Reading for the Head and Heart

This is a list from RZIM ministries. What a way to spend the Summer!

Recommended Reading

Introductory Recommended Reading

John Bunyan, Pilgrims Progress
Daily Light on the Daily Path (collection of Bible readings)
Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters
J.I. Packer, Knowing God
Roger Steer, George Muller: Delighted in God
John Stott, The Cross of Christ
John White, The Fight
Brother Yun, Heavenly Man
Ravi Zacharias, The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us through the Events of Our Lives

Further Reading in Apologetics

Norman Geisler, Christian Apologetics
Alister McGrath, The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World
Esther Lightcap Meek, Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge for Ordinary People
Amy Orr-Ewing, Is the Bible Intolerant?
Francis Schaeffer, A Francis Schaeffer Trilogy: The God Who Is There, Escape from Reason, He Is There and He Is Not Silent
James W. Sire, Naming the Elephant: Worldview As a Concept
N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God?
Ravi Zacharias, ed., Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend

The Labor of Self-Love by Tozer

Great section from one of my favorite books!

The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking slightingly of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal there will be those who will delight to offer affront to your idol. How then can you hope to have inward peace? The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield its touchy honor from the bad opinion of friend and enemy, will never let the mind have rest. Continue this fight through the years and the burden will become intolerable. Yet the sons of earth are carrying this burden continually, challenging every word spoken against them, cringing under every criticism, smarting under each fancied slight, tossing sleepless if another is preferred before them.

Such a burden as this is not necessary to bear. Jesus calls us to His rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.
Tozer, A. W. (2006). The Pursuit of God (pp. 105–106). Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread.

Some of the best news

As I have progressed in age and experience in life, my loves, tastes, and experiences have changed along with the calendar. For example, I used to think that peanut butter and tuna fish on toasted bread was quite the delicacy! (I now am fairly certain I was insane during that period of life.) Now a steak dinner with all the fixings is much more appetizing than anything that ends in “-wich.”

I used to enjoy staying up late and was even quite productive after 10 PM. My ability to work hard during the day and then work hard at night was a point of pride. Now, I am content with the fact that I must be at my best early for my commute and subsequent 1st hour classes and then productive in the afternoon. This, of course, requires me to go to be closer to 10 than 1 (or 2AM). My responsibilities have changed and as such my habits have had to change as well.

My Mom was a goodbye kisser. Only Heaven can tell how many times my brother and I went to grade school with lipstick somewhere on our faces unaware of our cosmetic condition. “I love you” was a blessing that was issued more times than I ever took the time to really appreciate. A kiss, a hug, and an “I love you” was the normal routine of life as a child and teenager (and adult.)

From that familial world, I launched into the world of dating or girls to be more specific. To be told “I luv You” was the penultimate achievement in my young mind. Conversely, to share that expression with a female was the ultimate in horror to my teen existence.

As I now look back over 40 years of life and family, 15 years of wedded bliss, and almost 12 years of parenthood, I am still amazed at the power of “I love you.” In reality, the best expression of this fact has never been from a family member, girl, woman, wife, or child, it is from the pages of Scripture as God Himself communicated, demonstrated, and illustrated His great love to us — to me.

Some of the best news I have ever been give is that God loves … me.

13 Things Your Greek Teachers Won’t Tell You via

13 Things Your Greek Teachers Won’t Tell You via


The latest issue of The Reader’s Digest has an interesting
article entitled “13 Things Used Car Salesmen Won’t Tell You.” Here are
“13 Things Your Greek Teachers Won’t Tell You”:

1. Greek is not the only tool you
need to interpret your New Testament. In fact, it’s only one component
in a panoply of a myriad of tools. Get Greek, but don’t stop there.
(You’ll need, for example, a Hebrew New Testament as well.)

2. Greek is not the Open Sesame of
biblical interpretation. All it does is limit your options. It tells you
what’s possible, then the context and other factors kick in to
disambiguate the text.

3. Greek is not superior to other
languages in the world. Don’t believe it when you are told that Greek is
more logical than, say, Hebrew. Not true.

