I’m in the process now of writing my next two books, one that focuses on temptation and the other on biblical spiritual warfare (with my friend from Southern Seminary, Bill Cook). It seems to me, though, that I could write these books for pastors today:
- In a Hurry: How I Messed Up My Church by Pushing Change Too Quickly. I was sure I’d done my homework and laid the groundwork, but I misread the congregation. I did it more than once, actually.
- Hanging in There: Why It’s Important that My Calling Was So Strong. Several times in 35 years of ministry, I’ve returned to God’s clear word to me in 1974: “I want you to preach my Word.”
- Like Spurgeon and Others: Discouragement, Depression, and Ministry. I’ve been there, running the race under God’s call but seemingly hitting an emotional wall.
- Humility: How I Learned I Really Wasn’t God’s Gift to the Church. I was a 20 year old pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in Ohio. Surely, everyone else saw how significant I was to the kingdom. I was wrong, on many levels.
- Rookie Preacher: Why My Early Sermons Should Be Destroyed. I can only trust that God has supernaturally consumed any remaining cassette tapes of those sermons that had great passion but often little biblical exposition.
- Grabbed by the Globe: A Local Church Pastor Hearing the Call of the World. A single conversation with a women’s missionary leader, coupled with a friendship with global workers with the Voice of America, radically changed me. God has continued to broaden that perspective through many means.
- Fundamentalism with a Capital “F”: Being Mean and Leaving the Gospel Out at the Same Time. I’ve been there, too – preaching against everyone else’s sin to earn a loud “amen” while failing to talk much about the forgiving love of God.
- Just Let Me Go to My Corner: Confessions of a Ministry Introvert. If I had my way, I’d write this book during a churchwide fellowship dinner . . . .
- Can I Please Take That Back?: Dumb Things I’ve Said from the Pulpit. Actually, this book could become a series, I’m afraid. Check out this post to see some things I wish I’d never said in ministry.
- Obedience: A Professor of Evangelism Doing Evangelism. I may carry the title, but still I must make myself to tell others about Jesus. Obedience demands I push beyond my excuses.
- Chuck’s Believe It or Not: True Stories of Ministry in God’s Church. Most of us could write our own version of this book, as it’s hard to make up some of the stuff we deal with in ministry. And yet, God loves us all.
- Joy in the Morning: Why I’d Do It All Over Again. I wouldn’t trade my years of pastoral ministry. In fact, I’d go back there in a heartbeat if God so called.
What books could you write today?