Book Review: Holy Discontent

Holy Discontent is not a complicated book, it’s not a deep book. I’m not 100% convinced there’s enough here for a book but you can’t fault Hybels for passion. Whatever he does it seems he gives it 100%. This IS a book about frustration, frustration with injustice, racism, poverty, disease, suffering (or indeed whatever) and then beating apathy and getting something done. You don’t need to have ever met the man (which I haven’t) to know that Bill Hybels is an activist by nature and personality. I am too, so…

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Book Review: Dictionary of Mission Theology

This is a book review I did for the magazine Christian Marketplace (not published yet) Dictionary of Mission Theology/ ed. John Corrie/ IVP/ 9781 8447 42134/ Hardback/ 461 pages/ £24.99 I initially wondered what variety of dictionary they’ll think of next but this is a fascinating reference tool. Firstly because of its content: thinking about the world from the perspective of mission brings articles on AIDS, church planting, human rights and relations with other religions. Secondly because of its contributors: more than 60% of the 160 articles are written by…

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Choose carefully what you read

On the same day I blogged about reading fatigue Matt Hosier also blogged on reading, which if you’re a bibliophile you should read. Reading is so important as a stimulus to your own thought and development that choosing carefully what you read is key. There are a number of traps that you can fall into and no doubt there are more: Trap 1. Reading only books that already agree with me. We need to stetch ourselves and see the world from another angle even if the conclusion we reach is…

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Book Review: Who Am I?

I get sent so many books and there are literally hundreds on my shelves that I want to read but haven’t yet got to, the pressure of the backlog sometimes kills the joy of reading. As a result I sometimes just pick the shortest book I can find, so I can read it quick and move on to the next one. The aim being to reduce the pile of unread books not enjoy the experience of reading. This book was one such choice. Bonhoeffer is a theological hero of mine,…

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Book Review: Total Church

Total Church is a provocative book and there’s much to commend it. There is much in common with the values of Newfrontiers the church family I belong to. This is a gospel centred book from The Crowded House church in Sheffield. They believe in extending the kingdom through church planting. They believe in caring for the poor and including them into the gospel community and in multi generational churches. They believe in the sufficiency of the gospel to bring people to maturity. Interestingly they believe in reshaping the life of…

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Where should Generosity flow from?

Last Sunday I preached from Colossians 2:6-7 on growing in Christ. In my understanding growing in Christ is what discipleship is about, it is about obeying Christ and following Christ. That has led me to freshly reflect on the two greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” If I love God with all that I have, if I love people as I love myself then how…

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How to dissect Generosity

I’m still thinking around the whole issue of generosity (other things swilling around at the moment are discipleship and community) and so I’m looking around and I usually start my search at Wikipedia and the results are thoroughly uninspiring. The one redeeming comment was : “Generosity is not solely based on one’s economic status, but instead, includes the individual’s pure intentions of looking out for society’s common good and giving from the heart. Generosity should reflect the individual’s passion to help others.” Anyone can be generous and generosity flows from…

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