Friday, July 23, 2010

The Peacemaking Pastor

by Alfred Poirier
Baker Books, 2007 - second edition, 317 pages

Any officebearer who wants to apply the Biblical peacemaking principles explained in Ken Sande`s The Peacemaker will appreciate the depth of the discussion in The Peacemaking Pastor. Alfred Poirier approaches the issue of conflict within congregations from a Reformed and Presbyterian perspective. He shows how we are all part of the problem of conflict because of our desperately deceitful hearts (Jeremiah 17:9), and how peacemaking is a basic part of the message of reconciliation between God and His people, and among God`s people. Finally, he makes clear how proper church discipline should support and promote peacemaking. A book worth study by consistories and anyone who knows how sin breaks down peace, and how our forgiving God is a God of peace.

You can pick it up at Amazon.com by clicking here.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mother Kirk

by Douglas Wilson
Canon Press, 2001, 283 pages

If "Listen to this" is one of your favorite phrases to say to others while you are reading a book, you know the book is worth not just listening to, but reading. Mother Kirk is that kind of book - a solidly Reformed look at, the front cover puts it, "Practical Ecclesiology."

In other words, Douglas Wilson tells us not just what the church is, but how to be the faithful people of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ according to His word - how to observe the Sabbath, issues of church music and liturgy (which was my "listen to this" chapter), church government and discipline, the character and call of God's shepherds in the church, and how to reach out to the world outside the church.

You can get a copy at Amazon.com by clicking here.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The strange, dark state of teen fiction

I visit our local public library at least a couple of times every week, and over the last year or two I've noticed a marked trend in the Young Adult section: instead of Arthur Ransome titles, Hardy Boys or Encyclopedia Brown books, the shelves are filled with stories of teenage werewolves and teenage vampires coping with pimples, or female fare featuring lesbianism, or girls sleeping with their teachers. 

And this is the public library in ultra-conservative Lynden, Washington! What, I wondered, was it like elsewhere? So I did a little digging on Amazon.com, and compiled this list of the top 30 bestselling teen fiction books. Let me tell you, my kids are not going to go to the library without me! (Click on the graph to make it bigger)