#1 – New Testament Deacon: The Church’s Minister of Mercy by Alexander Strauch (published by Lewis and Roth Publishers, 1992). Many church’s de-value their deacons to being church custodians. Strauch argues from Scripture, and rightfully so, that deacons are much more than this stereotype. Deacons are leaders of “pastoral care” and benevolent needs. This book needs to be read by every elder and deacon in your church in order to better align the deacon ministry to what God intends for their ministry. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#2 – J.C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone by Iain H. Murray (published by Banner of Truth Trust, 2016). This is THE biography of J.C. Ryle. As a Ryle-fan, I have read most of his works and the best of his biographies. Biographically-speaking, I have been disappointed in the previous authors, but Murray’s writing expertise when it comes to church history makes this book shine. Murray does a good job filling in the gaps biographically where others have fallen short. And Murray answered a question for me I have wondered about Ryle’s lack of background information in most works: Ryle’s library burned about 50 years after his death, which consumed many of his diaries, personal notes, etc. You need to read this book about a humble, simple man of God. Ryle will inspire you! BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#3 – Preaching with Purpose: the Urgent Task of Homiletics by Jay E. Adams (published by Zondervan Publishing House, 1982).I am not sure how many times I have read this book, but I really enjoyed it this time. The topics covered are as follows: the purpose of preaching, defining preaching, determining how much to preach, determining the main point, knowing your audience, sermon outlines, introductions, conclusions, applications, evangelistic sermons, planning your sermon, illustrations, the delivery, etc. The book if far more practically than I remembered. If you are a preacher (regular or irregular), this is a book you need to put on your list of preaching resources to re-visit often. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#4 – Politics According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture by Wayne Grudem (published by Zondervan Publishing House, 2010). Read my previous “book blurb” here. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.