Within the pages of this book Dr. Tull explores the theology and practice of preaching. He insists that preaching is a craft to be honed, one that grasps the essence of the biblical message, the nuances of day-to-day life, and the skills required to connect the two.
He shares with the reader his own “keys for vital preaching” and concludes by offering sermons that illustrate how these keys can be put to good use. Preachers in search of a fresh look at the art of preaching will find here keen insights and valuable practical steps for the awesome task of proclaiming God’s word.
About the Author
The Reverend Doctor Justin Tull retired from active ministry in June of 2006 after serving United Methodist churches in the North Texas area for 37 years. During this time he was senior pastor of nine churches ranging in membership from 274 to 2200. Since then he has served as Interim Senior Pastor at Suncreek UMC, Allen Texas (2009) and Vista Ridge UMC, Lewisville, Texas (2010). In 2014 he joined the staff of Pastoral Counseling Center of Dallas as a clergy coach.
Dr. Tull was graduated from Hendrix College with a major in literature and philosophy. He received three degrees from Perkins School of Theology: a Master of Theology (1970), a Master of Sacred Theology in Old Testament (1971), and a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching (1985).
Dr. Tull is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) for the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is also certified as a transitional intentional interim ministry specialist.
Dr. Tull is the author of numerous articles and six books: Wrestlings, Wonders, and Wanderers, Why, God, Why? Sermons on the Problem of Pain, Christmas Journeys: Finding Joy along the Way; Interim Ministry: Positive Change in Times of Transition; Surviving and Thriving in Ministry: Lessons I Learned; Mistakes I Made, and Vital Preaching: The Art of Sharing God’s Word.
Dr. Tull lives with his wife Janette in Carrollton, Texas. He enjoys writing, racquetball, music, and vacationing in Colorado.
Christian Church history produced a number of men whose lives reflect the tenacious fervor of lions. In Living Like Lions each man challenges us to rise above the contemporary definitions of masculinity and embrace God’s goodness and godliness. These short Christian biographies reveal the tenacity, strength and love necessary to lead in the home, community, and church. Watch as a monk stands face-to-face against the emperor of Rome – a bishop defies armed soldiers – an artist resurrects hope for the lost.
Living Like Lions is perfect for both casual reading and small group study. Learn about each of the following spiritual giants:
Augustine of Hippo
Ambrose of Milan
John R. Mott
Johann Sebastian Bach
Dr. Francis Collins
“It’s a biblical truth that as iron sharpens iron so does one man sharpen another. Like a blacksmith with his anvil, Duren strikes eachpage harder than the last. He takes the very marrow of these men andsaturates each page, paragraph, and sentence.
All of mankind has something God-given living inside them, waiting to beignited, waiting to be awoken. Living Like Lions doesn’t just seek tokeep us accountable for our sins and successes– it seeks to wake us up. It seeks for us to live a grand adventure.” – Melissa Perea, author of Seeds of Hate and Dismantled Sun
“When one imagines a lion, a majestic animal supremely in control comes tomind. With Christ we can be in control. We can find our role and moveforward in love just as these 20 men did, as so artfully described by J. R. Duren. I highly recommend this book to inspire you to do justthat.” – Doug Cornelius, author
“With so manyexamples of lives poorly lived out there, it is so refreshing toglimpse the inner workings of 20 lives that made a difference. Although many are familiar names, as I moved through the book I began torealize how little I knew about several, to say nothing of those I hadpreviously not known.”
It is not simply areader’s digest synopsis of the individual, but the art of the book isin J.R.’s relentless bringing forward of the key points as challengesinto our lives.” – Tom Trotter, missions paster
From the Author
I believe there is a strong, decisive man in each one of us. Years of mistakes and regret bury that strength and decisiveness. So, we fight our way through life feeling like something just isn’t right; that something is broken.
I don’t want to live like that, and I know most men don’t want to live like that. Each man’s in Living Like Lions pushes us to uncover the masculinity we’ve lost.
My hope for you is that Living Like Lions makes you question everything you know about being a man. Not a questioning that makes you doubt who you are, but a questioning that digs down into your identity and uncovers the strength and leadership you’ve always wanted to find.
Be aimless no longer. Think for yourself. Lead. Be strong. Love Jesus. That’s the message of Living Like Lions.
God provided everything we need to understand regarding servant leadership through stories in the Bible. The Bible is the ultimate leadership book. Over the past one hundred years business leaders have become more and more separated from the work of God’s church. A pastor or priest is admired as the highest form of spiritual leader in the community. God never intended for spiritual leaders to lead only in our churches. We need spiritual leaders in our businesses, governments, communities, and nonprofit organizations.
