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.
This isn’t a very new book. It was released a couple of years ago and has sat on my shelf for most of that time. Why? Because I judged the book by it’s cover, title and promotional bus.
To be honest, the word ‘explicit’ just made me think the book was going to be a rant. I know, I know, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’….well, I did, and I was wrong. I have just finished reading ‘the explicit gospel‘ and found it very helpful and I think it is a book that could really help other people too.
As a pastor I spend a lot of time with Christians who struggle with sleep. This is far more common than we think. Some people struggle with sleep for some physical reasons (lifestyle issues like drinking too much caffeine or working too late) and some for psychological reasons (like depression, anxiety, etc). This is not a simple problem with a simple solution, the kind of pastoral situation that you have a ‘one size fits all’ approach. So it was with great joy that I came across a rather new book by Adrian Reynolds called ‘And so to Bed…: A Biblical View of Sleep‘.