Archive - October, 2011

Jesus + Nothing = Everything

I’m about 50 pages into Tullian Tchividjian’s new book, Jesus + Nothing = Everything, and really enjoying it so far.


A few of the endorsements:

“In an evangelical culture where so many of us are unaware that the gospel isn’t just what we believe to save us but also what sustains us and carries us into maturity, this book hammers home the gospel’s power for the believer. Whether you have been in church your whole life or recently converted, this book will fuel your affections for our great God and King.”
– Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Highland Village, Texas; author, The Explicit Gospel

“Tullian Tchividjian knows, by biblical study and personal experience, that the greatest dangers to the church exist inside the church not outside and the greatest of these dangers is the subtle, deceptive, and seductive self-reliance and self-sufficiency of legalism. Perhaps the greatest contribution of this book is its page after page plea to the church not to be afraid of the glorious provisions and freedoms of the grace of Jesus.”
– Paul Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

“In Jesus + Nothing = Everything we get more than the gospel—the joyful gospel. Tullian not only apprehends aright the goodness of the good news, but also communicates it with a passion that is infectious.”
– Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor, Christianity Today

What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?

This past summer I had the pleasure of reading the manuscript to Dr. Welch’s new book, What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?: Answers to the Big Questions of Life. Wanting approval is normal, but many of us struggle with craving it too much. This book is engaging and written directly to young adults (high school, college). Youth workers and parents will also want to take notice. Here are some of the endorsements:

“This book is life-giving. And since God gives us limited years on his earth, it’s a book for those who are young to read sooner rather than later! I wish I had this book forty years ago!”
– Walt Mueller, Founder and President, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding; author of Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture

“Every time I am with Ed, I feel encouraged, listened to, challenged, and understood. This book does the same thing. He not only helps us deal with the major issues of life, but Ed brings Scripture alive to help us experience God’s best for our lives.”
– Jim Burns, PhD, President, HomeWord Center for Youth and Family; author of Teenology and The Purity Code

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The GOP Primary – Who I’d Support

Is (sadly!) not running:

Tim and Kathy Keller – Live Broadcast on Marriage Book

On Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm (EST), there will be a special event in New York City with Tim and Kathy Keller discussing their new book, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God, which releases that day. The discussion will be moderated by Gabe Lyons and Bethany Jenkins, and broadcast over the Internet at Penguin Books and Tim Keller’s website.


Steve Jobs – The Official Biography

Steve Jobs, the official biography, hits stores tomorrow. Jobs is profiled by 60 minutes tonight. The book sounds interesting — in no way a hagiography. Jobs was a demanding, abrasive, and sometimes petulant, perfectionist. He fathered a child out of wedlock, and at first denied paternity. Jobs could be cold and aloof.

Isaacson is the author of other seminal biographies, including Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Kissinger: A Biography.

For an excellent, Christian perspective on Steve Jobs’ resignation and death, see this post by Michael Horton.

Fair warning: I’ve since read the entire book. It’s very well written, but has lots of profanity. Not something you can listen to in the car with your kids. Jobs was an intense, creative genius, but he often had a potty mouth.

Albert Pujols

I don’t watch much baseball, but last night I was fortunate to be watching when Albert Pujols smashed a 96 mile-an-hour fastball almost into the upper decks. What some don’t know is that Pujols is also a giant of a man off the field–a dedicated Christian, husband, father, and active in caring for the less fortunate (see, for example, this 60 minutes report).

I was curious to learn that Mr. Pujols is the subject of a fast-selling book by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth.  Some of the endorsements:

He embodies the best of sports and of heroes.  His Christian testimony, his commitment to God and his family  are a reminder of what real stars are about.  One thing about Pujols—he matches in his personal life the excellence that he demonstrates on the diamond. 

Gov. Mike Huckabee

Pujols: More than the Game is full of nuggets. Given that the action in the famous poem Casey at the Bat starts with “Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,” I enjoyed reading that Albert Pujols asks opposing runners at first base, “If you died today, where do you think you’re going to go?” Lamb and Ellsworth lucidly describe both the season-by-season baseball exploits of Pujols and the impact he’s having on some lives for eternity.

Marvin Olasky
Editor-in-chief, World

Many of the greatest stories of human achievement come from the battlefields and the playing fields.  I was reminded of that in reading Pujols: More Than the Game by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth.  A story emerges from a baseball field that points to something far greater. Readers will be drawn into the story of Albert Pujols and his understanding of the game, seen from the vantage point of one of the greatest players of our generation. But there is more to this story, and that is where Lamb and Ellsworth really help us to understand Albert Pujols, not only as the baseball player, but as the Christian. And in that sense, they help us to understand the gospel as well, and how, indeed, in the life of a great athlete, the gospel of Jesus Christ can become so visible.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

HT: Justin Taylor

Tim Keller – The Meaning of Marriage

I’m looking forward to Tim and Kathy Keller’s new book, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God (forthcoming November 1).  I’ve always enjoyed Keller for his bibically-rooted wisdom and the simplicity with which he conveys complicated topics (not to mention his ability to minister to Christians and challenge skeptics with the same writings).  I’m sure this book will be no different.  The publisher’s description:

Based on the sermon series by Timothy Keller, this book shows everyone—Christians, skeptics, singles, long-time married couples, and those about to be engaged—the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.

Modern culture would make you believe that everyone has a soul-mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. All those modern-day assumptions are, in a word, wrong.

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Arthur Holmes (1924-2011)

In case you haven’t heard, Dr. Arthur Holmes was recently promoted to glory. A philosophy professor at Wheaton College, Holmes wrote The Idea of a Christian College, a book I found very helpful when I was writing Thriving at College. Among other things, Holmes rebuffed the common student question “When am I ever going to use this stuff?”  His response:

The question to ask about an education is not ‘What can I do with it?’ but rather ‘what is it doing to me, as a person?’ Education has to do with the making of persons; Christian education with the making of Christian persons.

Some students seem more desirous of a credential than an education. They seem less interested in the internal transformation which education is meant to foster, and more concerned with just “getting through.”

Holmes got so much right in The Idea of a Christian College – I highly recommend it.

Christianity Today Interviews Ron Paul

Sarah Pulliam Bailey of Christianity Today interviews GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but so far it’s very interesting.  Paul appears to be securing a greater level of support from evangelical Christians than he did in 2008, and he won the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit on October 8 (though FRC President Tony Perkins seemed to downplay the results to some extent, noting that many of the attendees left after Paul’s speech).

I look forward to reading the rest of it.  (Full-disclosure: I am thus far undecided on the GOP primary.)

Trak Magazine

For those of you who enjoy World magazine (as I have for years), and have kids in the teen years, you might want to know about Trak, a new monthly periodical from God’s World Publications specifically for teen readers. The first issue came out this past month, and I’ve been given permission to post it.  Subsequent PDF versions will be available only to subscribers.

I am a regular contributor to Trak, and my article appears on page 17 (no, I did not come up with the nifty, creative, rhythmic title for the column).  🙂

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