Media Matters – 2014

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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Clinton J. Holloway recently released He Still Speaks: A Literary Biography of Robert Milligan. Available at

InterVarsity Press recently published a commentary, John 1-12, edited by Dr. Craig Farmer, professor of history and humanities at Milligan College. The publication is the latest installment by InterVarsity Press in its Reformation Commentary on Scripture (RCS) series. Go to

Dr. David Wolf recently released The Gift Is You, his story of God’s sovereign care during a dark time in his life. Learn more at

Grip: Let Loose, Dig Deep & Take Hold, a new book by Titus Benton, asks tough questions about wealth, poverty, and generosity, and what it means for us as Christ followers. Learn more at

City on a Hill Studios offers a pastor’s kit, a couple’s kit, a devotional, and a journal to accompany its new movie The Song. Learn more at

Hear exclusive interviews with 12 presenters at this year’s North American Christian Convention (including Liz Curtis Higgs, Rick Santorum, Lee Strobel, and David Kinnaman) by going to the “Videos” link at

Did you know the International Conference on Missions offers video of many of its recent workshops and main sessions online? Check out

New Mission Systems International makes its staff and missionaries available to churches for consulting, seminars, and group events. Learn more at

Carol Stine, a professor of Christian Education at Boise (ID) Bible College, has written a women’s study guide to accompany Zondervan’s The Story. It corresponds to the 31 chapters of the curriculum and focuses on women of the Bible from each time period. E-mail to get a free PDF copy.

Missionary Karen Rees recently released her new novel, a historical fiction piece entitled The Ruby Ring. It was a finalist in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards. Order it at

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David Roadcup, Jim Estep, and Gary Johnson lead “e2,” a ministry to equip and coach elders. Their newest resource is Leader><Shift, which focuses on succession planning. Go to

Daniel J. Dyke and Hugh Henry recently released What Was Good about God’s Creation? It Wasn’t as Blissful as Some Think. Available at

The blog for Forefront Church (New York, NY) offers reflections, recommendations, music, art, and more. Find it at

Christ’s Church of the Valley (San Dimas, CA) recently released a new CD entitled simply Vow, recorded live in October 2013. “This night summed up a meaningful time of reflection and fasting in our church,” the church writes. Available on iTunes and at

Pepperdine University students create Global Tides, an undergraduate research journal featuring work from the humanities, religion, social sciences, and international studies. Go to

The College Press Bible Study Textbook Series includes 59 books with outlines, essays, paraphrases, maps, illustrations, and more. Download it and learn more at

Christian Churches Disability Ministry has created “The Hope Connection” to resource and encourage families and individuals dealing with special needs issues. Go to

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J. Caleb Clanton, associate professor of philosophy and research professor at Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN), is the first winner of the Lester McAllister Prize from Disciples History for his book The Philosophy of Religion of Alexander Campbell. The new McAllister Prize is awarded for the best published resource in Stone-Campbell history in the previous year. Learn more at

Mark Atteberry, senior minister with Poinciana Christian Church (Kissimmee, FL), recently released The Solomon Seduction: What You Can Learn from the Wisest Fool in the Bible. Learn more at

Liz Curtis Higgs blogs about the Bible, her books, and more at

The teaching team, campus pastors, and worship leaders at Central Christian Church (Mesa, AZ) collaborate on a blog to share insights about the weekend messages and offer a variety of resources including video, music, and graphics. Go to

InterVarsity Press recently released Why Church History Matters: An Invitation to Love and Learn from Our Past by Dr. Robert F. Rea, professor of church history and historical theology at Lincoln (IL) Christian University. Go to

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After years of personal study, as well as more than 30 years in ministry and counseling with families, Kay Camenisch wrote Uprooting Anger: Destroying the Monster Within. Learn more about the book and supplementary studies at

Robert B. Reese, Mid-Atlantic Christian University professor of cross-cultural ministry, recently released his new book, Who Needs a Missionary? How the Gospel Works All By Itself. Learn more at

Each week, Mike Baker, senior pastor, and J.K. Jones, pastor of spiritual formation at Eastview Christian Church, Normal, IL, discuss the Scripture and the sermon from the previous weekend in their video podcast “Monday Morning Pastor.” Go to

