Toni Clay is an Inspiration

On her blog the other day, Toni listed her all-time favorite books.  I’m not in such a retrospective mood, but I thought I could list my reading list from the last few months.

Good Reads:

Confessions of a Reformission Rev by Mark Driscoll – If you’ve read Blue Like Jazz, then you have some idea of who Mark Driscoll is.  His full name isn’t mentioned, he’s only "Mark the Cussing Pastor."  I’m a fan of this book because Mark is brutally honest about the struggles that his church has gone through.  As someone young in the land o’ ministry, this book feels somewhat like a handbook that I’ll be going back to every few years.

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell – I would have liked this book if I had read it earlier, but this summer was the perfect time to read it becuase I was able to read the book and then see Rob Bell in person on the "Everything is Spiritual" tour.  Some parts of the book are shallow, others are life-changing, but overall it is a very good read.

In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen – Nouwen discusses the temptation of Jesus and some contemporary parallels.  My favorite, aka the one that knocked me over, is the comparison of Jesus turning stones to bread with the temptation to be relevant.  Relevant is a huge buzzword among ministers today, and the need for relevance drives a lot of thinking.  But is relevance what people ultimately need?

Books I Am Currently Reading:

The Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll

Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis

The Seven Checkpoints by Andy Stanley and Stuart Hall

Books I Started and Couldn’t Finish for One Reason or Another:

A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren

No Place for Truth by David Wells (not the Red Sox / Padres / Yankee / Blue Jay Pitcher)

The Younger Evangelicals by Robert Webber


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    Chase Bowers said,

    My board and I have been discussing the issue of relevance lately- I think I’ll pick the Nouwen book up. We have come to embrace the idea that the Gospel is relevant to every age and culture. While we do want to be “all things to all people”, much of what people are doing in the name of relevance could be more accurately described as trendy.

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    Roy L. Clay said,

    Chris- Oddly enough, I read “In the Name of Christ” in Romania two weeks ago. I went through it again on the plane to Russia and underlines all the passages I thought were relevant to my life right now. Great book. I read “Founding Brothers” about two years ago. It is one of the best histories I have ever read. I want to pick up the Driscoll book now that I know he is “the cussing pastor” in “Blue.”
    And Toni is still an inspiration to me after 15 years.


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