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November 24, 2013

ABOUT ME

I'm Dr. Mike Moses, founder and lead pastor of Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, NC.

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    • Geoff Surratt: Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes

      Geoff Surratt: Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes
      I'm reading this over the summer in order to do a 'stupid check-up' on the big picture at our church.

    • Matt Ridley: Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

      Matt Ridley: Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
      "The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean?" This is deep science written for laypersons like me. I'm interested in the many ethical, theological and other future implications of knowing our genetics.

    • Christopher B. Harbin: On Immigration: Immigrants, Foreigners, and Strangers
      This is a survey of biblical teaching on issues of immigration. I just met with the author, Chris, who has led Huntersville Baptist's Latino Ministry for some years. What a godly and faithful man he is. We are praying through our church's response to God moving 8-10,000 Latino immigrants, whom he loves, into our area the past few years, making them 10% of our population and the fastest growing segment.
    • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America: My Orthodox Prayer Book

      Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America: My Orthodox Prayer Book
      A collection of the best, practical prayers in Orthodoxy for morning, evening, meals and other ordinary aspects of life. It fits in your pocket.

    • Charles Taylor: A Secular Age

      Charles Taylor: A Secular Age
      Blowing my mind, both the massive amount of history that is analyzed in this book, and the sheer brilliance of the author (every other page I think, "I'm an idiot"). Honestly, I can't yet describe what this book is about...

    • : Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life: (Art for Faith's Sake) by Farrer, Lauralee (2010) Paperback

      Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life: (Art for Faith's Sake) by Farrer, Lauralee (2010) Paperback
      If you're interested in learning about 'Praying the Hours/Offices' and trying it, GET THIS BOOK. In brief format, the history and practice of this type of prayer is explained. The reader is tutored in its various methods (such as how to chant scripture), then given examples to use. I used the content for the 8 daily offices in this book each day during my prayer retreat in Greece.

    • Thomas Merton: Thoughts In Solitude

      Thomas Merton: Thoughts In Solitude
      Merton is one of the few most influential spiritual and Christian thinkers and writers of the 20th century, and he was a modern-day monk. Raised in New York City, an intellectual and scholar, whose solitude was used by God to provide clarity and guidance to millions. Unblinkingly Christ-centered, with a prophet's ability to unmask modern culture - this is a gem about the value of solitude in our lives.

    • Protopresbyter Fr. George D. Metallinos: The Way, an Introduction to the Orthodox Faith

      Protopresbyter Fr. George D. Metallinos: The Way, an Introduction to the Orthodox Faith
      This was commissioned and published by one of the small Greek monasteries I visited, where I bought it. Gives insight into the distinctives of Orthodox theology, which I greatly admire.

    • Glenn T. Stanton: Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth

      Glenn T. Stanton: Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth
      A friend recommended this and its been helpful so far. From the back cover: "(this book) is a wise, compassionate, practical and thoroughly biblical guide for followers of Christ seeking to navigate some of the most challenging issues of our time in grace and truth."

    • Craig Ott: Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication

      Craig Ott: Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication
      I'm getting primed to teach my Church Planting class at Gordon-Conwell this winter/spring, and getting excited about the ramp up next year of an EPC Church Planter Training Residency program at Lake Forest.

    • Angie Moses: Flying Home

      Angie Moses: Flying Home
      My wife Angie just published her first novel! #1 I'm proud of her. #2 It's stinkin' good (tension between dreams and duty for a young mother). #3 This book will never be published and stocked in a 'Christian' bookstore with the picture of a beatific looking prairie woman on the front wearing a bonnet - there's grittiness of real life like happens to real people, and perhaps some grace. #4 This link is to the Kindle version, look below for paperback also. #5 Angie had in mind precisely the type of 'given up on church but not on God' folks we love so much to welcome at Lake Forest as she wrote.

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