Book Review: One Church, Four Generations by Gary L. McIntosh

On this expanded and revised book, McIntosh brings to light on how the church reaches different groups within the church. Well if Im not mistaken the apostle Paul have discuss this in terms of their position or role in the church. He pointed them on how to deal the young generation and how to built them up as the body of Christ. This book however discuss a bit similar approach by looking to different generations that eventually shapes the church. The generations are categorized in four namely, Builders, Boomers, Busters and Bridgers. Gary McIntosh throughly examines these groups by their qualities, what they value, their interest influenced by national events and fads. In short, whatever influence they had will eventually influence the church as a whole. And the church needs to cater to the needs of these groups. Not only that but also how will the church may make use of their gifts for the glory of God. By the end of this book, what was thought as a gulf of differences between these group can actually be blend in together to create a harmonious relationship to build up a church. Church leaders this is a book you should consider.

One might think that this book may not be applicable on Filipino readers because of it reeks the America culture. With a careful study one will find a counterpart for the Pinoy. Say the Busters, MTV Generation or Generation X (my generation) which can be compared to Martial Law Babies. As I read the part, I could say that McIntosh did his job. He knows what my generations expect the church to do and how we might get involve to the mission of the church to the world.

A good reference tool for the church not just to understand the people within the church but those unchurched individuals. I dont agree to some of the strategies to win these people to Christ but I do get an idea on what to do on how to share the gospel to them. This book is non-technical and non theological in approach which means its easy for you to digest. Churches who are clueless on how to engage these generation might try to take a peak on this unique book.


Book Review: Changed Into His Likeness By Watchman Nee

Have you notice when you read the Old Testament, we often read the line “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”. I think knowing them in those days is foundational to a radical life God wants his chosen people to live. Over and over again, God reminds His people the goodness and promises He brought to them because of the three giants of faith. In the New Testament however, it was rarely mentioned. Not that it favors our popular notion that we should concentrate only to the New Testament and not to the Old Testament because its not applicable to the Christians. Well not so.

In this collection of messages bound into a great book, Watchman Nee focuses on the three patriarch to view a godly and practical life Christians should follow. Follow Nee and how he unfold the life of these men from their transformation and faithful walk with God. All are radical and life changing which Christians should take hold on to. From men of faith to a nation under God, we see how their victories and failures become building blocks of a fortress God intended to built. The lessons that we will from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is first and foremost, knowing God is sovereign over the lives of his redeemed people.

Checking the book, it covers different areas of being a Christian from being called, the privileges of being in Christ and being molded by God into what He intended us to be. Watchman Nee opens the book of an undeserving sinner being called and ends in with an undeserving sinner being conformed to God’s will. Truly reading this book will give you a step by step perspective on how God deals with the Christian. In the end, you will see not only what Christians should do to have a perfect obedience to His Creator but the grace and mercy God bestows to us as He patiently deals with us.

A challenge for building up an individual Christian or a chuch as a whole, “Changed Into His Likeness” delivers the “brink by brink” lessons to everyone who is called and to live the Christian life.

5 Essential Things to Do After Finishing Reading a Book

Before putting your recently finished book down and telling it on Facebook, here are some tips to do after devouring a book. Bona petit!

  1. Catch the lesson it is driving- not just knowing the theme of the book but what additional wisdom can it give us and put us in action.
  2. Think of someone who will benefit in reading it- if it really made a great impression to you why not share it to someone and make an impact to that person’s life.
  3. Put it in your giveaway list- keep it on the list so when a friend’s birthday, Christmas or any occasion will come, it will be a great gift.
  4. Promote it- write a book review; post in on Facebook or Twitter make some noise about this newly read book.
  5. Re-read it- if you won’t get the lessons of the book or some parts still doesn’t sink in, re-reading it will make a difference.

Does anyone have #6? Please post it on the comment.

