Archive for April, 2011

Revise Us Again, by Frank Viola

Posted in Book Review with tags on April 23, 2011 by seguewm

A wise man once said that there isn’t anything new under the sun. Maybe you thought all your ideas were uniquely yours, eh? Well, not quite.  We’ve been, unwittingly, ‘conditioned’ to think the way we do.

How we believe God speaks to man, the special terms we use within our church family, our conversational style, our notions of ‘truth’, how we perceive the divine presence, our attitude, our expectation of God, the way the Spirit operates in the world, and even the ‘real’ object of our worship – are all, to a large degree, ‘hand-me-downs’.

Ok, so you may not believe me. Maybe you believe that you are the master of your own cognitions. If so, I hate to tell you, someone has probably fed you that ‘line’ as well. Regardless, I’ll bet you really do love Christ and wouldn’t want to be pursuing anything that is not of Him. Right?

If you’ll give Frank a chance, as I did, he will kindly, yet clearly, guide you through the maze of ideas that you may have assumed were ‘Christian’, but actually may not be based on anything biblical at all. We may well ‘fit’ our local church or even our denomination, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we represent Christ.

Game to explore? Are you willing to revise the way you think if you can be shown a better, more Christ-like way?

Galileo, by Mitch Stokes

Posted in Book Review on April 13, 2011 by seguewm

Galileo is another wonderful addition to the Thomas Nelson Christian Encounter series. Following the incredible changes in both the arts and humanities, the later renaissance period set the world on edge as it challenged long-held notions in the sciences. Galileo played an instrumental role in this revolution.

Stokes eloquently introduces us to the character behind the science. The author leads the reader through the varied cultural, political, and religious nuances of the times. Few could have negotiated the obstacles of those years as wisely as did Galileo.

This volume is well-written, making it a delight to read. This is not only a fascinating account, but also a timely one as well. Stokes articulates well the past as a tool for our present.