Three books on my reading pile

Lots of books on the reading pile right now. Here’s a quick look at a few:

1. To Live is Christ, to Die is Gain by Matt Chandler (with Jared C. Wilson)


I’m about halfway through this one. Really, really solid stuff. Here’s a favorite passage:

Who are the dogs? They are the ones who want to mark their faith in Christ by what they do or do not do. And they want to get a list of things that they do well. They want to say, “I’m not as bad as I was in college. I’m not as bad as I was when I first got married. I’m not as bad as you.” And they want to use that as some sort of evidence of their superior spirituality, their higher-quality goodness, their unassailable morality. They are in fact scattered in the imaginations of their prideful hearts.

The dogs stay focused on “I do. I don’t. I have. I never.” And look at what they have done. Look at what they have accomplished. Paul here, as loudly as he can, is saying, “Who cares? I did all that too. On the scale, I’m even better than you!” “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ” (Phil. 3:7)…

Paul is unpacking these reasons for you to violently and lustfully pursue Christ at all costs, because even if you get all of those good, morally superior attainments—if you clean up your life and manage to somehow never struggle ever again—but you never get Jesus, you’ve totally lost. You’ve actually attained a whole lot of nothing. In the end, if you look great and sound great and act great, but you don’t know Jesus, who cares?

(Learn more or buy it at: Amazon | Westminster Books)

2. Doxology and Theology: How the Gospel Forms the Worship Leader by Matt Boswell and friends


Worship—whether you’re talking about singing (in the narrowest sense) or every thought, word and deed (in the broadest sense)—has long been a source of fascination/frustration for me. we need a better, more robust theology of worship. Matt Boswell and co. have done an impressive job on this one. Here’s a great example from Zac Hicks’ chapter, “The Worship Leader and the Trinity:”

Many in recent years have commented on the anemic state of much of evangelical worship in the twenty-first century. We are me-focused, a-theological, biblically illiterate, and entertainment-saturated, they say. Many of these critics offer a prescription for recovery, ranging from things as practical as a reform of liturgy or musical styles to things as philosophical as media ecology and aesthetics. I’m convinced, though, that many of these (important) observations find resolution when we begin to be more intentional as worshippers, worship planners, and worship leaders about allowing our worship to take the shape of our beloved Object.

(Learn more or buy it at: Amazon)

3. Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life by Michael Kelley


I’m probably cheating a bit by including this one since I finished reading it on Sunday. It is, however, so, so good (a more thorough critique is coming soon). Here’s a passage that really stuck with me:

…common, everyday choices are the guts of discipleship. Following Christ is not just about selling everything you have for the sake of the poor (though it might indeed be that at some point); it also involves managing your time; appropriately handling your throwaway thoughts; glorifying God through your eating and drinking; seeing the small things of life as things that either move you toward or away from Christlikeness. Disciples understand the true significance of these choices. (66-67)

(Learn more or buy it at: Amazon)

That’s a quick look at my reading pile. What are you reading these days?

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  • Ben Thorp

    I’m currently reading Faithfulness and Holiness, J.I.Packer’s biography of J.C. Ryle (packaged with Ryle’s book Holiness). Next up is probably the new edition of “God’s Strategy in Human History” by Roger Forster and Paul Marston. Although the list keeps on shifting…

  • Chris_Land06

    In Christ Alone by Sinclair Ferguson

    Puritan Theology

    The Works of Jospheus

    Covenantal Apologetics by Scott Oliphint

  • Dave Jenkins

    Five commentaries on Hebrews, Five Stones by Standord/Martin, Against the Gods by Currid, The end of our exploring by Anderson, To Live is Christ To Die is Gain by Chandler/Wilson, One way Love by Tullian Tchividjian, Christian Apologetics by Groothius, Reformed Means Missional by Samuel T. Logan, The King in His Beauty by Schreiner and Revealed Truth by Dr. Nettles.

  • Adam Tisdale

    Resilient Ministry!
    Reformational Means Missional
    Sensing Jesus

    • Aaron Armstrong

      Sensing Jesus is gold!

  • Michelle Dacus Lesley

    I’m in the middle of “Divine Design: God’s Complementary Roles for Men and Women” (MacArthur) but decided to take a fiction break with “A Cross in Time” by Richard Black. It’s about two professors who travel back in time to the Passion Week. It’s a little strange, but I needed some mind candy :0) “Blood Work,” by Anthony Carter, is up next.