Book Review: The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form

The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition: The Sermon as Narrative Art FormThe Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form by Eugene L. Lowry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall a pretty good book. The concept of narrative sermon has to do with final form for delivery. So, the parts of the book dealing with how to get a sermon idea were the weakest. He doesn’t underplay exposition or theology, but I think the readers might not take them seriously enough. I understand how speaking of the plot of the sermon could be confusing to some, but it needs to be worked through. You going to have to overlook somethings and other things you will need to discern principles and make your own applications. It is a good and helpful read.

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Book Review: What Should I Do Now That I’m a Christian?

What Should I Do Now That I'm a Christian? (Church Questions)What Should I Do Now That I’m a Christian? by Sam Emadi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This little book was a really good read. Emadi managed to say a lot in a little space. Some may be surprised to find so much emphasis on the local church in such a short book, but that is exactly what new Christians need to hear. The New Testament has no plan for Christian discipleship outside of the local church.

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Book Review: What If I Don’t Desire to Pray?

What If I Don't Desire to Pray? (Church Questions)What If I Don’t Desire to Pray? by John Onwuchekwa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This a practical booklet on prayer. John O doesn’t try to give a theology of prayer but a helpful encouragement to pray, both individually and corporately. He gets to the actual problem—we know how to pray but don’t really want to pray.

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Book Review: What If I’m Discouraged in My Evangelism?

What If I'm Discouraged in My Evangelism?What If I’m Discouraged in My Evangelism? by Isaac Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an encouraging booklet fir evangelism. When we faithfully share the Gospel, we are successful evangelists, regardless of the response.

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Book Review: How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics?

How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics?How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics? by Jonathan Leeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a helpful and needed booklet on divisive political issues in a church. Too many churches have become cultic and ingrown where there is simply no room for disagreements with the group think. Christian identity becomes entangled and confused with political parties or movements. There are hardly any categories for someone to disagree on such issues and still be deemed Christians. If every person in your church looks and thinks just like you do, is that a sign you’re Christians, or it could it reveal something else?

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