Feb 08

Recommendation: Brand Luther

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Brand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe–and Started the Protestant Reformation (very long title!) by Andrew Pettegree is a fascinating book which I recommend.

Though not written from a traditional biographical format, I learned quite a bit of new material on the reformer as well as gaining great insight on how the Reformation helped spread economical printing and how economical printing helped spread the Reformation. Both were essential for each other. 

With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on the horizon, I am sure that many new books about Luther and the Reformation will be forthcoming. If many of them are as superbly written as this one was, I can’t wait!

I am using GoodReads to keep track of the books I recommend this year. Feel free to follow along!

Feb 04

Book Recommendation: Family Worship

9781433547805In Family Worship, author Donald Whitney calls Christian parents to make the worship of God central into the lives of our families.

After giving a brief overview of why Family Worship is desperately needed, he instructs in the how. He suggests that family worship should include three elements: Bible reading, Prayer and Singing.

This is a small book that can be read in less than an hour. But if read, will not only challenge you but will give practical steps on how to start or strengthen family worship. I recommend it.

I am using GoodReads to keep track of the books I recommend this year. Feel free to follow along!

Jan 31

Book Recommendation – week 4

627266In Anonymous, Jesus’ hidden years and yours, author Alicia Chole uses the life of Christ to model and remind us that who we are is developed when no one is watching. Likening it to the desert, she says that it is the desert where we find true life. Here are several quotes from her book.

“Unapplauded, but not unproductive: hidden years are the surprising birthplace of true spiritual greatness.”

“Trials do not prepare us for what’s to come as much as they reveal what we’ve done with our lives up to this point.”

“Every choice we make is an investment in a future we cannot see. Some invest wisely. Some invest poorly. As the clock keeps ticking, the stresses of appetite, applause, and authority expose the state of our hearts and the stability of our souls. May the God of grace strengthen us to invest each tick well.”

This book is well worth picking up and immersing your soul in. I highly recommend it.

I am using GoodReads to keep track of the books I recommend this year.

Jan 31

Birth of Hester Ann Rogers

On this date, January 31, 1756, Hester Ann (Roe) Rogers was born. Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire England, she met and married James Hester. They ministered then in Ireland at Dublin and Cork, and then in London England. Hester eventually was John Wesley’s housekeeper and was present when he died in 1791.

Jan 30

Death of James Caughey

On this date, January 30, 1891, James Caughey died. Caughey was a Methodist preacher who emphasized revival and holiness.  Many were converted in Canada under his preaching.

Jan 29

Death of Evan Roberts

On this date, January 29, 1951, Welsh revivalist Evan Roberts died. His obituary in The Western Mail said this about him:

“He was a man who had experienced strange things. In his youth, he had seemed to hold the nation in the palms of his hands. He endured strains and underwent great changes of opinion and outlook, but his religious convictions remained firm to the end.”

Jan 28

Conversion of Oswald J. Smith

On this date, January 28, 1906, Oswald J. Smith was converted at a Robert A. Torrey evangelistic meeting. Smith went on to become a preacher, songwriter and author of several books.

Jan 27

Birth of Bud Robinson

On this date, January 27, 1860, Bud Robinson was born. When converted some twenty years later, he went a local tent meeting, carrying his trusty pistol and a deck of cards. God spoke to him during that meeting and he gave his life to the Lord.

Jan 26

Birth of H. E. Schmul

On this date, January 26, 1921, H. E. Schmul was born. Born in Erie Pennsylvania, he was a minister, publisher and along with H. Robb French, organized what became known as the Inter-Church Holiness Convention. A believer that the Holiness classics needed to be more widely available, he started Schmul Publishing which revived the spread of Holiness literature.

He was the platform of Clinton Camp Meeting when I was a boy, and I was able to get to know him on a limited basis. One of the photos that I treasure is of me with H E Schmul and Walter Hobbs standing on the platform of Clinton Camp.

Jan 25

John Wesley with the Moravians in a storm

On this date, January 25, 1736, John Wesley was in a storm at sea with the Moravians. This is his entry from his journal.

At seven I went to the Germans. I had long before observed the great seriousness of their behaviour. Of their humility they had given a continual proof, by performing those servile offices for the other passengers, which none of the English would undertake; for which they desired, and would receive no pay, saying, “it was good for their proud hearts,” and “their loving Saviour had done more for them.” And every day had given them occasion of showing a meekness which no injury could move. If they were pushed, struck, or thrown down, they rose again and went away; but no complaint was found in their mouth. There was now an opportunity of trying whether they were delivered from the Spirit of fear, as well as from that of pride, anger, and revenge. In the midst of the psalm wherewith their service began, the sea broke over, split the main-sail in pieces, covered the ship, and poured in between the decks, as if the great deep had already swallowed us up. A terrible screaming began among the English. The Germans calmly sung on. I asked one of them afterwards, “Was you not afraid?” He answered, “I thank God, no.” I asked, “But were not your women and children afraid?” He replied, mildly, “No; our women and children are not afraid to die.”

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