A Few Good Reads

A Few Good Reads February 8, 2016

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How Being Conservative Will Make You Liberal
Scott Sauls shares a simple principle about what happens when we take the commands of the Bible and the example of Christ seriously. “The more conservative we are in our beliefs about the Bible, the more liberal we will be in our loving.”

5 Books You Should Read This Election Year

Even though it feels like the 2016 Presidential Campaign has been going on forever, we just saw the first votes cast last week. Christians struggle during election season between thinking politics are unimportant and finding them to be too important. Trevin Wax helps us wade through this difficulty by offering 5 books to read on the Christian, politics and government. “And so we find ourselves on the threshold of great opportunity, as well as danger. For, even though we may try to represent Christ well in the political sphere, we can unintentionally damage our witness to King Jesus through unthinking or unprincipled involvement.”

Don’t Have Time to Read Books? Try This One Weird Trick
“I can’t find time to read” is a common refrain. Aside from the obvious point that time to read never magically appears and must be made, we have to admit that making the time to read books can be difficult. Justin Taylor steps in with a helpful suggestion to think in terms of reading through chapters instead of whole books. “Not every book needs to be finished. But I suspect if you think in terms of reading chapters, rather than reading ‘whole books’ or reading ‘just a few pages,’ you’ll end up finishing more books by thinking this way than the other ways.”

Identity and Idolatry
The New Studies in Biblical Theology series, edited by D.A. Carson, has been teaching and challenging me for over a decade. These works focusing on both biblical themes and biblical books represent the best in conservative theological scholarship. The newest volume, Identity and Idolatry helps us to understand human nature in its original state and in the inordinate desires which we now face. “Lints shows how the ‘narrative’ of human identity runs from creation (imago Dei) to fall (the golden calf/idol, Exodus 32) to redemption (Christ as perfect image, Colossians 1:15-20). The biblical-theological use of image/idol is a thread through the canon that highlights the movements of redemptive history.”

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