22 September 2006

More nuthin'

by Frank Turk

I was clicking thru Phil's "This is where I am right now" box, and I was struck by his choice of David Wells' Above all Earthly Pow'rs because I finished it up about two weeks ago and I just wanted to say this about that:

(1) If your local Christian bookstore doesn't have it, make them order you two, and give one to the owner of that bookstore. If, after a suitable amount of time has passed, they do not stock that book, just write "Ichabod" over the door and walk away.

(2) If your church is trying out "seeker friendly" or "Emergent" malarky, buy a copy for your pastor and ask him to read it. Remember to treat your pastor, who is tasked with being a preacher and teacher of the word, with double honor, not just politeness. All you can do is ask him to read it, and maybe talk about it to see if it has any impact on what he thinks the local church ought to be.

(3) You personally should read it. It is actually the last book of a 4-part treatment of the modern evangelical church by Wells. If you're really clever, you'll read all 3 -- but the real spiritual body-blows are in this book.

You think this blog is full of big ideas? That book makes this blog look like the Jon Stewart show on the Comedy Channel. Read it, and then read it again.

As far as reviews go, that's not much of a review: it's a rave. I won't review this book because then people who ought to read the book will read the review and feel like they have done their part. You read this book. You personally. Get it at the library, buy it from Amazon, whatever. You read this book.

COMPLETELY UNRELATED NOTE: My Pastor's wife is being induced today for the birth of their second child. All prayers for health, blessings, wisdom in doctors, lack of complications, good food at the hospital, a nice chair to sit in, whatever, are requested -- and because you people are "that kind" of Christian, I expect you have already started praying. Dan's previous post notwithstanding.






20 comments:

David said...

How can you read that book? Wells approvingly cites both Marx and Ghandi in that book. Doesnt he know that they are unbelievers? Therefore, Wells must be an apostate until he renounces that section of the book.

I need to get Slice on this right away.

Kim said...

Frank, is this book along the same lines as No Place For Truth and God in the Wasteland? Those two books were very influential in my thinking.

Ray said...

Thanks Frank -- I was going to write Phil and ask him what he thought of it, but you took care of that...

Hey -- can I order it from you? My local store is more the 'Velvet Elvis' type... :-)

4given said...

Praying for your pastor's wife. Esecially for good food at the hospital... that would take a miracle.

Gavin Brown said...

Cent,

Props for working the word "malarky" into your post.

Steve said...

Frank said: "If, after a suitable amount of time has passed, they do not stock that book, just write 'Ichabod' over the door and walk away."

So now we evaluate a Christian bookstore on the basis of whether or not it stocks this book?

It's a superb book, Frank. But your comment sounds like something right out of...Slice.

Dave said...

How in the world can anyone call the church not a church.

To me that is preposterous.

Why the church is in the best condition now then she has ever been.

Too much gloom and doom here

tsk tssk tss.

centuri0n said...

[1] You can buy the book by clicking on the image Phil has graciously whipped up for my post

[2] You don't like this book? apply "ICHABOD" directly to your forehead.

[3] this book is the logical conclusion of the other books Kim mentioned.

Kim said...

this book is the logical conclusion of the other books Kim mentioned.

Thanks, Frank!

ZF said...

Who is Slice?

striving... said...

hey Centurion, I will pray for your pastor, wife, and new baby. I love new babies. My new baby is 8 months old. I have an off the topic comment, I want an "christ- apply directly to your spiritual life" t-shirt. I would buy that. I can't seem to find a "homeboy" idea, and I know this wouldn't count for that, but I bet people would buy that.

centuri0n said...

Striving --

check back at the Pawn SHop on Monday.

Yankeerev said...

It's sitting on my nightstand...a ring from a cup of coffee I had a couple of weeks ago adorns the cover, and well, so is my palm pilot...

Thanks, I needed the nudge...but it's not "bed time" reading...a good brew will take me through...

Wells sums things up quite clearly and profoundly...

étrangère said...

Ray, 'can I order it from you? My local store is more the 'Velvet Elvis' type... Ah but then you should take Frank's advice and order 2 from the local bookstore - one for you and one for the bookshop manager. If people only buy velvet elvis from them, they'll only have in velvet elvis to sell. Minister to those in the shop after you...

Janet MacDougall said...

The book is a tresure. But, it does demand careful reading and should not be done quickly. I suggest that a person unfamiliar with David Well's work read a chapter at a time, and then go back and re-read.

David Wells may help turn modern "feely" Christians into thoughtful Godly folk.

Daniel Calle said...

I read this book in June when I was in the Dallas Theological Seminary for the Global Proclamation Academy. It was one of the highlights of that particular event.

centuri0n said...

BTW --

10 lb boy, mom and son are doing great. Dad, on the other hand, is clearly not in practice at changing diapers.

More prayer, I guess, is warranted.

Yankeerev said...

Congrats... Oh, the late nights on the recliner sniffing fresh "baby" through the night -- the joys of fatherhood!!

sage said...

okay, okay, I'll read it. Here from Kevin's recommendations

I have found Wells insightful, and it's been a long time since I read "No Place for the Truth"

Alando Franklin said...

Maybe someone should send David Wells book to all the pulpits across America if his thoughts, insight, writings can create godly people. I thought God reserved that for himself?