Deep & Wide (Book Recommendations for September 2017)

Deep

I have found that in most churches there is one topic that receives almost zero attention. In fact, it is usually avoided like the plague. It’s not gender roles, human sexuality, or science, it’s doubt. If you have ever had serious doubts about God, the Scriptures, Christ, or the Christian faith in general, first let me tell you that you are not alone. Second, I would like to recommend to you “When Faith is not Enough”, a beautiful and readable work by the Christian philosopher Kelly James Clark ($15.25- Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 190 pages).

Nicholas Wolterstorff (a prominent Christian philosopher and theologian) summed up this book beautifully calling it:

An extraordinarily honest, informed, and probing address to the doubts that confront the person of faith- and a firm affirmation of the conviction, nonetheless, that only faith in God recognizes reality for what it is and gives full meaning to life. Kelly James Clark does not dodge hard questions and does not give evasive or mushy answers. Vividly and engagingly written, with superb citations from other writers, it is compelling reading.

 

Wide

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about the movement that our church is a part of, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a great place to start is “A Handbook for Today’s Disciples” by D. Duane Cummins ($7.99- Chalice Press, 80 pages). In it Cummins provides a brief history of the movement, some of the central ideas and ideals of those who belong to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and an outline of the direction the movement is headed in the near future. I frequently make use of this text in new member classes, and highly recommend it.


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