Everyone is a leader in some aspect of his life. Popular culture places top-level executives, sports pros, politicians, and movie stars in high standing as leaders. But Jesus has a purpose and leadership position for everyone, whether that purpose is big and challenging or simple and mundane.
Everyone is a leader. These prayers for leaders will draw you closer to Jesus while uncovering the leadership talents God gives you in the areas in which you serve. Our hope is that these verses and prayers will strengthen your prayer time with Jesus regarding your leadership characteristics and impact on others. Communicate with God every day and enrich your life and journey with Him.
These 40 prayers are based on Christ-like leadership characteristics and biblical leaders. Some of the prayers relate to a biblical story. If you are unfamiliar with the Bible stories, read theBbible verse first and then read the prayer. If you want to read the full Bible story of the leaders highlighted in this book, read the full chapter or chapters surrounding the Bible verse.
Leaders are role models for future generations. There is a lack of spiritual leadership in our country, which leads to moral decay. This is a critical time because we are in need of honest, visionary, Christ-like leaders around the world. We need leaders, like Jesus, who are not afraid to speak the truth; a leader who is morally ethical, just, and compassionate; a leader who prays and is humble; one who leads with the guidance of God’s right hand and a Bible on his desk. Where are these leaders? Are you one?
To God be the glory,
Dr. Bett Mickels and D. Duane Engler
Want to maximize your pastoral leadership and church administration?
In Pastor Productivity Maximizer, discover why most pastors struggle to stay productive, what needs to change about your current office atmosphere, and how to implement 35 of our favorite productivity tips to help you make the most of your time.
You’ll learn tactics and strategies to:
• Eliminate distractions
• Find your motivational spark
• Set up your perfect work environment
Ready to make yourself a more productive pastor? By making just a few changes to your office and the way you organize your day, you will save time, minimize stress, and lead a rich, fulfilling pastoral ministry. Your family and congregation will reap the benefits too!
Add this little book to your pastoral resources and watch as your church leadership and church management skills skyrocket in efficiency and effectiveness!
About the Author
Caleb Breakey is the founder of SermonToBook.com and the author of Called to Stay, Dating Like Airplanes, Sermon Crunch, Pastor Productivity Maximizer, and Pastor Email Power. SermonToBook.com began with a simple belief: that sermons should be touching lives, not collecting dust. That’s why the SermonToBook.com Team turns sermons into high-quality books that are accessible to people all over the globe. Turning your sermon or sermon series into a book exposes more people to God’s Word, better equips you for counseling, accelerates future sermon prep, adds credibility to your ministry, and even helps make ends meet during tight times. John 21:25 tells us that the world itself couldn’t contain the books that would be written about the work of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to try anyway because, in Heaven, there will no longer be a need for sermons or books. Our time is now. If God so leads you, we’d love to work with you on your sermon or sermon series. Visit sermontobook.com to learn more.
As your church service approaches the same time every week, are you struggling to make time for spiritual preparation?
Does worship sometimes feel more like a task than an expression?
Do you often feel alone in your pursuits as a leader or worshiper?
This well organized and timely book delivers tried and tested wisdom that can strengthen your leadership and encourage your team. It will save you time as it puts succinct, season-specific devotionals in ONE easy-to-access place.
Whether you’re a worship leader or a church attending Christian, you have experienced worship as warfare, spiritually and sometimes physically, mentally, and emotionally. At the frontline of battle, there is limited time; valuable time that could be saved by having supplemental resources, proper tools and weapons, and a tested battle plan.
As someone who has studied worship of the Christian God for more than 10 years, I’ve been your shoes! I’ve been the curious onlooker bewildered by other’s expressions. I’ve been the congregant who wanted to grow in worship. I’ve led worship in a small group and a stadium. I’ve been there, and I know it can be a battle. Instead of battling alone, come alongside me and other worship soldiers as we fight together.
There are many great books on the theology of worship, but they often require the spiritual maturity of Martin Luther or New Testament Paul himself and months to read and digest.
As We Fight only takes about 5 minutes to read each week:
- 52 weeks link modern church culture to specific times of the year.
- Increase your leadership equity with team members.
- Positively challenge your worship by giving fresh, measured perspectives.
- Directly and immediately apply these up to date references and practical challenges to your worship experiences.
Following along with these devotionals will give you a better sense of your worship culture and help you adjust to better lead and participate. You will also learn more about deciphering truth from God versus lies from the enemy. Don’t let the enemy push you away from the truths waiting in these pages!
What’s stopping you from…
- standing prepared with better tools, weapons, and battle plans;
- gaining a deeper knowledge;
- reading one of these well-timed, thoughtfully prepared encouragements for yourself or your team THIS weekend?