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Month: October 2018

A Blogging Sabbath-of-Sorts

I‘m going to be taking a break from regular blogging for the remainder of 2018. There are a couple of really good reasons for this:

First, our family of five will be moving house in late October. While we hope that this will be a good thing for us in the long term, it does mean that while we’re busy searching for our next property our lives are slowly being packed into boxes, and we get to experience all the fun that goes with that.

Second, I’ve decided to take on a major learning project for myself (the details aren’t important), and I so wanted to free up other self-imposed deadlines in order to make space to read, write, and focus on this specific thing. I hope it’s going to be really valuable for myself personally, for my family discipleship, and for my ministry to the church, but it requires carving out a chunk of time, so something’s gotta give.

Third, I’ve reached my reading goal for the year early (52 books completed). So, while I still have a number of books from publishers that are waiting to be reviewed, I’ll be limiting myself to posting those reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and I’m going to slow right down on writing/reviewing here for the months of October to December.

What does that mean for the blog? It means there’s not going to be any new content until Jan 2019, although I may drop in a post about Christmas—because that’s a fairly important event, y’know?—and perhaps a quick post on My Top Books for 2018 if other priorities permit.

There’s plenty to be done over the next 3 months, and our family appreciates your prayers.

See you in the new year!

What I Read in September

September has seen me reach my 2018 reading goal of 52 books for the year. I’ve read some formative theology, some quality comic books, a few great biographies/memoirs, and even found a few fiction authors I’m going to get more of. Reaching this goal means I’ll be taking a break from posting what I’ve read for a while (more on that in my next post) but for now, here’s what I read in September.

Spiritual Gifts: What They Are and Why They Matter

Dr. Tom Schreiner has written an important book discussing the spiritual gifts, and whether or not those gifts have continued into today in a form that is consistent with the New Testament. His book is conversational, compassionate to those who hold a different conviction, and compelling in his unpacking of the Biblical text. A very helpful contribution to an ongoing controversy.
Read more of my thoughts here.

Even Better than Eden

I have a particular love for Biblical Theology. So when I heard of a book that traces not one, but nine wonderful themes through the pages of Scripture, I couldn’t get hold of it fast enough. I love the way that Guthrie traces from Eden to eternity so many wonderful, rich ways in which Scripture progressively reveals the ongoing activity of God the Redeemer through history.  I also love how Guthrie demonstrates how these stories powerfully shape our own stories, simultaneously offering transformation and hope to all of us who see life not going as planned. This is a tremendous, applicable, easy to read resource for every Christian.

Batman (DC Universe Rebirth) volumes 3-6

After the raging success of the first two Batman issues in the DC Universe Rebirth, volume 3 had a lot to live up to with the story arcs that Tom King was clearly developing for the long-haul. And I think he delivered. The darkness that haunts both Bane and Batman due to a tragedy in childhood provides a wonderful juxtaposition of reactions; Bruce fighting the darkness in order to see the light. What Bruce is willing to endure to save one life both glorifies and humanises him at the same time. Plus, I agree that David Finch was pretty much born to draw Batman comics.
Thanks to the local library, I have also managed to sneak in volumes 4, 5, and I’m currently reading 6.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

This is my new favourite book on all things sentences and semicolons. With chapters dedicated to the comma, the full stop, the semicolon, and more; I found myself laughing, cringing, and learning on every page. This helpful resource is also peppered with amusing examples of how not to do punctuation; plus arguments for and against stylistic choices like the Oxford comma. Highly enjoyable and educational to boot.

Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Suffering isn’t a question of if but rather a question of when. There isn’t a person among us who has not suffered, or who will not one day experience the pain of loss, the sting of betrayal, or the weakness of their physical body failing. Writing out of his own life-altering suffering,
Tripp writes, “[t]here could be no more stunning declaration packed with more practical hope than Jesus’ words, ‘I am with you always.'” Tripp’s book is a gritty, street-level reminder that the hope of redemption is not just reserved for eternity but is a real, living, present hope; rooted in the fact that God is with you, in you, and for you right here, right now. This book packs a powerful dose of gospel courage as Tripp unpacks the traps of temptation that greet every sufferer and the comforts of grace that are available for those who fear God and trust their lives to his sovereign love and grace in the midst of difficulty. Tripp provides comforting truth for everyone who has suffered and solid gospel preparation for those who haven’t.

See what else I read in 2018: