SUPERFICIAL PEOPLE

“No one seems to have noticed, that a loss of a sense of shame means a loss of privacy; a loss of privacy means a loss of intimacy; and a loss intimacy means a loss of depth. There is, in fact, no better way to produce shallow and superficial people than to let them live their lives entirely in the open, without concealment of anything.”

Theodore Dalrymple: Our Culture, What’s Left of it

(HT: Mark Sayers)

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, a former slave, is well worth reading if you have not already done so.  Douglass thought highly of John Brown, the firebrand abolitionist, who determined violent means were justified to achieve worthy goals.  Ironically, Douglass understood something that Brown did not: the pen is mightier than the sword.  Here is the commentary of Douglass upon the death of Brown:

“With the Allegheny mountains for his pulpit, the country for his church, and the whole civilized world for his audience, John Brown was a thousand times more powerful as a preacher than as a warrior.”

(As quoted in Allen Guelzo, Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction, p. 118).

 

WAVE YOUR WAND 13.0

I am asking a number of friends to answer the following question: If you could wave a magical wand which caused all Christians to read five books, what works would you pick? Here is the next installment.

Evan Hock is Pastor of Trinity Fellowship Church.  We met in the early 90s during our studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Among the many things I appreciate about Evan is his wonderful wit.  Here are Evan’s selections:

Knowing God – J. I. Packer
What Did you Expect? Redeeming the —Realities of Marriage – Paul D. Tripp
The Bible and the Future – Anthony Hoekema
According to Plan – Graeme Goldsworthy
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church – Mark Dever

 

WAVE YOUR WAND 12.0

I am asking a number of friends to answer the following question: If you could wave a magical wand which caused all Christians to read five books, what works would you pick? Here is the next installment.

I met Roger Berry about thirty years ago.  At the time, he served a church in the Bay Area as a pastor of evangelism and discipleship.  I was working for Campus Crusade for Christ at Stanford.  Roger moved to Austin a few years before we did.  Since 1993 we’ve been meeting weekly for banter, encouragement, and accountability.  You will see that he likes Keller!

Here is Roger’s list:

Basic Christianity by Stott

Prodigal God by Keller

Counterfeit Gods by Keller

Reason for God by Keller

How Will You Measure Your Life by Christensen, et al.

 

 

 

WAVE YOUR WAND 11.0

I am asking a number of friends to answer the following question: If you could wave a magical wand which caused all Christians to read five books, what works would you pick? Here is the next installment.

Next up is Michael Svigel.  Michael is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.  Michael has the good sense to make my wife’s book, Good Christians, Good Husbands?, required reading in his American Church History class.  Here are Michael’s picks:

Thomas Oden’s Classic Christianity
Irenaeus’s Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching
Calvin’s Institutes
Jerry Bridges’ Trusting God
Augustine’s Confessiona

 

WAVE YOUR WAND 10.0

I am asking a number of friends to answer the following question: If you could wave a magical wand which caused all Christians to read five books, what works would you pick? Here is the next installment.

Colby Kinser is a dear friend and the pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Overland Park, Kansas.  Here are Colby’s selections:

Bonhoeffer’s “The Cost of Discipleship”
Frost’s “Exiles”
“Center Church” or “Prodigal God” by Keller (serving different purposes)
“The Forgotten God” by Chan
A good survey book of OT and NT, or a good treatment of the Bible as story

WAVE YOUR WAND 9.0

I am asking a number of friends to answer the following question: If you could wave a magical wand which caused all Christians to read five books, what works would you pick? Here is the next installment.

John Mark Reynolds is a gifted academic.  He is the founder of the Torrey Honors Program at Biola and currently serves as Provost of Houston Baptist University.  Here is John Mark’s list:

Plato’s Republic

C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength or Abolition of Man

Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

Schmemann, For the Life of the World

Dante’s Divine Comedy 

WAVE YOUR WAND 8.0

I am asking a number of friends to answer the following question: If you could wave a magical wand which caused all Christians to read five books, what works would you pick? Here is the next installment.

Louis Markos is the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities at Houston Baptist University.  He is an expert on Wordsworth, C.S. Lewis and the author of many acclaimed books.  Here is Lou’s list:

Dante’s Divine Comedy for sure and much of C.S.Lewis. If they are up for it, Brothers Karamazov. I’d like see everyone read more Plato and some Greek tragedy. I really think it points ahead to Christianity in powerful ways!

 

WAVE YOUR WAND 7.0

I am asking a number of friends to answer the following question: If you could wave a magical wand which caused all Christians to read five books, what works would you pick? Here is the next installment.

Today’s respondent is Dougal Cameron.  Dougal heads Cameron management, is a graduate of Harvard Business School, an avid reader, and one of the most faithful notetakers I’ve ever known.  Dougal takes notes on just about everything!
The Bible (in a big way, all the time, and thoroughly, especially Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon )

How the Irish Saved Civilization
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
The Treasure Principle
Surprised By Joy