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

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 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


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 (Diane’s Communion meditations [see page 56] appear each week in November at

Jeremy Brown, lead pastor with Journey Church (Medina, TN), blogs about church planting, church leadership, and the state of the church at

Mark Atteberry, preaching minister with Poinciana Christian Church (Kissimmee, FL), shares devotional thoughts at

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

Listen to podcasts, explore trip opportunities, connect with ministry organizations, and plan your own pathway to serving in health-care missions at


Josh Hunt offers books, articles, and blog posts on improving small groups, expanding your Sunday school, and more at

Read the latest from the Center for Global Impact (Indianapolis, IN) at

Brian Jobe, senior pastor at Harvester Christian Church (St. Charles, MO), recently launched a video blog. Watch the first installments at

Hallal Worship provides worship resources for churches and worshippers around the world, with a focus on a cappella music. Learn more at

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

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


Tim Keller’s new book, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City, is available this month. Learn more at

Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY) shares messages, testimonies, and more at

Eric Bramlett, creative arts director at Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL), hosts the “Pop Culture Pulpit” podcast at

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

Chandler (AZ) Christian Church harmonized the Gospels into a seamless story available as an e-book and paperback. Learn more at

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


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

Jason Bedell, lead pastor at Forefront Church (Virginia Beach, VA),
blogs about what he’s reading, learning, and teaching at

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

David Mehrle, senior minister at Valley Mills Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN), blogs about student ministry and leadership at


New Wineskins is an online magazine with roots in the Restoration Movement. Check it out at

In Dragons, John, and Every Grain of Sand, 19 authors explain the themes and difficult passages of Revelation. Learn more at

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

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

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


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

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

Tom Lawson, professor of New Testament at Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO), affirms and critiques our approaches to worship at his blog,

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


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

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

Sessions from the Exponential 2012 conference, held in Orlando, FL, in April, are available online at

Leaders share vulnerable thoughts on mistakes, forgiveness, and grace at the People of the Second Chance 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

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

Visit 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

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


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

Read current articles and book reviews from the Stone-Campbell Journal at


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

Does your church have an app? How are you using it? What kind of content are you providing? Let us know at

Do you receive the Emmanuel Institutes’ e-newsletter? For two years, Emmanuel Institutes has won an “All Star Award” from e-news provider Constant Contact, which listed EI among its top 10 percent of users. The organization plans to add polls, reviews, and other new features to the resource in coming months. Sign up for the free e-news at

Crossroads Christian Church (Newburgh, IN) offers small group leader training videos, downloadable guides, and more at


The “Real Talk, Girl Talk” group (mentioned above) uses Lies Young Women Believe as a curriculum for its Sunday school class. Check out

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


Jim Dahlman, associate professor of communications at Milligan College in Tennessee and the contributor of our “Seen & Heard” feature, also blogs at

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


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

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 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

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


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

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

Mike Breaux and Tony Wood are two contributors to the new book by Monvee, Frequency: Discovering Your Unique Connection to God. Learn more at


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

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

Mike Breaux and Tony Wood are two contributors to the new book by Monvee, Frequency: Discovering Your Unique Connection to God. Learn more at


Higher Ministries offers coaching, crisis care, retreats, consulting, and team development for churches and church leaders. Go to

Harbor of Hope Christian Church (North Chelmsford, MA) is walking through the Bible in 2012 and blogging about the journey at

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 and on Amazon Kindle.


Take a free leadership assessment and learn more about opportunities for growth in spiritual formation at

Speakers, workshop leaders, and members of the 2012 NACC planning team share devotions each week at

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


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

Learn more about Mike Mack’s new book, Small Group Vital Signs, and take an online assessment of your group at

Ken Idleman, senior pastor at Crossroads Christian Church (Newburgh, IN), shares devotional thoughts and ministry wisdom at


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

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

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


Peter Rasor blogs about theology and philosophy and shares book reviews, articles, and conference presentations at

XXXChurch, a Christian resource to fight porn addiction, now offers its accountability software for iPhones, iPads, and Androids. Go to

Mike Baker, senior pastor of Eastview Christian Church (Normal, IL), blogs about ministry and leadership at


Hallal Worship offers music, downloads, videos, and events to help churches worship. Go to

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Mark Webb’s Running with the Grasshoppers: Finding Encouragement in Expressions of Faith provides new insights into the faith stories of Bible heroes. Visit to learn more.

The Slingshot Group helps churches find and recruit the best staff team possible. Learn more at


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

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

Literature and Teaching Ministries (Joplin, MO) offers the book David’s Tumaini Hotel on the Kindle or via the Kindle software at The book is a glimpse into the life and culture of East Africa. Go to

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1 Comment

  1. Richard E. White
    April 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Dr. Richard E. White, a biomedical scientist and elder in the Christian Church, has published a new study on the 7 “I Am” statements in the Gospel of John: “The Vest or The Veil: An unapologetic apology for the offensive claims of Jesus Christ”. This rather unique perspective makes for an interesting and timely study for churches and small groups. Learn more at

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