Book Review: Success

I really like Grove Books. Their booklets are almost always well-written and provide readily available and accessible ways into a subject. You get an overview, a bibliography and a well-written introduction into whatever subject you care to imagine. Frankly I think they are an invaluable and under-rated resource for leaders & preachers. I’ve been thinking about Counterfeit Gods for the series I’m preaching and this Sunday, it’s the issue of success. Simon Coupland’s exploration is very good. It demolishes prosperity teaching and the false equation of earthly and Godly success,…

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In defiance of advertising

“…in a society which worships material prosperity, Jesus commands us to worship God and to invest in heaven’s treasures. This means having a mindset at odds with the materialistic consumerism of our age. It means believing that ‘a person’s life does not consist in the abundance of their possessions’ (Luke 12:16), in defiance of the claims of the advertising agencies. In a society where 6year olds are teased for not wearing the right brand of trainers, this is profoundly counter-cultural and will not be easy.”  

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What you've been reading and other bookish things (18/02/2010)

Gary McMurray reviews The Last Gospel by David Gibbins and God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts Mark Heath reviews John Stott’s final book The Radical Disciple and this commentary on Zechariah and on Malachi Here are some writing tips And a look around another pastor’s study. This time Ligon Duncan’s Everything Christian links to some new books for Lent & Easter Jeremy links to some good books on growing your own food Tim Challies reviews RC Sproul’s surprised by suffering JT links to some advice on reading well Krish Kandiah…

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Why haven't we got the message?

Why is it that if John Stott, Ron Sider, Tim Keller, Randy Alcorn, Tim Chester, Jim Wallis, Craig Blomberg, Tom Sine, Rob Bell, Shane Claiborne, Skye Jethani, Graham Cray, Richard Foster, Dave Bookless, Ruth Valerio, Dave Toycen, Michael Wakely, Matthew Sleeth, Brian Rosner, John Ortberg, Greg Dutcher have all written books (at least in part) about the dangers of consumerism, that the church still doesn’t get it?

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A storm called ‘Brian’

A storm is brewing and it could become a blogosphere Hurricane. The storm is called Brian. Brian McLaren is a polarizing figure, loved by the left and rejected by the right. First the debate was whether he was evangelical, now it’s whether he’s even Christian. The furore is over his latest book A New Kind of Christianity: 10 Questions that are transforming the faith. I’ve always maintained that he is better at asking the right questions than he is at giving the right answers. That remains mostly the case. For…

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