Stream lining our Student Ministry: a book review of Simple Church

As I said in a previous post I am leading about 12 adults in reading and discussing Simple Church written by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger.  While the book does not discuss student ministry specifically, I think it has some great application for anyone working with students.  Continue reading

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The Roots of Endurance–Book Review

I just finished an excellent book that I would recommend to anyone in ministry, it was called The Roots of Endurance by John Piper.  Piper outlines the lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce; three men that endured for the Gospel in the face of adversity. 

Before reading this book I had not heard of Charles Simeon but was encouraged after reading his story.  It says a lot about a man who would stay at a church, where the people forced listeners to sit in the aisles while the pews remained empty.  And to think that situation lasted 12 years and Simeon stayed for about 50 years at that church.  

Let me leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book,

A nominal Christian is content with proving the way of salvation by a crucified Redeemer.  But the true Christian loves it, delights in it, glories in it, and shudders at the very thought of glorying in anything else… Let all your joys flow from the contemplation of his cross.

                                                       Charles Simeon

Reading The Cost of Discipleship

I recently just finished reading The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and have a couple thoughts. 

1. His thoughts on what the “church” is should be discussed in every church.  Bonhoeffer writes,

“The community of the saints is not an ‘ideal’ community consisting of perfect and sinless men and women, where there is not need of further repentance.  No, it is a community which proves that it is worthy of the gospel of forgiveness by constantly and sincerely proclaiming God’s forgiveness…”

2. The greatest lesson I learned from reading this book will help me read further books by any author.  A very helpful biographical section was included at the beginning of this book that gave a glimpse into the life of Bonhoeffer.  This glimpse into his life helped me understand why he would say some things that he did.  At times I was puzzled by what was written, with regards to the Sermon on the Mount, but remembering his setting helped in understanding why he would explain Scripture a certain way. 

In a side note this was my 7th book finished this year and had set a goal to read 10 books this year.  I will make my goal and then increase it for next year.