Gospel Music Association moves its Dove Awards’ show Atlanta; Nashville expresses shock and disappointment

“Moving to Atlanta is a way to better embrace the black gospel community,” said Ed Leonard, Chairman of the Board of GMA The GMA Dove Awards, Christian and gospel music’s equivalent of the Grammy’s, is moving to Atlanta next year after 41 years as an annual Nashville event that attracts thousands of artists and a... Continue Reading

Book Review: How Your Small Rural Church Can Do Something Big

Book Review: Shannon O’Dell, Transforming Church in Rural America, (New Leaf Publishing Group, 2010). Churches in rural areas tend to have few people attending and little money. But your church’s small size doesn’t have to limit its potential to impact the world in big ways. If you simply settle for the status quo, your rural... Continue Reading

Book Review: The Good News We Almost Forgot by Kevin De Young. (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2010)

De Young is a young man who seems determined to minister in a relevant way, but who has made a conscious effort to appropriate the ancient Biblical and Reformed faith for a new day. I suspect that Kevin De Young would balk at being called a rising young star in the Reformed world, preferring to... Continue Reading

New book seeks ministry amidst controversy – BOOK REVIEW: Turning Controversy into Church Ministy by William Campbell

There was no shortage of debate about sexuality in the context of the Presbyterian Church (USA) during the 219th General Assembly… There was, however, a shortage of discussion about ministry in the contexts of those controversies. That reality is what inspired the Rev. William Campbell, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, N.C., to... Continue Reading

Book Review: “Bringing Up Girls” by James Dobson

Between “sexting,” cyber bullying, and bikinis with padded tops for 7-year-olds, James Dobson thinks mainstream culture doesn’t offer girls a pretty picture. Dobson’s Bringing Up Girls (Tyndale) is the sequel to Bringing Up Boys, which has sold more than two million copies to date. The founder of Focus on the Family says that one of... Continue Reading

What is Really Happening in the Church — A Sociologist Shatters Myths from the Secular and Christian Media

Book Review: Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites… and Other Lies You’ve Been Told: A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media — by Bradley R.E. Wright You’ve probably heard the many negative media reports about the evangelical church, such as: • Christian young people are leaving the Christian faith in record numbers • The... Continue Reading

Whale of a lesson – PCA minister’s new book relates Jonah with religious right

In his new book, the Rev. Tullian Tchividjian connects the Book of Jonah with the religious right. And with recent events at his Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. “Instead of the gospel, we’ve communicated moralism,” the pastor of the Fort Lauderdale congregation says. “Somewhere along the way, Christians have communicated that Christianity is for good people,... Continue Reading

World Magazine picks ‘Book of the Year’

‘The Battle’ by Arthur Brooks has been named World Magazine’s Book of the Year. Runner up is Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. World Magazine’s Book of the Year is The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future (May 2010, Basic Books). This succinct work by Arthur Brooks... Continue Reading

Book Review – Awakening: The Life and Ministry of Robert Murray McCheyne by David Robertson

The value of this work is found in these additional materials, and in Robertson’s attempt to correct and explain the overly favorable nature of Bonar’s account. Robert Murray McCheyne’s seven year ministry was terminated by his premature death at age 30 in 1843. Yet the spiritual impact of his brief earthly sojourn extends beyond our... Continue Reading

Book Review: The Spirit and the Law by Sarah Barringer Gordon

rThe Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America by Sarah Barringer Gordon, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (April 30, 2010) Don’t be misled by the seemingly bland title—itself a pun, referring both to religious groups’ encounter with the law and the tension between law’s letter and spirit. The Spirit... Continue Reading