Friday, February 24, 2012

Books



Fantastic book! Forty short reflections on the Sacrament of Communion, the Lord's Supper, the Table of our Lord, the Eucharist... whatever your tradition may call it. In many evangelical traditions there's a tendency to minimize the meaning of the sacraments, as an overreaction against other tendencies that do the opposite. But it's time to stop expressing our theology by exceptions & by reactions. In doing so, we have lost much. This book is a beautiful call to recover a high, Biblical view of Communion as a Means of Grace. I'd encourage every Christian to read this book!








A great book weaving together some fascinating history of what this world use to be like, the role that beer has played in the story of this world (& the church), the long-standing legacy of a godly family, some beautiful examples of what it means to think through the doctrine of vocation with serious-minded faith, and humbling stories on "the good that wealth can do" -- to borrow a chapter title.







The first time I read this to my two youngest sons they were too young to continue on into The Lord of the Rings. So... naturally, I had to read it to them again, now that they're old enough to continue the journey. Always a joy to read this to children. And I've still got one more child to go. And she's already developed a fondness for dragons!











If someone you care for is caught up in the world of homosexuality -- which our culture is heedlessly promoting (see Romans 1) -- this would be a good book to read & then give to them (if they were interested in accepting it). I wish the first chapter had actually been the last chapter. The strong evangelism with which the book starts might be better received after the honesty of the struggles that the book relates. But aside from that, I think it's probably a very, very helpful book. The chapter written by the lady who came out of lesbianism is worth the price of the book itself. By God's grace she has become a Deborah - a "mother in Israel" - a mother in the church. All three authors know what they are talking about, from personal experience. Some parts are frankly difficult for heterosexuals to read, but no one can doubt the integrity, the candor, or the honesty of the authors.







Also recently enjoyed reading some Sherlock Holmes stories to my oldest daughter. Haven't seen the second of the recent Sherlock Holmes movies yet, but I hear it's even better than the first. Fun stories to read... especially around the fireplace after a cold, foggy/misty day... with hot chocolate in hand.

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