He is history’s most widely read preacher outside of Scripture. More written material exists from him than from any other Christian author, living or dead. It’s estimated he preached to more than 10 million people during his lifetime. The ripple effect of his life and ministry is immeasurable.
And he got his theology from an old school cook.
Kindle Deals for Christian readers
- Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World—99¢
- Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis—$2.99
- Tough Topics: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions by Sam Storms—$3.99
- On the Grace of God by Justin Holcomb—$2.99
- Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe by Driscoll & Breshears—$3.99
- A Walk With God: Luke by R.C. Sproul—$4.99
- Knocking on Heaven’s Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer by David Crump—$1.99
- Homosexuality and the Christian by Mark Yarhouse—$3.99
- The Big Picture of What God Always Wanted by Charlie Boyd—$2.99
- Family in the Bible: Exploring Customs, Culture, and Context edited by Richard Hess and M. Daniel Carroll R.—$4.99
- Breaking the Islam Code by JD Greear—$1.99 (today’s the last day for this one)
Norman Rockwell was horrified when a fellow illustrator suggested that their craft was a way to just make a living—”You do your job, you get your check, and nobody thinks it’s art.” He replied, “Oh no no no. How can you say that? No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He’s got to put all of his talent, all of his feelings into them.”
Illustrators are image-makers. Their craft employs the imagination to create the visual equivalent of a verbal idea. When illustrators pick up their markers and draw “good” pictures, they bear the image of God as Creator. I recently corresponded with Amanda Geisinger, an Emmy Award-winning illustrator and interactive designer, currently on staff at Nickelodeon in New York City. We talked about how illustrations were a part of her journey from atheism to Christianity and about how her faith intersects with her work.
I’ve been thinking recently on an important topic for bibliophiles: Should you write in your books? The answer varies for every person, but as for me and my tomes: Yes. Scribble away, especially with nonfiction. Here are five reasons I believe defacing an author’s work is warranted.
To me, for someone to call me “Pastor Mark” creates an artificial separation or an artificial class system in the church. There’s the flock down here and the pastors up there. I don’t believe Jesus wants that division. He said to call no man “Father” or “Teacher.” The Pharisees in Jesus’ day were shocked that Jesus would eat with sinners and tax collectors. Jesus didn’t look for honor, but washed his disciples’ feet.
Those four words may not be on your radar right now but by the end of this article, I hope to persuade you of the importance of caring for your pastor, his wife and his family.