5 Cool Reasons Why You Need a Planner

[I tried Grammarly’s online plagiarism checker because Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is too weird to plagerize…]

I started this year by getting a planner from Starbucks which is very useful throughout the year in my personal and ministry activities. I recommend that you too get a planner for the coming year and see these five benefits of having one:

  1. To plan – of course that’s why it’s called a planner. Jot down important things to do in advance, events you will attend and dates that are relevant to you.
  2. To take down notes – when listening to a message, lectures or sermon, it’s a good thing to have a permanent place to tuck all of it. Away with index cards or tissues, use your planner to accommodate them.
  3. To write down your messages – if you’re a preacher it will be best to not clutter the pulpit with papers but one professional planner with the outline of your sermon will do.
  4. To pin or stick some important things – Make your planner into an instant scrapbook! Post its, tickets, receipts, mementos or in my case an origami heart from a friend to cherish those moments and make it stick in your minds.
  5. To get inspirations – isn’t great to have some planners with great photography, excellent artworks, Bible verses and inspirational quotes. Something to inspire you to engage in writing and give a positive vibe to make it throughout the day.

What’s your favorite reason in this list? Please tell me….

5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read a Book

Before you say CHARGE! in reading the newest book, keep in mind the following:

  1. Will this book help me? – Ask that important question. Will this book help my Christian life and glorify God? If not forget the book your about to read.
  2. Check reviews and comments to the book – great appetizer to know what you’ll expect and get with it.
  3. Know at hand the pace you’re giving this book-you have many important gigs to do so why not chart the time and day you’ll read the book.
  4. Get a pen and notebook- these two weapons, when nearby will help you dig up the book and unearth unexpected treasures.
  5. Does it have other formats- probably you might have other things to do than carrying a physical book. Carry your latest reads on your tablet or smartphone by checking it on digital formats you can read or listen.


Unsatisfied with the list? Add yours on the comment

The One Who Flew over The Adarna House?

How about a 15 minute bliss of children’s book? I came to the Adarna House “Book Sale and Book Signing” last December 7, pass 4 o clock.

The Adarna House showroom is a small place. Well to have 30 illustrator and writers jam pack plus horde of customers in that place will be standing room only. But there are a good amount of people inside and I said to myself that I can avail the freebies.

Since this is a 15 minute fiasco, I have to get the discounted book and avail of my freebies (the “Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Raquel” limited edition notebook is cool). I browse over shelf after shelf. Look over the writers and artist as they accommodate their fans and chatting away the time among their colleagues . So I check out the writers and illustrators name tag, I can’t find it on the display shelves. So I realize that I have to go to the counter and ask the clerk for the books I’m looking for. The last one that caught my eye was the one I inquire to the counter. He was a jolly guy and I think its fun reading his stuff. And it was a sovereign thing from God (which I thought later). I told the clerk ” What books by Luis Gatmaitan do you carry?” To which she replied “Ang Pambirang Buhok ni Raquel and Ang Ambisyosong Istetiskop, Sir.” So I ask for 2 copies of “Buhok ni Raquel” and 1 copy of “Istetiskop”. Then in exchange she gave a food stub and the limited edition notebook. Because my time is short, I proceed to get the books signed.

So I interrupted (politely) Dr. Luis among his colleagues. He warmly gave me a hand shake. Then at that point I realized that I know Luis Gatmaitan over Facebook. As Tito Dok was signing the books I break the silence by striking a conversation:

“Your are Christian, right?”

“Yes I’m” he said “I use to host a radio program over DZAS.”

“What church do you worship?”

“I go to a Christian group now but I use to go to a independent Methodist church. And you?”

“I worship at a Baptist church in Batangas. I’m also a preacher.”

He ask “Are you a pastor?”

“I’m not a pastor Tito Dok. Still praying for God’s will for that matter.”

I added “Children’s book looks easy and simple to produce book but I read somewhere that its hard to write or even to penetrate to the market. Is that true Tito Dok?”

