December 2011

Beginning Your 2012 Bible Reading Plan

December 31, 2011 // 1 Comment

As you consider ways to reading through the Bible in 2012, consider these plans. I want to encourage you to pick a specific plan to help to keep you accountable on track. Any plan will help with your goal. I’m attaching the plan that I did before, and I will start again this weekend. It’s the Book at a Time. I prefer reading through one book at a time rather than reading one chapter from three different books. Here are several others: Discipleship Journal by Navigators This had both the Book at a Time and the 5x5x5 plan which reads through the NT A blog entry with an overview of plans ESV Plans (including links to daily podcasts of the selections) Listening Through the Bible in 75 hours I hope this helps with whichever goal you set. Share on Facebook

JRF’s #52 – William Carey by S. Pearce Carey

December 31, 2011 // 0 Comments

Once every few years I read a book that makes a profound imprint on my life, perhaps even changing it.  This is such a book. I love missionary biographies but more often than not books of that genre are weak in one or more of these categories:  Theological depth and accuracy, writing quality, or biographical honesty. This book has none of those weaknesses.  In fact, out of all the books I read this year, this book was near the top in all of those areas. William Carey is known as the man who was used by God to shake the Protestant world out of its apathetic and hyper-calvinist stance towards the ‘heathen’ unreached of the world and became known as the ‘father of modern missions’.   In this 400+ page book S. Pearce Carey, William’s great-grandson, skillfully recounts the journey of this humble shoemaker to India and eventually the most well known and perhaps most effective missionary since the apostle Paul.  His achievements are too many to list here but suffice it to say that his is the sort of story that you could only believe if you knew and loved the God that Carey joyfully gave up everything to […]

JRF’s #51 – Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky

December 31, 2011 // 2 Comments

One of my goals in reading this year was to force myself to read a business/organization/leadership type book. Having a B.A. in history and an M.Div means among other things that I have absolutely no business administration acumen.  This is definitely an area where I need to grow, especially if I want to be a tent-making missionary in the future. The author, Scott Belsky, is the founder of Behance, a company that seeks to find and foster creative ideas and transform them into real completed projects.  He writes in a style accessible to people like me that hate books like this but need to read them. The basic premise is that making ideas happen doesn’t require genious.  It requires hard work and determination.  Did I already know that?  Yes.  Where Belsky helps is by giving some bit-sized, realistic ways in which to keep that hard work on track and efficient while not suffocating creativity.  I have already tried some of these suggestions in my work place as well as with my own personal projects and with some tweaking have been greatly helped. I recommend this book to you if you are seeking to improve your organizational skills, business management, or […]

JRF’s #50 – Radical by David Platt

December 31, 2011 // 2 Comments

Since this book has already been reviewed multiple times on this site, I originally had wanted to attempt to respond to some of the criticisms the book has received.  Well it’s Dec 31st and I have yet to do so.  Perhaps next year. For the time being, suffice it to say that I believe that most of the critcism comes from one of two reasons: they don’t like what Platt has to say and try to cover up their conviction with complex theological goobly-gook… or have read it and are knee-jerk reacting not to what Platt actually says but to what they think he says.  Much of the criticism of Radical makes it sound as if Platt is promoting some kind of social gospel or salvation by good works.  Perhaps an undiscerning (and/or intoxicated) reader could come away with this conclusion, but what Platt actually says is the exact opposite.  Radical calls Christians back to the Biblical truth that God not only saves us from the wages of our sin but saves us for God, glorifying good works (Matt 5:16;Eph 2:10;…etc). My own criticism is brief: I hate the title.  I think the word Radical gets people thinking that this […]

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