Book Recommendation : When People are Big and God is Small

This Sunday in our new sermon series, No Longer Bound, we are going to begin dealing with some very practical issues in a richly theological context. For example, we'll address questions concerning why we are so concerned what other people think, why we get over-committed, why we second guess decisions, why we avoid people, why … Continue reading Book Recommendation : When People are Big and God is Small

Cultural Influence: Hardball vs. the Gospel

The right and left are playing "hardball." The gospel shows us a different way to play. Are you a Christian who wants to influence American culture? Read, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Church: Finding a Better Way to Influence Our Culture (Chapter 2 has a few hermeneutical issues, but other than that, very helpful). For … Continue reading Cultural Influence: Hardball vs. the Gospel

How Suffering Produces a New Hunger to Know God

In preparation for this Sunday's message in Romans 8:18-25, I'm re-reading Larry Crabb's book, Shattered Dreams. One theme he deals with is how suffering produces a new hunger for God, who is the source of true soul satisfaction and eternal joy. Here is a challenging excerpt: "If we are satisfied with good health, responsible children, enjoyable marriages, … Continue reading How Suffering Produces a New Hunger to Know God

Book Recommendation: From Fear to Freedom

The book recommendation this week, which dove-tails nicely with this week's sermon from Romans 8:15-17, is Rose Marie Miller's, From Fear to Freedom. As a review says,  For all those who live in fear of never quite "measuring up," this honest account of one woman's spiritual crisis provides a new look at the transforming power … Continue reading Book Recommendation: From Fear to Freedom

Born to Run

At the encouragement of long-time friend and fellow running enthusiast/addict, Stu Keyes, I am reading Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall. Absolutely fascinating! I'll let y'all know how it turns out.  Thanks, Stu.