“Well Yes. You have to consider many things like the culture, psychology, language etc.”

“Doesn’t Adarna House publish Christian books?”

He affirms “Yes but its a different group. But OMF has Hiyas which publishes children’s book with a Christian bent. I also have books published under Hiyas.”

“I know Hiyas, Tito Dok. Do you know Robert Magnuson and Marlene Legaspi Munar?”

“Yes I do. They are from OMF.” He smiles broadly. Then we had our picture and that moment was so amazing meeting well recognized author. It took a while to sink in to me.

Before I took flight to the final itinerary, I indulged with the free hotdogs, tacos, buttered corn, ice cream and sago’t gulaman as treats for the first 100 people coming to the event. Yummy! And all that under 15 minutes!


Answering The Question: Why Read Poems?

Well I will not spead the whole post making excuses on why I’m 30 minutes late for this afternoon event at the Lopez Museum and Library. So I might as well go to the nitty gritty of things.
The event entitled “Why Read Poems?” was held last November 16, 2013, 4 of the foremost comtemporary poets were invited to read their favorite poems and answer the question: Why read poems?” The poets who took turns in reading, explaining and most importantly captivating us . The four poets are Mark Anthony Cayaman, Adam David, Allan Popa and Vincenz Serrano. Their works are published by High Chair, a non-profit small press that promotes poetry in the Phlippines. The libarary filled with paintings and books added an intimate backdrop for the talk.

First to go into the fray is Mark Anthony Cayaman which of course I missed half of his talk. Still having a hangover with my Komikon adventure, I wasn’t able to dig in of what he just said. So lets jump over to the next poet 🙂

Next was Adam David, wearing something out of a North Face ad, but still this man has some heavy stuff to say. He shows us his favorite book “Waking Ice” by Ricardo de Mungria, a collection of poems for his deceased son. So David’s topic is writing poetry in response to a tragedy. He told us that in writing this kind of poetry we should avoid emotional blackmailing the readers. With the recent Tyhoon Yolanda calamity, floods of poems came rushing to different social media about the tragedy. Some are good but the notables are the bad ones. He points at that we should steer away from this err thats stains the art form that in the process betraying our readers.

Third in the list and my favorite is Allan Popa. He prefered to sit down and introduced us to a book by Belinda Santos “Pali-Palitong Posporo.” He read his favorite poems on that collection which made us smile. He then brought out his commentary on the book and his take on the why we should ream poems. He titled it “Distancia Amigos”. He told us, as he reads the essay that, even if a poem reveals certain things their is still a gap between understanding and not understanding it. Poetry has self control and has boundaries that only the author knows. He compares it with the donut, which someone may consume but not the empty circle part which goes to the poet. He adds thats knowing the poem in the process and fuels the curiosity of the reader. Wow we are floored by this man.


The last to talk was Vincenz Serrano who shared with us his love for Joseph Lacaba’s “The Annotated Catechism”. This poem was released during the Martial Law 1st Quarter Storm. Lacaba’s work is a response to that event. As the title suggest its the annotation or sort of comment on a catechism (a religious Q & A book). The bizarre thing is the annotations which contain reference from pop culture and society that are juxtaposed on the suppose content of the cathecism (or maybe the author is on drugs or something). Serrano wants us to appreciate writing forms montage and collage through the eyes of Lacaba by disecting some lines from the poem. In the end, what we consider a LSD trip of the poet turns into a relevant and important message to the Martial Law era.

If you ask me why read poems well its simple. Its another way to express yourself and what you are trying to express has soul. Its has depth.

Do I have a taste for poems? Well I like poets like Pablo Neruda, Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Frost (I have his book). I have two Dovers book on poems. So this event truly add some appreciation to the art form. Also when I hear poetry or poems as a Christian it reminds me of the Song of Solomon the Bible, John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost” and John Piper’s poems.

Before I head home I indulge myself with the complimentary hot coffee and checked out the Trajectories exhibit.