‘Decisive’ by Dan & Chip Heath [Saturday Morning Review]

Saturday Morning Review - Decisive

There are books that are informative and teach you something. There are books that are entertaining and help you relax. There are books that challenge you and inspire you to change. And then there are books that cause a paradigm shift in you, that impact you in a lasting way. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Dan and Chip Heath was such a book for me. As was their first book Made to Stick, which I have blogged about before. Both had the combination of practical tips ... Continue Reading

Free Online Church History and Literature Resources

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I love the fact that the Internet has made it so much quicker and easier for information and ideas to spread. It’s something we take for granted all the time. For example, just fifty years ago Christians would’ve had to use one of those big concordance books if they wanted to know how many times the word “love” appeared in the Bible. Yuck! How cumbersome. A task that would’ve taken them three hours or more, I can now do in just thirty seconds with the help of the web. ... Continue Reading

‘The Social Media Gospel’ by Meredith Gould [Book Review]

Saturday Morning Review - The Social Media

Let's get frank for a moment, because that would be what Meredith Gould would do. I loved this book because it was "in your face" real about what it means to be in social media. It avoids all the silly "this is what a hashtag is" type of commentary that honestly does not belong in a printed text that will be out of date in a couple of months to couple of years. Here's what I think of Meredith Gould's book, The Social Media Gospel: ... Continue Reading

‘The Social Church’ by Justin Wise [Book Review]

Saturday Morning Review - The Social Media Church

I've read a lot of social media books, many that address the possible implications for Christians or ministries, and let me say right out the gate that The Social Church is in my top two favorite of all times. What the book does not do is give away all his little social media secrets (you have to pay and join his Think Digital Academy to get those), which in many ways is a good thing, because every church is unique in what they want to do online, that simply giving generalized solutions without ... Continue Reading

Michael D. Perkins’ Identity Crisis [Podcast]

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[Editor's Note: ChurchMag Press is giving away five copies of Identity Crisis—details at the end of the podcast and blog post!] KC Procter brings us another interview—this time—with author Michael D. Perkins about his newest devotional published with ChurchMag Press. I remember the first time I found Michael online. He had a 'handwritten' blog. He would handwrite his blog posts, scan them, and then load them up to his blog. Very cool. Very creative. It's great to hear the voice of an ... Continue Reading

Identity Crisis: 21 Days to Discovering Who God Says You Are

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I believe many, especially in the church, are experiencing an identity crisis. They simply do not understand what God says about them or who God says they are in Him. Because when we understand who we are, everything changes.Have you ever felt like you were not good enough? Have you ever felt like you were not smart enough? Have you ever felt like you were not adequate enough? Have you ever had a difficult time figuring out who you are? I know I have. ... Continue Reading

ChurchMag Press is on Amazon

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Since launching ChurchMag Press in June of this year, it has been our intent to make ChurchMag publications available on Amazon. However, with only two of us—myself and KC Procter—we hadn't found the bandwidth with an initial launch of 8 digital resources and a few more this month (sign-up for updates). So, needless to say, we are very excited to announce that ChurchMag Press publications are now available on Amazon! Here are the details: ... Continue Reading

Saturday Morning Reviews

Saturday Morning Review

Over the past several years, ChurchMag has posted various book and music reviews. Book reviews have traditionally been posted on occasion without any kind of consistency and the music reviews have been off and on just the same—titled: Turntable. I am not interested in ChurchMag becoming some kind of music and book review site, but I am interested in reviewing music and books that are relevant to the ChurchMag community. This would include music of various genres—not just worship—and the books ... Continue Reading

3 Ways To Deliver Sermons That Cut Through The Noise

Preaching In A Whatever World by John Finkelde

In a recent post on how long a sermon should be, church consultant Thom Rainer posited the insight that attention spans are not necessarily shortening. In fact he thinks a significant number of people want longer sermons, not shorter ones. In his survey he says 41% of people want shorter sermons and 37% think sermons should be longer. Who would have thought it? Regardless of how long you preach your church definitely wants you to be constantly up-skilling your preaching, especially if you ... Continue Reading