I made a promise this new year to pursue three distinct aspects of reading: Studying the Bible in a more indepth systematic way, secondly reading many classics of the Reformed Faith and even biographies, and thirdly to monitor and read more new books coming out to be more informed and up to date on who is teaching what, and what is being reflected in the theological world.

As far as new books, I received a couple this week and am excited to read something brand spankin’ new from some authors I respect greatly; The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World from John Piper and Justin Taylor but starring some other awesome guys like Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll, and D.A. Carson, as well as From Embers to a Flame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church by Harry Reeder III.

I am becoming more convinced that any evangelism in the next 10 to who-knows-how-many years is going to require more intellectual assent on the part of the believer of the Gospel, and a better understanding of the ever-growing view of postmodernism that most all of those in the sucular world are coming from, and its effects. This fact was even more impressed upon me by ongoing discussions I have with a young co-worker from Brooklyn. Postmodernism, like it or not, is here to stay for a while and the church needs to know how to interact with those have fallen under its spell without retreating like dogmatic fundamentalists but rather emerge from discussion and debates leaving others in respect for a Christian worldview that is expressed in a sober and ::gasp:: even intellectual manner. I can’t wait to read this book.

As far as the other book From Embers To a Flame, I’ve already read it so expect a review soon. Its quite good, and its only been out a month or so….. so tell your pastor, elders,  tell your friends who are even remotely involved in church ministry or vision to pick it up and read it.

Godspeed, Anthony Franklin *Solagratia82*