Dec 20, 2011
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Jesus has some important and striking words to say about family. His words are challenging for us today. He is gracious and knows the issues we struggle with and gives us peace in the middle of storms, even when it comes to hard family issues.
I preached this sermon from Matthew 12:46-50 on December 18, 2011.
Dec 16, 2011
In this book, one of several available on “what is the gospel”, Pastor Tulian Tchividjian writes an autobiographical tale about a dark season of his life and how the gospel applied to it and brought him through. He weaves personal insight and experiences with theological truths in a compelling style. A Scripture index, general index, notes, and further resources are available for addition study, in addition to a series of video clips and interviews of Pastor Tulian, found at the publisher’s website. Concerns about the content of the book may include the author’s treatment of justification vs. sancltification, individual experience of Jesus as a norm to follow, or the relationship between love and obdience in a relationship with Jesus. These concerns are all developed and investigated thoroughly by Professor David Murray at his blog, HeatHeartHand. Pastor Tulian’s book is insightful and recommended for all believers to gain insight into being a disciple of Jesus.
This book was provided to me by Amazon Vine at no cost for the purpose of review. I was not required to write a positive review.
Dec 14, 2011
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There are two dangers we face: being spiritually empty or thinking we are spiritually full but in reality being spiritually empty. Jesus address these dangers in Matthew 12:43-45. This is the sermon I preached on December 11, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
It is great to read so many new books on the gospel and its impiications for the life of a believer and follower of Christ. Jared Wilson has written another book to add to this category in his latest release, Gospel Wakefulness. Jared defines the term as “treasuring Christ more greatly and savoring His power more sweetly”, and applies it to the Christian in several areas. The book spends alot of time on personal stories and illustrations as examples of gospel wakefulness in real life. One criticism is the author seems to be talking about a second work of the Spirit or baptism of the Spirit but does not develop a Biblical or theological basis behind it; although he shows biblical examples of gospel wakefulness, it is brief. He could have spent more time developing the theology behind this. Still, it is a helpful book in terms of “not just playing church” and growing beyond being lukewarm. It is appropriate for studies in personal and church renewal and revival. A Scripture index and recommended reading list are included for further study.
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Dec 7, 2011
John Piper has once again written a needed, thorough and well-crafted book in Bloodlines. He deals with the senstive, compelling, and timely issue of racism and race relations. Partly biographical and completely Bible-centered and focused on Christ, Piper examines the reasons for racism today and provides the only solution that will work – the gospel. He expounds on the tenets of reformed theology and applies every aspect as part of the solution. He provides practical directions on how Christians and today’s churches can confront the issue of racism. Piper’s work is well-documented and provides several indexes. It is highly recommended for all believers in dealing with this important issue.
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Dec 6, 2011
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Jesus said He is greater than the temple, the prophets and the king. Whatever trouble you are facing today, remember that Jesus is greater. This is my sermon from Matthew 12:38-42 on November 27.
Dec 5, 2011
You would not think it would be beneficial, necessary or possible to write a book on “why and how to read a book”, but in this age of Internet and social media, Tony Reinke has provided us a wonderful resource in his new book, Lit! The book is neatly divided into 2 sections, first a theology of books and written language and why we read, and second, a practical guide on what and how and when to read. It is a straight-forward and inspiring work that achieves its purpose: why and how to read books well. The author bases his conclusions on the Bible and is gospel-centered in applying his theology. It is an encouraging book recommended for all Christians to grow in their faith.
This book was provided at no cost by Amazon Vine. I was not required to write a positive review.