Pooping Elephants

CHOOSING CHURCH ELDERS

After many struggles years ago to have a serious and sustained conversation about the qualifications for elders, I decided there was a better approach to finding qualified people to serve.

I now  encourage everyone to focus first on the function of an elder rather than the qualifications. I am very committed to the qualifications, but have found it much more fruitful to get everyone to agree that the three main things elders are and do encompass a life of prayer, commitment to the Word of God, and proving to be examples to the flock (see Acts 6:4; I Pet. 5:1-3).

These three bring much more clarity as to who is truly qualified!

REFORESTING FAITH

I can’t think of many books that all Christians can read. Thankfully there are some. Typically, some are too technical for people used to popular books, and some are too basic to be of much help to a more mature Christian.

However, Sleeth’s new book is one I can enthusiastically recommend to all Christians no matter where they are in their own walk with God.

Reforesting Faith helps us see what is hiding in plain sight. No matter where you are in your understanding of the Bible and Christian faith, I can guarantee you will find thrilling insights that make your heart leap for joy.

BEAUTY, ORDER, AND MYSTERY: A CHRISTIAN VISION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY

If you are looking for a thoughtful and accessible introduction to the various issues swirling around human sexuality, I highly recommend this book.

Each chapter is done by a scholar who is intimately involved in their local church.  In other words, they are not merely addressing theoretical matters, but things they have seen up close.

As with all controversial subjects, the authors don’t agree with one another on every point, but there is much they do find common ground on.

One area that I appreciated very much is the emphasis not only on showing the truthfulness of God’s will for sexuality, but the beauty of it.  Aesthetics is an important area of doing good theology!

A terrific resource for our cultural moment!