Showing posts from November 22, 2015

"Devotions on the Hebrew Bible" Ed. Milton Eng and Lee Fields. A Review

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible: 54 Reflections to Inspire and Instruct by Milton Eng
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After spending several years at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson Mississippi, I walked away with some good tools. One of them was the ability to use and read the Biblical languages, Hebrew and Greek. But I noticed over the years, in all of the hurry and hustle of sermon and Bible study preparations, counseling, and pastoral ministry that my use of the Biblical languages began slipping. To remedy this I have looked around for various devotional tools that draw heavily on the Hebrew Scriptures and the Greek New Testament.I have found a few in the passing of time, though not many. Therefore I was delighted to see that Zondervan has published two small devotional volumes that revolve around the original texts [See my review of the first volume "Devotions on the Greek New Testament."]. The newest installment is "Devotions on the Hebrew Bible" edited by Mil…

"Daily Devotional New Testament." A Review

Daily Devotional New Testament: Through the New Testament in a Year by Anonymous
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To get in the habit of reading Scripture from Genesis to Revelation can be a daunting task, especially if you've never done it before. And it can be doubly dispiriting if you've tried a time or two and never gotten past the first half of Genesis. My normal counsel, when asked, is to encourage "Start small, build steam, then go for the goal!" That's what makes "Daily Devotional New Testament" a delightful project! The aim of this volume is to aid the reader to get through the New Testament in one year. To do this the publisher has broken up the daily readings into bite-size portions, so that day-by-day the reader moves through the whole New Testament in one year.

The daily rhythm of the "Daily Devotional New Testament" includes two small readings from the English Standard Version (ESV), punctuated with "Reflections" for each reading…

"Church Unique" by Will Mancini. A Review.

Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement by Will Mancini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are lots of programs out on the market to make your congregation hot, hip and huge. The unfortunate side of these approaches is that (1) they function mechanistically, "Our product worked on the East Coast in an upscale New England city, it'll work wherever you are. Just follow our twenty-seven DIY steps exactly." (2) And each project also promotes, or assumes, a specific theology about Church, Christian Sacraments, Worship, and even Eschatology. You can read more about these two downsides here if you are so inclined: (

That's what makes "Church Unique" unique. Will Mancini, a former pastor and now founder and consultant of Auxano, takes a fresher and healthier stance in this 271 page hardback. He has pulled together some helpful tools and strategies that respect particular congregatio…

"We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer, Creator" - 22 November 2015 AM and PM

Sunday morning:
We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator, In grateful devotion our tribute we bring; We lay it before Thee, we kneel and adore Thee, We bless Thy holy Name, glad praises we sing. As your congregation, we give thanks to you, O God, because you give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ‘s death and resurrection. Therefore, aid us that we may be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord Jesus, knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15.57-58).  And similarly, give us the strength and self-control to never repay evil for evil, but to always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. To rejoice always, pray with ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances for this is your will for us in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5.15-18).
For your Church throughout the world, The Christian Reformed Church; United Reformed Church of North America; Reformed Church U.S.; Netherlands Reformed Church; the Evangelical Presbyterian…