Thursday, February 16, 2012

What I Am Reading...From The Back Covers (part 2)

Several months ago, I gave a run down on the books that I am currently reading. Here is an updated list of the books that are on my radar at this moment . . . from the back cover of the books.

I am reading this book with a couple pastor friends and will get together with them the first week of March to talk about it.
"Christians today define mission more broadly and variably than ever before. Are we, as the body of Christ, headed in the same direction or are we on divergent missions? Some argue that the mission of the church is to confront injustice and alleviate suffering, doing more to express God's love for the world. Others are concerned that the church is in danger of losing its God-centeredness and thereby emphasize the proclamation of the gospel. It appears as though misunderstanding of mission persists. Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert believe there is a lot that evangelicals can agree on if only we employ the right categories and build our theology of mission from the same biblical building blocks. Explaining key concepts like kingdom, gospel, and social justice, DeYoung and Gilbert help us to get on the same page--united by a common cause--and launch us forward into the true mission of the church."
I have been wanting to read this book for months, and I think it is about that time.
"The apostle Paul's letter to the Romans is widely regarded as his magnum opus. At the center of that book lies chapter 8, which Derek W. H. Thomas calls, 'the best chapter in the Bible,' for in the thirty-nine verses of that single chapter of Scripture, Paul shows how the gospel brings believers all the way home. From 'no condemnation' (v. 1) to 'no separation' (v. 39), the chapter is an overview of the Christian life. In these pages, Dr. Thomas leads his readers step by step through this remarkable chapter of Scripture, unfolding the waystations along the Christian journey and uncovering profound exhortations and reassurances for God's people."
I have heard so many good things about this book by Joe Thorn. It is a very short book and probably will not take long to read it. But I think, practicing it might be very difficult.
"The idea of preaching the gospel to ourselves is getting more press these days, but the actual work of preaching to ourselves seems to be slow in coming. We hear the basic concept and think, 'Of course, I need to do that.' But where do we start? What does it mean? [And] how do we actually do it?"
I have had the opportunity to meet and talk to Dr. Larry Crabb on several occasions over the past several months. His son is leading a Sunday School class (that I am attending) on this book at our church. It has been very interesting and has led to many great conversations.
"Have you ever read the Bible only to come away confused? Ever wondered if God actually had you in mind when He began telling His story? Though life may not be going according to your plan, God has another one, far better than you can imagine. From Genesis to Revelation, experience His invitation to get you dancing with joy."

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