SlaveWhen reading the rules to the game Othello, you come across the instruction that while the concept or rules are simple, the game will take a lifetime to master.  The concept that this book starts out with is that Christianity has been hiding a very valuable truth:  That the Bible is requiring that followers of Christ are actually his slaves.

John MacArthur argues in this book that the term that the Apostle Paul uses of himself over and over in the New Testament isn’t “bondservant” but “slave.”  This certainly gives a new ring to favorite passages.  I mean, when’s the last time you heard someone say, “Well done, good and faithful slave?”

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Surprising Insignts from the UnchurchedMy pastor gave me this book to read, as I’ve been recently doing a lot of reading on why people go to church, or more specifically, why people are no longer going to church.  Many atheists would like to believe that people are determining that the Word of God is false, but I’m more convinced that the problem isn’t with the Word of God, but with us, His messengers.

Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them covers a study that was done by Thom S. Rainer and spends a lot of its focus on a specific group of people—those that were not coming to church but that are now coming for a significant stretch of time.

The concept is solid—if you’re going to find out why people are leaving or what makes people attend church in the first place, it’s best to ask those that were previously unchurched why they came back.

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