One of the books I’m in the process of reading is The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World.  It is an encouragement and a challenge for those who desire to remain true to the Risen Christ while living in and ministering to a world full of people who are consumed with relativism.  Here’s a small taste of what this book offers:

“The arrival of old, non-Christian religions in America and the emergence of more recent spiritualities that are not religious, and often not institutionalized, are a new circumstance. This means that the relation of Christ to non-Christian religions, as well as to these personally constructed spiritualities, is no longer a matter of theorizing from a safe distance but rather a matter of daily encounter in neighborhoods, in schools, at work, at the gas station, and at the supermarket. And what will prove to be even more momentous in the evangelical world than its engagement with the other religions, I believe, will be whether it is able to distinguish what it has to offer from the emergence of these forms of spirituality. Therapeutic spiritualities that are non-religious begin to look quite like evangelical spirituality that is therapeutic and non-doctrinal.”     (p. 23)

 “. . . there is nothing in the modern world that is a match for the power of God and nothing in modern culture which diminishes our understanding of the supremacy of Christ.” (p. 25)

 “Is it not strange that we who see so much tragedy through television, who are so knowledgeable of the darkness in our world, who pride ourselves on being able to stare with clear eyes and no denials at what is messy, untidy, ugly, and painful, are also those who know so little about sin in ourselves?” (p. 37)

“It’s the very nature of joy to be a spontaneous response to something that you value.  Joy comes to you.  It rises spontaneously as a witness to what you treasure.  And therefore it reveals more authentically than anything else what your treasure is. . . . There is no such thing as hypocritical joy.  There are hypocritical smiles, and hypocritical laughter, and hypocritical testimonies about our joy, and hypocritical good deeds and kind words.  But there is no hypocritical joy.  Joy is either there as a testimony to what you treasure, or it isn’t there.”  (pp. 77-78)





~ by kentuckyfaithful on March 24, 2008.

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