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Insourcing

Insourcing

On 8/11 Andrew Finden wrote: Most churches have small / cell / home group bible studies, but “Are we excelling in making mature and equipped followers of Christ?” This is the question behind Randy Pope’s book on discipleship. Pope begins by evaluating the current and previous prevailing models (pastoral, influential, attractional ... So helpful, I bought a copy for my friend

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4 Stars

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Outreach and the Artist

Outreach and the Artist

On 5/28 Andrew Finden wrote: Arts and the church have had a mixed relationship over the years; the same place which often plants the seed of artistic endeavour has often been the same place which fails to recognise its value and vocation. How do Christian artists use their gifts and talents to reach people with the gospel of Jesus ... An excellent look at the issues involved in outreach to and outreach by artists

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5 Stars

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 5/1 Andrew Finden wrote: Mark Driscoll is the pastor the internet loves to hate. He’s infamous for his loud, often obnoxious style, and saying things which get him into trouble. What relief then, to discover that there’s none of this bombast here.In fact, Driscoll made the comment that this book is "the best thing I’ve ... Approachable book for young and new believers

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3 Stars

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The Jesus We Missed

The Jesus We Missed

On 1/19 Andrew Finden wrote: Reardon sets out to explore the humanity of Jesus, suggesting that we have tended to minimise or at least, overlook what this means, in the desire to emphasise his deity. Reardon’s exploration sits firmly within the view of orthodox creeds and confessions, and this is certainly not about seeing Jesus ... A refreshing and insightful exploration of Jesus' humanity

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4 Stars

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The Grace Effect

The Grace Effect

On 1/9 Andrew Finden wrote: It is interesting to note that God gave us a story instead of a systematic theology, and a person instead of an argument. Larry Taunton runs the Fixed Point Foundation, best known for running debates, though to be honest, I wasn't expecting the prologue of this book to recount a dinner conversation ... A moving testament to grace

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5 Stars

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Real Marriage (Int'l)

Real Marriage (Int'l)

On 1/5 Andrew Finden wrote: Mark Driscoll needs little introduction. One of the most well-known pastors in America, the bad boy of `New Calvinism', he is certainly a polarising figure in contemporary evangelicalism, and so it was not without some interest and a little trepidation that I approached his new book, written with his ... Honest, and helpful, but nothing new

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3 Stars

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The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

On 12/22 Andrew Finden wrote: I suppose it says a lot about this book that I requested it to review around Halloween (and when I was just getting into the TV series The Walking Dead) but have only just managed to finish reading it. The book alternates chapters between a zombie story and non-fiction theological study of sin and depravity, ... An interesting attempt at contextualisation

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3 Stars

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Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

On 9/22 Andrew Finden wrote: Josh McDowell is one of the original atheist-turned-apologists, and is perhaps best known for his book 'Evidence that demands a verdict'. This book, aimed at teens, is part apologetics, part spiritual guidance, and essentially seeks to answer a whole bunch of questions or challenges (or 'myths' as the ... A little too surface, even for teens

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3 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 7/8 Andrew Finden wrote: Why God won’t go away Is the New Atheism running on empty? by Alister McGrath Paperback, Thomas Nelson, 2011   Following the events of 9/11 a phenomena has arisen in western culture which has been called New Atheism, and it’s leading exponents, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins ... Why God won’t go away – by Alister McGrath

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4 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 6/22 Andrew Finden wrote: Jesus, my father, the CIA, and me A memoir… of sorts by Ian Morgan Cron E-Book edition, Thomas Nelson, 2011   In this book, Ian Cron writes a powerful and engaging memoir of growing up with an alcoholic father who worked for the CIA, and his own journey of faith. Cron writes with wonderful wit ... Jesus, my father, the CIA, and me – by Ian Cron

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5 Stars

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 6/8 Andrew Finden wrote: Johann Sebastian Bach Christian Encounters Series By Rick Marschall Published by Thomas Nelson eBook edition   J.S. Bach is often called ‘The Fifth Evangelist’. A devout Lutheran, he supplied the church with an immense collection of liturgical music, and some of the masterworks of western ... Review: Johann Sebastian Bach by Rick Marschall

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2 Stars

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The Band that Played On

The Band that Played On

On 5/15 Andrew Finden wrote: The Band that Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic By Steve Turner Hardcover, Thomas Nelson 2011   Anyone who has seen films or read books about the Titanic will recall the ship’s band which played as it sank. In this book Steve Turner focuses on these ... Review: The band that played on – Steve Turner

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4 Stars

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