March 23, 2011

What I am Reading

 I know that all of you woke up this morning and thought to yourselves: "What is David reading?"  Well, I am glad you asked, because I wanted to share it with you.

Gagging of God, The

In this Gold Medallion Award-winning book, Professor D. A. Carson helps evangelicals respond to the question, "Is Jesus the only way t God?" The Gagging of God affirms the deep need for the gospel's exclusive message in today's pluralistic global community. It shows how the many ramifications of pluralism are all parts of the whole, then offers a systematic Christian response.

After an initial survey of pluralism, The Gagging of God divides into for parts. PART 1 looks at the history of pluralism, especially the revolution in hermeneutics, literary theory, and epistemology. PART 2 addresses religious pluralism, notably the work of John Hick and David Tracy, and of inclusivists such as Clark Pinnock and John Sanders. It argues for the Bible's foundational "plotline," and addresses the uniqueness of Christ. PART 3 analyzes the Christian's stance in a pluralistic culture across such diverse fields as education, law, and morals. PART 4 looks at how pluralism has penetrated the evangelical camp and offers a thoughtful look at how to evangelize in a postmodern generation.

Following Jesus, the Servant King: A Biblical Theology of Covenantal Discipleship (Biblical Theology for Life)

Throughout the Old Testament and into the New, God not only demands righteousness from his people but also showers on grace that enables them to act. Jesus, of course, provides the ultimate fulfillment of these twin aspects of God's relationship to humanity. In biblical terms, Jesus is the King who demands righteous obedience from his followers, and Jesus is the Servant who provides the grace that enables this obedience. So what does it mean to follow Jesus? What does God expect from his followers, and how can they be and do what is required? Jonathan Lunde answers these and other questions in his sweeping biblical study on discipleship. He surveys God's interaction with his people from Eden to Jesus, paying special attention to the biblical covenants that illuminate the character and plans of God. He offers Bible students and teachers---such as pastors, missionaries, and lay leaders---the gift of practical biblical teaching rooted in the Bible's witness on the vital topic of discipleship.

Wilderness Survival

With concise explanations and detailed illustrations, survival expert Gregory Davenport covers the five basic elements of survival - personal protection, signalling, finding food and water, travel, and health - providing the reader with complete information on how to stay calm and alive until rescue arrives. It is completely updated with information on keeping yourself safe and healthy in the wilderness. It is a comprehensive, well-organised, and user-friendly guide to staying alive in the backcountry.

The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl, Book 7)

In the seventh Artemis Fowl title, the 15-year-old mastermind focuses his ingenuity on global warming while struggling with a devastating illness. After Artemis invites four fairy friends to Iceland for a demonstration of his latest invention, the Ice Cube, it becomes clear that he is suffering from the Atlantis Complex, which manifests as obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, and multiple personalities. If this weren’t enough to worry about, a spaceship crashes and disgorges amorphobots programmed to kill. Colfer keeps the action moving with laughs and gadgetry as he bounces between several plotlines that spotlight peripheral characters.

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