Steering Toward Sctipure 16 x 9 Matthew Everhard

For Season One of the David Donnan Podcast we are looking at ways to “steer toward scripture”. The David Donnan podcast was created to help develop resources for a life of faith in Jesus Christ.

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Rev. Dr. Matthew Everhard joins us to talk about practical Bible reading tips.

Rev. Dr. Matthew Everhard is the pastor of Gospel Fellowship PCA just north of Pittsburgh. His YouTube channel is youtube.com/MatthewEverhard where he has thousands of subscribers. He is the author of several books including Hold Fast the Faith, Unknown, and Christ our Supreme Joy.

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I just finished reading N.T. Wright’s latest book God and the Pandemic A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and Its Aftermath. I posted on social media I was reading this book. My post had several people ask for a review.

Instead of a review let me give you three reasons why you should read it.

#1 It is short. I get it, reading theology can seem overwhelming. This is a bright spot for those who are curious about theology but theologians longer works can seem too daunting. This book clocks in at under 80 pages. Just 80 pages and you can brag to all your friends, “I read theology books.”

#2 It is powerful. This book is powerful in that it deals with something we all are all experiencing. The power is also found in how all people of faith have been wondering what God is doing? N.T. does not leave us hanging. He says. “Part of the the answer to the question, ‘Where is God in the pandemic?’ must be, ‘Out there on the front line, suffering and dying to bring healing and hope.'” (p. 68) Wright does a masterful job of explaining not only where is God but what role do believers play now and in the future.

#3 It is apolitical. Here in the USA almost everything about the pandemic has been politicized. It is refreshing to hear a discussion about the pandemic from not only a theologian but someone outside of the USA. Disclaimer: if you view every thing through a political lens I am sure you will find something you consider political.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go get grab your copy now.

Book Briefs June 2020

July 22, 2020

I love to read. In an effort for me to remember what I read, here are some book briefs from June.

#1 Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Big Idea: Leaders take extreme ownership for everything that happens. The discipline of taking responsibility leads to freedom.

Audience: Written for a secular audience interesting in improving leadership skills.

My Summary: A motivation book. I really enjoyed how each chapter told stories from the war in Iraq. It gave me a deeper appreciation for all who serve. Also the book providing application into the business world.

#2 The E-Giving Guide for Every Church by Richard Rogers 

Big Idea: Digital tools are available to help your ministry better serve your people and community.

Audience: Church leaders exploring digital tools to help steward resources. 

My Summary: A great guide to help leaders understand the tools available to collect revenue. Rogers does a great job of breaking down the small steps to take to implement online giving for a church at all experience levels. I appreciate the author’s use of a ski trip metaphor for the process of implementing digital giving.

#3 Joel and the Egyptian Cat by David Dudley

Big Idea: A life with God is full of adventure.

Audience: Lovers of fiction.

My Summary: A fun adventure novel. I was honored to read an advance copy of this book. I have loved every novel I’ve read by David.

#4 Books of the Bible finished in June.

I am following a Bible reading plan where I read several parts of the Bible all at once. In June I finished 1 and 2 Timothy, Philemon, Esther, and Ezra.

Inspiration for my format of summaries are from Kevin DeYoung’s blog.