Monday, December 31, 2012
This little bio is well written, concise, clear and full of the life of a man whose heart was devoted to serving his Lord and Master. The book recounts the witness of a man sent by a small Irish denomination to reach the lost and needy of Syria and Lebanon. It is a fascinating, challenging and encouraging read. One question was constantly in my mind - where are the men of this calibre today? Where are the men who will preach to the unreached, plant churches, set up schools and set up dispensaries displaying the mercy of the Lord? James Martin could have been an exceptional pastor in the home church or a leading medic - but his heart was in tune with God's plan for the world - to reach those who had not been reached. O that the Lord would put the same mindset into the hearts of 21st century pastors to go where His great name has not been heard or little known.
Any theological students reading this blog - you simply must read this. Any young person reading this blog - you must take up and read and pray that the Lord of the ends of the earth might raise up more men with such a love for the Lord Jesus. Read and fall into the earth yourself and die so that there might be some fruit from your short life.
Posted by David J. McCullough at Monday, December 31, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
1. Tyranny of the good - One of the worst enemies of Christians can be good things in the church.
2. The gospel misunderstood - The gospel that saves us from work saves us to work.
3. God is saying something - The word does the work.
4. The genius of wrong - Building the right church depends on using all the wrong people.
5. Our unmistakable task - We are living and longing for the end of the world.
6. The God who exalts God - We are selfless followers of the self centred God.
The book has a helpful study guide at the end which would assist the reader not only for personal study but in discussing with others.
While I enjoyed the book and found it challenging I had that sense that something was missing - God's covenant with God's covenant people binding us to Himself and each other - that is the key truth that makes us radical together.
For too long too many Reformed Christians have been in the dark on this matter. That need no longer be the case. Buy in bulk and give to your congregation.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Out of ten - I am afraid a humble 3.
Posted by David J. McCullough at Monday, December 24, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Can't wait to get started on the next volume.
It is not too late to get the set for someone for Christmas. Not sure if the minister's discount is still in operation so you can but it for your minister but you can get the set for £55 at any decent bookshop. This is just a must as far as Christian reading goes.
Just in case Mr. Obama reads this blog (Not!) here is the psalm in full for you to read sir. Bow and worship, love and adore.
iPraise the Lord!
make melody to our God on xthe lyre!
he fills you with the ifinest of the wheat.
he scatters lfrost like ashes.
his pstatutes and rules to Israel.
20 He qhas not dealt thus with any other nation;
rPraise the Lord!
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
1. Reasons for planting a church
2. Different models for planting a church
3. Deciding on a model
4. Different methods for church planting
5. Key issues in church planting
6. The early days of planting
I can't say that I benefitted greatly from this book as what he covers is stated elsewhere. Like most church planting books it lacks Scriptural rooting throughout. The final chapter recounts brief historical sketches of a host of different types of plants. These are quite interesting. Though one point did irk me - that someone had a "prophetic word" about the growth of City Church in Dundee. Seems to me that Jesus made all the prophecy about church planting that we need - I will build My church.
In conclusion save your £4.00 for something better and more Biblically rooted.
When will someone write something useful on planting - like Church planting in Acts - that would be worth buying.
Posted by David J. McCullough at Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Monday, December 03, 2012
This is the book that you can give to that Christian friend who has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness. But more than that read it yourself and live in the light of it.
I can't recommend this little volume too highly. A master lesson in pastoral theology.
Posted by David J. McCullough at Monday, December 03, 2012