A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath. Proverbs 15:1 HCSB
Category Archives: Worthy Reading
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth
1 Timothy 2:1-7
I am so thankful to the Lord for Dr. Thom Rainer’s leadership at Lifeway. In addition to having excellent taste in college football teams (Roll Tide, Dr. Rainer), he often uses his keyboard to encourage and challenge young leaders and ministers in our walk with the Lord and in our ministries. Today’s article on his website is no different. Make sure to check out Seven Reasons Leaders Fail at his site today!
I recently finished reading my first book of 2012. (Well I am tempted to count it towards 2012 since I finished it on New Years Eve, after the clock struck midnight in Eastern Time). The book is the recently released, The Pastor as Scholar & the Scholar as Pastor:Reflections on Life and Ministry by John Piper and D.A. Carson. It is an excellent read, and is a must have for anyone with a foot in the academy and/or the pastorate. I found these two evangelical giants’ experiences to be incredibly remarkable. One passage that particularly struck me from was from the pen of D.A. Carson. His words are piercing reminders of the dangers that stalk evangelical scholars:
“So just because I study the half-life of a quark, a pileated woodpecker, the consistory records of Geneva in the years after Calvin’s death, the destructive influence of Richard Simon, or a Hebrew infinitive construct does not guarantee that I love God better. In fact, it may seduce me into thinking I am more holy and more pleasing to God, when all I am doing is pleasing myself: I like to study. after all, plenty of secularists are fine technical scholars who enjoy their work and make excellent discoveries and write great tomes, without deluding themselves into thinking that they thereby prove they love God and deserve high praise in the spiritual sphere. Nothing is quite as deceitful as an evangelical scholarly mind that thinks it is especially close to God because of its scholarship rather than because of Jesus.” (76)
Psalm 119:37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things and give me life in your ways.
This one is going to hit close to home for many. I fear that the author has hit upon a deep-seated problem that is increasing in this digital age we live in. I was thankful for the encouragement the author makes that not all internet activity is inherently sinful after she takes a jack hammer to the idleness that so many of us are so often tempted to enage in.
Here are a couple of take home quotes.
The sin of the busy-body is often when desires are disappointed and we either demand or settle for the pleasure of knowing others’ business. Instead of being connected relationally to God and people, we slip into false intimacy and gather knowledge that doesn’t grow us, but instead wastes time. Like greed or lust, busy-bodying is a thirst for more. We are saying to God that he doesn’t satisfy our hearts.
Stewarding my time, means seeing “internet time” as a resource to be used with wisdom as worship to Jesus.
May we all find our greatest satisfaction in Jesus.
I asked myself the hypothetical question this week (hypothetical because I hope it never happens) what books would I try to save if I were forced to get rid of my library. I currently have over 700 volumes in my library and am constantly looking to expand. Obviously the only book in my library that is not expendable is my copy of the Bible. Everything else is of secondary importance, however for grins and giggles I thought it might be fun to sift through the different genre’s of books that are contained in my library and offer some suggestions for additions to the library of the avid readers who frequent this blog.
I have always had a passion for history, so I felt that history was the obvious starting point. So without further adieu: Five Recommended Reads from the world of history.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. This book contains the life story of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner turned soldier and his adventures in the Pacific Theater of World War II. This book recently replaced the next entry as my favorite WWII book of all time.
Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides–A riveting account of heroic liberation of American POW camp at Cabanatuan. I could not put this book down! If you enjoy WWII history, this is a book for you.
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin. also by Hampton Sides. Perhaps you notice and authorial trend that connects this book with the preceding one. I haven’t picked up anything by Hampton Sides that I didn’t want to read from cover to cover. This stunning play-by-play follows the last days of Dr. King and his assassin as they near that fateful day in Memphis.
Manhunt:The 12-day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson. Rarely does history read like a novel. This historical account does!
The Forgotten 5oo: The Untold Story of the Men who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II by Gregory A. Freeman. The inside flap of the dusk jacket says it so much more eloquently than I can: “Here is the astonishing never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of world War II–when the OSS set out to recover more than five hundred airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia…”
Honorable Mention: Hunting Eichman: How a Band of Surviviors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb.
Happy Reading! Also Happy Veterans Day. I am so thankful to the Lord for the men and women who have served our country in war time and peace to protect the freedoms we all enjoy.
By the way, I would appreciate your comments and recommendations as well. Just click on the comments section below.