7 Kinds of Books Every Pastor Should Read

by Ben Sternke on July 13, 2015

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I think it was Eugene Peterson that ruined it for me.

I had a good thing going. I was a young pastor learning how to do this ministry stuff. Because I had recently graduated from college, I suddenly had the dizzying freedom of choosing what I would read next. The literary world was my oyster.

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How to Proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom

by Ben Sternke on June 2, 2015

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In my last post I identified a common discipleship-killer. It’s something that sabotages our best disciple-making efforts. And almost every church I’ve ever worked with has it.

It’s a gospel issue. Specifically, the problem most pastors have with answering this question:

Does the gospel I preach naturally lead to people becoming disciples of Jesus?

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Why You Can’t Make Disciples

May 18, 2015
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The reason you can’t make disciples is probably something that’s built into your culture that sabotages your best intentions before you even start.

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How Asking Questions Is Transforming My Parenting

May 14, 2015
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My wife Deb Sternke writes about how instead of giving answers, we are learning that asking questions is a much more effective way to empower our kids.

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Disciples and Pilgrims, Not Experts and Conquerors

May 11, 2015
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Eugene Peterson says two important images for people of faith are that of being disciples and pilgrims. What does it look like when we don’t embrace them?

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Why Being Filled Up Is Not Enough

May 7, 2015
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In this guest post from my wife, Deb Sternke, she describes a dynamic all disciples of Jesus in their life… having and inflow AND and outflow…

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8 Things I’ve Learned About Bringing Culture Change

May 4, 2015
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I’ve always been interested in bringing culture change. Here are 8 things I’ve learned about it from 21 years of ministry experience.

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Will Your Church Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

April 27, 2015
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I’ve always been fascinated by stories about zombie apocalypses. And I think we can learn a lot about our churches by asking whether we’d survive one.

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Why Listening is the First Step of Evangelism

April 20, 2015
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Normally we think of evangelism as telling – we proclaim and speak a message. And it is proclaiming a message. But it starts with listening.

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Why You Shouldn’t Replicate Yourself

April 15, 2015
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To replicate yourself is a common metaphor for disciple-making. But as often as I’ve used it, I’m starting to think that it is mostly unhelpful.

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