I’ve been working through a couple of different books as of late.

  • Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes by Geoff Surratt. Geoff is part of the pastoral staff at Seacoast Church in Charleston, SC (and beyond). This book is a good read for just about anyone who 1. is serving in Church leadership and 2. wants the church to be healthy, vibrant and growing. Very good stuff.
  • The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History by John Ortved. As an avid, rabid Simpsons fan, I found this to be instantly engrossing. The last chapter I just read was called, simply, “Conan”, and talks about Conan O’Brien’s days as a writer/producer on the animated show. The book is written in a very similar style to another biography, The Chris Farley Show, where various bits of interviews and texts from other articles are arranged in a story-tellin’ kinda way.
  • Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far) by Dave Barry. If you go to the Amazon link, you’ll see that it’s in the “bargin bin”, mostly because these essays, written as a review of the years 2000-2007, are full of jokes that only make sense if you remember that Dick Cheney shot that guy. Still, a delightful and fairly light read, though it shouldn’t be your first Dave Barry book. Or your second.
  • In the Name of Jesus by Henri J. M. Nouwen. I read this book a long time ago for a college class I no longer remember yet am still paying for. I’m reading it now with a group of people where we take in a chapter, discuss, etc. Nouwen has a way of saying things that are very true and very profound while, at the same time, reminding us that we should already be doing this stuff. Worth the re-read.
  • About radamdavidson

    When I'm not blogging, I'm hanging out with my family, pastoring a church, or listening to vinyl. I think and write about Jesus, music, communication, organizational leadership, family whatnot, and cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at, watch [RadCast], a daily 3 minute video devotional, or find me on socials (@radamdavidson). I also help Pastors in their preaching and public speaking (
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