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“Culture of Honor,” by Danny Silk

March 16, 2010 // 1 Comment

Danny Silk’s book, Culture of Honor, is about relationships that release the life of Heaven into our churches. A “culture of honor” is probably not what you think it is. It is not about giving church leaders more control. “It is actually about getting rid of control and cultivating self-control [...]

Grace and Law in the Chronicles of Narnia

March 12, 2010 // 9 Comments

One of the consequences of learning about grace is that you become sensitive to anything that smacks of legalism. This can lead to some nasty surprises. One moment you’re enjoying a sermon/MP3/book and the next you’re jolted because the speaker or writer has just smacked you over the head with the stone [...]

“Destined to Reign” by Joseph Prince

March 11, 2010 // 34 Comments

Life is too short to waste reading bad books or getting distracted by bad doctrine. One of my aims in keeping this blog is to promote good books that help us understand our position in Christ, that unpackage the goodness of God revealed to us through Jesus. To that end I can highly recommend Destined to Reign by [...]

How to Read Your Bible Without Getting Confused

March 10, 2010 // 62 Comments

Have you ever been confused by a Bible teaching that seemed contrary to something else in the Bible? Have you ever read a scripture that seemed to contradict another scripture? Paul said that the entire Bible is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). But he also said [...]

“He Qualifies You” by Chad Mansbridge

March 4, 2010 // 4 Comments

I picked up this little book on my last trip to Hong Kong and read it in an hour. It was an hour well-spent. In this book Chad Mansbridge, of Bayside Church International, outlines the three main covenants of the Bible, namely, the covenants that God made with Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Why do you need to know [...]

Building Ramps for the Mentally Ill

February 27, 2010 // 12 Comments

About 10 years ago I heard an Australian pastor say that mental illness was a big need in his city. I was young and strong back then so the picture that came into my mind was that he lived in a town of crazy people. Now I know better. Mental illness is one of the giants of our day. I’ve heard it said that one [...]

Top 7 Tony Campolo Books

February 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

As a young man I was a huge fan of Tony Campolo. For young men looking for boundaries Campolo was one of the few unafraid to handle hot potatoes and draw lines in the sand. Who but Campolo would ask questions like “Is it okay to put your aging mother in the country home?” or “What do I do if I’m sexually [...]

Completely Forgiven? When Confession is Bad for You

February 18, 2010 // 27 Comments

Jesus died to set men free. Galatians 5:13 tells us that we have a holy calling to be free – to live free, walk free, stay free. One way that we can lose our freedom is to burden ourselves with ungodly demands and expectations. This can happen when we take scripture out of context. It can also happen when we [...]

Why do Churches Have Mood Music?

February 16, 2010 // 4 Comments

It’s the end of the service and the preacher is coming to the punch line. Quietly the keyboardist goes on stage, selects “warm pads” or “strings” and begins to play in the background. As the preacher makes his challenge, the sound of synthesized seraphim singing begins to wash over the audience. Hand [...]

What Would Jesus Drive?

February 13, 2010 // 17 Comments

A standard question asked at youth groups used to be “Should Christians drive BMWs?” I never understood the point of this. I wondered, does God hate German cars? Yes I know it was never about the car. But how could we cruise around with 300 brake-horsepower under the bonnet when poor people were starving and [...]

Top 12 C.S. Lewis Quotes

February 9, 2010 // 1 Comment

CS Lewis was probably the most quotable Christian of the past century. I dare say that every second book in a Christian bookstore has at least one quote from the great thinker. I have been looking for an excuse to publish some of my favorite CS Lewis quotes. Well today, February 9th, just happens to be the 68th [...]

The 3Rs of Christianity

February 6, 2010 // 1 Comment

At the risk of overlooking some liberating truths, the basics of following Christ can be reduced to 3 Rs. 1. Righteousness. The gospel reveals a righteousness that comes from God and is received by faith from first to last (Rms 1:17). This kind of righteousness can be distinguished from self-righteousness which [...]