4 Books You Must Read… Now!

In recent weeks, I have been working on several booklists. I’ve created one for the matter of Creation vs Evolution (you can pick it up in the welcome center or call my secretary and request a copy), I completed another on essential books for building a basic theological library, particularly for those going into ministry. I am working on an “End Times” list and will make that available soon, and hopefully, as time permits, I will provide a “Summer Reading” list in this column in the weeks to come.
by Ray Jones on June 06, 2021

4 Books You Must Read… Now!

In recent weeks, I have been working on several booklists. I’ve created one for the matter of Creation vs Evolution (you can pick it up in the welcome center or call my secretary and request a copy), I completed another on essential books for building a basic theological library, particularly for those going into ministry. I am working on an “End Times” list and will make that available soon, and hopefully, as time permits, I will provide a “Summer Reading” list in this column in the weeks to come.

But between then and now, let me speak to you about 4 books that every serious Christian in America needs to read. Here they are:

  1. Fault Lines… The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe by Voddie Baucham Jr., published by Salem Books. I read this book a couple of months back and was captivated by its insightful analysis and the author’s willingness to call out Christian organizations that are caving in to the “woke” culture. Baucham, an African American long-time Pastor and Church Planter absolutely nails the problems with the current CRT movement and its impact and danger for the evangelical church and Christians. If you can only read one book, read this one!
  2. We Will Not Be Silenced by Erwin Lutzer, published by Harvest House. Lutzer is one of my favorite writers and preachers. I have read just about everything he has written. He is the former Pastor of the famed Moody Memorial Church in Chicago. I read this book last fall. It is a powerful reminder of what happens when God’s people do not stand for their faith. Of this book David Jeremiah said, “If I could, I would put this book into the hands of every Christian in America.” This book is a clarion call to Christians to wake up and stand up for their faith while there is still time to do so. Lutzer does an incredible job of explaining how we got in this condition and the agenda and strategy being employed in our nation to undermine our freedoms and eliminate the influence of the Church and Christians.
  3. Live Not By Lies… A Manual For Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher, published by Sentinel. I read this book back in January-February and like the others, I was gripped by the authors grasp of what is happening around us. Dreher is a brilliant journalist and writer. He is the senior editor at The American Conservative. A keen observer of history and culture, Dreher writes in this New York Times bestseller about the soft totalitarianism slowly advancing in America along with its “woke” lies and progressive agenda. In part two of the book Dreher issues both a strategy and a call to live in truth, with chapters on how the family, the Church and Christians are essential to protecting both the freedoms and the faith that has characterized our nation since its inception.
  4. The Gathering Storm… Secularism, Culture, and The Church by Albert Mohler, published by Nelson Books. Mohler and I were classmates at Samford University, but unfortunately that is where the similarities end… he is an outstanding intellectual, (I am not sure what happened to me) and he is favored to become the next president of our Southern Baptist Convention this summer. Currently he serves as president of our oldest seminary… The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. I read this book last year and found it particularly relevant. Mohler writes in various chapters about the coming storms in areas like the family, western civilization, gender & sexuality, religious liberty and the Church to name a few. It is highly readable and somewhat frightening. But it is essential reading…

Why should you read these books… because the scripture says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6) Well, that’s a good start for the summer, so start! And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!

For God’s Glory Alone,

Bro. Ray

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