Media Matters – 2012
Designed to keep you up-to-date on resources by and for leaders in our churches: new books, periodicals, Web sites, blogs, and even apps for your smart phone (most recent items are at the top):
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Jud Wilhite, senior pastor at Central Christian Church (Henderson, NV), explores questions of pain and purpose in Torn: Trusting God When Life Leaves You in Pieces. Learn more at www.judwilhite.com.
In 2011, CHRISTIAN STANDARD Editor-at-Large Paul Williams completed a study of 50 lead church planting pastors using the DiSC test. He summarizes the insights he gained in the e-book Wired to Plant: The DiSC as a Predictor of Church Planting Success. Learn more at www.exponential.org.
YouVersion.com/reading-plans offers Bible reading plans for every need, from short thematic studies to yearlong surveys. Read online and on the mobile app.
Gods at War, a six-episode video series narrated by Kyle Idleman, reveals the true battle that lies at the heart of our struggles with sin. The series is available at http://store.cityonahillstudio.com.
Diane Stortz, an author and former Standard Publishing editor, releases A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year in January. Learn more at www.dianestortz.com. (Diane’s Communion meditations [see page 56] appear each week in November at www.christianstandard.com.)
Jeremy Brown, lead pastor with Journey Church (Medina, TN), blogs about church planting, church leadership, and the state of the church at www.justjeremy.net.
Mark Atteberry, preaching minister with Poinciana Christian Church (Kissimmee, FL), shares devotional thoughts at www.alittlestrongereveryday.com.
The Exponential Podcast Series posts new material each week from more than 100 national church planting leaders, including Dave Ferguson, Geoff Surratt, Wayne Cordeiro, and others. Visit iTunes to subscribe.
Benefit from the hindsight of a church planter in the new book, Jesus Never Said to Plant Churches, by Trinity Jordan. Order it at www.amazon.com.
Listen to podcasts, explore trip opportunities, connect with ministry organizations, and plan your own pathway to serving in health-care missions at www.medicalmissions.com.
Josh Hunt offers books, articles, and blog posts on improving small groups, expanding your Sunday school, and more at www.joshhunt.com.
Read the latest from the Center for Global Impact (Indianapolis, IN) at www.centerforglobalimpact.org/blog/.
Brian Jobe, senior pastor at Harvester Christian Church (St. Charles, MO), recently launched a video blog. Watch the first installments at http://vimeo.com/45467983.
Hallal Worship provides worship resources for churches and worshippers around the world, with a focus on a cappella music. Learn more at www.hallalworship.com.
Nebraska Christian College offers a community course program for students at least 17 years old who are curious about their faith and want to be challenged by ministry at a new level. Learn more about these online courses at www.nechristian.edu.
Abilene (TX) Christian University’s “Center for Restoration Studies” includes books, papers, audio/video resources, and artifacts connected with the Stone-Campbell Movement. Explore the online database at www.bible.acu.edu/crs/.
Tim Keller’s new book, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City, is available this month. Learn more at www.amazon.com.
Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY) shares messages, testimonies, and more at www.southeast.tv.
Eric Bramlett, creative arts director at Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL), hosts the “Pop Culture Pulpit” podcast at www.popculturepulpit.com.
Chuck Sackett, preaching minister at Madison Park Christian Church (Quincy, IL) blogs on the church website about what he’s preaching, reading, and learning. Check out www.madisonparkchurch.com.
Chandler (AZ) Christian Church harmonized the Gospels into a seamless story available as an e-book and paperback. Learn more at www.knowhisstory.com.
Samuel “Kip” Elolia’s first book, Religion, Conflict, and Democracy in Modern Africa: The Role of the Civil Society in Political Engagement, was published in March. Dr. Elolia is professor of theology and world Christianity at Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Johnson City, TN).
Divine Missions has published a new e-book entitled 24/7—Becoming Best Friends with Jesus. The book is free and is available in 54 languages. This book teaches an “out-of-the box” concept of how to become best friends with Jesus, plus how to recognize his presence and communicate with him throughout the entire day. It is helpful for existing believers and those who are looking for a better way of life. Visit www.divinemissions.com.