4. Greek did not have to be the
language in which God inscripturated New Testament truth because of its
complicated syntax. Truth be told, there’s only one reason why the New
Testament was written in Greek and not in another language (say, Latin),
and that is a man named Alexander the Great, whose vision was to conquer
the inhabited world and then unite it through a process known as
Hellenization. To a large degree he succeeded, and therefore the use of
Greek as the common lingua franca throughout the Mediterranean world in
the first century AD should come as no surprise to us today. I emphasize
this point only because there are some today who would seek to resurrect
the notion of “Holy Ghost” Greek. Their view is, in my view, a
demonstrable cul-de-sac.

5. Greek words do not have one
meaning. Yet how many times do we hear in a sermon, “The word in the
Greek means…”? Most Greek words are polysemous, that is, they have
many possible meanings, only one of which is its semantic contribution
to any passage in which it occurs. (In case you were wondering: Reading
all of the meanings of a Greek word into any particular passage in which
it occurs is called “illegitimate totality transfer” by linguists.)

6. Greek is not difficult to learn.
I’ll say it again: Greek is not difficult to learn. I like to
tell my students, “Greek is an easy language; it’s us Greek teachers who
get in the way.” The point is that anyone can learn Greek, even a
poorly-educated surfer from Hawaii. If I can master Greek, anyone can!

7. Greek can be acquired through any
number of means, including most beginning textbooks. Yes, I prefer to
use my own

Learn to Read New Testament Greek
in my
classes, but mine is not the only good textbook out there. When I was in
California I taught in an institution that required all of its Greek
teachers to use the same textbook for beginning Greek. I adamantly
opposed that policy. I feel very strongly that teachers should have the
right to use whichever textbook they prefer. Thankfully, the year I left
California to move to North Carolina that policy was reversed, and now
teachers can select their own beginning grammars. (By the way, the
textbook that had been required was mine!)

8. Greek students think they can get
away with falling behind in their studies. Folks, you can’t. I tell my
students that it’s almost impossible to catch up if you get behind even
one chapter in our textbook. Language study requires discipline and time
management skills perhaps more than any other course of study in school.

9. Greek is fun! At least when it’s
taught in a fun way.

10. Greek is good for more than word
studies. In fact, in the past few years I’ve embarked on a crusade to
get my students to move away from word-bound exegesis. When I was in
seminary I was taught little more than how to do word studies from the
Greek. Hence, I thought I had “used Greek in ministry” if I had
consulted my Wuest, Robertson, Kittle, Brown, Vincent, or Vines. Since
then I’ve discovered that lexical analysis is the handmaiden and not the
queen of New Testament exegesis. Greek enables us to see how a text is
structured, how it includes rhetorical devices, how syntactical
constructions are often hermeneutical keys, etc.

11. Greek can cause you to lose your
faith. It happened to one famous New Testament professor in the US when
he discovered that there were textual variants in his Greek New
Testament, and it can happen to you. When the text of Scripture becomes
nothing more than “another analyzable datum of linguistic
interpretation” then it loses its power as the Word of God. That’s why
I’m so excited about my Greek students at the seminary, most of whom are
eager to place their considerable learning at the feet of Jesus in
humble service to His upside-down kingdom.

12. Greek can be learned in an
informal setting. The truth is that you do not need to take a formal
class in this subject or in any subject for that matter. I know
gobs of homeschoolers who are using my grammar in self-study, many of
whom are also using my

Greek DVDs
in the process. If anyone
wants to join the club, let me know and I will send you, gratis, a
pronunciation CD and a handout called “Additional Exercises.”

13. Greek is not Greek. In other
words, Modern Greek and Koine Greek are two quite different languages.
So don’t expect to be able to order a burrito in Athens just because
you’ve had me for first year Greek. On the other hand, once you have
mastered Koine Greek it is fairly easy to work backwards (and learn
Classical Greek) and forwards (and learn Modern Greek).

Okay, I’m done. And yes, I’m
exaggerating. Many Greek teachers do in fact tell their students
these things. May their tribe increase!

Now who wants to tackle “
Things Your Hebrew Teachers Won’t Tell You”?