Books Read In March

There is a lot of information in the 168 pages of this book. A sweeping view of Anglican history, its development, the issues both in the past and today are all covered.

A great book for those who are interested in finding out about Anglicanism and   an excellent resource for those wanting to join an Anglican congregation. I plan to recommend it and probably use some of it for our New Members Class.

Recommended.

A great book – thorough and in-depth (800 pages). Witherington argues that we must not separate theology and ethics. He examines what he calls the individual witness in this volume, discussing Jesus, Paul, the author Hebrews, Peter and the Johannine Literature.

This book is not for the faint hearted or the impatient. While it is eminently readable, it will take some time.

Read my review HERE . Highly recommended!

A great book which highlights that need to have a theology and doctrine of church membership and discipline – and that this has to be linked to the Doctrine of God and specifically to God’s love.

This is a must read for pastors, although for some folk in the church they may struggle with it. This book blows out of the water the issue of ‘inclusive, affirming, non-confrontational love’ which is so prevalent in the church today.

Check out my review HERE

Both a fascinating and sad book. A ‘tell’ all behind the scenes of the Presidential Campaign. The authors recount stories and meetings which, if accurate, came from the staffers of the candidates. Of course, the book has no footnotes or references – but if a third of what is reported is accurate then this is a sad tale. They say there are somethings you should never reveal how they are made – maybe presidential campaigns should be added to that list! I know that no campaign for such a high office is pleasant – but having read this book, I find it sad that the democratic process of a country like the USA is so ‘primitive’.

Would not recommend this book.

McLaren’s new kind of Christianity is not Christianity. The problem with this book is that many will read it and love it, because they have locked into the notion that to even concieve of a God who demands that we change our entire life to conform to HIM is simply unreasonable. McLaren talks of a loving God; a God who accepts us as we are; who has mercy; who desires the best for us (yes, all true), all without any talk of judgment, wrath, repentance and consequences for sin.

Old, tired and inadequate liberalism dressed up for the 21st century! Sigh!

David Jackman’s little commentary series on Judges and Ruth is a great resource for preachers. Great comment on the text, and good exposition which allows the reader to think about applying the passage in biblical and practical ways. I used this recently for our adult education series on Ruth, and Jackman’s insights were very helpful.

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This is a follow up to James Bryan Smith’s book ‘The Good and Beautiful God’ (which I have not read.) In fact, these books make up a curriculum which Smith developed at the encouragement of Dallas Willard. This particular book is a spiritual formation / disciplines book. This is a tough market to compete in when you have Richard Foster and Don Whitney’s books as established classics. But this is a book which can be used as a group (with discussion questions and activities to be done during the week) or individually. There is much wisdom in this book. I found his insights in the chapter about lying particularly helpful and I will be using some of that chapter in our church. Recommended.

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