If you're looking for a helpful biblical resource on idolatry, I very much recommend Richard Lints' Identity and Idolatry. I've read a few other good resources on idolatry, but in my view, this one is the best. In this book, Lints talks about the various angles of idolatry, including image, identity, worship, purpose, significance, and security.… Continue reading Idols, Significance, and Security
In the first half of his excellent book published in 1955, Your God is Too Small, J. B. Phillips exposes “the inadequate conceptions of God which still linger unconsciously in many minds, and which prevent our catching a glimpse of the true God.” Or, to put it in the form of a question, “What are… Continue reading Your God is Too Small!
I’ve mentioned many of Os Guinness’ books on this blog in the past, including this one: Prophetic Untimeliness. Guinness is one of those authors I always enjoy reading. Below is a section from Prophetic Untimeliness that I have marked up quite a bit; it is on the topic of relevance and the church today.… Continue reading Relevance, Truth, and Eternity
In the last few years, quite a few Christian preachers and authors have written books that discuss idolatry in the Christian's life. Building on C.S. Lewis and other currently trendy Christian thinkers from the recent past, Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll and other popular leaders do a decent job unmasking the idols many of us have. I'm glad… Continue reading Idolatry and the Cult of Narcissism
In this brilliant book, Idols for Destruction, Herbert Schlossberg argues how religion can become idolatrous when churches water down their distinctives. This is also known as syncretism. I don't have the space to discuss this part of the book (chapter 6) in-depth here, but I do want to throw out a few thought-provoking quotes. "Ecclesiastical structures that depart from… Continue reading The Church as Sponge (Or: Religion as an Idol)