What I’m Reading – April, 2010

Curious what I’m reading at the moment?  Here’s what’s open on my Kindle (click on the picture to enlarge):

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There’s a few books missing that I’m reading in hard copy (like Jack Deere’s Surprised by the Power of the Spirit), but for the most part this is a good snapshot of what’s been capturing my attention of late.

Today is Like Yesterday

The twenty-first century is more  like the first three centuries after Christ than any century between the fourth and  twentieth. The church has been here before.

– Rethinking Christ and Culture: A Post-Christendom Perspective by Craig A. Carter, Kindle Edition, Location 299-300

By the way, I would highly recommend this book… Here’s another good quote:

The church must accept its new situation as a minority subculture  within a pluralistic world with grace and quiet confidence.

– Kindle Edition, Location 310

If these asserstions are true, as I believe they are, then what must we do?

If evangelicals are to offer leadership to the church, we must stand in continuity with biblical and historic Christianity, a stance that will provide healing and reconciliation, both inwardly to the church herself and outwardly to the world.

Common Roots (Robert E. Webber) – Kindle Edition, Loc. 953-54

My conviction is that evangelicalism needs revitalizing. Her strong point is her grasp of the central message of the Christian faith and the zeal with which she proclaims it. Her weakness lies in the lack of a truly historic substance of the Christian gospel. Therefore, the urgent necessity of evangelical Christianity is to become a more historic expression of the faith.

Common Roots (Robert E. Webber) Kindle Edition, Loc. 955-57

The Purpose of Reading

Dwight Pryor is fond of saying that the Greeks studied to know while the Hebrews studied to revere. This comparison of purpose for the acquisition of knowledge has deeply resonated with me. So you probably won’t be surprised to find that I appreciated the following quote.

If anything in these chapters should prove useful to the soul, it will be revealed to the reader by the grace of God, provided that he reads, not out of curiosity, but in the fear and love of God. If a man reads this or any other work not to gain spiritual benefit, but to track down matter with which to abuse the author, so that in his conceit he can show himself to be the more learned, nothing profitable will ever be revealed to him in anything.

– Maximus the Confessor (580-662 AD)[1]

 


[1]As quoted in, Daniel B. Clendenin, Eastern Orthodox Christianity: A Western Perspective, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003), 167.