophistry, the article asserts that it’s not attacking the Bible, only how Christians read it.

Cough.

Those who are well-versed in biblical scholarship will see right through the article and the yellow journalism that floods it.[Continue Reading…]

A Man Whose Name Was Joseph

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Shawn Stanley is the author of a new book called A Man Whose Name Was Joseph.

Recently, I caught up with Shawn to discuss his new book.

Enjoy!

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Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Shawn Stanley: That is a very good question.

My book benefits the reader by immersing them into the nativity story. Transporting them into Nazareth, to bring them on a journey with Joseph and Mary to Hebron, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and eventually, their escape to Egypt. However, This is not just another nativity story. I wanted the reader to view and experience this story through a different lens, a lens through Joseph’s point of view.[Continue Reading…]

Heaven’s Muscle

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Bren Hughes has written a new book entitled Heaven’s Muscle: Unleashing the Power of the Holy Spirit Within You. I’ll be reviewing the book soon, but today, I’m posting an interview where Bren and I mix it up about his new book.

Enjoy!

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Heaven’s Muscle looks to be an engaging book. Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Bren Hughes: Three points. First, in reading this book you will encounter me, and I hope it will be like meeting a new friend. My soul bleeds on every page of this book, and by the time you finish it you will know me rather intimately.

Second, part of this relationship involves me making sure that the reader knows all the crucial information from scripture about the indwelling of God’s Spirit and the sort of weapons the enemy uses against those of us who are called by God. In other words, I feel a great responsibility to convey accurate data that’s sufficient for what people need within the purposes of this book.[Continue Reading…]

Pursuing Fellowship

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Recently, I caught up with J.W. Phillips, the author of Pursuing Fellowship: By Activating the One Another Principles.

Here’s the interview.

Pursuing Fellowship, volume one, looks to be a meaty book. Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

J. W. Phillips: I am concerned, Frank, that whenever God’s people are given a pabulum portion of what was supposed to meaty truth, the church eventually weakens. So, yes, this book is meaty, but it’s not academic. The language is simple; the truths presented are practical.[Continue Reading…]

How to Read 30 Books in One Week

For the both of you who got hot under the collar because I interviewed the founder of Leaders Book Summaries last month (you both had an allergic reaction to the word “leaders”), I wish to remind you of three things:

1. I have NEVER been anti-leader or anti-leadership.

2. I have said repeatedly (and ad nausea) that leadership exists. It can be good or bad, helpful or hurtful, but leaders are and leadership is. It’s organic to the DNA of the ekklesia.

3. I’ve also pointed out that EVERY believer is a leader in some sphere. I couldn’t have made that point clearer than in my article The Myth of Christian Leadership. (Don’t judge the article by the title; read it completely first, then judge.)

Now that we’ve put that to rest :-), I sampled the Leaders Book Summaries service recently and here are my candid feelings about it.[Continue Reading…]

A Solution For Those Who Want to Read But Don’t Have Time

Whether you are a leader or anyone who loves to be educated through books, but you don’t have time to read all the books you desire to learn from, Leaders Book Summaries may be the ticket you’ve been looking for.

And best of all, it’s FREE for my readers for an entire month with no catches.

Dave Frederick, the creator of Leaders Book Summaries, tells you all about it . . .

Tell us what Leaders Book Summaries is exactly.

Dave Frederick: Leaders Book Summaries is a service designed to help pastors and other Christians who want to grow their leadership skills and understanding. We take the top books out there that are focused on leadership, management, personal growth, church growth, etc. (books that are good for leaders to read), and we condense them. We take all the key content and ideas and put it into a 12-15 page summary, so people can easily read and digest the material.

That allows people who are really busy the opportunity to invest in their own growth and development. And when they become better leaders, their church or organization will benefit.[Continue Reading…]

Beyond Awkward

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Beau Crosetto has just released a new book on evangelism called Beyond Awkward: When Talking About Jesus is Outside Your Comfort Zone.

Recently, I caught up with Beau to talk about his new book. Enjoy!

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Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Beau Crosetto: Readers are going to benefit from reading my book in three main ways.

1) I am going to help them understand that awkwardness is part of evangelism no matter how gifted you are. I like to say, “awkwardness precedes breakthrough in evangelism.” Most breakthroughs come after some tension that most of us run from. So in this book I help us name the tensions and then move through and beyond them.

All of us have people around us that are open to Jesus but we aren’t talking to them because we are nervous about the tensions (what if I am pushy? What if I don’t have the right words? What if they actually want Jesus and I don’t know how to lead them?). Instead of just telling you it will be ok, I help you name them, move through them and then beyond into breakthrough.[Continue Reading…]

Hope Reborn

Adrian Warnock and Tope Koleoso have written a well-attested book called Hope Reborn: How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus.

I caught up with Adrian recently to discuss the book. Check it out!

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Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Adrian Warnock: For some people we hope our book will be their introduction to the gospel which accomplishes our salvation. We have already heard of some people who were given the book as non-Christians and made a decision to follow Jesus before they got to the end[1]. But for others, perhaps they will decide to read the book to check whether they want to use it with their friends, but the gospel has a way of surprising us with its freshness and power for ourselves. We pray that every Christian who reads will experience a renewed passion for the gospel, an enriched understanding, and greater confidence to share the good news more clearly with others.[Continue Reading…]