About a year ago my assistant Pastor and I looked to read a book on the theology of being an Independent church (not a part of a denomination and having no external authority over us) but were dismayed to see that there seemed to be no such book, especially for the British context. So it was with great excitement that I saw that the FIEC (Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches) was realising such a book at their Leaders conference this winter.
‘Independent church: Biblically shaped and gospel driven’ is compiled by John Stevens, and includes essays by church leaders such as Bill James, Adrian Reynolds, Graham Beynon and others. It is published by the FIEC in partnership with 10ofthose publishing.
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I kind of enjoy reading about the sluggard in the Book of Proverbs. I find him a sadly comical character who highlights a lot of weaknesses in my own life. So it was with great anticipation that I read the short book (42 pages) Crazy Lazy: A warning against laziness by Alistair Begg. This is a great introduction to the sluggard and the challenges he delivers.
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How do you react when you read something in the Bible that you disagree with? Things like sexuality, gender roles and judgement. What do you do with those passages and doctrines? Andrew Wilson writes:
Many of us, when faced with a biblical difficulty – and there are plenty of those! – conclude that the Scriptures are broken. Maybe this didn’t really happen. Maybe God didn’t really say that. Hardly a day goes past without some Christian, somewhere, apologising for something the Bible says, and muttering something about it being a human book, complete with muddles and mistakes.
Unbreakable: What the Son of God says about the Word of God is the second in a series of short books by 10ofthose.com and uniontheology.org edited by Michael Reeves.
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