The Back of the Napkin

The Back of the Napkin

I love this book! It’s been so helpful to me as I work with groups trying to communicate sometimes complex concepts in simple ways that people can really grab hold of. The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam is a book on how you can use simple drawings to solve problems...

The 3 colors of love

One of my favorites of Christian Schwarz’s books is The 3 Colors of Love. In this volume of his 3 colors series he looks at how to evaluate your growth in the fruit of the Spirit. With solid biblical exegesis, he traces the word love throughout scripture to...
Figuring out your starting point

Figuring out your starting point

Before you know what you need to do in order to get where you want to go, you need to figure out where you are. It’s like being in a mall and looking on the directory for the “you are here” tab. You have to know where you currently are to even have a starting point....

Ever feel like you’re wandering in circles?

If you actually want to get where you’re going, you need a map to help you navigate. Only a map can give you an indication of whether you’re getting closer to or further away from your goal. Without one, all of us are left wandering in circles. If you want a clear map...

What do these three organisms have in common?

Pastor Al wants to get his church involved in serving their neighborhood more missionally. All his people agree– in theory– but he can’t get them to take even the smallest action in that direction. How can he fight passive resistance? Reverend...
American Grace

American Grace

I recently ran across radio interview with Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, about his new book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. Based on the interview, it sounds as if the thesis of the book is that Americans are highly religious, religiously...