Summer is Winding Down and It is Time to Start Blogging Again

Joe BuchananWell summer is just about finished.  Next week my kids go back to school— daughter to grade school, son to college— and the autumn is about to get started.  After a wonderful summer break, it is time for me to get started blogging and sharing some ideas about the gospel and the ministry with all of you.  My goal is to get back to blogging five days a week, but please bear with me for the next couple of weeks because my wife is having knee replacement surgery next week and I will be busy taking care of her.  So if I miss a day or two here and there you will know what it going on.


For next week, I am planning on sharing a series entitled “Five Traits of a Revitalizing Pastor.”  This series comes from several conversations that I have had lately with young men who are preparing to go into the ministry but are struggling to decide whether or not they would like to plant churches or be involved in revitalizing existing churches.  Both of these ministries are needed in the church and both come with their own sets of unique difficulties and challenges.  Next week, I will try to share some of my thoughts about the character and spiritual traits that a revitalizing pastor must possess.   I hope that you will pray for me as I prepare this series and also for my wife as she faces surgery.


My book “Cultivating A Gospel-Shaped Attitude: Understanding and Living the Beatitudes” is available on Amazon by clicking here. 

“Cultivating A Gospel-Shaped Attitude” is Available to Order Now

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 4.21.03 PM  Please take a moment right now to order your copy of my new book “Cultivating A Gospel-Shaped Attitude” so that you will have it by the official release date on May 5th.  The paperback version is available for $14.99 from Crossbooks and the Kindle edition is available from Amazon for $5.99,  All of the profits from the sale of the book from now until the end of May will go to support missions work in Haiti, so please take time to click on the link below to order your copy today (or visit


Click Here to Order the Kindle Version

Here are a few short excerpts from the book sharing why every Christian needs to study the Beatitudes please click on the following links:

Once you have ordered your copy please take a moment to email me ( so that I can send you updates about our video cast of the sermon series and the upcoming study guide that will go with the book.

Here’s what others are saying:

Nate Martin is one of my preacher boys and purchased the first copy of the book.

Jerry Vines, Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL and two-time president of the Southern Baptist Convention says that:

“Cultivating A Gospel Shaped Attitude” by Joe Buchanan is a much-needed addition to the literature on the Beatitudes. There are many good works available. Dr. Buchanan’s is unique in that it shows how the gospel impacts our attitudes, actions and character. Read it with blessing and practical application.”

Jerry Falwell, Jr. Chancellor and President Liberty University:

“There is no shortage of books in this world based on the general premise that, if we adjust or eliminate our bad attitudes, our quality of life will improve.  In Cultivating a Gospel-Centered Attitude, Dr. Buchanan moves beyond feel-good rhetoric to focus instead on the source of a healthy attitude  – in a heart aligned with the desires and teachings of Christ.”

Nate Adams Executive Director, Illinois Baptist State Association Author of The Acts 1:8 Challenge (LifeWay) and The Home Team (Revell):

“In Cultivating a Gospel Shaped Attitude Joe Buchanan delivers encouraging, practical, and highly readable insight into Christian character development, and the heart attitudes that Jesus teaches are at the core of that development.  By showing us the inner attitudes that make the actions of faith more natural, Joe offers new freedom and victory to those of us who may be frustrated in our efforts to be more like Christ.”

 Brandon Cox, Pastor at Grace Hills Church, Editor at

“There are plenty of books that will help you to have a positive attitude, but most of them are missing what Joe Buchanan brings to the discussion – how the gospel shapes our attitudes and in turn, our actions, to produce in us a Christlike character. My mind and heart are in a better place because of Cultivating a Gospel-Shaped Attitude, and yours will be too! Buy it, read it, and give a copy away!”

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