Very easily could become the best book of this year. :) A very thorough overview of the ways in which technology (beginning with such things as the pl...moreVery easily could become the best book of this year. :) A very thorough overview of the ways in which technology (beginning with such things as the plow) has evolved and influenced the times in which it has become useful. While many technologies have been very helpful, there are often less welcome changes that aren't really taken into consideration until they've become thoroughly ingrained into public life.
Much of the book focuses on what we call technology--computer-based interaction. One of the things I most appreciated about Challies' approach was the fact that he did not place a blanket statement on anything. The fact that computers and the Internet intersect most American lives in significant ways can't be disputed. But the often inordinate amounts of time that these technologies consume and the extent to which we rely on these mediums for relationships is definitely worth evaluating. On these topics, Scripture and Scriptural principles are applied in very accurate ways.
Another very insightful book by Tim Keller. I appreciate the fact that he doesn't try to pull "new" things out of Scripture just for the need of havin...moreAnother very insightful book by Tim Keller. I appreciate the fact that he doesn't try to pull "new" things out of Scripture just for the need of having a fresh book on the shelves. He makes very powerful points about other lessons to learn from the parable of the Prodigal Son. He draws the parallel between the Pharisees and the attitude of the elder son, a picture of their self-righteous behaviour. The complete need of repentance and forgiveness for both elder and younger brothers was very strongly taught.(less)
A very articulate and thorough overview of the ways in which God has revealed Himself through Scripture. I read this as part of a book study and the q...moreA very articulate and thorough overview of the ways in which God has revealed Himself through Scripture. I read this as part of a book study and the questions were good in pulling out the key points of each chapter.
...there can be no spiritual health without doctrinal knowledge; but it is equally true that there can be no spiritual health with it, if it is sought for the wrong purpose and valued by the wrong standard.
The words of human beings are unstable things. But not so the words of God. They stand forever, as abidingly valid expressions of his mind and thought. No circumstances prompt him to recall them; no changes in his own thinking require him to amend them.
Biblical statements about God's jealousy are anthropomorphisms. That is, they are descriptions of God in language drawn from our life as humans. The Bible is full of anthropomorphisms--God's arm, hand, and finger, his hearing, seeing, and smelling, his tenderness, anger, repentance, laughter, joy, and so on. The reason why God uses these terms to speak to us about himself is that language drawn from our own personal life is the most accurate medium we have for communicating thoughts about him. He is Personal, and so are we, in a way that nothing else in the physical creation is. Only man, of all physical creatures, was made in God's image. Since we are more like God than is any other being known to us, it is more illuminating and less misleading for God to picture himself to us in human terms than any other... We have to remember that man is not the measure of his Maker, and that when the language of human personal life is used of God, non of the limitations of human creaturehood are thereby being implied... (less)