This spring, William Jessup University (Rocklin, CA) celebrated its 75th anniversary with the release of City on a Hill, a new book written by Bryce Jessup, president emeritus of the school. It is available at

Daniel Overdorf’s One Year to Better Preaching: 52 Exercises to Hone Your Skills offers preachers exercises and ideas to spark their creativity and sharpen their sermons. Overdorf serves as dean of the school of congregational ministry and professor of preaching at Johnson University (Knoxville, TN). Learn more at

Team Expansion offers a variety of free resources, including guides on how to pray for missionaries and for regions of the world. It’s available at

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Jim Powell, senior pastor of Richwoods Christian Church (Peoria, IL), recently released Dirt Matters: The Foundation for a Healthy, Vibrant, and Effective Congregation. Learn more at

Kenny Boles, part of the Greek and New Testament faculty at Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO), offers a number of free online word studies at

Members of the staff at 2|42 Community Church (Brighton, MI) teach the “SOAP” approach to Scripture—Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer—by contributing to an online journal focused on daily readings. Learn more at

Jud Wilhite’s new book The God of Yes, drawing from the teachings of Ecclesiastes, was released in February. Wilhite serves as senior pastor at Central Christian Church (Henderson, NV). Visit for more information and a free download of chapter 1.

Dudley Rutherford is one of two-dozen actors, musicians, and Christian leaders who provided voice talent to NIV Live: A Bible Experience, a new audio Bible and app. Learn more at

Dr. Teresa Welch, part of the Christian education and ministry faculty at Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO), has created a six-week curriculum for children and young adolescents on “Learning to Follow Christ.” See samples and download the material for free at

Kyle Idleman’s new book, AHA: The God Moment that Changes Everything, was released on March 1.
The publisher, David C. Cook, writes: “Idleman draws on Scripture to reveal how three key elements can draw us closer to God and change our lives for good.” Idleman serves as teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY. Visit

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Darren Walter, lead pastor at Current—A Christian Church, blogs about faith, the church, and life at

Karl Vaters runs, a website focused on creating resources, encouragement, and connection for small church leaders.

Adelina Aviator is a lively story of a little MK—missionary kid—who says good-bye to what she knows and “goes with God” on a true adventure. Go to

Kairos Legacy Partners is presenting a Conference for Retired Christian Church Ministers. The event is scheduled for April 22-24 in Indianapolis, IN. Learn more at

Visit for sermons, testimonies, stories, and podcasts from Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY).

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Grace Centered is an online magazine with many contributors from the churches of Christ. Visit it at

Alan Ahlgrim, director of pastor care and leadership development at Blessing Ranch (Livermore, CO), offers insight and encouragement at

Orchard Group (New York, NY) has created a podcast series to share what it’s learned about church planting with new planters. The first one, “Worship in the New Church,” is available at

Leroy Garrett shares articles, video and audio lectures, e-books, and many other resources at

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Nebraska Christian College’s new digital magazine, Lead, features interviews, professor profiles, the latest NCC news, and more. Its website is

Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) offers MP3 downloads, videos, and PDF outlines of keynote messages from its Summer Celebration series on the Sermon on the Mount. Explore these options at

Fortress Press released N.T. Wright’s newest book, Paul and His Recent Interpreters, on Feb. 1. It is available at

The Missions Network recently released a new app available on both Apple and Android platforms featuring audio and video reports, stories from contributors, ministry opportunities, and more. Visit iTunes and Google Play to download.

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Read lectures, sermons, and articles by Victor Knowles, president of Peace on Earth Ministries, at

In May and December, graduate students at Abilene (TX) Christian University produce Conversations: A Graduate Journal of the Humanities, Social Science and Theology. Learn more at

Liz Curtis Higgs invites us to experience Christmas with an open heart like Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna in her new book The Women of Christmas. Learn more at

The Green Mango Café and Bakery in Cambodia is part of a two-year culinary training program developed through the Center for Global Impact (Indianapolis, IN). Their new cookbook is available for sale at

In Real: Becoming a 24/7 Follower of Jesus, author Jamie Snyder encourages us to recapture the sold-out faith of Jesus’ first followers. Available at

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