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Tim Chester’s book, You Can Change, will provide theological and practical help as you set out to change particular parts of your life. Pick up a copy today!

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From D.A. Carson’s Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus:

To take up your cross does not mean to move forward with courage despite the fact you lost your job or your spouse. It means you are under sentence of death; you are taking up the horizontal cross-member on your way to the place of crucifixion. You have abandoned all hope of life in this world. And then, Jesus says, and only then, are we ready to follow him.

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Back in March, I unveiled our intention to be a church that makes much of God by making disciples – ‘little Christs’ as CS Lewis put it years ago.

The process of discipleship takes place in time and space – so one of the reasons that we take this one day that we call Easter and focus all of our attention on the implications that Jesus experienced resurrection is that we need regular reminders and rhythms.

And because Easter is the most important day of the year for the Church (which means we should throw one heck of a party!) we need to reignite a passionate focus on the cross and the empty tomb.

To help you in that endeavor, let me suggest three different books based on how well you read and/or your spiritual maturity:

  • ‘I don’t love to read’/’I need to keep things simple’ – 50 ReasonsĀ  Why Jesus Came to Die (free .pdf) by John Piper
  • ‘I’ll read something if it’s good’/’I know enough to know that I need my heart and mind to grow’ – Scandalous by D.A. Carson
  • ‘I like big books and I cannot lie’/’I love to wrestle with complex theological questions’ – Surprised By Hope by NT Wright

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The highlight of every year in the Church is Easter – no day captures the joy and hope that sets us apart from the world than the reflection and celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

Over the next few weeks, we want to help you prepare well for Easter on April 4th. I’ll kick things off by recommending a book written specifically for Easter:

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross is a series of essays by pastors and writers like John Piper, CJ Mahaney, Tim Keller – and old dead guys like Charles Spurgeon, John Owen and Jonathan Edwards. I read it last year – and am reading it this year with Lindsey – and have found it to be a really helpful and moving gift from God as this gives you twenty-five days to draw down on the truths and implications of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

If you’d like to pick up a copy – or get more information – here’s the link to the book on Amazon.

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Busy.

The reason you struggle to parent the way you’d like to parent is because life is busy.

You do know that busy is always self-induced, don’t you?

Work is busy. Change your schedule or change jobs.

Our kids are involved in so many activities. Do less. Start with the thing they hate that you think is important.

We can’t keep up with everyone. Quit trying.

I’m giving you permission to give up trying to please the world with your parenting.

I’d also encourage you to pick up a copy of Tim Chester’s book, The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness.

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Asking (most) people to come with us to church is an unrealistic expectation:

Church is where we feel safe and comfortable. Church is where non-Christians feel embarassed and awkward. We offer people the gospel, but on our terms and on our territory. Put like this, it becomes clear that we must take the gospel – and indeed the church – out of our ghetto and into the world around us.

Steve Timmis and Tim Chester, The Gospel-Centred Church, 24-25.

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Kevin DeYoung has written a helpful critique of Brian McLaren’s newest book, A New Kind of Christianity.

You can download the .pdf here.

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