Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker. Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears. Christian Book Recommendation.

Mark Batterson’s new book, The Circle Maker follows in the footsteps of such titles as The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson. While Wilkinson sketches his work around a fictional story of the personification of dreams, reality, fears, and letting go, Batterson decides to reflect his version on his own history and experience. Though I plead objectivity to any reader picking up a book dealing with goals, dreams and miracles, I cannot help but recommend this book, purely for its encouragement to never give up.

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Organic Outreach for Churches

Book review of Organic Outreach for Churches: Infusing Evangelistic Passion into your Congregation, by Kevin G. Harney

Think with me for a second. Is the following statement true of your church? “Churches invest an inordinate percentage of their time and finances in people who are already followers of Jesus.” True, isn’t it? Is it true of your church? Most churches pour the vast majority of their resources and time into taking care of the sheep.

So what?

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Leadership Lessons To Live By: Your Biggest Leadership Mistake.

Your biggest leadership mistake has nothing to do with your inability to speak to a large audience, or your lack of a goal-driven, mover-and-shaker mentality. Neither is it found in your struggle with multitasking or effectively managing those placed under your authority. You may spend years reading leadership books, talking to leaders, or trying to perfect your own ability to lead, but your biggest leadership mistake comes from neglecting a simple, core, foundational principle.

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Should You Practice Generous Justice? A Review of Tim Keller’s Generous Justice.

If you’re wary of social justice, I understand. Social justice has been promoted by people who play fast and loose with the gospel and sound doctrine. What would you think if I told you that the Bible has a theology of social justice? And that Christians are commanded to practice it? And if you don’t “care about the poor, it reveals that…[you have] not really encountered the saving mercy of God.

Wow. That sounds harsh.

Okay, and what if it’s true? I’m not saying it is, I’m just saying what if? I welcome you to a reading experience that will confront your comforts, interrogate your instincts, and define your doctrine. The book is called Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just. It is part confrontation, part commentary, part political, part biblical theology, and completely inundated with sound theology and straight-up doctrine. Here is a review of Tim Keller’s, Generous Justice.

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Leadership Lessons To Live By: The Rise And Fall Of Christian Leaders

Proverbs 16:18 says: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” – ESV

James 3:1 says, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (ESV). Most people assume that the act of teaching, ministering, and mentoring fits with a high-level leadership position, when in fact our daily lives are filled with teaching moments. No matter what position you hold, the cause and effect of your sustainability as a leader, teacher, or pastor will depend on your understanding of pride. Make no mistake, with great responsibility comes great accountability. When God places you into a position of leadership, you become a walking target who can cause far greater damage than you ever imagined possible.

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Watch Trevin Wax Discuss Counterfeit Gospels, Biblical-Relevance and The True God Of Love

Crossleadership had the great privilege to interview top Christian blogger, Trevin Wax. Trevin’s blog  www.trevinwax.com is a source of information, encouragement, and insight for thousands of believers and church leaders. Trevin is an editor at LifeWay Christian Resources, where he oversees the development of a small group curriculum. Trevin has authored Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals, as well as his latest book, Counterfeit Gospels:  Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope. In this interview Trevin discusses biblical relevance, authentic Christianity and Christ-centered leadership. You can visit his website at trevinwax.com and buy his book here.

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Leadership Lessons To Live By: Don’t Make Decisions In The Heat Of The Moment

James 1:19-20: “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

When we talk about not making decisions in the heat of the moment, we could apply this principle to every part of our lives. There is, however, one place where this wisdom stands above and beyond many great leadership lessons. In our position as leaders, at work, in the church, at home, this principle needs to be thoroughly established in the scenario of any conflict situation. It is also the one leadership lesson that usually takes the longest to master. Making decisions in the heat of the moment will leave you with regret, as decisions based on emotions are seldom wise.

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Can Someone Please Tell Me What the Gospel Is? Like for Real? – A Review of The King Jesus Gospel, by Scot McKnight

A few weeks ago, my doorbell rang, interrupting the quietude of my workday. Since my home office is located near the front door, I got up from my chair and opened the door. Standing on my doorstep were two women, both smiling happily, both well-dressed, both carrying Bibles, and bothy ready to talk with whomever would listen.

I listened. It became apparent that these two ladies, kind and sincere though they were, did not believe “the gospel” as I understood it. So, I waited until an appropriate moment in the conversation, and asked them point-blank:  “What is the gospel? How would you explain it to me?”

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Leadership Lessons To Live By: Fear Will Cripple Your Leadership.

2 Timothy 1:7 ” For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (ESV)

If you have maintained any leadership position, then good ol’ fear has more than likely influenced your decision making. Fear of how things will play out. Fear of what others think of you. Fear of what others say when you are not around. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of being a failure. If any of these sound familiar, then you can bet that fear is a foundational problem, preventing you from leading in strength.

Crossleadership Interviews Bestselling Author and Theologian Randy Alcorn on Relevant Matters Facing the Church.

Randy Alcorn Interview With Crossleadership.com

I had the great privilege of interviewing Randy Alcorn as my first guest on Crossleadership. In this compelling two-part  interview, Randy discusses various topics ranging from his bestselling books such as Heaven, The Grace and Truth Paradox, and Managing God’s Money, to hard-hitting subjects such as abortion. We also focused on his newest book, Courageous, a novelization of the movie Courageous produced by the makers of Facing the Giants and Fireproof. Randy gives us a glimpse into his solid Biblical outlook by answering relevant questions facing the the church today.

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