I just love the masterful blend with which Wilson writes, combining classical discourse with modern wit. I’m never bored when I read one of Wilson’s books, and this is no exception. In “The Pastor’s Justification” he refuses to write any how-to-do-ministry lists or three-keys-to-success suggestions and instead focuses on how we focus on the Gospel. At times he punches you and immediately hugs you. It’s challenging and endearing. It’s not written from an ivory tower or a shadowed valley; the insights and theology follow the natural rhythm of any pastoral life. In addition, I feel like the first few pages should be required reading for any church member, especially, but the book as a work is a great addition to anyone’s library.
David Platt argues against the phenomenon of the “Heaven Is For Real” craze in a way that I fully agree with but have never been able to articulate as clearly. Take a listen:
If you can get past ye Olde Englifh, you can find a fantastic similarity between Bunyan’s opinion of Christianity and contemporary thought (that is, before encountering grace). I related to much of what Bunyan encountered in his soul and in his mind. I continually found myself marveling at how not much has changed in 400 years about 1) what people think about Jesus and 2) how Jesus calls people home. It is very difficult to read because of the nature of the language, and at times the woe seemed hyperbolic. But the transparency and the theology are fantastic. “Grace Abounding…” is short enough to be worth the challenge.
As performed by my 5 year old (she memorized the whole thing!)
Since our church is all about being transformed by Christ to transform the world, I wanted to send along 5 must-have books to help you transform your own world, namely, your family. These are great family ministry resources, and if you have any time over the holidays to read, I’d suggest getting one or two of these!
Visionary Parenting: Capture a God-Sized Vision for Your Family
“Jesus shed his blood once. Once for all sins. Once for all people. Once for all time. When you sin, Jesus doesn’t get back on the cross, He gets between you and God. He is the mediator for us. He tells God not to look at our sin but at the substitutionary blood of Jesus. Blood, law, and covenant have always existed together. But the blood of Jesus satisfied the law once and for all. He is our substitute. He took our punishment on the cross. He takes up our case before God.” (Hebrews 9:11-28)