Who Needs Theology is a book written by Stanley Grenz and Roger E. Olson. It was written when I was in high-school in the late 90s, but I found it at a bargain book store and saw the authors and had to have it. These two guys know their stuff.     Summary of Who… Read More


It’s hard to really review a Hosea commentary, or any commentary on a biblical book. A commentary represents a monumental work, and Lim and Castelo have done good work. Introduction This book is the joint product of Bo Lim and Daniel Castelo. Lim is associate professor of Old Testament at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary.… Read More


on developing leaders

The book, On Developing Leaders, contains several essays in the HBR format. Each essay contains an executive summary at the beginning, which is very helpful for deciding which parts of the essay you want to read. I’ll only be mentioning the essays the seemed to correspond with what I might want to learn for ministry.… Read More


As usual, I’d like to give a summary and an evaluation of a scholarly work, in this case: The Origins of Israelite Law. Since this is an Old Testament work, I will speak as one who has engaged the professional literature, rather than a novice – as is my usual practice. Summary of The Origins of Israelite Law… Read More


meaning of the pentateuch

This book is truly the work of a genius. Without getting bogged down in details, I want to describe the meaning of the Pentateuch in your ministry. Summary of The Meaning of the Pentateuch Sailhamer does not hide his convictions. The back of the book reads, “The Pentateuch is the Foundation for Understanding the Old… Read More


Are You Worried You Aren’t Smart Enough? I often get side-tracked from my identity in Christ and start comparing my intelligence to that of others. Bad Idea. Well this book, Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, gives several reasons why IQ (a “smart” measurement) isn’t the best indicator of success. As believers we know that obedience… Read More


lean startup

I had heard so many things about The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries, that I had to read it for myself and see what all the fuss was about. Book Review My goal in reading this book was not so much to start up a great… Read More


Making Small Groups Work by Henry Could and John Townsend written in 2003. This review was written for this blog to help Small Group Leaders. Summary of Making Small Groups Work The book sets forth some lofty aims in terms of audience: “1) The pastor or overseer of small groups who needs a simple tool… Read More


Transformational Discipleship Gieger/Kelly/Nation 2012   This book is a collaborative effort that relies on research done by the lifeway research team and the pew organization. The describe discipleship as something which occurs in various levels, and to various degrees. They look for a “sweet spot” which is visualized as the intersection of three circles on… Read More


Reggie Joiner/Tom Shefchunas. Lead Small. Cumming: reThink Group Inc, 2012. Overview of Lead Small This book deals with leading small groups for Youth and Children. The premise is that most people dream of doing big things, but in reality the best strategy is to invest in a small group of people. The five chapters of… Read More