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December 02, 2013

ABOUT ME

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

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    Books Beside My Bed

    • Timothy Keller: Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

      Timothy Keller: Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City
      Everything I read by Keller I think, "I should have known tothat, yes I agree," then my flesh says, "I should have written that." P.48-51 are a practical theology of the gospel worked out that we aspire to at Lake Forest. Honestly, Keller should be in the EPC. He does not belong in the overly perspicacious (how many hours and minutes in a creation day? Etc ad nauseum ) PCA.

    • David Steindl-Rast: Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness

      David Steindl-Rast: Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness
      This little-known jewel was given to me by my father at Christmas. His insights into prayer, faith, religion, belief and wonder astound me. This book is a good example of an orthodox Christian speaking timeless Christian truth to today's shallow-rooted 'spiritual but not religious' westerner. He speaks so plainly a language of the heart that generously includes the spiritual longings of those with no religious affiliation. Yet he gently, always leads to Jesus and God's Word. In a way that I want to follow. Careful, if you read it too quickly looking for buzzwords, some might write him off as 'new age' or worse. That would be a gross mistake. I feel I'm at the feet of a master of the Christ-life as I meditate on these humble thoughts.

    • F. E. Peters: Jerusalem:The Holy City in the Eyes of Chroniclers, Visitors, Pilgrims, and Prophets from the Days of Abraham to the Beginnings of Modern Times

      F. E. Peters: Jerusalem:The Holy City in the Eyes of Chroniclers, Visitors, Pilgrims, and Prophets from the Days of Abraham to the Beginnings of Modern Times
      Peters manages to tell the history of Jerusalem, which is holy to Jews, Christians, and Moslems alike, with remarkable objectivity. He accomplishes this by a judicious selection of eyewitness accounts from the many who have been affected by, or have themselves affected, the destiny of Jerusalem, as well as by generous quotations from the Bible. The book focuses on the historical events that shaped the city and gives especially valuable insights into the major religious sites within Jerusalem. Although critical commentary is sparse, the comprehensiveness and clarity of the sources make for a lucid narrative.

    • Mr. N.T. Wright: The Way of the Lord: Christian Pilgrimage Today

      Mr. N.T. Wright: The Way of the Lord: Christian Pilgrimage Today
      I'm reading this devotionally as preparation for our Holy Land trip in September.

    • Laura Hillenbrand: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

      Laura Hillenbrand: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
      This is on top of my book pile for our beach week this summer. Am I the last man in America to read this? Came back to it after reading the Charlotte Observer's account of his conversion to Christ at a Billy Graham crusade.

    • Willem J. Van Asselt: Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism (Reformed Historical-Theological Studies)

      Willem J. Van Asselt: Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism (Reformed Historical-Theological Studies)
      In discussion with a friend, I decided it would be good of me to refresh my Reformed theological roots by taking in a positive treatment of the aspect of my own theological stream I am the most uncomfortable with - a scholastic approach to understanding and describing God. The first two chapters have been very helpful to correct my own misunderstandings.

    • The New Testament Epistles
      My morning scripture reading is one chapter of a NT epistle per day. Started with Galatians. I simply read a chapter twice through, and pray over whatever Word seems to be for me that day. Usually on the elliptical machine at the gym 3 times a week, or while eating oatmeal on my back porch.
    • Charles A. O'Reilly III: Winning Through Innovation: A Practical Guide to Leading Organizational Change and Renewal

      Charles A. O'Reilly III: Winning Through Innovation: A Practical Guide to Leading Organizational Change and Renewal
      Given to all our pastors by Jesse our Executive Director. Excellent work and thought on how to not let current success or fruitfulness shut down creativity and innovation that leads to future fruitfulness.

    • Kenneth E. Bailey: Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels

      Kenneth E. Bailey: Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels
      slowly reading this treasure of New Testament studies by a pastor and scholar who spent his entire career in the middle east, is conversant with the rich history of middle eastern Christianity, and helps us pick up on important details that come from cultural cues original readers 'got' (this book gave me the guts of my sermon last December about the manger being in the house of one of Joseph's family members, and that 'inn' meant 'guest room' of that same hospitable house)

    • 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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