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Review: The Life-Giving Leader

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. #PRHPartner

If I had to describe “The Life-Giving Leader” with one word, it would be “refreshing.” I have read a lot of leadership books, but Reagin is able to give leadership an entirely new perspective by talking about some well-known facts of leadership, but also bring in some new ideas. We have, far too often, replaced leadership skills, training, and self-improvement with titles, and Reagin takes us away from that. He teaches leadership from life-giving traits, not from titles. He is willing to take a difficult stance on hard work, and that stance is not common. In our culture, we have relied heavily on the phrase “it’s just my personality,” and he does not allow leaders to use that as a crutch. Instead, he touts the value of hard work to improve your leadership skills.

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Review: The Daily Question for You and Your Child

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. #PRHPartner

“3 years, 365 Questions, 1095 conversations.” That’s the tagline for “The Daily Question For You and Your Child.” And this book delivers. If you’ve been a part of a church where I’ve worked with kids, you know that I talk a lot about using your time with your kids wisely. I am a huge advocate of using little times throughout the day to talk with your kids. We often waste moments in the car, mealtimes, and bedtimes by not having spiritual conversations with your kids. I am a big proponent of reclaiming those times to have good discussions. But that’s not exactly what this book does. It doesn’t reclaim a time. It helps you create a time, and make a habit of creating those times. Continue reading

Review: “How to be a Perfect Christian”

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This. Is. Satire. That being said, I guarantee that people will take this book seriously. They just won’t get the joke. Satire is funny, but it serves a greater purpose. It uses humor to pull back the veil on our social constructs that make no sense. The Babylon Bee’s “How to be a Perfect Christian” does not disappoint in this regard. It draws us in with humor, but then gives us a funhouse mirror look at “cultural Christianity.” Just some of the topics at which it takes aim: Continue reading

Christianity and Politics (New Year’s Resolutions Part 4)

Over the last three weeks, I’ve taken a look at a few different New Year’s Resolutions for Christians in 2018. I’ve covered reading the Bible (and doing what it says), prioritizing church, and praying. Today, I want to cover something that is a little more sensitive to many people. It’s time for Christians to change the way we get involved in politics. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions (Part 3): Pray More, Pray Better

For the past two weeks, I’ve written a couple of new year’s resolutions for Christians. First, I wrote about putting what the Bible says into practice. Then, I talked about making church a priority. Today’s subject is prayer. How can we pray differently in 2018? Let’s pray more and pray better. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions (Part 2): Prioritizing Church

Continuing in my current series of New Year’s Resolutions for Christians, I’d like to look at prioritizing church. If you missed last week’s resolution, you can check it out here! Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions (Part 1)

I hate New Year’s Resolutions. We put all this stock in the changing of a number, make a bunch of sweeping, life-altering declarations, and then we bail on them before February. But, as much as I hate the idea behind them, a new year does seem pretty special. It is, mentally, a little like a reset button. The important thing is not to forget that every moment of your life can be like a reset button. Broke your resolution? Get back at it. With that in mind, for the next few weeks, we’re going to take a look at what I think would be the best resolutions for Christians (including myself) to make for 2018. Continue reading

Live Like Jesus

Some of you have been asking about my upcoming book “Live Like Jesus.” Specifically, I’ve had some questions about release date, topics, and format. I don’t have a release date yet, as I don’t want to rush final proofreading and editing, but I am hoping for January. As far as topics and format go, I really just wanted to put out a book that allowed people to use the Bible to live more like Christ. I wanted to take a hard look at 10 character traits that were displayed by Christ, how he displayed them, and how we can do the same. To really see what this book is about and why, you can take a sneak peek at the introduction below. Enjoy! Continue reading

“Me too” and the Church

After the numerous allegations of sexual assault against various men in power, people have begun to speak up. #MeToo is a trending topic on almost all social media platforms. It was designed to show the world that many people have been sexually assaulted and harassed, and that they’ve been kept silent for too long. Christians can’t bury their heads in the sand in these situations. But what do we do? And please bear in mind that I am a man with no experience of being sexually harassed. I cannot begin to fathom the pain that people are going through and how degraded they must feel. All I know is what we, as Christians, must do. Continue reading

Worship and Tragedy

Just like everyone else, I woke up yesterday morning ready to jump into my day. Instead, people were pushed into trying to make sense of what happened in Las Vegas. The staggering numbers noting loss of life and injuries were almost too much to bear, and they just kept growing. That’s nothing compared to actually having to live out that tragedy. Most of us are back to normal life today, but the victims of this massacre won’t ever have the same “normal.” It seems like we’ve had an extra dose lately as well between the hurricanes and wildfires. Tragedy is everywhere, and nothing can stop it permanently until Christ returns. Then, as the Bible states in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” But until then, tragedy exists. How can worship help us to reconcile tragedy with a loving, caring God? And as a side note, I’m not talking about just worship music here. I’m talking about a life lived in a way that brings glory to God. Continue reading

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