Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax

I'm pretty picky with the blogs I read. The ones I appreciate the most connect theology with life and ministry, and are written with practical depth (they're practical and theological at the same time). They're also generous in how they interact with others.

One of my favorite blogs these past few years has been Kingdom People by Trevin Wax. He's on my must-read list. I currently follow 62 blogs; if I cut this down to 2, Trevin's blog would make the list.

Trevin has a new book coming out on April 1 called Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope. Getting the gospel right is crucially important, and Trevin's book is clear and helpful. I've read an early draft and it's excellent.

To whet your appetite, you can read a couple of posts that give you a sneak peak of what you can expect:

I also appreciated Trevin's post on the Rob Bell controversy that's been going around this weekend.

If you haven't subscribed to Trevin's blog yet, you really should. And if you're interested, you can also pre-order Counterfeit Gospels. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Review: Washed and Waiting

Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality is a unique book. It's written by a Christian who experiences same-sex attraction, and who holds to the church's traditional understanding of Scriptural teaching on homosexuality. It's part memoir, and part theological reflection. I don't know any book like it:

This book is written mainly for those gay Christians who are already convinced that their discipleship to Jesus necessarily commits them to the demanding, costly obedience of choosing not to nurture their homosexual desires, whether through private fantasies or physical relationships with gay or lesbian people.

This book accepts the position held by the church almost unanimously throughout the centuries - that homosexuality was not God's original design for humanity, and that "homosexual practice goes against God's express will for all human beings, especially those who trust in Christ." But it also realizes that, for many, same-sex desires will be a lifelong temptation.

You need to read this book for three reasons.

One: There are probably people in your church whose struggle is described in this book. Read this book to understand the struggle and their loneliness.

Two: Read this book to think about what it means to be a church that supports those who are tempted in this area.

Three: Read this book to see the beauty of the gospel. This is a book that deals with a tough issues, and drips with the glory of the gospel.

I've been waiting for this book for a long time. I highly recommend it.

This book was provided for review by Zondervan.

Pray for Sayed Mussa

The New York Times reports on Sayed Mussa, who is being held in Afghanistan about his conversion from Islam to Christianity:

“The Taliban were saying, ‘He is an infidel, he is filthy and he needs to be killed,’ ” he recalled.

Mr. Mussa has not seen his wife and six children in months, since they fled to Pakistan for their safety. He is not even sure if he has a lawyer; he signed agreements with two, then never saw them again.

There are reports that he is facing execution within three days unless he renounces his faith.

I followed Denny Burk's advice and tweeted this earlier today:

Mr. Harper, please persuade the Afghan govt. not to execute our brother Said Musa. @pmharper

If you live in Canada, you can do the same. If you're American, Burk has a couple of options that you can use.

Please consider doing the same, and keep Sayed Mussa in your prayers.

Christ Was No Bore

Good words from Dorothy Sayers:

The dogma we find so dull - this terrifying drama of which God is the victim and hero - if this is dull, then what, in Heaven's name, is worthy to be called exciting? The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore - on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium. We have very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified him "meek and mild," and recommended him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies. Those who knew him, however ... objected to him as a dangerous firebrand. (Dorothy L. Sayers: A Careless Rage for Life)