Books Worth Reading: “The Pastor’s Justification”

“A different set of traits is needed for pastors than for the business world’s management culture. Paul writes, ‘But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children  (1 Thess. 2:7).’ This is not exactly the pastoral image that is most popular today. In an age when machismo and ‘catalytic, visionary’ life-coaching dominate the evangelical leadership ranks, the ministerial model of a breastfeeding mom is alien. There is a patience, a parental affection, a tender giving of one’s self that Scripture envisions for the pastor’s role in leadership. In 2 Corinthians 12:15 Paul announces, ‘I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.’ That is the pastor’s heart.”

Jared Wilson, The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry

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Michael Krahn is the Lead Pastor of the EMMC church in Aylmer, Ontario, where he has served for the last 13 years. He has been married to Anne Marie for 27 years and together they have three daughters (19,18,16). You can find more of Michael’s writing at or connect on social media at @Michael_G_Krahn (Twitter), pastor.michael.krahn (IG), and Michael.George.Krahn (Fb)

Books Worth Reading: “Present Shock – When Everything Happens Now”

“Our society has reoriented itself to the present moment. Everything is live, real time, and always-on. It’s not a mere speeding up, however much our lifestyles and technologies have accelerated the rate at which we attempt to do things. It’s more of a diminishment of anything that isn’t happening right now—and the onslaught of everything that supposedly is.”

― Douglas Rushkoff, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

Books Worth Reading: “The Coddling of the American Mind”

“A culture that allows the concept of ‘safety’ to creep so far that it equates emotional discomfort with physical danger is a culture that encourages people to systematically protect one another from the very experiences embedded in daily life that they need in order to become strong and healthy.”

– Lukianoff, Greg; Haidt, Jonathan. The Coddling of the American Mind (p. 29). Kindle Edition.