What I’m Reading

16 02 2010

I want to take a minute to update you on what I have read and what I am currently reading. The last book that I finished was Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I highly recommend this book to those of you claiming to follow Christ. This book completely rocked my world.  Chan is an excellent, down-to-earth, communicator. He seems to have a tight grasp on what it means to love Jesus. No matter where you think you are spiritually, I encourage you to read this book!

I am now reading a book that is assigned reading for Theology 525 at LBTS. It is God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams by David F. Wells. I am about a third of the way into the book. It is a much to challenging read to be considered pleasure reading, though it may be enjoyable to you if you appreciate theological study. I am personally enjoying it so far, although it quite slow.  Wells is basically identifying the hijacking of the evangelical church in postmodern America. It seems that it might be a profitable read for pastors and church leaders. I will try to give more information about this book when I finish it. Until then, happy reading!

Book Recommendation

10 01 2010

Earlier this week I finished an excellent book by John MacArthur, “The Jesus You Can’t Ignore.” I have both negative and positive criticism about this book.

Its positive features are its theology and purpose. The book is actually a great commentary on several passages from the Gospels. MacArthur seems to me in my finite mind to be exactly right in his theology and Christology. The purpose of this book is to present the true identity of Jesus to Christians and so called Christians that have a much different image of Jesus. MacArthur addresses a post modern world and post modern preachers that want to paint Jesus as being a peace loving hippie who wants to get along with everybody and “agree to disagree.” MacArthur uses nothing but scripture to prove that Jesus was completely opposite of this. He had no interest in getting along with Pharisees and post modernist would strongly disapprove of the methods that Jesus used.

The negative aspect of this work is the language that MacArthur uses. He is obviously a brilliant man and he chooses to use a vocabulary that displays his education. I don’t think he wrote this way to be arrogant or to show off, but simply to produce a scholarly work. The book is obviously intended to be read by the academic circles. In other words, it is not very “lay-person friendly.” It was a very challenging book to read. He used many words that caused me to stop reading and look up. Reading this way simply means that it will take you a little longer to get through this book than normal (if you’re like me, but you are probably much more intellectual than me and have no problem handling this book).

If you are up for the challenge, this book will completely rock your view of Jesus and your view of conflict with false religions. I highly recommend it for pastors and ministers.

John MacArthur, “The Jesus You Can’t Ignore.”

The Latest Books I’ve Read

22 12 2009

I’ve been wanting to update those that follow me on what I’ve been reading as I finish it, but the past few months have been too hectic! All the books that I’ve read lately have been assigned reading for Contemporary Evangelism at LBTS, but they were great books.

The best book by far was Thom Rainer’s, The Unexpected Journey. (FYI, I can’t italicize because I’m writing from my Blackberry, but all book titles should be italicized) The Unexpected Journey is 12 stories of people converting from a major world religion or world view, such as: Islam, Hinduism, and Wicca. This is a very encouraging book. Rainer and his wife teach the reader about the various religion and then the convert teaches how to best reach people still trapped in those lies. I definitely recommend The Unexpected Journey.

Family to Family by Dr. Jerry Pipes and Victor Lee is a great book about raising a family that is evangelistic.

The most recent book I read was Radically Unchurched by Alvin Reid, professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern. This is a tremendous book for pastors to read as well laypeople. Not only does Reid identify and define the radically unchurched, but he provides great application methods. I highly recommend this book.

There were a few more books I read this past subterm, but these were the top there. If you are looking for a good book to read, check out one of these!

Now that I have a month long break from LBTS, I’m excited about doing some recreational reading. I’m going to start with a book that has been on my shelf for 6 months waiting on me, The Jesus You Can’t Ignore by John MacArthur. Stay tuned for updates on it!