Book Review: The Radical Disciple

John Stott is 89, and few men have had such a profound influence on evangelicalism in Britain. If you were fortunate enough to be sitting down with him and were to ask this man who has followed and preached Christ for more than 60 years for his distilled wisdom and advice in how to do that great task better, I’m confident you would be all ears. It would be foolishness not to listen very carefully to everything he had to say, they should have a profound impact on your life.…

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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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Book Review: The Divine Commodity

The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity by Skye Jethani (Zondervan 2009 192 pages) Before you even read the book you have to say it’s pretty encouraging that it even exists. Not long ago a book on consumerism from a mainstream American publisher was a rare thing indeed, there still aren’t many in existence and this one deserves to be near the top of the pile. In nine chapters Jethani unpacks how consumerism has leaked into the church. American is at the forefront of a consumer society, its…

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