Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I rarely read a book twice. It is not that I take it all in on the first read by any means, but just that there are so many good books to read. So any book I reread must be something special. I have just finished this morning my annual read of an all time classic, the ultimate best seller. I never fail to find something new in it. Though some bits were a tough read the overall story line was dead simple to spot. The leading character takes the stage in the first few pages and appears in virtually every chapter. At some stages early in the book it seems that the author is putting in a lot of unnecessary detail but only later do you work out that it was all there so that the main character will be seen as so unique. At several stages in the plot it seems that evil will win, in fact there is one great climax moment when it seems that the book is about to come to an abrupt end as the leading character gets put through some vile torture and executed. But then there is a masterly twist in the tail when the lead rises from the dead and is made king over everything.
Every time I read this book my heart is drawn out to this main character. I am finding that I want to start all over again and reread to see what more I can find out about him. And there is one other thing - reading this book was utterly different from every other read in 2013. Something happened in my heart when I read this, not every time, but on many occasions - it was as if author was addressing me, pointing out things in my life. Yet again it just sort of got a grip of me, I was in the plot line too.
There is only one thing for it - starting tomorrow I am going back to the beginning and if I am spared to make the 31st December 2014 I will have read it through one more time.
As well as high lighting areas of concern in Keller's ministry this book also stirs the preacher to guard his doctrine and teaching closely. While our ministries will not have the audiences that Keller's has, nevertheless a group of people are being moulded by our preaching and teaching - so let us be on our guard. Useful book for seminary students to study and debate. It will hone your ministry for good.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
What are we doing singing the Psalms?
Praying the Psalms
Reading the Psalms canonically
Reading the Psalms Messianically
The Ethics of the Psalms
The Imprecatory Psalms
Psalm 103 The Son of steadfast love
The Nations in the psalms
This is a good read and a must for any theological college student wanting some deeper examination of God's songbook. You will not agree with all that you find in these chapters but it will deepen your appreciation of the Psalter
Posted by David J. McCullough at Saturday, December 14, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Posted by David J. McCullough at Saturday, November 30, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Forget the perfume, aftershave or whatever this coming season of present exchanging and buy something that will last and make a real difference.
Posted by David J. McCullough at Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
If you are looking for a giveaway booklet to stir friends for the new year this is it.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Highly recommended for all you busy people. If you are too busy to read a 120 page book it is time to get a grip.
If you are prone to discouragement, depression, or just being downcast - you simply must read this.
Each chapter ends with some questions which could easily be expanded to form the basis of a small groups study. Excellent material here too for the preacher who needs to learn to apply the gospel to the people of God.