March 27, 2004

Great Commission Companies

Great Commission Companies

I have pushed this book before, but I thought it was about time to bring it up again. I'll be honest, I haven't personally read it yet---but from all of the reviews it looks like it is a significant work on missions. For businessmen: I recommmend reading a book like this right alongside John Piper's Let the Nations Be Glad.

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Love Story

by Douglas Wilson
From The Credenda Agenda

Modern Christians have forgotten the art of story-telling, and this is a significant loss. C.S. Lewis described the problem well in The Horse and His Boy: "Aravis immediately began, sitting quite still and using a rather different tone and style from her usual one. For in Calormen, story-telling (whether the stories are true or made up) is a thing you are taught, just as English boys and girls are taught essay writing. The difference is that people want to hear the stories, whereas I never heard of anyone who wanted to read the essays."

Stories are powerful, even the false ones. And for those who are not steeped in the story of Scripture, we have to say the false ones are especially powerful. When it comes to having a need to orient all beliefs within a story, mankind is incorrigible. And we do this for the same reason that we stick to the ground when we walk—this is how our Creator decided to do it. This is how God created our minds, and we cannot really think in other ways. Initially, this approach may seem odd or confusing. But learning to think of the gospel as a story is a central part of recovering a right understanding of the gospel.


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March 23, 2004

Worship by the Book

Worship by the Book

This is a fantastic book on concept of corporate worship that examines three strains of liturgy that come from the Reformation. I especially recommend the introduction by D.A. Carson and Tim Keller's chapter on the Reformed tradition. Keller's emphasis on a "middle" third way is thought-provoking.

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March 19, 2004

What Is Art?

Stealing Beauty

A recent cover story in World Magazine.

I agree with the author, Gene Edward Veith, in many ways. This is a valuable article for anyone interested in the state of the arts.

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