Forty Days On Being a Five by Morgan Harper Nichols is part of the IVP Book series, Enneagram Daily Reflections. I received a review copy from IVP Books. I am not an Enneagram enthusiast. The learning I have done in this area has come from my wife and I find it helpful in communicating toContinue reading “Book Review — Forty Days On Being a Five by Morgan Harper Nichols”
“When Jesus described himself as a physician to sinners, a healer of the inner life, he was calling himself much more than one who associated with the broken, more even than one who could and would forgive them for the damage they had wreaked in their relationships with God and with one another. He was claiming to be oneContinue reading “The Kingdom of God belongs to the seriously messed up”
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15, NIV) There is a simple, literal rendering of this word meaning “to change one’s mind.” That doesn’t capture what Jesus is asking of us.
“The kingdom Jesus proclaimed was neither Christianity, church, nor Christendom (words that carry all kinds of unhelpful associations in the minds of many people…). Above all else, Jesus understood the kingdom to be a community — that amazing divine and human community of loving friendship that God had envisioned from the beginning of all creation, andContinue reading “Defining the Kingdom of God”
“The mightiest cities will one day crumble, and the most noble societies will pass. But God’s purpose remains steadfast and cannot be frustrated. God, whose presence fills all creation, is calling people to life in a community built on eternal foundations. He is calling you.” — Chris Webb, God Soaked Life: Discovering a Kingdom Spirituality
I received a copy of Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit: Growing in Christlikeness from IVP. Christopher Wright, international ministries director of the Langham Partnership, is the author.
“There is no true life apart from relationship to God.”
I received Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Christian Spirituality by David Benner from IVP. It is part of a trilogy of small books Benner has updated. The foreword by M. Basil Pennington has this sentence: “It took me several weeks to read.” The volume I as holding in my hands was slender. TheContinue reading “Book Review: Surrender to Love by David Benner”
I have found culturally these days that words have duel, and opposite, meanings. When I’ve heard something or someone described as “sick,” I think, “Oh, that’s too bad. What’s wrong with them?” Then, I find out the word meant, “Awesome,” or “incredible,” or something opposite of what the word used to mean for me. So, I useContinue reading “Four Lines to Wreck My Day”
In Christ-Shaped Character: Choosing Love, Faith and Hope, Helen Cepero begins with her story. And story is what this book is about. It is seeing the activity of God in our own story. It is about experiencing the presence of Christ in very real, tangible ways. We can take our life’s journey and follow Christ.Continue reading “Book Review: Christ-Shaped Character: Choosing Love, Faith and Hope”