Media Matters – 2013

Designed to keep you up-to-date on resources by and for leaders in our churches: new books, periodicals, Web sites, blogs, and even apps for your smart phone (most recent items are at the top):

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Watch an online, seven-video course on the basics of faith and ministry by Christ Church of the Valley (Peoria, AZ), at

Freeway: A Not-So-Perfect Guide to Freedom is a six-week small group video and curriculum series by the same team that created People of the Second Chance. Learn more at

RightNow Media offers several modules of video teaching, including a Bible study library, training library for church leaders, and sessions from events like Catalyst, Verge, and others. Go to

Haydn Shaw’s new book, Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart, helps leaders build productivity, understand generational differences, and get better results. Go to

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Acts of God, a new movie by City on a Hill Productions, releases this fall with good early buzz (and Bob Russell making his acting debut!). In conjunction with the film, Russell has written a book, Acts of God: Trusting God in Tragedy, a six-week sermon series, and six small-group Bible study videos. Go to and

Myron J. Taylor shares Communion meditations and various writings at

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In September, Cincinnati-based Rebel Pilgrim Productions debuted its new film, A Strange Brand of Happy, in 42 cities. The film stars Joe Boyd, Rebecca St. James, and Academy Award winner Shirley Jones. Learn more at

Matt Chandler uses Philippians to challenge readers toward greater maturity in his new book, To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain. Available at

Portable Church followed up its popular e-book What Every Church Planter Should Know with a second volume, free to download at

The six-session study “Leaders & Legends: A Study of Stone-Campbell History and Beliefs” is an easy-to-use but comprehensive overview of the people, places, and ideas that form our heritage. Go to

Who Am I?, a new book by Madonna Burget Spratt with Eleanor Daniel, tells the story of one courageous woman whose 50 years of missionary service includes work in India, Africa, and Honduras. Available at

Jack Cottrell, professor of theology at Cincinnati (OH) Christian University, answers your questions at

Journey’s Crossing (Gaithersburg, MD) outlines definitions, action plans, and Bible teaching about six stages of following Christ, from “Seeker” to “Leader/Coach” at

Matt Keller, founding lead pastor of Next Level Church in Fort Myers, FL, just released God of the Underdogs: When the Odds Are Against You, God Is For You. Learn more at

Kevin Stone, executive pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley (Royersford, PA), blogs about church leadership and infrastructure development at

The Verge Network is offering the new e-book Equip: Practical Ways to Train Missional Leaders for free. Contributors include Dave Ferguson, Reggie McNeal, and Hugh Halter. Go to

N.T. Wright’s newest book, The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential, releases Sept. 3. Available at

Receive “GracEmail,” a weekly teaching/devotional e-mail, and browse more than 1,000 past editions at

In a weekly blog, New Missions Systems International shares stories of individuals and communities in 27 countries that are being transformed by Christ’s love. Learn more at

This November, the International Conference on Missions will begin offering a new magazine for kids called Mission: SEE. The quarterly publication will highlight missions and ministries around the world. Learn more at

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Community Christian Church (Nottingham, MD) offers PDF devotionals, readings, and small group guides at

Visit for free resources from Good News Productions International, including videos, brochures, production pictures, and PowerPoint presentations.

Trent Renner, founding pastor at PulsePoint Christian Church (Oviedo, FL), just released Retweeting Jesus: 30 Devotions About What Jesus Said. Learn more at

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Anne Milam recently released Bloom Where You’re Planted: Stories of Women in Church Planting. Milam serves as the children’s minister at Kinetic Church in Charlotte, NC; she and her husband Dave planted Kinetic in 2005. The book is available at

In Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own, authors Ryan and Josh Shook share the journey to find their faith and challenge other young adults to make their walk with God personal. Learn more at

Alisa Franz recently published Duck Dynasty: Hunting for Spiritual Truths, an interactive discussion guide for small groups and families based on the hit reality TV show Duck Dynasty. Franz’s husband, Rich, serves as preaching minister at Central Christian Church, St. Petersburg, FL. Available at

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At, Byron Davis shares blog posts, podcasts, videos, interviews, and more about the practices, disciplines, and rhythms that get the most out of life.

