“The mission of God’s people is not a matter of how great we are at doing things for God, but a matter of how patient and persistent God is in doing things through us.” – Christopher J.H. Wright, The Mission of God’s People, 169.
Category Archives: Books
Which Is More Than You Think
The Gospel Blimp
I have to admit that I was amused if not initially a bit unsure of the relevancy of the tale of The Gospel Blimp. It’s the first in a collection of parables by the late Joe Bayly, newly edited and re-released this month by Clearnote Press. The Gospel Blimp is the story of a couple…
Wodehouse Reality Television by C.S. Lewis (& Jesus)
What would happen if (God help you) you pulled one of those lurid, wide-eyed tabloids off the newsstand at the grocery checkout and started reading, only to find out by the time you reached the back cover you’d just read a gospel tract, repented of several sins, and recommitted your life to Christ? What if…
It’s Sexy to Talk Like a Revolutionary
A while back Doug Wilson posted some great thoughts on Jamie Smith’s book Desiring the Kingdom. Doug writes: His thesis, on paper, seems great. Worship shapes desire, and we should measure our success in the church and in the academy by how well we do in forming particular kinds of people — people who love…
Because It’s Never Too Early
Hey look, everyone, now there’s a nifty little Canon Press banner over there on the side bar. There’s a great sale going at the present, and well, you should always check back for new books and great deals. Christmas shopping anyone?
The Only Way
“The only way the Holy Spirit works to regenerate lost men and women is by the Bible. Peter said, ‘you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God’ (1 Pet. 1:23).” – J.M. Boice
Missionaries Hurting the Cause of Christ
In Reformation in Foreign Missions, Bob Finley describes the problems with the modern tradition of foreign missions. In particular, he points to the stumbling blocks created by the vast economic disparity between most western missionaries and the people they minister to: “Missionaries’ houses served to assist the Communist cause in China. Zealous young Marxists would…
How God Makes Gold
Meditating on 1 Peter 1:6-7, Jonathan Edwards writes: “True virtue never appears so lovely as when it is most oppressed; and the divine excellency of real Christianity, is never exhibited with such advantage, as when under the greatest trials: then it is that true faith appears much more precious than gold!” – Jonathan Edwards, The Religious…
Accidents or Assignments?
… if you believe that God is sovereign and that he will never let anything into your life unless it can be used for good, you will see conflicts not as accidents but as assignments… -Ken Sande, The Peacemaker, 64.
The Church and War
“If the church as a matter of habit tolerates the use of force and planning for warfare on the part of the state, then she will not even know when the exceptional time has come when it would be justified for her to say a Christian ‘yes.’” John Howard Yoder, summarizing Karl Barth’s views, Karl…