I'm interested in Jazz and have a little bit of understanding as to what it's about.
I was intially attracted by the questions format that Why Jazz? AI'm interested in Jazz and have a little bit of understanding as to what it's about.
I was intially attracted by the questions format that Why Jazz? A Concise Guide (Warum Jazz? 111 gute Gründe) uses, and there is certainly lots of information on people and movements and relationships between them all presented, but this book was just a drudge to read. I gave up.
Buy carefully. I think there must be better books out there....more
Whilst obviously of value for those involved with or investigating mission work/church planting, Missionary Methods: St Paul'sRemarkable. Wonderful.
Whilst obviously of value for those involved with or investigating mission work/church planting, Missionary Methods: St Paul's or Our's is equally valuable for people wanting to gain a perspective on their local church.
Organised under five parts, the first four deal with analysis of St Paul's approach to mission. The investigative questions used are presented at the start of each part. The fifth part addresses application of the findings:
1. Antecedent Conditions 2. The Presentation of the Gospel 3. The Training of the Converts 4. St Paul's Method of Dealing with Organised churches 5. Conclusions
First published in 1912, this book does indeed remain startlingly relevant today.
Time now to re-read with closer attention to the scripture references given, before investigating the other titles that Roland Allen wrote: - Missionary Principles—and Practice - Ministry of the Spirit - Reform of the Ministry - Spontaneous Expansion of the Church...more
Although it seems aimed at pastors, I'll initially be using Daniel Doriani's "Putting the Truth to Work:Awesome—really practical, really accessible.
Although it seems aimed at pastors, I'll initially be using Daniel Doriani's "Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application" in conjunction with Jonathan Pennington's "Reading the Gospels Wisely" to prepare some bible teaches for the homegroup I go to. ...more
**spoiler alert** I read this book as somebody who occasionally leads worship in a free evangelical church, but has had no theological training.
This c**spoiler alert** I read this book as somebody who occasionally leads worship in a free evangelical church, but has had no theological training.
This collection of essays is excellent, if a little repetitive across the early chapters—I scampered through the book and have earmarked it for re-reading really soon. Next time around I'll be more diligent in following up the bible references.
I was able to get something from all of the essays. However, there were three that I found most interesting. Michael LeFebvre's 'The Hymns of Christ: The Old Testament Formation of the New Testament Hymnal' gives insight into a pattern of "promise...disaster...renewed promise and expectation" as an underlying logic for the ordering of the psalms found in the bible.
The second point of interest that has stayed with me is that of psalms 113-118 as presented in Malcolm H. Watts' 'The Case for Psalmody, with Some Reference to the Psalter's Sufficiency for Christian Worship'. Known as the Hallel Psalms, they're said to have been sung by Jesus at the Lord's Supper, before he left for the Mount of Olives. They move from 'condescending love upon poor sinners...and...mighty deliverance' through to 'faith...salvation...gospel and mercy to the Gentiles...and...opening of the gates of the everlasting kingdom to all who believe in His name.'.
In 'Psalm Singing and Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutics: Geerhardus Vos's "Eschatology of the Psalter" Revisited', Anthony T. Selvaggio also leads to a consideration of Jesus' actions at the Last Supper. He highlights the contrast of how 'new sacraments were required for this new age...[whereas] the Psalter required no revision or replacement', arguing that use of the Psalter in contemporary worship is valid and surely necessary.
Of final note, and immediately practical, is Murray's 'Christian Cursing', giving 'ten helps' as to how to approach the imprecatory psalms—the ones where you get all uncomfortable because of the 'hate' language involved.
Footnotes are used rather than endnotes, and for a book of this size I like that.
I'm left with an increased hunger to incorporate psalms into sung worship. I'm also going to check out Geerhardus Vos' work....more