Johnson University (Knoxville, TN) has published God Our Father: Meditations in Theology from Creation to Consummation by former professor Bob Martin. “Students will hear his voice and be reminded of his carefully developed theological insights,” the school writes. Learn more at www.johnsonu.edu.
Jason Bedell, lead pastor at Forefront Church (Virginia Beach, VA),
blogs about what he’s reading, learning, and teaching at www.brandedwithlove.com.
The new Mission of God Study Bible encourages followers of Christ to see their everyday lives from God’s perspective and to notice the needs of people around them. Go to www.bhpublishinggroup.com.
David Mehrle, senior minister at Valley Mills Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN), blogs about student ministry and leadership at www.davidmehrle.com.
New Wineskins is an online magazine with roots in the Restoration Movement. Check it out at www.wineskins.org.
In Dragons, John, and Every Grain of Sand, 19 authors explain the themes and difficult passages of Revelation. Learn more at www.collegepress.com.
Many groups have opportunities to sponsor children, but Central India Christian Mission also offers the chance to sponsor an evangelist sharing the good news in India. Learn more at www.indiamission.org/sponsor_evangelist.html.
In Contagious Generosity: Creating a Culture of Giving in Your Church, authors Jim Sheppard and Chris Willard look inside the habits of generous church leaders. Go to www.zondervan.com.
Speaker and Abilene (TX) Christian University faculty member Randy Harris shares insights from his visits to monasteries in Soul Work: Confessions of a Part-Time Monk. Learn more at www.leafwoodpublishers.com.
Culture Shock—A Guide for Leaders will help you equip the next generation to be pure in heart, mind, and body through practical steps, freeing truths, and a deep, personal relationship with Jesus. Learn more at www.standardpub.com.
Dave Stone, senior minister at Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY), recently released two new books: Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord and Building Family Ties with Faith, Love & Laughter. Learn more at www.pastordavestone.com.
Tom Lawson, professor of New Testament at Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO), affirms and critiques our approaches to worship at his blog, www.adorate.org.
In Thin Places: 6 Postures for Creating & Practicing Missional Community, authors Jon Huckins and Rob Yackley explore listening, inviting, and imagining as ways to extend the good news.
Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) offers a free series of webinars “designed to energize and encourage church leaders.” Watch online at www.pepperdine.edu/churchrelations/events/ministry-workshop.
Taking the Plunge by Chris Gabbard helps children understand baptism. The book includes places to journal, answers to questions, and ideas for fun activities. Go to www.thebaptismbook.com.
In Love Without Walls, author Laurie Beshore tells the story of Mariners Church in Irvine, CA, and its 25-year journey to serving its community. Available from Leadership Network.
The Peace on Earth Ministries (POEM) website offers free downloads of articles, sermons, lectures, and more. Visit www.poeministries.org.
Sessions from the Exponential 2012 conference, held in Orlando, FL, in April, are available online at www.lifeway.com/exponential.
Leaders share vulnerable thoughts on mistakes, forgiveness, and grace at the People of the Second Chance blog, www.potsc.com/blog.
Doug Priest, executive director of Christian Missionary Fellowship International (Indianapolis, IN), and Stephen E. Burris, a research missiologist with CMF and pastor of Golden Valley Christian Church (San Bernardino, CA), recently released River of God: An Introduction to World Mission. Learn more at www.wipfandstock.com.
The Essential Book of Teacher Tips will prepare teachers of adult Sunday school lessons to lead engaging discussions, relate to various learning styles, and know when to use lecture—and how to keep it fresh. Features 52 articles with more than 150 ideas for effective lesson presentations. Learn more at www.standardpub.com.
Visit www.portablechurch.com/stories/ebooks for a free download of the ebook What Every Church Planter Should Know.
Gary Rohrmayer, national director of ConvergeUSA, offers free webinars on church planting, evangelism, and more at www.garyrohrmayer.typepad.com.
Greg Nettle, leader of the RiverTree Movement (Massillon, OH) and president of Stadia: New Church Strategies, recently released the e-book One of: Beginning the Missional Journey. Alex Absalom, RiverTree’s leader of missional innovation, is the coauthor. Download it at http://exponential.org/shop/.
The Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) website offers free New Testament word studies by Kenny Boles, part of the Greek and New Testament faculty at the school. Go to http://occ.edu/events/words.aspx.
Read current articles and book reviews from the Stone-Campbell Journal at www.stone-campbelljournal.com.
Ed Stetzer’s newest book, Subversive Kingdom: Living as Agents of Gospel Transformation, uses Christ’s parables to call Christians to reorient their thinking and change their lifestyles. Learn more at www.edstetzer.com.
Does your church have an app? How are you using it? What kind of content are you providing? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crossroads Christian Church (Newburgh, IN) offers small group leader training videos, downloadable guides, and more at www.crossroadschristian.com.
The “Real Talk, Girl Talk” group (mentioned above) uses Lies Young Women Believe as a curriculum for its Sunday school class. Check out www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com.
Abilene (TX) Christian University and Leafwood Publishers now offer several of their top-sellers as digital e-books available in Apple’s iBookstore. Information is available at www.leafwoodpublishers.com.
Jim Dahlman, associate professor of communications at Milligan College in Tennessee and the contributor of our “Seen & Heard” feature, also blogs at www.ReligionPoliticsMedia.com.
Chris Travis, pastor at Everyday Christian Church in New York City, is also the author of inSignificant: Why You Matter in the Surprising Way God Is Changing the World. Learn more at http://christravis.wordpress.com.
Rochester (MI) College is offering a new audio daily devotional. Each one- to two-minute inspirational message is “designed to provide encouragement for your day and direction for daily living.” Check it out at www.rc.edu.
Emmanuel Christian Seminary graduate Fred Balding recently published his first book, The “Ancient Paths” Go Through Muttonburg, a pictorial compilation of devotional essays. E-mail email@example.com to order a copy.
Amor Ministries (San Diego, CA) has partnered with Urban Saints to bring “Energize,” a successful children’s and youth curriculum for church leaders in the United Kingdom, to the States. Learn more at www.amor.org/energize/about.
Dana Wilkerson, an editor for Standard Publishing’s teen magazine Encounter, is also a cowriter of the new book The Vow:The True Events that Inspired the Movie. Learn more about the book on amazon.com.
Lynn Bell, a women’s ministry volunteer at Maple Grove Christian Church (Charlottesville, VA), has published a women’s Bible study book, The Gentle Savior: Seeing Jesus Through the Eyes of the Women Who Met Him (Lighthouse Christian Publishing). She blogs at http://thegentlesavior.com.
Standard Publishing again received top honors for best Vacation Bible School in the nation for its 2012 curriculum, “Adventures on Promise Island.” Lynda Freeman, editor of the popular blog About the Children’s Department, chose “Adventures” as her top pick. Learn more at www.VacationBibleSchool.com.
Mike Breaux and Tony Wood are two contributors to the new book by Monvee, Frequency: Discovering Your Unique Connection to God. Learn more at www.monvee.com.
The new Rainbow Study Bible highlights every verse of Scripture into one of 12 color-coded themes (such as prophecy, history, salvation, or discipleship), making it easy to study by topic, pray in a more focused way, or even plan future sermons. Learn more at www.standardrainbowstudybible.com.
Every Tuesday, John Caldwell, former senior minister at Kingsway Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN) and president of this year’s International Conference on Missions (formerly the National Missionary Convention), will be blogging at www.theICOM.org.
Mike Breaux and Tony Wood are two contributors to the new book by Monvee, Frequency: Discovering Your Unique Connection to God. Learn more at www.monvee.com.
Higher Ministries offers coaching, crisis care, retreats, consulting, and team development for churches and church leaders. Go to www.higherministries.com.
Harbor of Hope Christian Church (North Chelmsford, MA) is walking through the Bible in 2012 and blogging about the journey at www.gardentocity.com.
Singing the Lord’s Songs in a Foreign Land: Biblical Reflections for Expatriates provides insight, encouragement, and support to those living overseas. Author Kenneth D. MacHarg is a missionary who has lived in five countries. Available at www.createspace.com/3713708 and on Amazon Kindle.
Take a free leadership assessment and learn more about opportunities for growth in spiritual formation at www.transformingcenter.org.