Joshua Graves, lead minister at Otter Creek Church of Christ (Nashville, TN), recently released his third book, Tearing Down the Walls: A Guide for Christians and Muslims Living in North America. Learn more at

Rochester (MI) College launched a daily audio devotional on March 1. The one- to two-minute inspirational messages are delivered via e-mail every Monday through Friday. The devotional is available at

Ministry Grid is a new subscription-based, online leadership development platform for pastors, staff, and volunteers. The site recently launched with more than 1,000 video sessions. Learn more at

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Rebel Pilgrim Productions “tells stories that change people” with original films, church media, and more. Find it online at

In The Blessed Woman, Debbie Morris shares her doubts, struggles, and personal encounters with God’s tenderness. Go to

In Just Lead! A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church, authors Sherry Surratt and Jenni Catron inspire women to build their skills and lead well. It’s available at

Vince Antonucci’s new book, Renegade: Your Faith Isn’t Meant to Be Safe, encourages readers to live radical lives for God in a culture opposed to him. It is available at

Kent Sanders, professor of worship at Saint Louis Christian College, blogs on the creative journey at

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Mark Atteberry, senior minister of Poinciana Christian Church (Kissimmee, FL) and the author of 10 books, recently released Dream, a romantic thriller and winner of two eLit awards for excellence in digital publishing. Learn more at

In House on the Rock: The 7 Building Blocks of Christianity, Glenn Thomas Carson outlines the foundation for a spiritual house that can withstand the pressures of time. Order it at

New Wineskins is an online magazine focusing on issues of faith and contemporary culture. Go to

Maritime Christian College (Prince Edward Island, Canada) offers illustrations, discussion questions, and other Christian education resources on its website,

Ask a question and get responses from around the world at

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Jim Putman, senior pastor at Real Life Church (Post Falls, ID), and Bobby Harrington, lead pastor at Harpeth Community Church (Franklin, TN), are authors of the new book DiscipleShift. This is also the theme of the 2013 Exponential conference. Available at

The Cure for Insomnia: Preaching that Won’t Put People to Sleep by Ken Hensley is available as an e-book on Amazon. Hensley serves as executive pastor at Mountainview Community Christian Church (Highlands Ranch, CO).

Rick Chromey, a professor, pastor, and author, offers books on leadership, parenting, and more at

Gayla Cooper Congdon, cofounder of Amor Ministries (San Diego, CA), recently released her new book, Disrupted: Cultivating a Mission Focused Life. Available at and

Dan Smith, lead minister of Momentum Christian Church (Cleveland, OH), is also the winner of a 2012 Ohio Hip-Hop Award. Learn about Dan and his music at

Marques Evans, aka “Big Cleve,” serves as the pastor of Revolution 216, a Stadia church plant in Cleveland. His first full-length hip-hop/rap album, called Generations of Grey, is available on iTunes. The church’s website is

The Jesus Film and other full-length movies and digital resources are now available on your smart phone. Access the complete library and get the app at

Anthony Ochoa, a graduate of Lincoln (IL) Christian Seminary, recently released A Year in the Real World. The book takes a look at a year spent working at a coffee shop with non-Christians and shares the lessons he learned about incarnational ministry. Available at

A new YouTube channel created by Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Johnson City, TN) includes a variety of messages from the Eastern Christian Conference Leadership Seminar. Check it out at

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Jud Wilhite, senior pastor at Central Christian Church (Henderson, NV) just released his new book Pursued, which uses the story of Hosea to explore God’s unwavering love. Go to

David Platt follows up Radical with Follow Me: A Call to Live. A Call to Die. The book describes Jesus’ invitation to self-denial, joy, and relationship with him. It is available at

People of the Second Chance now offers a four-week coaching program for help in processing and recovering from crises. Go to

The Tokens Radio Show, started by professors from Lipscomb University, now offers a free podcast called “Dispatches from the Buckle.” Learn more at

Ozark Christian College grad Gregory Fish recently released Steadfast, a documentary about the May 2011 tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, and the response of local churches. Go to

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In Missional Moves: 15 Tectonic Shifts that Transform Churches, Communities, and the World, authors Rob Wegner and Jack Magruder provide a plan of action to unleash your church for global and local impact. Go to

Justin and Tricia Davis, authors of Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough, offer a variety of free resources and supporting materials at

Max Lucado blogs about ministry, faith, and his take on the world at

Patrick O’Connell, a church planter with Restore Community Church (Kansas City, MO), blogs about the “nuts and bolts” of planting missional gospel movements at

Central Christian Church (Henderson, NV) offers its “Glossary” of strategic terms and phrases useful in the life of its church as a free resource to help other congregations. The list is available at

The Public Policy Institute at William Jessup University (Rocklin, CA) recently published Bold Leadership: Biblical Principles for Marketplace Impact. Author Dr. Merlin Switzer provides insights from successful marketplace leaders around the country. The book is available at


The Church Planting Executive Director’s Retreat is held each September, and the group shares resources from past events at

Nancy Hughes shares her latest books, her blogs, and her heart for women at

D. Newell Williams, Douglas A. Foster, and Paul M. Blowers are editors of the new book The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History. It is available through

Doxa, Nebraska Christian College’s undergraduate literary journal, features poetry, fiction, artwork, and more. Read it online at

Where God Finds You: 40 Devotions Bringing Bible Characters to Life by Anita Higman combines dramatic storytelling with personal application and reflection. Learn more at

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