What Are You Reading These Days? 

I get asked this question from a few friends whenever we see each other long enough to sit down for a good chat. Typically, the person asking is reading something he or she wants to recommend to me but, wanting to be polite, asks me first before they get into the book or books they want to share. So, What are you reading these days? 

Allow me to share with you a brief list of books that have been very helpful to me personally and professionally. If you should decide to read any of these (or, if you already have) I’d enjoy hearing from you. 

For personal growth: “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer. This one I picked up after hearing Pr. Ryan Nilsen mention it on the “Grace for the Grind” podcast which we post on the CLB Forge website. I bought it, and am now reading it, and already very willing to recommend it. Get one and read it for yourself. No hurry though. 

For encouragement in disciple making: 

“Transforming Discipleship” by Greg Ogden. Really excellent material here. I highly recommend it. 

For solid biblical teaching: 

“Authentic Christianity” by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. and A. Trevor Sutton. 

An excellent review of Lutheran theology, though I think they work awfully hard at praising that theology in a way that might put a non-Lutheran off just a bit. Still, the treatment of basic theological topics is very good…in my humble opinion. 

That’s enough for now. If you have a recommendation, feel free to share. Maybe we’ll put a regular book reading list on this blog based on recommendations from you and others. Deal? 


Bruce Stumbo - North American Mission Ministry Associate

Let's Make a Deal?

Do you ever get so busy that you neglect important things for the sake of just getting through what’s on your desk or plate? That’s the way it has been for me and my relationship to this Blog emphasized on our CLB Forge website. I’ve let the Blog part of this just stop…not even simmer…it has just not been active for quite a while. And it’s my fault. 

Now, to be fair, not one person has written, called, texted, or Zoomed me with a complaint that the Blog isn’t up to date; but why would they? I know everyone else is busy too, so they might confess to neglecting their CLB Blog reading while I’ve been neglecting to post anything. Well, that got circular real fast.  

I’m now hoping some, at least, will notice that I’m going to be working harder to keep this post relevant and active. There are so many good things to write about, and if those things can be helpful to you, well then, that would be excellent and worthwhile. 

So, as part of my newly reformatted job description here at the ol’ North American Mission Office, I’ve taken on oversight of the NAM portions of the website and the Blog. I’m happy to do so.  

Watch for what I hope to be weekly postings right here. 

First up? I really encourage you to listen to the Podcast post #170 put together by Pastors Mike Natale, Dan Stenberg, and Ryan Nilsen. You’ll find the link to the Podcast list in the header of the Forge home page (clbforge.org). The subject of #170 is rest and the guys do a great job opening up a very important subject which challenges just about everyone in modern society and, maybe particularly, pastors and other leaders who carry around all kinds of guilt because they think they can’t rest because (fill in the blank)

They mention and endorse a book titled “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry”. If you are reading this and got this far and are the first person to let me know I made this offer, I’ll send you a free copy of the book on the condition you read it and let me know what you think.  


Bruce Stumbo – North American Mission Ministry Associate