Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, September 2, 1998
Dear Colleagues,


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Good Morning!                                                                                

Much of the “Christian literature” available to you today  is fast-paced, trendy, byte-sized, touchie-feelie dribble that  dumbs down the mind and stunts the soul. With the current bastardizing of the language has come the peddling of trite monosyllabic mediocrity. You deserve better. You must demand better.

Dear friend, let me ask you:  Just what are you reading? Material that is, by its enduring truth and beauty enriching your mind and deepening your soul? Is it material that stands the test of Philippians 4:8:

“Finally…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

Or are you ingesting intellectual junk food that temporarily titillates or quells your inner life?  A significant portion of the contemporary “Christian” material pawned off on us today is little more than market-driven, re-cycled prattle. A substantial amount of this material is narcissistic in flavor, and more often than not focuses on simplistic “how to’s” that purportedly are able to jump-start your faith, give you quick-fix solutions to life’s problems, or promise you an immediate path to spiritual maturity. 

Precious little emphasis it seems, is devoted to such themes as knowing God intimately, the life of the cross, personal discipline , understanding and dealing with suffering,  individual holiness, and the like. 

If you are looking for quality Christian literature, you may want to consider the following as a sampler:

 “My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers   Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster
 Imitation of Christ” – Thomas  A’ Kempis   “Knowing God – J. I.  Packer
 Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis    Pilgrim’s Progress – Paul Bunyan
 Orthodoxy – A. K. Chesterton  “Songs of Ascent – E. Stanley Jones
 Purity of Heart – Soren Kierkegaard     The Pursuit of Holiness – Jerry Bridges
 The Saving Life of Christ – Ian Thomas    “With Christ in the School of Prayer”  – Murray
 “Calvin’s Institutes”  – John Calvin   “The Pursuit of God” A. W. Tozer


  My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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