I am currently reading through Basic Christianity by John Stott, Lost and Found by Ed Stetzer, 7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley, Men’s Ministry in the 21st Century by Group Publishing, Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias, and Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck. It is the last two that entered in as the “new books” to the reading stack. They are also the two books that I am most interested and excited about reading.
I am interested in Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion for a couple of reasons: (1) I like the authors’ style & logic. (2) I agree with their thought that there has been way too much “church bashing” (or as they put it, “decorpulation”) of the very entity that Jesus Christ has died to produce and express Him. I have read the introduction and the first chapter and am looking forward to some more insightful pages to come.
As for Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend, it has been a while since I have read a book by Ravi Zacharias, and his writing with people like Alister McGrath & John Lennox is awesome. The book’s three parts which deal with (1) skeptics’ and believers’ difficult questions, (2) the need for our answers to be “internalized [for] spiritual transformation”, & (3) that these answers need to be lived out with “compassion for the last and a passion for the gospel” (p xiii) promises an intellectual and convicting read.