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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Spiritual Growth

I preached recently on Spiritual Growth in the last of our series on foundations in the Christian life (not an exhaustive series by any means). Interestingly a few other bloggers have posted helpful things on this subject recently. I’m always grateful to God for providing food for thought in such a providential way. Here’s what I found. Marcus Honeysett on Spiritual Growth & time with God This via Josh Harris on things that don’t make sense You’ll see the list from the Josh Harris link made it on to my…

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Book Review: Growing for God

Spiritual growth is so incredibly important to the Christian walk, especially in a culture which wants to preserve youthfulness, follow your pleasures, do what you want, when you want, with whom you want, a culture that is becoming immature not celebrating maturity as the Bible does. Even in the church, where some are being carried away by the events surrounding Todd Bentley (see my posts here), there is a desperate need for believers to be well fed, to discern truth from falsehood, to make wise decisions, and most importantly desire…

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Volf on: Extraordinary Life

“You sit on your couch, beer or soda in your hand and junk food by your side watching TV for hours – that’s ordinary. You work around the clock not because you have to feed your family, but for no other reason than to park a better car in your garage than your neighbours have – that’s ordinary. You get up from your couch to play with your kids or you give time and energy to help educate a prisoner or lend an ear to an elderly person – that’s…

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Quotes 

Aristides on: Christians

“It is the Christians, O Emperor, who have sought and found the truth, for they acknowledge God. They do not keep for themselves the goods entrusted to them. They do not covet what belongs to others. They show love to their neighbours. They do not do to another what they would not wish to have done to themselves. They speak gently to those who oppress them, and in this way they make them their friends. It has become their passion to do good to their enemies. They live in the…

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Justin Martyr on: Effects of conversion

“We who formerly treasured money and possessions more than anything else now hand over everything we have to a treasury for all and share it with everyone who needs it. We who formerly hated and murdered one another now live together and share the the same table. We pray for our enemies and try to win those who hate us.” Quote from Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw, p148

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