Once I got this book out of the library, and began looking through it, I realised that I'd done the same thing when I was doing my Theology degree. ItOnce I got this book out of the library, and began looking through it, I realised that I'd done the same thing when I was doing my Theology degree. It left me with the same impression now. This book appears thorough and very well researched. The author has nice things to say about people, no matter how "wrong" they may be in their beliefs, so the book comes across as well-meaning. Unfortunately it feeds into the Us and Them mentality, and it fosters a continuing refusal to see the Bible as anything other than inerrant. I still can't understand what that terrible need is, nor the hoops people jump through in order to try and show that the contradictions in the Bible aren't contradictory....more
My plan is to read, or rather to peruse, all the 100 books detailed in 100 Christian Books That Changed the Century. When I started off this project sMy plan is to read, or rather to peruse, all the 100 books detailed in 100 Christian Books That Changed the Century. When I started off this project some years ago, I was reading the books cover to cover, but I am no longer. Circumstances have changed. Nevertheless, I'm still finding it interesting to follow through with this personal challenge.
This book is very interesting, and the writer is a person of deep faith and commitment. He understood himself to have been lead to take Christian ministry to youths in trouble - dangerous youths - in New York. This book takes us from his first work in the back-blocks and through his journey in New York. I can understand it would be compelling reading for somebody eager to 'see the work of the Lord'....more
David Hines has a very interesting take on who Jesus was and what he intended with the parables he taught. I like it!
We all know that, taken as a setDavid Hines has a very interesting take on who Jesus was and what he intended with the parables he taught. I like it!
We all know that, taken as a set, the parables contradict themselves. And some of them just don't make sense - even life 2000 years ago wasn't so terribly different that people would be happy about some of the conclusions. So what Hines has done is looked at them as if they are stories being told to specific people for specific purposes - then, if the shoe fits ... as they say. This makes sense to me, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Hines is thorough, he uses modern psychological research and practice to illustrate his 'thesis', and he writes in an informal manner so that any reader can follow. There are a few typos which escaped the proof-reading process, but not so many that they detracted from the overall impression of this book....more
This is an excellent third and final book in the series that begins with I Am Not Esther. The whole Pilgrim family has been shaken by the children whoThis is an excellent third and final book in the series that begins with I Am Not Esther. The whole Pilgrim family has been shaken by the children who have opted out of the community, the visit of Kirby (renamed Esther by the Pilgrims) and her running away, and then Rebecca's opt-out. Other community members have left as well, and there is clearly dissension in the ranks. Within all this, Magdalene is torn. She likes 'the Rule' - it helps her know what to do, but she knows they don't tell the truth about people who have left being dead. Her youngest sister, Zillah, is rebellious and Magdalene is desperate for her to not be emotionally and mentally harmed by the harsh discipline. On top of that, their mother is no longer the loving woman she used to be, and their father appears distracted and uncertain.
It's been good reading these books and I would thoroughly recommend them to young people wanting to know about alternative ways of living that are current today. They also pose excellent questions about loyalty and faith....more
I’m working my way through all the titles listed in 100 Christian Books That Changed the Century. I started doing this when I was training for ministrI’m working my way through all the titles listed in 100 Christian Books That Changed the Century. I started doing this when I was training for ministry myself (not missionary ministry) as I thought it would help with insights into the history of the church in the last century, and therefore into the lives of older folk who would become my parishioners. Despite no longer working for the church I have continued with this reading challenge, and I have just finished this book. It’s one of probably less than a dozen of them so far that I’ve read cover to cover, keeping my interest the whole way.
This book was originally published in 1956, and it was in January of that year that the five men were killed by the tribe they ‘hoped to share the gospel with’. The book details all the preparation - and it was no ham-fisted approach – as well as telling the fascinating story of the lives the missionaries and their families led in Ecuador. I know a couple who were missionaries in Papua – New Guinea around the same time, and I imagine their life would have been similar.
What I also like about this book is that it includes two extra segments, one dated Nov 1958 and the other January 1996. This saved me having to use the internet to find out what eventuate after the culmination of this particular story. Their martyrdom had a much stronger affect than their merely-successful mission would have, on the world as a whole that is. And for the Auca people these committed families were indeed assistants towards a future away from the savagery that had been their daily lot. ...more
The prayers in this little book are beautiful, and the questions to assist reflection are excellent. I have enjoyed using this over the last few monthThe prayers in this little book are beautiful, and the questions to assist reflection are excellent. I have enjoyed using this over the last few months....more
Do people actually become nicer when they've had a spiritual conversion? Perhaps. But I do know that if they're ego-driven before, then they remain egDo people actually become nicer when they've had a spiritual conversion? Perhaps. But I do know that if they're ego-driven before, then they remain ego-driven. And this is how this author reads to me.
The next question is - does the end justify the means? Or, to put it in another way - can a broken vessel still carry life-giving water to others? Actually, that's quite a different question, isn't it?
But never mind the philosophy. I understand that this book (and the author with numerous other books) affected many, and that's probably a good thing if the effect was more than temporary. I understand why it was a best-seller - the pace is good, and people love true-life confessions. I believe it is still relevant for those reasons, despite having been originally published 60 years ago, and could give a reader seeking to read somebody's personal journey to Christ some affirmation....more
This book is very well written and covers all the areas one would expect a book that's talking about an intersection between science and religion. I wThis book is very well written and covers all the areas one would expect a book that's talking about an intersection between science and religion. I went to a conference (or was it a series of seminars? ... who knows....) a few years ago and it was more up to date with the science, which one would expect as this book was written 60 years ago.
It's a little while now since I was actively involved in the church and I'm finding it difficult to remember what the terminology for different types of Christians is. What Ramm is saying here is that evangelicals don't have to believe the world was created in 6 days, 6000 years ago, so clearly many of them do (or did a his time of writing). Nor do they have to believe literally in any of the other stuff that conflicts with the findings of science.
Ramm summarises his whole book in the epilogue, beginning with the statement that
no man of science mat withhold faith by reason of the following ...
However, he insists that one must believe in the virgin birth (see page 205+) and he appears to believe that the New Testament must be accepted as an accurate record. So, in effect, this book is written to convince Christians that science can fit with their religion, but there is nothing in it to persuade a scientist that there is truth in Christianity....more
I've had this book since Christmas 2000 and have used it intermittently since then, each time writing the year beside that day's "gift". This year I dI've had this book since Christmas 2000 and have used it intermittently since then, each time writing the year beside that day's "gift". This year I decided to use it exclusively for morning reflections, and so I've progressed day by day, using 'empty' days when I come to one I've done in previous years. It's taken me until today to complete the whole.
Killinger has put together a lovely book with themes ranging the mundane (marketplaces, catalogues) through the simple (afternoon light, daisies) to the abstract (honesty, coincidence). Each day he writes around 200 words about that theme, and each also has 1 or 2 texts (in the 2nd column on the page) which may be from the Bible or from a published book of fiction (or non-fiction on occasion).
I sometimes find this own words a little paternalistic, and I don't necessarily with everything he says, but each day has provided me with something to reflect on....more
We started the first of the series just over a year ago - reading 4 nights a week on average, with a slowing to one chapter over 3 nights while we hadWe started the first of the series just over a year ago - reading 4 nights a week on average, with a slowing to one chapter over 3 nights while we had guests living with us for 6 months. It was nice to get back to one chapter a sitting.
This isn't the most exciting of the Narnia series, but it's a fine culmination and the children were just as interested in it. I feel a little sad now we've come to the end - no doubt I'll read the books all again once the grandchildren are independent readers and reading them themselves, but this will have been the last time I read them aloud....more