Archive for March, 2011

“Reggie” by reggie dabbs

March 25, 2011

“Reggie”

by Reggie Dabbs and John Driver

 

I finished reading this book a week ago and I really liked it. I am a youth pastor and a very big fan of Reggie Dabbs. I have heard him speak many times and have heard his personal story a few times, but this book takes it so much deeper.  I love how honest, real, and entertaining this book is. Its just like Reggies character to make difficult situations feel a little lighthearted.  I love it that he shared so much about his past and how it affects him today. His story is a story of inspiration and courage.

He made many points in the book that made me think.  I love what he says in this book a few times, “You cannot change your past, but you can face it.” I love that. That we cannot ignore it, but we can take it and learn from it”.

I also loved what he said about discovery truth.  ‘We are not a quest to create new truth. We are on a quest to discover the truth.  The new world has always been there, yet it has remained hidden from our sight.” He explained this bys using Columbus as an illustration. How North America was always here, it just needed to be discovered. I love that. We are in the process of discovering what truth really is. We are all seeking it out.

I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read with many nuggets of truth and also challenging topics. Reggie inspires you to love others and to seek the down and out. I love his heart and his inspiration. I recommend anyone to read it.

 

“Slave” John MacArthur

March 2, 2011

“Slave” by John MacArthur

“We don’t hear about this concept in churches today,” MacArthur says. “Slavery is a distasteful concept to modern sensibilities. So we hear that God loves people unconditionally and wants them to be all they want to be. Personal ambition, personal fulfillment, personal gratification–these have all become part of the lexicon of evangelical Christianity–and the essence of what it means to have a `personal relationship with Jesus Christ.'”

I just finished reading the book “slave” by John MacArthur. I loved the idea and the thought pattern of the book but it was not an easy read. I felt like I was theological book from Bible College. It was not a book that I read before I went to bed or just to relax. I really have to pay attention to what I was reading. You can tell the depth and research that the author put into the book because of all the work cited point that he put into the book. Just wasn’t not what I expected but it does have some really good points.

The book begins with asking the question, “What does it mean to be a Christian?” It then goes on to explain the difference between a ‘slave’ and a ‘servant’. I thought that this was very thought provoking. I loved how he talked about the greek translation of the word and how it changes how you look and understand it. “Why is the literal word “slave” not seen as often as he states? “That’s because,” says MacArthur, “The Greek word for slave (doulas) has been mistranslated in almost every English version–going back to both the King James Version and the Geneva Bible that predated it.”
The book begins with the examination of the original language of the terms mentioned above, in relationship to both Old and New Testament writings. It also takes a historical look at the life of a slave in Biblical times and how it compares to the scriptural definitions and expectations of a follower of Jesus. “ . This was taken by another review which I really liked how it explained.

The first three chapters of this book was really good. They were thought provoking and very insightful. The first three chapters are worth the book, but like I said in the beginning, the rest of it was hard to digest.

I would suggest this book to you if you like theology books and deep reads, but for the casual reader I would just read the first few chapters.