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UNDER OUR SKIN

Posted on December 8th, by Bernard in Books and Bibles, Contemporary world issues. No Comments

UNDER OUR SKIN

Author BENJAMIN WATSON

Publisher TYNDALE MOMENTUM

ISBN 9781496413291

The author is a professional athlete playing in the NFL in the USA.  As a result of the shooting of Michael Brown, a young unarmed black man in August 2014, Watson posted some comments and analysis on Facebook.  He himself is black and writes predominantly from that perspective.  Possibly his initial Facebook posts and televised interviews more reflect his Christian position,  This book does not do him justice because in it he paints with rather large brush strokes and carries a message that, although it is Christian in content is biased in ways that perhaps he does not intend.  The idea that every black person is terrified when pulled over by a white policeman is one of those broad brushstrokes.  Almost certainly many white persons feel pretty scared when the sirens … Read More »


Unchanging And Unshakeable

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UNCHANGING AND UNSHAKEABLE

Author ALBERT E. JANSEN

Publisher XULON

ISBN 1-62839-358-3

The author is a retired pastor and resides in Phoenix, Arizona.  He, when a younger man, was influenced greatly by his relationship with the subject of his book. In it he is making an attempt to reintroduce today’s Christians to the writings of the Missionary-Evangelist, E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973).  Anyone who desires to encourage such a reintroduction to this amazing man is to be commended.  This book is available on Kindle as well as paperback.  Better to obtain  some of the 28 books that Stanley Jones’ wrote themselves if at all possible, but, to multitudes he is an unknown.  They would not notice the name and are all the poorer for that.  That is why Al Jansen is a great help.  He has broken down the writings of Stanley Jones into nine main … Read More »


This Was Just The Way

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THIS WAS JUST THE WAY

Author TED STAMP

Publisher TATE PUBLISHING

ISBN 1-68333-338-8

Ted has been a friend for fifteen or so years.  Yet, how little we know, how little we enter in to the secrets of another’s life.  Ted has shared himself in this memoir.  It really is fine writing, it reminds me of Wendell Berry’s style, bearing the reader along with its story, meaningful, challenging, sobering and refreshing.  A ‘chance’ accident when two friends were having a fun and impromptu fight led, through a welter of hospitalisation, surgery and rehabilitation to a life in a motorised wheel chair.  A ‘quad’ as he tells us, is the shortened name given to describe his condition.  Was this ‘tragic,’ ‘bad,’ and what has it brought about in the life of a young man, at the time, just finished high school and en route … Read More »


This Little Church Went To Market

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THIS LITTLE CHURCH WENT TO MARKET

Author GARY GILLEY

Publisher EVANGELICAL PRESS

ISBN 0852345968

This book was first published in 2006 and is still available in new editions.  It is a short and sharp (about 140 pages) analysis and critique of the dangerous slide many ‘successful’ churches are taking.  The seeker friendly church, the purpose driven church, the entertainment oriented church are examined and their essential stance and emphases critiqued against the background of Biblical Teaching and some aspects of church history.  The result is a compelling argument for pastors, leaders and people to re examine what they believe, what they are doing and where they are going.  Is what is happening truly Christian?  Is it essentially christianised worldliness?  Basically an ersatz concoction that is a superficial shadow of the true.  This book is not chapter after chapter of negative criticism.  It … Read More »


The Trellis And The Vine

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THE TRELLIS AND THE VINE

Author COLIN MARSHALL & TONY PAYNE

Publisher MATTHIAS MEDIA

ISBN 1-921441-58-5

A subtitle that states, “the ministry mind-shift that changes everything,” is either profoundly significant or somewhat presumptuous.  I would think, after going through this book, the latter is nearer the truth.  The book does not cover ‘new ground’.  Is there such a book that could possibly do that?  Having said that, let us be clear firstly, that this book has its origins in Sydney Australia, among mainly Anglican people, men well tried and whose hearts are thoroughly evangelical and endeavouring to see the churches growing in a God ordained way.  The schema set forth in these pages has been worked out over a period of thirty years, not only in Australia but in other churches in various parts of the world.  Matthias Media is well known … Read More »






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