Monthly Archives: October 2006

Book # 44

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The Gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd

CT writes, “Ladd’s work called a generation of evangelicals to a higher level of scholarship, and his “already-but-not yet” take on God’s kingdom influenced charismatic theologians and cessationists alike.”

Do you ever read the reviews of books at amazon.com? I do. Especially if I don’t know much about the book in question. Like this book, although I’ve heard of it, I don’t know much about it.

So I checked out some of the reviews. Look at this one by Gary Gillespie:

The Gospel of the Kingdom is a terrific book which every Christian should read. A curious fact is that it was written in 1959, well ahead of its time.

  • We are subjected to various views of the Kingdom of God and how it relates to the Church, Israel and the end times.
  • There is much confusion as to what the Kingdom is, and when and where will it be. Ladd answers these critical questions.

The chapters deal with. . .

  • 1. What is the Kingdom of God.
  • 2. The Kingdom is tomorrow.
  • 3. The Kingdom is today.

In addition he gives a good exposition of how to understand the parables of Kingdom and an excellent section on how to understand the Sermon on the Mount.

  • He takes the difficult passages of Jesus’ sermon and answers the questions what does Jesus mean that one should “cut off your hand” or “gouge out your eye” if necessary to enter the Kingdom.
  • It is a practical book as well which calls Christians to commit all to the advancement of the Kingdom of God and the role that God wants all of us to play in its institution.

It is easy to read and extremely informative. I could not reccommend it more highly.

Alright, here’s another good one. Do you have any thoughts on this?

Book # 45

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The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark A. Noll

Historian Mark Noll wrote this book 12 years ago. According to Christianity Today this book shaped evangelical thought more than any other book… “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind” was his main critique.

If he were to write the book today, he says, “It would have a different tone:

  • More hopeful than despairing,
  • More attuned to possibilities than to problems,
  • More concerned with theological resources than theological deficiencies.

Christianbook.com says this about the book:

  • In this treatise on the state of the intellectual status of the evangelical movement, Mark Noll reminds us that ‘modern evangelicals are the spiritual descendants of leaders and movements distinguished by probing, creative, fruitful attention to the mind’ and challenges us to reclaim that heritage.
  • Noll argues that if Christians are to serve God with their minds, they must do their homework, and think intellectually.

So, have you read this book? I confess, I haven’t – yet.

Online Believing God Study Begins November 1

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Hello CNC ladies,

Why don’t you give this 10 week study a try? There are about 7 women who have signed up so far.

Below are the details.

The cost is $23.95 plus tax.

Enroll and pay for the study at http://www.lifeway.com/bg/bg_study/0,2029,,00.html. You will have unlimited access to the resources in the study: streaming video/audio, downloadable homework, session notes, and online Bible study tools.

After watching/listening to each video or audio session (1 each week), complete the Session Homework. This is what our group will be commenting on through our own forum.

By November 7th, the group will decide when they can meet for two eyeball-to-eyeball get-togethers.

Be sure to let Susan know when you’ve signed up. She will then email information so you can participate in an online forum just for the members of this group. Others will be able to read your responses, but only those who sign in with Susan will be able to write responses.

Don’t delay, sign up today.

Book # 46

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Out of the Saltshaker and into the World by Rebecca Manley Pippert

“Christians and non-Christians have something in common,” author Rebecca Pippert noted. “We’re both uptight about evangelism.” Out of the Saltshaker helped generations of fearful students (and other would-be evangelists) to loosen up.

I read this book years ago. I remember it helping my fear issues with out-in-the-open evangelism. I’m more of a love-em or friendship-them-to-the-Lord type of evangelism.

Recently I was looking at Out of the Saltshaker and thinking about hosting a small group to go through it. Anyone interested for the Winter quarter?

Pippert speaks frequently on the theme of sharing our faith in ways that are natural and consistent with who God made us – themes that are taken from Out of the Salt Shaker.
According to her website, she address such issues as:

  • How do we communicate sin in a therapeutic age?
  • How do we reveal the uniqueness of Jesus to New Agers?
  • How do we defend the truth of the gospel in a culture that doesn’t care if what we say is true?
  • What is the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelism?

Discussion of Top 50 Books from Past 50 Years

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As I said last week, Christianity Today has published their top 50 list.
Landmark titles that changed the way we think, talk, witness, worship, and live.

These books altered the way American evangelicals pray, gather, talk, and reach out.

I am presenting two more books for this week. Be sure to comment if any of these books have changed any of your spiritual perspectives.

Now on to #47 and #46.