Tuesday -- November 25, 2014

Recommended Reading


The Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor by Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor

Compelled to share the gospel with the unreached people of China, Hudson Taylor devoted his life to this purpose. He modeled a life of utter dependence on Christ for both his spiritual and material needs. That was his secret and the reason for his lasting impact on the people of China and missions. This biography by his son and daughter in law has become a Christian classic.


 

Cross Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer

The last thing we want to do in cross-cultural ministry is to offend people in other cultures. Unfortunately, all too often and even though we don’t mean it, our actions communicate superiority, paternalism, imperialism and arrogance. Our best intentions become unintentional insults. How can we minister in ways that are received as true Christlike service?

Cross-cultural specialist Duane Elmer gives Christians practical advice for serving other cultures with sensitivity and humility. With careful biblical exposition and keen cross-cultural awareness, he shows how our actions and attitudes often contradict and offend the local culture. He offers principles and guidance for avoiding misunderstandings and building relationships in ways that honor others. Here is culturally-savvy insight into how we can follow Jesus’ steps to become global servants.

Whether you’re going on your first short-term mission trip or ministering overseas for extended periods, this useful guide is essential reading for anyone who wants to serve effectively in international settings with grace and sensitivity.


 

The Mission Minded Family by Ann Dunagan

In The Mission-Minded Family Ann Dunagan, a homeschooling mother of seven and an international minister alongside her husband, challenges the idea that family life and missionary work are incompatible. When a parent is engaged in missionary work, children need not suffer neglect. They can be a part of the missionary work along with their parents, as a family entity. The book suggests family activities for developing a mission-minded family and the necessity of balancing and prioritizing daily activities.


George Muller by Roger Steer

His name has become a byword for faith throughout the world. In the early 1803s, George Muller embarked on an extraordinary adventure. Disturbed by the faithlessness of the Church in general, he longed to have something to point to as visible proof that God and Father is the same faithful creator he ever was. Muller supervised the building of five large orphanages, housing thousands of children, a testament to his generation.


 

One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven by Mark Cahill

Are you ready for eternity? If so, are you helping others get ready for that journey into eternity that each of us must take? As believers, we all know we should tell others about the Lord, but we often don’t know how. This practical book will give you ideas for starting conversations, examples of witnessing situations, and answers to common questions, to help encourage, challenge, and equip you to reach both friends and strangers for Jesus the rest of your life!


Peace Child by Don Richardson

In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. This is the unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals who valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology. The “peace child” became the secret to unlocking a value system that existed through generations over centuries, possibly millenniums, of time. This analogy became a stepping-stone by which the gospel came into the Sawi culture and started both a spiritual and social revolution from within. With an epilogue updating how the gospel impacted the Sawi, this missionary classic will inspire a new generation of readers to hear this unforgettable story and the lessons it teaches us about communicating with Christ in a meaningful way to those around us.


 

Practical Christian Theology by Floyd Barackman

Since first published in 1981, Practical Christian Theology has been a popular resource for both lay readers and academic students of the Bible. In addition to providing a comprehensive view of Christian theology that is based on the conviction that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, this edition encourages a deeper, more intimate relationship with God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

Drawing upon more than fifty-five years of Bible study and twenty-five years as a Bible college teacher, Barackman provides an easy-to-follow outline for each chapter that not only organizes the material for systematic study but also makes this work a handy reference tool. The main topics discussed are: The Bible, The Doctrine of God, the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Angels, Man, Sin, Salvation, The Church, and Future Prophetic Events.


 

Evangelism (Spurgeon Collection) Paperback by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon is commonly called “The Prince of Preachers,” a title he rightly deserves. At the height of his ministry in London, he preached to crowds of ten thousand every Sunday and his sermons were published in daily newspapers both in England and the United States. Now, a hundred years after his death, Spurgeon’s books of textual and topical sermons have been translated into many languages; these sermons remain as insightful, convicting, practical, and timely as when he preached them from the pulpit of the Metropolitan Tabernacle.

Whether used by families as a devotional tool or pastors and students, these exegetical sermons will provide insight to lift up on high the Christ of the Scriptures.