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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805445188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805445183
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robertson McQuilkin is president emeritus of Columbia International
University in Columbia, South Carolina. His previous books include
Understanding and Applying the Bible, Life in the Spirit, and A Promise
Kept
. He is married and has six children.

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Controversial subjects are disected with great skill always using the Word of God as the scalpel of choice.
Phil Parshall
One of the best tools every ministerial leader should utilize is The Five Smooth Stones: Essential Principles for Biblical MInistry by Robertson McQuilkin.
A.Bullard
It offers sage insights throughout, packed full of helpful anecdotes and illustrations from McQuilkin's own experience.
Paul Copan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.Bullard on January 21, 2011
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One of the best tools every ministerial leader should utilize is The Five Smooth Stones: Essential Principles for Biblical MInistry by Robertson McQuilkin. Dr. McQuilkin uses his personal experiences as a missionary to Japan, university president, and even agnostic searcher along with his extensive theological studies to identifiy five principles necessary for sound biblical leadership. These principles are: the Bible and making it the final authority, the Congregation and its biblical purposes, the Holy Spirit and his work, the Plan of Redemption which is the mission of every believer, and finally modeling the servant leadership of Jesus Christ.

Dr. McQuilken discusses each of these principles in-depth. For example, he effectively shows the relationship between psychology and theology in light of scriptural instruction under the first principle which focuses on the Bible's authority. He explores topics such as postmodernism, finances, true missions, and making effective disciples for Christ. This book is guaranteed to stretch you as a leader and challenge you to embrace scripturally sound models for effective leadership in your church or parachurch organization.

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Robertson McQuilkin provides a biblical approach to the difficult intersection of theology and ministry within the Church. He identifies the five smooth stones each Christian church must have in order "to prepare for battle against the spiritual Goliaths of the day."

It's fascinating to hear how churches live or die by whether they actively teach and practice these five essential dogmas:

1. Bibliology, the bible.
2. Christology, the lordship of Jesus Christ
3. Pneumatology, the Holy Spirit
4. Missiology, the plan of redemption
5. Ecclesiology, the church

Bibliology: McQuilkin's points out that each stone must be viewed through the lens of scripture, pointing out that all Church/Christian actions must be founded and verified by the Bible in a process of three steps: exegesis (what text says), hermeneutics (author's original meaning), and application (modern usage), especially in when dealing with Post-modernism and Therapeutic Theology.

Christology: Christ must be recognized as Lord of the church and each individual, and subsequently as the true leader of a congregation, not just a figurehead for a human usurper. One of the essential roles of human leadership in the church is to establish a biblical foundation for both unity and purity to avoid moral delinquency and heretical teaching without falling into the sin of schism.

Pneumatology: McQuilkin addresses the need for churches to seek an active
partnership with the Holy Spirit, who's power and role keeps the spotlight on the Father & the Son.
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By Mondok on February 19, 2009
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The Five Smooth Stones
Author: Robertson McQuilkin
Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2007
Number of pages: 208

The Five Smooth Stones is the product of Robertson McQuilkin's more than fifty years of ministry. Even in his early years, new ministry methods and methodologies came and went. That has not stopped. So what's right? Is there a method that will last? New voices in ministry say that methodology and theology must be kept separate in order for both to be strong and meaningful; if combined, methods are feeble and theology is marginalized. Does that mean the Bible doesn't speak to methods? McQuilkin says no. The Bible is a wonderful guide for ministry.

McQuilkin organizes the book around these Five Smooth Stones:

The Bible: making it the functional authority
The Congregation: aligning it with the biblical purposes
The Spirit: releasing his energizing power
The Plan of Redemption: the mission of every disciple.
The Lord Jesus: gauging servant leadership.
All five of the above areas need to be given equal attention or the church will be out of balance. The church will only be as strong as the weakest area. The weak area will be like a flat spot on a wheel; it slows down the rhythm and momentum of church growth and effectiveness.

McQuilkin draws from his fives decades of personal and ministry experience that has developed in him a deep well of wisdom.

The emphasis McQuilkin has is on fulfilling God's purposes on earth through His chosen vehicle, the church. An attempt to find McQuilkin biased toward one denomination or another within Protestantism is difficult. He sites examples of both praise and critique across a wide spectrum from Pentecostal to Baptist to Reformed.
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By Larry E. Epps on January 22, 2011
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Wow! This is the word that best describes, "The Five Smooth Stones: Essential Principle for Biblical Leadership," written by Robertson McQuilkin. I have heard people talking about this book for the last few years, but just recently read it for myself. I am so glad that I did and only wish that I had not procrastinated reading it. It should be required reading for anyone currently serving in Christian leadership or anyone desiring to serve in any leadership capacity in the near future.
The book is the culmination a lifetime of learning and searching by a truly gifted man that has impacted the world with his passion, wisdom, and grasp of biblical truth. Robertson McQuilkin has served as a missionary to Japan, a Bible college president at Columbia International University for many years, a very sought after speaker throughout the world, and a very devoted and loving husband to the woman who captured his heart.
The book deals with what McQuilkin came to believe are the five fundamental truths that must be understood, followed, and taught for any church or parachurch organization to mature and be healthy. They are as follows: The Authority of Scripture, the church's purpose and function, the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, the plan of redemption, the Lordship of Christ. Of course, McQuilkin discusses each of these in great detail that is easy to follow and difficult to refute. His style is in depth but easy to follow and very readable.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and benefited greatly from reading it. I highly recommend it to you.

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