Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Christian Calling Smörgåsbord

What Does God Require of Me??? The one verse answer of course is Micah 6:8: "To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." And then there are these references that have just popped up on my radar the last two days (Enjoy!):

Modern Reformation - December 2007

Using God By Kim Riddlebarger *****
Can We Give God Glory? By Michael S. Horton *****
"To the Glory of God and the Restoration of the Heart" : Worship and Theology in the Music of Johann Sebastian Bach (Sidebar) By Patricia Anders
Our Calling and God's Glory By Gene Edward Veith *****
The Family, the Society, and the Church (Sidebar) By Gene Edward Veith *****
To God Alone Be Glory Forever By John Piper
Books that Still Matter: "Not the Way It's Supposed to Be" by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. (Book Review) By Brandon G. Withrow
"Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends" edited by Kevin Vanhoozer, et. al. (Book Review) By Mark Traphagen
"Sin and Evil: Moral Values in Literature" by Ronald Paulson (Book Review) By Rick Ritchie
Point of Contact: "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Book Review) By Diana Frazier



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Total Truth: Liberating Chrisitianity From Its Cultural Captivity by Nancy Pearcey Front Flap description:



Is God A Public Figure?
Does Chrisitianity have a legitimate role to play in the realm of politics, business, law, and education?

Or Are The
Secularists Right?
When they relegate religion to the strictly private realm of faith and feelings?

In "Total Truth," Nancy Pearcey offers razor-sharp analysis of the split between public and private, fact and feelings. She reveals the strategies of the secularist gatekeepers who use this division to banish biblical principles from the cultural mainstrean, stripping Chrisitianity of its power to challenge and redeem the whole of
culture.

How can we overcome this divide? Unify our fragmented lives? Recover authentic spirituality? With compelling examples from the struggles of real people, Pearcey shows how to liberate Christianity from its cultural captivity. She walk readers through practical, hands-on steps for developing a full-orbed Christian worldview. Finally, she makes a passionate case that Chrisitianity is not just religious truth but truth about total reality. It is total truth.
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Anthill Theology at the Henry Institute, A Commentary by Russell D. Moore
"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways and be wise" (Prov 6:5).
Excerpt:


"Maybe the first step to wisdom is to recognize that the church itself, even with all of our flaws and foibles and fallibilities, reveals the "manifold wisdom of God" (Eph 3:10), a wisdom so awesome that our Maker designed an entire universe embedded with likenesses of it?"

All of these resources and a few others that I'll add as I go are extremely helpful within the context of my current dilemma which consists of ----urgh!!!! What do you want from me God???? These are answers to prayer and I hope you might enjoy reading them too.

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