Orthodoxy and doctrine are two words that well up a lot of emotion in most people, and I’d venture to guess that most of that emotion is negative. More often than not, when someone gains knowledge, they want to impress that knowledge on others, but no one likes to be pushed around by a know-it-all. The missing piece that causes animosity towards orthodoxy when it comes to “sharing” right or correct belief with others is love. In 1 Corinthians 8:1, Paul writes that “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” Although he is specifically writing about idols and food that is offered to idols, this truth about knowledge and love can be applied to any part of life.
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If you follow my blog with any regularity, you know that I have been on a spiritual journey, searching for my place in calling and struggling through the same sins over and over again. I have been reading through a book by Joshua Harris called Dug Down Deep and one chapter in particular just ruined me. After reading the previous chapter, I had found myself in the same place that I often have in the past: “I know I am saved by grace, but if I am supposed to have a new heart and an incredible desire to be like Jesus, turning away from sin, why am I always finding myself in the same sins?”
Then came chapter 8, Changed, Changing, To Be Changed. Continue Reading…
As you can tell by my blog calendar, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Working full-time at a church during one of the two biggest holidays we celebrate can take up a lot of time. When not working, I was partaking in activities that do not require a lot of brain activity (eating, playing video games, watching my family decorate the tree, sleeping). It’s kind of ironic that I am coming back to the blogosphere with this post. I’ve never been much of a reader without some task associated with the reading like school or small group. One of my favorite authors at the moment is Mark Batterson, writer of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and Wild Goose Chase (both of which I read with a small group). When I heard he was doing a blog tour for Primal, I jumped at the chance to get the book for free.
Let me just say that this book is so good that I am probably going to buy a couple copies for others. If you’ve read anything about this book, you’ve probably seen a line like “Primal should be the first book everyone reads in 2010.” I disagree with that statement for one reason. I think everyone should get a copy and read it before the new year. It will give you a new perspective going into the new year.
I have yet to read a Batterson book and not be challenged in some way or another. Primal has challenged me to the Greatest Commandment in a new and fresh way. To love God with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. It takes compassion, wonder, curiosity, and energy. One specific challenge that I have for myself after reading Primal is to read the entire Bible in 2010 as a part of loving Him with all of my soul.
I want to encourage you to get this book, even if it’s the only book you plan to read in the coming year. It will be well worth it, and you can expect to be challenged. You should be able to find it anywhere books are sold, but for an easy link, just click here.