Top 14 Books For Every Pastor or Church Leader

Top 14 Books For Every Pastor or Church Leader

My friends over at Think Theology have started listing out their top books every pastor should either own or have read. After reading over Able Baker, Robby McAlpine, and Kenny Burchard lists, I just had to respond as I think they missed the mark on some must have books!! 😀 1)    “Breakthrough: Discovering the Kingdom” by Derek Morphew The Scriptures tell us that central message of Jesus and the 12 was the Kingdom of God. Sadly the original meaning behind these words have been shifted and changed as the years march by. Building upon the works of George Ladd, Albert Schweitzer, John Wimber and others, Derek Morphew lays out the historical and biblical foundation for the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God in human history. If you are at all interested in Enacted Inaugurated Eschatology of Kingdom Theology, you simply MUST read this book. 2)    “The Pastor: A Memoir” by Eugene Peterson I first read this book a few months after I became a senior pastor, and I have to say that it did more to shape my view of pastoring than any other book I have ever read. Drawing from 30 years of experience as the pastor of a small 300 member church in Maryland, Peterson shares the tough times and the good times, the happy times and the not-so-happy times. And in doing so he lays out an amazing pastoral model built on empowering the people to be the people of God. 3)    “God’s EPIC Adventure” by Winn Griffin A lot of Christians know the different Bible stories, but very few actually know how they are connected....
Gender Discrimination and Racism

Gender Discrimination and Racism

There was a time when seeing a Toyota Prius was a rare thing…then I bought one and I see them all over the place. The same thing happened when I bought a Dodge Durango…one moment they were a rare species, then, all of sudden, there were TONS of them on the road! Something similar has been happening to me concerning racism and gender discrimination. As a white Caucasian male living in a middle class world with no sisters, these things were fairly foreign to me….in fact I remember telling people that I thought racism had all be stopped in the USA…and gender discrimination, well, didn’t we stamp that out in the ‘60’s? Then I got married and bit by bit first I started to see and hear things that didn’t seem right… I started listening to the stories of sister-in-laws, both of whom stuck off to the big-city (LA and Chicago) to find their fortune among industries dominated Caucasian males….while none of these ladies complain or gripe about their work environments, I did start to notice things…small things…a word here…a turned up lip there…a glance to the side… At first I didn’t know what to do as these things were new to my worldview…it was almost like Pleasantville in which a once black and white world slowly turns to color one item at a time… Items that I took for granted – or issues which I had avoided because they were too messy had to be dealt with…take church leadership for example. While my parents never put gender restrictions on people, I have to confess that there was a...
Requisite Danger is Changing Names and Locations!!

Requisite Danger is Changing Names and Locations!!

On May 4, 2006, the site “Requisite Danger” was launched as an experimental outlet for my busy brain and crazy fingers. At the time I wasn’t sure if I had enough thoughts in my mind to last a week let along 2,932 days, but somehow things kept popping and I kept on writing…. At first I hid my identity under the pseudonym  “Ardell” (the name I gave to a self-aware computer bent on taking over the world in a short story I wrote in college) as I was nervous about blogging online. Over the years I gradually opened up, especially as I met and talked to other bloggers who used the web as a ministry opportunity. And the crazy is that you all stuck around and read the articles I wrote… simply mind blowing if you ask me! 🙂  If we were to look at the numbers, “Requisite Danger” had 499 pageviews by 250 users over the last month (and this was WITH several hosting issues that took the site down for a few days at a time!). 25% of these users were returning visitors with 75% of them new to “Requisite Danger” (welcome ya’ll!). As can be imaged, lot of these visitors are viewing older articles they found via Google. For example, my April 5, 2011 article on Premodernism, Modernism and Postmodernism received 56 pageviews this past month even though it was written three years ago. Yet for all its glory, the time has come to retire the site “Requisite Danger.” Now before you all scream (or rejoice as some of you are bound to do), please note...
Is Tithing A Biblical Requirement?

Is Tithing A Biblical Requirement?

National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) recently announced a surprising notice concerning tithing (a $5 word for giving 10% of one’s income). In a nutshell, the NAE found that 58% of their board members believe that the Bible does NOT require tithing. Note that the NAE board is made up of a 100 people who are the head of various denominations such as the Vineyard, Salvation Army, the Assemblies of God, Baptist General, Church of the Nazarene, etc. The other 42% of evangelical leaders help fast to the traditional view, saying that the Bible requires Believers to give 10% of the income to the church. For me personally, I would have to go with the 52% as I don’t see the Bible “require” Christians to tithe. Why? Well, Dan Olson, a Purdue University sociology professor, sums it up my thought pretty good in this quote: “Most of those leaders would probably say, ‘you really ought to tithe, but the term ‘requires’ gets at a theological point,” he said. “Most Christians would say the laws of the Old Testament are not what save you – you’re supposed to be giving out of a spirit of freedom, not because you’re bound to laws,” he said. What do you think? Does the Bible require tithing? Or is just a good practice that one should engage in? Oh, one last thing – the same article that reported the above also mentioned that 95% of evangelical leaders give at least 10% of their income to the church. This fact means that these leaders are walking the walk and not just talking...
Sigh…

Sigh…

It is 10:38 PM on Saturday night…my wife and son are asleep (or soon will be). Me? I am sitting in front of a computer listening to LiveIreland Radio and trying to write a paper. As much as I love this class and as much as I am learning…I’m not sure if the timing was all that good… something about trying to become a new dad…. 😕 Oh well. One can only do what one can do. Follow the Goose and type away – let the wind blow and the sails fill...