Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Smooth Stones" by Joe Coffey

This review will be twofold. First, I want to share a subscription program from Cruciform press and then offer a brief review of the first book I have read by them, “Smooth Stones” by Joe Coffey.

Cruciform Press is a relatively new publisher, and they are putting out some great books. You can learn about them at their website. Basically, they put out a book a month, that you can subscribe to at an incredibly low rate. Go over to their site and learn more about this great ministry.
“Smooth Stones” is a book by Pastor Joe Coffey. The aim of the book is to briefly highlight some apologetic issues and give the reader some ammunition in a world of relativistic pluralism. From the outset let me say that this was an easy and quick read. It was engaging and entertaining and really did seem to accomplish what it intended to accomplish. There were issues that I felt could have been handled differently.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Practicing Affirmation

One of my favorite books ever is Desiring God, by John Piper. That book was one of, if not the, first books I read that dealt explicitly with the idols of my life. One of the idols it dealt with was an unhealthy desire of approval from others and the damnable practice of worshipping anything other than God. Due to my own limitations and sinful tendencies, I took the truths presented in the book and swung to an extreme. Not wanting to seek man’s approval over God’s, I became almost incapable of receiving any type of praise from others. Along with that and not wanting to promote our “self-esteem”, everyone gets a trophy culture, I also became opposed to affirming other people. I felt no need to applaud someone when they did what they were supposed to do….I mean, they did what they were supposed to do. I had no idea that with these attitudes I was sinning.