Last week, I posted about a new book of John Eldredge that I’ve just begun reading. That book is entitled The Utter Relief of Holiness: How God’s Goodness Frees Us from Everything that Hinders Us.
I particularly noted the main premise of the book, or at least the main focus of ch.1. I summarised it this way: Holiness and wholeness are connected. To become holy is to become whole, as God intended and created us to be. And to be made whole comes through healing, healing deep within.
In the book, Eldredge suggests that there are 4 aspects of the Christian life that can get over-emphasised at times. They are: Read the rest of this entry
I had not realised it, but one of my previously favourite authors had released a new book in January of this year. The author is John Eldredge and the book is entitled The Utter Relief of Holiness: How God’s Goodness Frees Us from Everything that Hinders Us.
I’ve read each book published by John Eldredge, except for Beautiful Outlaw. I remember when I came into contact with his first book, The Sacred Romance (at that time co-authored by Brent Curtis, close friend and ministry partner of Eldredge, who was killed in a climbing accident not too long after the book’s release). It was a breath of fresh air in comparison with many other Christian devotional/spirituality books of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
So, I’ve always appreciated Eldredge’s works. But some of his later books began to repeat a bit too much of what he had previously written and taught, at least from my perspective. So this is why I didn’t purchase his previous release, Beautiful Outlaw.
Today begins the season of Lent for 2013. It’s a time marked out by the church to focus on reflective prayer and different avenues of fasting, all to prepare for the work of Christ on the cross and his overcoming of death through resurrection.
Where does one start in drawing close to God in this time of year?
Well, we shouldn’t be overwhelmed. Start small. Start with today. Start slowly.
There is a good passage that could help us reflect on this central work of Christ: Phil 2:6-11. Read the rest of this entry
We are a church that believes that God still speaks today. The term used to describe such a church is charismatic. Or one might identify this belief by the more theological term known as continuationism. But we believe God still speaks and communicates today, and still empowers his people with other extraordinary gifts.
Why would we believe such?
Here are 7 reasons below: Read the rest of this entry