Well, this last year (between June of 07 and just a few weeks ago) I took 18 hours of grad classes at ACU for leveling work prior to starting a doctor of ministry program. It’s nice to take a break.
Actually I shouldn’t be taking a break because I still have 2 papers to turn in for this last class I took, but if I get them done too soon then my reputation for 11th hour paper writing magic might be tarnished!
With all of my newfound freedom I still haven’t had much time to for leisurely reading (and yes Adam, I know what you think about that statement…). We of course have been very busy preparing for our transition to Burleson and church planting. I have found time to read a few books though, and I wanted to pass along a couple recommendations.
This book has already had a significant impact on the way I talk about evangelism and developing relationships with non-Christians. The authors, campus ministers with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, describe several issues (that they call “thresholds”) which they’ve found to be common among postmoderns on their journey to faith in Christ. I’m almost always against “7 steps to…” or “5 vital principles for…”. This book however does a great job of not only discussing what I have found to be very true in the lives of non-Christians I’ve been blessed to journey with, but also points out how these different thresholds have different goals and thus need different approaches in evangelism. Some of the practical applications were either too cheesy or too…evangelical for me, but I still very highly recommend this book.
This pretty popular book may not need any introduction, every time I turn around people are talking about it. It is a really well written novel and a super fast read. More than that though, it’s an encouraging view of a redemptive God who is willing to risk in order to share our pain.
Some people will likely struggle with the implications in this book. Many (nearly everyone I’ve talked to about it so far) will find it giving voice to hopes and fears they haven’t been able to put into words. Others will just think its a nice comforting book and won’t realize the deeper theological shift taking place.
What does it mean to think of God as truly redemptive instead of wrathful? This is a great book and one that I think is going to have a pretty big impact. (I still have Chris Chappotin’s copy…hehe. Guess I should get my own.)