There are three books that I am going to read over the course of 2008. There will probably be more than three but these three are my priority:

vintagejesus.jpg Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll has already created some hype.
I was introduced to Driscoll in 2007, I stumbled upon his podcast – he was
teaching about the cross – I was blown away by his communicative ability
as well as his handling of the Word. OK, so I don’t agree 100% with his
theology but I am SO there when it comes to his mission mindedness.Anyway the book is the “paper version” of a teaching series
he did last year. Here’s a sample from the book:
Roughly two thousand years ago, Jesus was born in a dumpy, rural, hick town, not unlike those today where guys change their own oil, think pro wrestling is real, find women who chew tobacco sexy, and eat a lot of Hot Pockets with their uncle-daddy. Jesus’ mom was a poor, unwed teenage girl who was often mocked for claiming she conceived via the Holy Spirit. Most people thought she concocted the crazy story to cover the fact she was knocking boots with some guy in the backseat of a car at the prom. Jesus was adopted by a simple carpenter named Joseph and spent the first thirty years of his life in obscurity, swinging a hammer with his dad.In Vintage Jesus, (we) provide timeless answers to twelve timely questions about the most important man who has ever lived. These questions are answered with insights from people such as Jesus himself, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Luther King Jr., Hugh Hefner, Jack Bauer, Fidel Castro, Oprah, Kanye West, Gandhi, Homer Simpson, Mike Tyson, Gil Grissom, and Madonna, along with some demons and a porn star.
money.jpg Money Matters for the Church by Aubrey Malphurs and Steve StroopeWhere Vintage Jesus is for me, this book is for the church. I’m acutely aware that money is often THE issue that divides and causes problems in the church. Dealing with issues concerning finances is the lead pastors responsibility – along with others who are supporting.

I hope this will prove to be an informative read.

wiersbe.jpg Preaching & Teaching with Imagination: The Quest for
Biblical Ministry by Warren Wiersbe
To be honest I’ve never been a huge fan of Wiersbe. It’s not that I have specific issue with him or the things he says, I just find his style is not mine. However, I’ve been recommended this book about teaching the
Bible in an imaginative way – using pictures in Scripture to help drive home principles in Scripture.

I hope that this will help me to teach the word with imagination.


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