Book Review: Provocative Faith

Matthew Paul Turner is a product of American evangelicalism, something that turned out not to be a complete blessing. In fact, it pretty much shipwrecked his faith. Like many young men he regularly got stuck with internet pornography, simply tried harder to get himself free and like a fly stuck in a spider’s web, the more he struggled the more stuck he became. Provocative Faith: Walking away from ordinary is his journey of faith away from surface, shallow faith that is marked by legalism to a more grace filled, deeper,…

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Miscellaneous: 10 links

This story is jaw-dropping. Demoted for an opinion on a proposal that isn’t law! Which is why it’s important that Christians really think through the issue of homosexuality. Justin Taylor recommends this Linked to that is the issue of marriage and JT highlights the forthcoming book by Tim & Kathy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage. And married couples should also read Keller’s Counterfeit Gods because if one or both partners in a marriage relationship are materialistic then your marriage will suffer. Fact. Children will suffer from an absent father but in…

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Book Review: City Changing Prayer

Debra and Frank Green have been leading a remarkable prayer movement in Manchester, England that has since spread further afield through Redeeming our Communities. City Changing Prayer: Insights from Manchester’s impacting city-wide prayer movement is the story of their journey from gathering half a dozen people in their front room to pray to gathering thousands of Christians from across the denominations to pray together for their city. The Green’s come from an evangelical charismatic background and in the UK those aren’t always the most obvious places to look for fruitful…

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The new reformed: the sound of arid logic chopping

In the introduction to his biography of John Bunyan, Gordon Wakefield describes the preaching of Alexander Whyte who often used Bunyan’s characters for his sermons. Wakefield says of Whyte, “the discourses in Bunyan were no desiccated scholasticism, the arid logic-chopping of predestinarians wrestling with their election. Often conducted with tears, they spoke of the eternal verities and consolations of faith.” Not so long ago Trevin Wax reviewed Erasing Hell by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle, a response to Rob Bell’s Love Wins. In his comments Wax complains that, ‘No one is…

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Chrysostom: On giving to the poor

Sometimes when I read the early church fathers I find their writings impenetrable. This might be because the translation is hard work or because the debates and concerns just don’t connect. Other times I am stunned by the power of prose and the immediacy with which it speaks to us today in different cultures, 1800+  years later. This quote is in the second category. Watch how Chrysostom demolishes our arguments for not giving to the poor. “Immediately accusations are brought against the applicant. For why does he not work, you…

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The early church fathers: On baptism

Chrysostom – On the epistle to the Hebrews (emphasis mine) “Baptism is a cross, and ‘our old self was crucified with him,’ for we were ‘united with him in a death like his’ and again, ‘we were buried therefore with him by baptism unto death.’…For as Christ died on the cross, so do we in baptism, not as the flesh but as to sin. Behold two deaths. He died as to the flesh. In our case, the old self was buried and the new self arose, made conformable to the…

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Book Review: Jesus’ parables of the lost and found

This small book (just 87 pages plus discussion questions) examines Jesus’ parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep and the prodigal son from Luke 15. The first two parables get a chapter each and the last one gets four chapters looking at the lost son, the gifts, the elder brother and the celebration. It’s readable and accessible and that’s about it really. Unfortunately for Moore when it comes to the parables he has some pretty stiff competition and this falls way short of the standard set by Tim Keller…

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Book Review: Jesus’ parables of the lost and found

This small book (just 87 pages plus discussion questions) examines Jesus’ parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep and the prodigal son from Luke 15. The first two parables get a chapter each and the last one gets four chapters looking at the lost son, the gifts, the elder brother and the celebration. It’s readable and accessible and that’s about it really. Unfortunately for Moore when it comes to the parables he has some pretty stiff competition and this falls way short of the standard set by Tim Keller…

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