Books from Pastor Steve's Recommended Reading List are available for check out in the Church Library.

Our Core Values

I have tried to rephrase these values as “loves” since you value what you love. What you love you also pursue, so when we hold these things as values they also form what we aim for – our vision and our daily and long-term goals.

7 Questions that Diagnose the Idols in Your Life (via gods at war)

While on our recent trip to South Carolina we stopped in Kentucky to visit some friends. At a restaurant on the river we met up with Corky, the pastor who performed our wedding. Corky is on the pastoral staff of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville and was gracious enough to give me a copy of gods at war by Kyle Idleman, who is the teaching pastor of Southeast.

Book Review: Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel

Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel is a book about becoming who you are in Christ, followed by an exhortation to live out that new identity.

Book Review: Church for the Fatherless

“Our culture’s decision-making created the mythology of the superfluous father.” -Jonetta Rose Barras

The Hole In Our Holiness - Book Review

“The hole in our holiness is that we don’t really care much about it”

A Faith of Our Own – Book Review

I thought my upbringing was pretty political but after reading A Faith of our Own I don’t think it holds a candle to Jonathan Merritt’s. He grew up in the highly politicized church culture of the South. In his book, he questions the wisdom of such a close wedding of faith and partisan politics. He also describes how younger evangelicals are reacting against this strategy of political engagement. The question Merritt addresses in his book is whether this is simply a knee-jerk reaction of the young and idealistic, or whether it actually comes from a deeper reflection on the Bible and the Gospel as demonstrated in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He also describes the various forms this “reaction” takes. Here are two:

Review of The Juvenilization of American Christianity

The Juvenilization of American Christianity by Thomas E. Bergler is one part history book and one part critique of what he calls the “juvenilized” version of Christianity.

To Transform a City p2: Words Clarify, Deeds Verify

“The incarnational message of Jesus was made manifest through word and deed. He would both show and tell, and his words clarified his deeds while his deeds verified the truth of his words.” (To Transform a City, 128).

Is the Church a “who” or a “what”?

Is the Church a “who” or a “what”?

Review of Tozer’s Knowledge of the Holy

“The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and a man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God”. – A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

Reflections on Too Busy Not To Pray

I just finished reading Bill Hybels’ classic “Too Busy Not To Pray.”

Book Review: Reimagining the Kingdom by Jeremy Bouma

Jeremy Bouma and I attended Grand Rapids Theological Seminary around the same time and, I believe, even shared a class or two. This week he sent me a copy of his new book, Reimagining the Kingdom, which takes a hard look at some theology present in the Emergent church. The book is a great resource for those interested in the movement. He asked me to write a review for him, which I have included below.