Speakers, workshop leaders, and members of the 2012 NACC planning team share devotions each week at www.gotonacc.org/devotional.
Greg Lee, lead pastor at Suncrest Christian Church (St. John, IN), shares his thoughts about leadership, theology, and the local church on his blog “Unique Chairs,” available at greglee.wordpress.com.
Pat Williams, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, shares leadership principles from Proverbs in The Leadership Wisdom of Solomon: 28 Essential Strategies for Leading with Integrity. Available at www.standardpub.com.
Learn more about Mike Mack’s new book, Small Group Vital Signs, and take an online assessment of your group at www.touchusa.org/free-small-group-health-assessment.
Ken Idleman, senior pastor at Crossroads Christian Church (Newburgh, IN), shares devotional thoughts and ministry wisdom at kenidleman.blogspot.com.
Christianity Today recently profiled Englewood Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN) as part of its “This Is Our City” project highlighting Christian responses to urban challenges. Go to http://www.christianitytoday.com/thisisourcity/7thcity.
Dr. Katie Cartwright, professor of music at Point University (East Point, GA), recently released Essential Skills for the 21st Century Musician, a textbook designed to help Christian university students master the skills to be effective church musicians. Available at www.amazon.com.
As part of a five-year project to equip Russian students with textbooks teaching a biblical worldview, Literature and Teaching Ministries (Joplin, MO) released God’s Design for Science: Our Planet Earth. Go to www.latm.info.
Peter Rasor blogs about theology and philosophy and shares book reviews, articles, and conference presentations at www.thebladeonline.org.
XXXChurch, a Christian resource to fight porn addiction, now offers its accountability software for iPhones, iPads, and Androids. Go to www.x3watch.com.
Mike Baker, senior pastor of Eastview Christian Church (Normal, IL), blogs about ministry and leadership at www.mikethepastor.blogspot.com.
Hallal Worship offers music, downloads, videos, and events to help churches worship. Go to www.hallalworship.com.
Impact Canada’s Strategic Training and Equipping Center provides a two-year program to train elders, deacons, teachers, and other potential church leaders. Learn more at www.impactcanada.org.
It’s not too early to begin preparing your family for Easter. Common Ground Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN) offers prayers, devotional ideas, book recommendations, and more at www.cground.org.
Christian recording artist Rebecca St. James answers the question “What is he thinking?” with input from her own mentors and interviews with single guys. Go to www.rsjames.com.
George Dillard recently released his newest book The Big Mission, offering readers a three-step plan for growing into effective disciples. All proceeds benefit Peachtree City Christian Church, which Dillard serves as senior minister. Check out www.ptcchristian.com.
Leafwood Publishers, an imprint of the Abilene Christian University Press, recently “digitized” many of its top sellers, including titles by ACU’s professors. The e-books are available via Apple’s iBookstore. Learn more at www.leafwoodpublishers.com.
The Bema is a fictional dramatic production inspired by 2 Corinthians 5:10. It was first performed at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship (Carrollton, TX) and was released as a DVD last fall. Go to www.thebema.org.
God Has an App for That!, the new book by Dudley Rutherford, explores the book of James and God’s answers for life’s challenges. Rutherford serves as senior pastor with Shepherd of the Hills Church (Porter Ranch, CA). Learn more at www.godhasanapp.com.
Mark Webb’s Running with the Grasshoppers: Finding Encouragement in Expressions of Faith provides new insights into the faith stories of Bible heroes. Visit www.rwtgrasshoppers.com to learn more.
The Slingshot Group helps churches find and recruit the best staff team possible. Learn more at www.slingshotgroup.net.
If you are planning a stewardship or giving emphasis for the new year, GivingRocket can help with coaching, ready-to-send letters and e-mails, and a “resource vault” of additional material. Go to www.givingrocket.com.
At his website, Mark Moore, professor of New Testament and hermeneutics at Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO, offers a number of resources on the book of Acts, including links to primary source material and satellite imagery of locations. Learn more at www.markmoore.org/resources.
Literature and Teaching Ministries (Joplin, MO) offers the book David’s Tumaini Hotel on the Kindle or via the Kindle software at Amazon.com. The book is a glimpse into the life and culture of East Africa. Go to www.latm.info.