Book Review – Reflect by Thaddeus J. Williams

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When I think about something that reflects, I automatically think about the moon. The moon shines brightly in the night sky because it reflects the light of the sun. But this book, with a subtitle, Becoming Yourself by Mirroring the Greatest Person in History, talks about reflecting Jesus Christ. The big difference? The only way we can reflect Jesus is if He dwells in us. Otherwise, our efforts are as the prophet Isaiah has it, like “filthy rags.”

Williams guide into the true reflection of Christ is the best book I have read this year, and, actually, in some time. He uses the word reflect as an acronym to highlight certain aspects of Jesus, His character and His actions, that can and should be reflected in our lives.

R –Reason: Mirroring the profound thinking of Jesus
E – Emote: Mirroring the just sentiments of Jesus
F – Flip: Mirroring the upside down action of Jesus
L – Love: Mirroring the radical relationality of Jesus
E – Elevate: Mirroring the saving grace of Jesus
C – Create: Mirroring the artistic genius of Jesus
T – Transform: Mirroring Jesus in all of life.

Willaims uses plenty of Scripture and quotes from several authors, as well as provides his own insights into the things of God. It is an excellent read that I would highly recommend. Along with the study guide and a page designed to help people to journal their reflections, this could easily be the best companion guide to the Bible to be published in years.

One note of caution for those who are not into Calvinist theology, the author’s bent in that direction is obvious. Yet the book is worthy of your perusal and actual use. Reflect makes you do just that, but it also motivates you to move reflection into action.

Check it out here.

Ray Jewell is a frequent co-host on the Basic Bible Podcast, the director of the Janesville Community Center, teacher at Rock County Christian School and the author of the Ray’s Rambling Blog.

Episode 84 – So the Next Generation Will Know

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This week we take a break from our series on the Ten Commandments to tell you about a great new book to be released this week. J. Warner Wallace is known as a cold-case detective who turned to an apologist when he decided to look into the claims of Christianity. You can read about his story in Cold Case Christianity. Detective Wallace’s latest book is entitled, So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World. This is practical book about how pass along the faith to the next generation of Christians that seem to be walking from the church. You won’t want to miss this episode as Ray Jewell and I chat with J. Warner Wallace himself about the book.

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Recommended Resources

So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace
God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe by J. Warner Wallace
Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Book Review – The 10 Commandments by Kevin DeYoung

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Title:   The 10 Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them
Author: Kevin DeYoung
Publisher: Crossway
Publishing Year: 2018
Pages: 203
My Rating: 5 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)

Often when you hear about the Ten Commandments today it is part of an urgent plea to hang up a picture or erect a statue of them in a public place, courthouse or classroom.  After all, they are part of our Judeo-Christian tradition here in America. But, when was the last time we really studied them or thought about how they apply to our everyday lives?  In this book released last year, Kevin DeYoung urges us to recall what we may have memorized years ago from a Sunday School flannelgraph and reconsider them light of how we live and serve today.

DeYoung begins with a introduction reminding us that just because these are found way back in the Old Testament, they are still vital in these New Testament times.  In fact, these commands remind us about who God really is and how He is to be served. These are timeless principles. Yet, they are not steps to gain salvation or favor with God.  Ultimately it is Jesus who obeys and fulfills each one perfectly and on our behalf. Then through the rest of the book, the author walks through each commandment using personal anecdotes, parallel passages and New Testament principles that help us in ultimate applying them in practical ways.

This is book is not a difficult read, but certainly challenges us with difficult and convicting reminders of what the Lord expects from us.  This book serves as a reminder of some basic principles that often get neglected of forgotten.

You can purchase the book here.