Sunday, July 03, 2005
Gateways to God
I want to introduce you to a book that I'm sure you've never read. It was published in 2001 but has been cursed with an appallingly designed cover - the death of many good books. Sadly, we judge books by their cover - but the contents of this one deserve attention... As Peter Lewis of Cornerstone, Nottingham, says in his coverword about the book it is "a good and helpful book: sound, intelligent and challenging. Pete Lowman understands his Bible and its place in the modern world as well as in the believer's heart. He read the Bible as a man of his times"
I found it through the author, Pastor of our previous church, Pete Lowman. It's called Gateways to God - Seeking Spiritual Depth in a Post-Modern World. The essential premise of the book is to lead those looking for Spiritual Depth into the one place they can find it. To set us off, pioneering, off the beaten track into the New Testament.
Pete Lowman walks alongside us through Ephesians, 2 Corinthians, Mark, 1 Peter, 1 John, Romans 6-8 and Revelation... inviting us to re-read their pages. The style is chatty, informed and doxological. You can feel Pete's excitement as he shares from his heart what God is saying on the page.
At the heart of the book is an Interlude. When I first read this I told Pete that it was my favourite part of the book. He confided that it was the big reason for writing it! In his Interlude Pete identifies a Spirituality for the 21st Century. One with roots, holistic, Word based, Spirit filled and radical. Authentic evangelicalism. This is the way ahead, written off the beaten track out of Pete's experiences of pioneering Student Ministry with IFES in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s.
Finally, at the end of each chapter are pages of annotated footnotes, extra stories and insights from the road. Pete models the very authentic spirituality he calls us into. This, and Pete's second book - A Long Way East of Eden, are easily missed but we will be poorer if we do. We are in need of Spiritual Depth and Lowman shows us where to find it.