January 27, 2014

Defending Inerrancy: Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation

Through this book, Dr. Norman Geisler and William Roach have created a systematic approach for defending the inerrancy of Scripture. The reader must know first however that William Roach authors most of the book, if you do not notice this it will look like Dr. Geisler is referring to his own work. This work weaves a defense by combining a foundation of scripture with historical background to support its theses. Though Defending Inerrancy is an excellent tool to fuel thought, it is a slow and methodical read that requires the reader to know some background in the topic to make it truly effective and edifying.

Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and author or coauthor of over fifty books including Decide for Yourself, Baker's Encyclopedia of Apologetics, and When Skeptics Ask.

Facts about the Book:
To get a copy, Click HereISBN,  9780801014345 ; Publish Date, Dec 2011; Number of pages, 384;
Dimensions, 6 x 9

Disclaimer:I received this book for free from the Publisher for this review, every opinion expressed here in is 100% my own.

January 20, 2014

Stick-figure or Super-hero?

"What is spiritual discipline, and why is it important?" 
This was the question staring at me from the page of my small group devotional book. My first thought was that discipline is simply restricting or refraining from doing certain things (normally fun things). But as I continued to read I realized that my definition was like a stick figure next to a 3D superhero, totally deficient and lacking in comparison. During this last week I have been amazed at the way that different passages of scripture have popped out at me, all with the same overarching theme. 
In sunday school we looked at 1 Timothy 4:7-8 and Luke 12:35-37 which is talking about watching, waiting, and being ready for the coming of the Lord. If you read the whole passage it talks about a servant who falls into lethargy because the master of the house was gone for so long. The scary thing is that I have let myself do the same thing. I can't even count how many times I have allowed myself to dabble in sin because ' I can always repent of it later.' This is not the mind of Christ. 
As believers we are called to watch and be ready! Luke 12:40 warns that Jesus could come at ANY HOUR, we don't know when! It is this watchfulness and alertness mixed with the mentality of a dedicated runner (1 Corinthians 9:25-27; Hebrews 12:1-2) that turns a poky pining self denying stick-figure into an empowered joy filled super-christian. God calls us to be His soldiers. Watchful, ready, and disciplined. It is a beautiful calling. The difference is that while the stick-figure is struggling to obey a list of do's and don'ts in his own strength, the disciplined soldier has realized his weaknesses, surrendered to God, and obeys out of love, transforming into a God powered superhero. Which one are you?

January 09, 2014

Brushing Off the Dust

It has been over a year since I have written! But it is time to brush the dust off the old keys and get to typing. I've had a full year bursting with exciting and trying experiences. And now I am looking forward to being back, sharing thoughts, books and encouraging materials with you. As I was sitting here thinking about what to write I thought that maybe I should share some of what has been happening in my life... graduating high school was a big step, changing the main absorbent of my time from school to work. I also was able to become more involved with the children's ministries in my church, serving as a summer intern. But more importantly God has been working on my heart and teaching me what it means to be truly set-apart for Him. Don't get me wrong- I am not claiming at all to have figured out an easy magical way of focussing on God. But God has been and is continuing to work on my heart showing me that it is possible to be totally in love with Him and find contentment in His presence alone.
God is the one who does the work. It can not be me. When I have a hand in it, or I am trying to do it in my own strength which I do so often, it simply doesn't work! Go figure, I know ... but honestly... Though it is hard to relinquish control and turn over to God areas as personal as my relationships with young men, or how I spend my time, I've come to realize that that is what it means to be 100% HIS! To give Him control of EVERY area of my life.  It is my prayer as I write this that each of you will join me in seeking to draw closer to God during this new year, giving Him access to your whole heart and letting Him truly reign supreme.

In His Service,