Here are some of the books we’ve been talking about on Radio for the past few years — we think this is all Holy Spirit stuff – what do you think?
Bill Johnson – “Hosting The Presence – Unveiling Heaven’s Agenda”
“If you were renting a home from me, I wouldn’t walk into your home without an invitation, or at least without your permission. You would never see me in your kitchen, taking food from your refrigerator and cooking a meal for myself. Why? Even though it is my house, it is under your charge or stewardship. While there may be landlords who would violate such protocol, God is not one of them. He planted us here with a purpose. Yet it’s a purpose we can’t accomplish without Him. Our true nature and personality will never come to fullness apart from His manifest Presence. Learning to host Him is at the center of our assignment, and it must become our focus so that we can have the success He desires before Jesus returns.”
“When helping hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself” by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
There are ways to help the poor and other ways that do more harm than good.
“Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty” Jan 8, 2008
by Muhammad Yunus and Alan Jolis
Mr Yunus is a Muslim who pioneered the Grameen Bank which gives microloans to the poor. I find it fascinating that he validates so closely my understanding of human nature. He shows what is needed to do micro loans to the poorest of the poor, learned through decades of experience.
Christlikeness – a manual from Francis Frangipane’s messages. This is the first of four manuals used in their “In Christ’s Image Training” series
A lot of the quotes I use on the show are from this site
Brennan Manning “Ragamuffin Gospel”
Seriously, God loves you. Yes, He knows all about you, and He still loves you.
“Unlikely” by Kevin Palau
How can the church thrive and actually be the church in a liberal, modern culture? Take a look at how things are going in the Portland OR area. It’s a breath of fresh air!
10 reasons to memorize big chunks of the Bible by Jon Bloom
An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture
Andrew Davis writes persuasively about the benefits of Bible memorization – only $ 0.99 for Kindle version on Amazon (If you don’t have a physical Kindle device, you can install the free Kindle app on your PC or phone or tablet)
Ten Passages for Pastors to Memorize Cold
“These are ten that will prove especially useful for pastors and Christian leaders, but we think this is a good list for all Christians as well. ”
Kenneth Bailey on Middle Eastern culture and what the original hearers of the Bible stories understood that we don’t. I thought the material on Zaccheus was enlightening, and the insight on the Christmas story really filled out some things for me. This is well worth reading through, but each section is useful by itself.
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels
The Prodigal Son – “Oh! Oh! So that’s what that means! Oh, my, I didn’t realize that!” (I had a lot of that while reading this book)
The Cross & the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants