The Apostle Paul writes that we are to be transformed in our minds (Rom. 12:1, 2). Why? In order to know God’s good, perfect, and acceptable will. A kingdom disciple is to be characterized as someone who knows how to apply the Christian faith to all areas of life. If the Christian life is about God and not simply about us, then we must realize the centrality of knowing and doing God’s will.
There has been a steep decline in church attendance beginning with the baby boomers (those born between1946-1964) and continuing to the present generation. The most recent statistics indicate that we are not far from the place where the majority in the United States will identify themselves as something other than Protestant.
No one can ignore or remove the problems that old age brings. But Christians share God’s best in life, even in old age. Old age from a biblical perspective is life transformed, life renewed, life filled with blessings and opportunities.
If you buy only one book this year, this would be the book at the top of the list.Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity will challenge the believer to understand the reality that Christianity has accommodated itself to the culture around it, if in no other way than by making it a Sunday religion. It will also offer an explanation as to why so many Christians do not enjoy their Christian life experience.
This book deals with the second of the five great challenges facing the Christian community today, biotechnology. It lays out a course that will help you think and pray from an intelligent base of knowledge and truth. It must be integrated into the church’s curriculum of equipping kingdom disciples, if we are indeed committed to training and discipling God’s people to live in this world.
Christians in mass must meet this challenge and prepare themselves to give a reason for the hope that we have in Christ, especially as it relates to reaching out to Muslims. This book, without a doubt, is one of the best sources for Christians to study. It could also have significant consequences for our Muslim population, if they would read and compare the differences.
“People often ask me why I take so many detours when I speak. I just tell them it’s because those I’m trying to reach don’t live on the highway.” As a parent and an educator, I sat there thinking about how hard we try to get children to move onto the highway so that we don’t have to put up with the inconvenience of detours. Perhaps instead of spending so much time and effort trying to convince our children to move onto the path we’ve designed, we could encourage them to get to their destination by allowing them a few minor detours. Who knows? We may even discover some placeswe’d like to travel off the beaten path! ( from “The Way They Learn”, by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias)
Walking Away from Faith is a challenging and sobering book. It deals with situations that will cause you to think, pray, examine the word, and discuss it with other believers. The book is filled with stories of people who once professed to be Christians but who later abandoned the faith.
This book will push you out of your comfort zone at places, challenge you to focus on unity within the Body, and cause you to think seriously about how to experience and express our diversity and unity while respecting both. There is a wealth of information in this concise volume.
Each chapter has activities that could be used by groups studying the book. The suggestions are well thought out andwill serve wellas a text for a Sunday school class. The book explores some of the implications of living with the values of God’s kingdom in view. It’s done against the backdrop of defining our purpose for living.