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04-26-2012, 07:22 PM
Hey, so I had this idea for a thread where we could talk about the books we are reading.
I'd like to set a few rules though that I hope everyone will respect.
1. The books should be related to religion, since this is the religion forum. That doesn't mean Christian only, and I think philosophy is ok too since it can get into metaphysics and such. No economics and political philosophy though!
2. Keep the discussions on topic about the book, the authors, the content etc. No Calvinist vs. Arminian debates in here please.
3. Feel free to discuss the impact it may have on your life and to review the book so we all can benefit.
04-26-2012, 07:25 PM
I'm currently reading Reinventing Jesus by Komoszewski, Sawyer, and Wallace.
Very good book for a layperson, written by evangelical scholars who "believe we can make a positive argument for the historicity of Jesus" as he is portrayed in the Gospels.
Very good so far in dealing with issues of authenticity, forgeries, "other gospels", and poking holes in folks like the so-called Jesus Seminar.
EDIT: Just finished this book. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Seriously.
And I promise, it has nothing to do with Calvinism. :howdy:
04-29-2012, 07:40 PM
I'm excited to get started on The BrokenHearted Evangelist by Jeremy Walker.
Got a good endorsement by John MacArthur.
In recent years providence has brought a number of people into my life and ministry who are passionate about evangelism. Some of them are especially keen to win friends, fellow-workers, and family to Christ; others are engaged in various kinds of open-air evangelism, bringing the gospel to people they have never met before. I thank God for all of them and the passion that drives them. This excellent book by Jeremy Walker explains the biblical principles that underlie and provoke such passion, reminding us that time is short, the need is urgent, the laborers are few, and the fields are white unto harvest. John MacArthur
04-30-2012, 08:49 AM
I recently finished The Fathers Know Best: Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church by James Akin and am re-reading Williams James' The Varieties of Religious Experience. Up next is Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism: A Study of the Nature and Development of Man's Spiritual Consciousness.
05-06-2012, 08:42 PM
I recently finished The Fathers Know Best: Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church by James Akin and am re-reading Williams James' The Varieties of Religious Experience. Up next is Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism: A Study of the Nature and Development of Man's Spiritual Consciousness.Ive heard the name James Akin before.
Ever actually read through the Ante-Nicene Fathers? I haven't read them all, mostly bits and pieces, but I have read Justin Martyr and Ignatius. Been awhile though.
There is a good book called a Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs. It's edited by a Presbyterian, but it is just snippets of the ANF's on various topics. A great resource!
After I am finished with Walker's book, I plan on reading the Life of Rowland Hill: the Second Whitefield, a biography.
I've also read all four Gospels twice each in the last 8 weeks. That's been tough, especially with the length of Matthew and Luke.
02-09-2013, 11:37 AM
A great book by Tullian Tchividjian called Jesus + Nothing = Everything
It was a great book!
***************From the publisher*******************
It’s so easy to forget what the Christian faith is all about. We struggle so much, work so hard, and fail so often that we frequently sense something in the equation of life must be missing.
Tullian Tchividjian argues that what we are missing is the gospel—a fuller, more powerful understanding of Jesus and what his finished work means for everyday life.
During a year of great turmoil, Pastor Tchividjian discovered the power of the gospel in his own life. Sharing his story of how Jesus became more real to him, Tchividjian delves deeply into the fundamentals of the faith, explaining the implications of Christ’s sufficiency—a revelation that sets us free and keeps us anchored through life’s storms.
Ultimately, Tchividjian reminds us that Jesus is the whole of the equation as he boldly proclaims that Jesus plus nothing really is everything.
'There is no one who better articulates the absolute distinctiveness of the gospel from religion than Tullian Tchvidjian. This book is filled with new insight and fresh inspiration on the oldest and most central doctrine of the church.'
- J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina
“Tullian Tchividjian writes like he preaches, as a man consumed with Jesus and the life-giving power of God’s grace. The message of the gospel changes everything and everyone who embraces it. This book reminds us that Jesus is not only all we need—He is all we want!”
—Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church; former President, Southern Baptist Convention
I received this book over the Christmas holidays from a corporate organization as a 'thank you' for my business throughout the year. It was an easy read - a compilation of short stories from people who had addictions, had been abused, anger issues, etc that finally realized they needed God in their lives and chose to become 2nd to him. I have passed the book along to a friend in hopes that he reads it and passes it along himself. I am not a book reader or a bible thumper, but this was an enjoyable read.
If you don't want to read the book, you can go to the website, I am Second (http://www.iamsecond.com) and watch the short videos.
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