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Greetings everyone! I recently completed reading Meet Generation Z by James Emery White. This is a review of the book.

This book was absolutely amazing! It is about understanding the mindset of & how to best to relate to the largest generation of today. I think Generation Z is made up of the little children up to the teenagers of today.

Generation Z has different concerns, thoughts, & priorities on their minds then those of previous generation. White does an excellent job of addressing these concerns & how we can address them. White does a great job on this book of how to address Generation Z & how he & his church work with them.

White added three appendices addressing three different controversial issues & how he & his church address each of them. While I don’t agree with his stance, I appreciate his honesty & how they work with people who are part of it.

As someone who wants to be in ministry to young adults & college students, I thought this book would be great to read. It certainly did not disappoint. I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with children, teens, & college students in any way.

I was given this book by Baker Books in exchange for my honest review. I hope I’ve met the requirements of the review.

As always any & all comments or concerns are welcomed & encouraged. If there is anything I should add or delete, please let me know.

God bless. Grace & Peace.

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Greetings everyone! For this review, I have completed reading a book called Shalom In Psalms. This is a fantastic book. The subtitle is a great outlook in to the book: A Devotional From The Jewish Heart Of The Christian Faith.

For one thing, the authors used a Bible translation called Tree Of Life Version (treeoflifeversion.com) which I thought was excellent. It seemed to be a good translation of the original Hebrew text. The authors used this Bible translation and added their commentary along with the biblical text.

I thought the authors did a great job of talking about the key Hebrew words in each Psalm, the application in the times of the writings, how they all apply to Jesus, and how Christians can use these Psalms in our own lives.

I would highly recommend this great resource.

If there’s anything here I’ve left out in this review, or any thoughts, or questions please let me know.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings everyone! I am so proud to introduce you to Elliotte Rose Calhoun Blaisdell. She was born Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 to my brother & sister-in-law Colby & Cheryl Blaisdell in Austin, Texas. Ellie is their second child. She looks beautiful!

Ellie, Uncle Zebo can’t wait to meet you.

As always, any thoughts & comments are welcomed & encouraged.

God bless you all. Grace & Peace.

Zack.

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Greetings everyone! A friend of mine who ministers in San Diego does a Friday Stream Of Consciousness.

I thought I’d start doing that on Saturdays in an attempt to get back into a somewhat regular blogging routine.

A stream of consciousness just means random thoughts that come to mind that have been going on.

Here it goes.

1.I’ve been reading UnReasonable Hope by Chad Veach and Wise Guys by Kent Evans. UnReasonable Hope is about facing obstacles in life believing that God is walking beside you throughout all the pain your living with. It’s a really good book.

Wise Guys is about looking for men in our lives who can mentor us in our lives. Both of these books are awesome and I hope to put a book review for them when I finish reading them.

2.The Stanley Cup and NBA Finals series were both finished last month. Both were absolutely incredible. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup this now completed NHL season. I think it’s a perfect picture of the mentoring picture on display. The Penguins have two (2) goalies. One of them is a veteran of several NHL seasons under his belt and the second guy was a rookie, or a season or two into his career. Pittsburgh had to lean heavily on both of them during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, especially during the Finals Series as they both played a pivotalĀ  role in the team’s championship run.

The NBA Finals were absolutely epic. Five games in, it looked like the Golden State Warriors were a shoe in to win their second NBA Finals in a row. But the Cleveland Cavilers, who were down three games to one, just all of a sudden started playing inspired basketball the next three games. They ended up winning all three of those games to win their first Finals championship as a franchise. It was the city of Cleveland’s first professional sports championship in over fifty (50) years. Just incredible!

This past week all three of my younger siblings and all of their families came into town to stay with our parents and I from this past Friday through Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. All three of my siblings are married and have children. One sister has four kids. My brother has 1 child. And one sister has three kids. My brother and his wife are expecting a second child (a girl) in October. It was fun hanging out with everyone and doing stuff with them. They are all back at their homes now. It was fun being with all of them.

3. My Texas Rangers are kind of falling apart as the All Star Game approaches this new upcoming week. The All Star Break almost always seems to come at an opportune time. The Major League Baseball season is 162 games long, so every team experiences ups and downs throughout the season. My Dad told me every team will win fifty games and every team will lose 50 games. What matters is how they do in the other sixty-two.

4. Lastly, I plan to attend the Campus For Christ Conference later this month at Lipscomb University. I’m super excited to attend this conference. Campus Ministry has long been my biggest ministry passion since I heard how many young adults leave the church after leaving home to go to college. The church has to step into the lives of college students to help them truly make Jesus the Lord of their lives. I haven’t known what to do with passions I’ve felt about it, nor who to talk to, nor what questions to ask. Campus Ministry is something I hope to be part of in whatever form or fashion. This conference will be my fourth. The previous three conferences I was able to attend were absolutely awesome! I bet this one will be no different.

I’ll close now.

Your thoughts and questions are always appreciated and encouraged.

God bless you all.

Grace and Peace.

zack.

 

 

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Greetings everyone! About two months ago or I saw Dr Thom Rainer had a new book coming out and was looking for people in church circles to help get the word out about the book. I signed up, agreeing to write a review of the book on my blog and to give copies of the book away to friends in ministry.

I finished the book the other day and loved it! Here is my review.

Who Moved My Pulpit is a great follow-up to Autopsy Of A Deceased Church Dr Rainer wrote a few years ago. Who Moved My Pulpit is about leading change in churches that desperately need to change. It’s a helpful guide to lead churches through the turbulence that can surely occur during change. It’s a great help to churches who want to move from being good to great.

This book is really good. I loved reading it and higly recommend it. It’s a great book and much needed guide for churches who need to make changes.

I have eight more copies of the book to give a way. If any of my blog-reader-friends want a copy of the book, please comment on this blog post and include your email address and how many copies you want. I’ll do my best to get them to you as soon as possible.

Any and all comments and questions are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

zack.

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Greetings everyone! Today I finished reading Kyle Idelman’s book The End Of Me. Loved this book!

In the book’s introduction, Mr Idelman shared a story of a tragedy that happened to a family that attends the church where he’s a minister. And what happened to him and his family brought him closer to Jesus. That Jesus became more real to him since the tragedy happened.

And so Mr Idelman said he put on his personal Facebook page the following: “Answer this question: Jesus became more real to me when…”. He said he got a lot of responses. The one that really caught his attention was this “Jesus became more real to me when… I came to the end of myself”.

This book is a collection of stories of both biblical stories and modern day stories of what it means to come to the end of ourselves. It’s a book about what it means to come to the end of ourselves.

As someone who desires to get into full-time ministry as a vocation, I realized I have a lot to learn about coming to the end of myself before I can give of myself to others.

Thank you Kyle Idelman for writing this compelling and thought-provoking book. God bless him, his family, and the work they do.

And thank you, readers, for reading this.

Any comments, questions, or anything else are encouraged and welcomed.

God bless you all.

Grace and Peace.

zack.

PS. If you want to buy this book, you can buy it at any Christian bookstore or Amazon.com. It’s a great book. I highly recommend it.

 

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Dr Thom Rainer

Greetings one and all! I’m super excited about Dr Thom Rainer’s new book Who Moved My Pulpit? coming out soon. I plan to read it and review it on this blog.

If you want to check it out, see Dr Rainer’s website http://thomrainer.com/whomovedmypulpit and check it out.

As always, any and all thoughts and questions are welcomed and encouraged.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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