Friday, February 17, 2006

Bring the books, join the cry!

Wayne Grudem - Christian BeliefsAmy Orr-Ewing - Why Trust the Bible?Nigel Beynon, Andrew Sach - Dig Deeper
"The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. Brethren, what is true of ministers is true of all our people. YOU need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works... Paul cries, "Bring the books" — join in the cry. "
Ligon Duncan is quoting Spurgeon on the need to read. I've always loved books but theological books are the best. My first read was in my first year at University when I first became a Christian... Bill Hybel's Becoming a Contagious Christian and then Search the Scriptures.

The internet isn't all that good for books. It encourages us to scan read and also to publish on the door of the web the fruits of shallow study. The alternative would be to read carefully and study deeply. Of course the internet also makes things more accessible and helps us engage widely.

When Christian Union members set up UCCF they also set up IVP to ensure that students could match university education with Christian education from good Christian books.

That side of our work remains. It's a great pleasure to resource my students with good books to deepen their faith. There is a limited amount of work I can do face to face... the hours of private reading a student can do add to that exponentially. Spread the love... the love of books, the love of learning, the love of deep thinking about God.

Bring the books, join the cry!


  1. Thanks. TeamPyro are on the book topic too... different slants from Centurion and James Spurgeon...

    Bashing Christian Books

    I need teachers

  2. Ta for the heads-up, I get round to reading Pyromaniacs every few days or week. Cent did a flyby when I posted on local Christian bookshops, promised to keep his powder dry for the time being and never came back to share his take on it. Now he's defending the American CBA. Don't know what to think of it exactly. I tend to think the responsibility's with the bookshop manager - but that requires him to be basically an elder in my view of things. Cent's and James' posts complement each other well.

  3. Hey! Readings so important. I hear what you say about 'the fruits of shallow study' on the internet - I haven't posted on my 'theology' blog in ages coz I'm waiting to have time to do some proper research on a topic, read up, and read what the bible has to say.
    I'd rather have occasional fruits of deeper study!

    The nets still a great tool for getting things out there, but you can't substitute a good old fashioned paper and card book.

  4. Just finished reading Jonanthan Edward's biography. It's interesting to note that he spent years reading and studying (13 hours a day!) and it was only towards the end of his life that he actually got down to writing his own books.