Operation Gravedigger: Bringing Down the Church

This is one outstanding book: Os Guinness' The Last Christian on Earth (formerly published as The Gravedigger File).  The book is something like Screwtape Letters plus David Wells plus Christless Christianity plus William Willimon.  With his usually sharp and penetrating style, Guinness uses a series of fictional email memos to show how the Western church… Continue reading Operation Gravedigger: Bringing Down the Church

Calling a Worldly Church to Holiness

 This is a great book: R. Kent Hughes, Set Apart: Calling a Worldly Church to a Godly Life.  Read these quotes, then put this on your "to read for 2011" list. "...In contemporary evangelicalism there has been a deficiency of cultural awareness and a resulting lack of discernment regarding how the world has overwhelmed the thinking… Continue reading Calling a Worldly Church to Holiness

Do Not Love the World… (Bernard)

Around the year 1129 AD St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote a letter to Alexander, a bishop who was known for his greed and injustice.  Among other things, Bernard addressed Alexander's greed.  This is worth thinking about today.   He said, "[I exhort you] lovingly not to take the glory of the world seriously as something… Continue reading Do Not Love the World… (Bernard)

You Are The Treasure That I Seek

   Here is another one of those short, to the point, and solid devotional type books that is good for any Christian to read: You Are the Treasure That I Seek: But There's A Lot of Cool Stuff Out There, Lord! by Greg Dutcher.  It is just over 100 pages (plus appendix A and B) and… Continue reading You Are The Treasure That I Seek

The Art and Jewel of Contentment

 Working through Burrough's Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment has been a great exercise.  I'm not quite finished with it, but so far I've been making many little notes based on Burrough's wisdom.   There are some aspects of it I probably wouldn't capitalize on, but others I am trying to etch in my memory and on my… Continue reading The Art and Jewel of Contentment