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message 1: by Les (new)

Les (lchatwin) | 1 comments Hi, I am a Baptist pastor based in Newcastle, Australia. I come from a more Pentecostal perspective and am currently studying a Masters of Theology.

I am keen to explore books people have read. This group is small but I hope that it takes off.

message 2: by Jerry (last edited Jan 03, 2010 03:43PM) (new)

Jerry Lewis (pastorjerry) | 4 comments Hi, Just signed up. Looks like the group isn't too active, or everyone is really busy. There are a lot of pastors asking to be friends with me on Facebook. Maybe we can link this group to them. I have read a couple good books lately, but my favorite author is still me. :) Blessings, Jerry. What God Can't Do: Keys to Prayer Power, Self Awareness, Love, Growth, Freedom, and Joy

message 3: by Chris (new)

Chris Hyde (trooperdog) Les,

I have friends at Bel Air Baptist just outside of Newcastle. That isn't your church, is it?


message 4: by Chris (new)

Chris Hyde (trooperdog) Hi pastors,

My name is Chris and I am a pastor at a Foursquare Church just outside of Portland, OR. I love to read, though I don't have as much time for reading as I'd like. I'm interested in hearing what books you recommend! Maybe those of us in this group can "friend" each other on Goodreads so we can follow each other's feed?!?!


message 5: by Steve (new)

Steve Johnson | 4 comments My name is Steve. I am in a church in the Philadelphia suburbs. I hate reading; I'm slow and it can be laborious. But I love to learn and books are usually the best way to stretch my mind. Therefore, I like to read good books, and I'm always looking for advice about which are worthwhile.

I just finished reading Scot McKnight's Blue Parakeet. The Blue Parakeet Rethinking How You Read the Bible It stretched my thinking.

message 6: by Jerry (new)

Jerry Lewis (pastorjerry) | 4 comments Steve, I know where you're coming from. I am also a K-12 Ohio reading specilist, and when I hear, "I hate reading," it's because it is hard work for some. The way to eliminate some books by difficulty is to turn to a normal page and begin reading. If you come across 5 words on any one page you have to guess at, the reading level is going to be challenging for you. Many books now on Amazon let you read a portion of the book, so scan it for readability. If you have kids in school, you might also consider having their teacher screen you for reading level and start some simple exercises to help you rapidly improve. The good news: if you keep at it, your reading will eventually catch up to "normal." Plug coming up: My book, "What God Can't Do" is purposely written at an easier reading level. You can download a free electronic copy of the whole book for the next 2 weeks at Prepare to get your mind stretched if you start it, though. Peace, love, and joy, Jerry

message 7: by Steve (new)

Steve Johnson | 4 comments Thanks for the information Jerry. Reading is work for me. I've been told that I have dyslexia. Then others have told me there is no such thing. I guess you'll have a position on that debate.

I don't have a vocabulary issue. Currently I'm reading Karl Barth and, while slow, comprehension isn't my problem. My previous comment was that I don't want to spend a lot of extra time reading poorly written or unoriginal books. I poss it more a a query for well written and purposeful reading.

I'll look into your book. And I'd love to hear of other books that are your favorites.

message 8: by Jerry (new)

Jerry Lewis (pastorjerry) | 4 comments Hi Steve, I see what you mean now. There certainly are lots of books that are "work" for anybody to read for one reason or another. One of the best I've read in a while was "Why Men Hate Going to Church." Another was "Wild at Heart." I also liked all of the Paul Bilheimer (Sp?) series, especially "Destined for the Throne." Easy reading, yet solid theology. Jerry

message 9: by Steve (new)

Steve Johnson | 4 comments Thanks again Jerry,
I've read "Wild at Heart." I haven't read "Why Men Hate Going to Church,' but I've studied a bit on the boys side of that question.

Currently, I am reading "Souls in Transition" by Christian Smith. I just finished Scot McKnight's "The Blue Parakeet." I'd love to hear feedback from anyone else who has read the Blue Parakeet.

message 10: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Agee | 2 comments Who just believe ALL the bible ?

I know folks are going to say that ALL John 10 people
can't intrepret ALL the book the same.

I'm crazy enough to defend the Holy Spirit in
2 Peter 1:20-21 and 1 John 2:27.

Nothing in this real move of God will say some
John 10 people will not intrepret 10% of the book
the same----Isaiah 64:6 and Amos 3:3.

Nothing in the wisdom of God can explain John 10 people coming together in the Lord while they intrepret 10% of the book different---1 Cor. 1:25

Nothing in the wisdom of God calls this unity in God enough---John 17

Nothing says it's all about the 1 on 1 with God only to do unity the bible way enough----John 17

message 11: by Mark (new)

Mark Johansen | 2 comments This group doesn't look too active but maybe it could use a kickstart.

I'm not a pastor. I used to be very active with Right to Life, which I saw as my ministry. These days I'm doing some writing.

message 12: by Mark (new)

Mark Johansen | 2 comments Anthony: Surely it's not surprising that we do not have 100% agreement on how to understand the Bible. We are fallible humans with limited knowledge and wisdom. So sometimes we misunderstand what God is telling us.

message 13: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Herbic | 1 comments Hi! I'm Teresa Herbic. We are Families for Adoption leaders in adoptive, foster and orphan care ministry. I'm author of the book Family Prayer Made Easy with 100 ideas to pray together in unique ways, including great ways to involve kids of all ages.
There’s a free chapter at the site for you. God bless you all!

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