Polishing God’s Monuments is the true story of a young woman and her devoted husband who face it all (and then some) as a baffling, mind-boggling illness hijacks their youth and shatters their dreams. Polishing God’s Monuments blends straightforward theology with the account of this young couple’s afflictions. A sober reality in the life of faith is that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. God’s people are buffeted in two ways: sometimes we suffer for the faith and other times we suffer with faith. Either way, our faith remains a work in progress. In the midst of troubles, our emotions can vacillate between hope and despair, submission and rebellion. Our understanding can alternate between moments of comprehension and times of total confusion. This book confronts these issues head-on and offers believers biblical perspective, practical direction, and sustaining hope.
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Pluralism, the notion there are many paths to God’s acceptance, is the reigning fashion today. Unthinkably, that concession is even leaking into the mindset of some Christians. Was Jesus mistaken when He claimed to be “… the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6)? For us Christians, it is a fool’s errand to try to convince (against their wills) those who base their postmodern “theology” about this central question upon human speculation. However, for those willing to listen to the witness of divine revelation, biblical testimony is copious, clear and compelling on this point. There is no evading the finality of Jesus Christ. End of story!
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Dispatches from the Front Lines: Reflections on the Glory and Grind of Pastoral Ministry is what Pastor Jim Andrews calls his “legacy book.” This revised volume represents the harvest of insight and wisdom from over a half-century of pastoring and teaching pastoral students. While written primarily for pastors, this volume contains a wealth of principles and perspectives that will aid the walk of any believer who seriously intends to follow Christ, especially those who aspire to lay leadership in the church. For pastors, this work can shorten the learning curve for novices and perhaps even strengthen the vocational resolve of veterans as well.
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Marriage does not have to be a bummer. There is nothing wrong with the divine institution; there is often much wrong with our execution. Marriage without remorse is not an accident. More often than not, it is our persistent foolishness and our sins that turn what God intends for a blessing into a chronic burden. Follow the rules for the road and marriage can be a taste of heaven on earth. As long as we keep freelancing it and repeating the same old killer mistakes, it is no wonder that couples throw up their hands and whine, “Marriage is so hard!” No, the author contends, it is not the divine institution that is so hard; it is the hard-headed individuals in it who give it a bad rap.
And what about those marriages already in trouble? They can be salvaged if both partners will reset and resolutely adhere to the rules for the road. With mutual commitment, i.e. both spouses going all-in, marital harmony and happiness can be restored, though not on the cheap and probably not overnight. For those spouses whose efforts to sustain their marriages are largely and sadly one-sided projects, the author offers encouragement and coping advice.
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This is a book for those disciples of Jesus Christ who, by hardwiring, are scandalized by mediocrity and always feel this inner imperative to transcend the ordinary. In their souls is a holy rumbling of a divine discontent. Yet in that temperament is a high risk of a “bunny trail” that can throw the believer seriously off the scent of true Christian excellence. Far from running out in the race of life and proving that we little Davids can run with the world’s Goliaths, the radical meaning of Christian excellence, it is argued, is altogether different. In this informal philosophy of Christian excellence, the true target of achievement turns out to be not so much excelling at all the things we do (in the conventional sense), but drawing a bead on what we are called to be in Christ. So, for us Christians, pursuing excellence is not really about piling up accolades for our various skills and talents, harvesting trophies and pinning up ribbons and earning plaques to celebrate our achievements. Rather, it is (by the grace of God) exerting ourselves to live in radical conformity to Christ. Its pursuit comes down to an all-out assault on the peak of our potential in Christ …an all-out effort (by grace) to be all we are called to be, to do all that we are called to do and to go wherever God has called us to go. The beauty of it is that this noblest target lies totally within reach of the earnest but under-endowed believer. Unlike the secular vision, the Christian vision of excellence is not elitist, but blessedly egalitarian. In the only way that really matters, the most ordinary Christian can take the prize. No one is excluded by the accidents of birth or circumstances, only by lack of vision and holy effort. That, the author contends, is the only life worth dying for. He not only defines the target in clear terms, but points the way, in practical terms, to the ascent.
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