Monday, November 01, 2004

Stop Dating the Church!

In the last couple of weeks I've discovered the work of Joshua Harris and CJ Mahaney from Covenant Life Church in Maryland USA. Both write with a solid commitment to scripture and above all to the centrality of the cross of Christ.

CJ quotes David Prior's BST Commentary on 1 Corinthians as a favourite quote...

"We never move on from the cross, only into a more profound understanding of the cross"

(Quoted in CJ Mahaney The Cross Centred Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing and Christ our Mediator: finding passion at the cross)

Both have written short accesible books which open up the old truths so clearly. CJs books are all about being Cross-Centred which the students I work with will tell you is one of my passions... always banging on about the gospel!

Harris' has written on my other passion - the church. I'm preparing to speak to Reading CU on the topic of Church in just over a week which I'm really looking forward to. As I've studied Ephesians 2v11-3v11 again to prepare it's been great to have the writings of Harris, GK Beale (The Temple and The Church's Mission) and Michael Griffiths (Cinderella with Amnesia) alongside me, sharing my passion and putting things clearer than I often can.