7 must add books to your summer reading list


One of the things I have learned in the past 20 years is when I encounter a problem. A good book usually helps me understand or point me in the right direction. I like reading books in the summer because It makes me feel better about lying lazily in the summer sun. Where I live in New York you have to pay for Vitamin D nine months out of the year. So when it’s free you jump on it. I thought I would share the books I am hoping to finish this summer.

ZPreaching by Keller – Few people have opened my eyes to the beauty of the Gospel like Dr. Keller. Few people can boldly lay out the truth in a way both sides see it clearly like Tim Keller. If you ever want to despair as a preacher. Preach a message then listen to Tim Keller preach the same passage. Looking forward to Dr. Keller’s thoughts on preaching.



2Q==-1Hand in Hand – Randy Alcorn tackles a very complex topic of Devine Sovereignty and meaningful human choice with clarity, grace and biblical responsibility. Have heard a ton of good things from both side of the argument.




Z-1The Deep things of God. – How the trinity changes everything. I am becoming more and more aware that the difficulty we have in faith and in our day to day lives comes from a flawed view of the trinity. Looking forward to reading Fred Sanders book for his practical take on a very complex issue.



Weekend Reading 2-20-15


What books I am reading right now

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower

What blogs I am reading right now

Your Brain on Stories – Great post on the power of story and how it affects you. Thanks for the find @jonathancliff

If you develop tension in the story you will sustain attention.

If you sustain attention then it is more likely that the people
hearing the story will start to share the emotions of the main
characters in the story.
If people share the emotions of the main characters then they are

likely to mimic the feelings and behaviors of the characters when the
story is over.
Listening to a character story like this can cause oxytocin to be released.

And if oxytocin is released then it is more likely that people will

trust the situation and the storyteller and more likely that they will
take whatever action the storyteller asks them to take.

Grace and Race – Tim Keller nails it again such a great very short post on race.

“Thus Christians have a special test for racism. If racial differences are more important to you than differences in belief, you are acting as a racist.”

How To Raise An Adult@mattPerman tweeted out this book link – looks promising

In How to Raise an Adult, she draws on research, conversations
with educators and employers, and her own insights as a mother and
student dean to highlight the ways in which over-parenting harms
children and their stressed-out parents.

No, Tablets Aren’t Necessarily Rotting Kids’ Brains – Interesting take on the debate over screen time by the people at Lifehacker.

Weekend Reading 2-13-2015


What books I am reading right now

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Out Of The Silent Planet By C.S. Lewis

What blogs I am reading right now

No Grey Area – Kevin DeYoung Talks about he proper Christian response to the movie and book series 50 shades of grey. 

How to build a thriving Children’s Ministry in small town USA. I love Dale Hudson’s passion for the local church. This post is both practical and encouraging. Our founding pastor attends Dales church. They do an amazing job I am grateful for Dale’s voice and the influence of Christ Fellowship on the church in America.

The Enemy of creativity… – Seth Godin can do more in blog post that is more like a pregnant tweet than many people can do in an entire book. (Also I think he is the only person still blogging on the typepad platform.) Great very short post on creativity.

President Obama and the problem of religious Conviction – Great post by Trevin Wax on the problem religious conviction. Trevin explains that our certainty in the truth can and will be offensive to our present day culture. Loved his statement – “you don’t deal with violent expressions of faith by pretending that confidence is the problem and content doesn’t matter.”

37 Android Apps, Free Streaming Sticks, Build your Nas, and More Deals – In the next few weeks I am switching over to an android phone – check out these free Android apps I will be.

This Crazy Simpsons Theory Actually Makes A Lot Of Sense – Thought this was interesting for the cartoon loving conspiracy theorists out there.


Weekend Reading 2-6-2015


What books I am reading right now

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Out Of The Silent Planet By C.S. Lewis

What blogs I am reading right now

Islamic State selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq – Completely heartbreaking. We must not avert our eyes from the suffering being inflicted on these innocents.

Hey Kids, the Frame of Your Soul Isn’t Meant for Fame – Beautifully written and profoundly true. Ann Voskamp dissects the crave for fame that is killing our kids.

Putting Sex in Perspective – Respect Kevin DeYoung’s perspective really looking forward to his new book on Homosexuality.

A Teenager’s View on Social Media – Interesting read I found from my friend Kenny Conley’s Blog.

What I Need to Read? 1-30-2015


I thought I would try and give you some weekend reading on a regular basis. I’ll let you know what books I am reading what blog posts have caught my attention during the week.

What books I am reading right now.

Tale Of Three Kings By Gene Edwards

Out Of The Silent Planet By C.S. Lewis

Blogs I am reading right now.

 A Word to Famous Pastors – Great post about the dangers and blessing of Christian fame. Todd Pruitt at Mortification of Spin

24 Free Ebooks from John Piper – If you love books there is nothing better than free books. Check out these books from John Piper.

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People [Infographic] – I am a sucker for a good info graphic. This one was fascinating check it out. My routine is most like Mozart… interesting.

How Evangelicals are changing their minds on gay marriage – Please pray for your pastors and leaders. That they would lead with Biblical integrity, conviction and love. It pains me that so many are tossing aside hundreds of years of orthodoxy faith for temporal relevance. God help us to navigate such complex issues with truth and love.