8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “How The Church Fathers Read the Bible” (Gerald Bray)

It’s been a while since I posted some quotes from the book I recently finished. The reasons are I’m busy and the book is long or technical too read. But anyways, here’s s some great quotes I got from a book I recently finished, How The Church Fathers Read the Bible by Gerald Bray published by Lexham Press. You can get your copy, both physical and digital by following this link.

“The fathers of the church could not know that we would still be reading their works today, nor could they have had any idea of how the gospel would spread across the world and take root in places of which they had never heard. Their faith has been vindicated in ways that they could not have known or suspected. We are called to learn from their example and to take heart in the fact that God has not changed, that his promises remain fi rm, and that in his good time he will reveal the fruits of our faith in the life of his people.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “Authentic Ministry” (Michael Reeves)

Hello friends. We are currently raising funds for my mother in law’s brain tumor surgery. We are needing 600k (Philippines pesos) for the operation and we have 400k already. We are asking for your generous help raise another 200k (equivalent to 4,000 US dollars) to complete the said amount. You can use my accounts at the end of this post.

Anyways, Here’s some great quotes I got from a book I recently finished, Authentic Ministry by Michael Reeves published by 10 Publishing. You can get your copy by following this link. Purchasing your copy enables you to support the author, publishing house and ministry to further push the gospel of Christ.

“…for the leader to have strength of purpose, integrity, and the ability not to be driven (and burned out) by his ministry, he must maintain a solid grasp on the cross and so on his justification.”

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Book Review: “Balik Tayo Sa Church” (Collin Hansen and Jonathan Leeman)

As we slowly see the “light in the tunnel” of this pandemic, we believers are excited to once again be physically present to our churches. Or is it? We Christians might have been through the thick foliage of this global crisis and about to reach the road to civilization, so to speak, but do we really want that “road” again with all its old and new nuisance?

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Balik Tayo Sa Church” (Collin Hansen and Jonathan Leeman)

Happy Monday! Here’s some great quotes I got from a book I recently finished. Balik Tayo Sa Church by Collin Hansen and Jonathan Leeman is published by Treasuring Christ PH and you can get your copy by following this link. Purchasing your copy enables you to support the author, publishing house and ministry to further push the gospel of Christ.

“Gusto ng Diyos na makita tayo ng mundo at maintindihan nila ang pagkakaiba natin sa kanila, para maipaliwanag natin nang lubos ang kagandahan ng ating pananampalataya.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Why Should I Join a Church?” (Mark Dever)

Good day! Enjoy these great quotes I got from a book I recently finished.“Why Should I Join a Church?” by Mark Dever is published by Crossway and you can get your copy by following this link. Purchasing your copy enables you to support the author, publishing house and ministry to further push the gospel of Christ.

“We display the gospel when we gather each week to serve people who sometimes share only one thing in common with us: Jesus.”

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Redeeming “Iglesya”

In our translation team, someone raised a question on what word that we should use for “church” in Tagalog. Is it “iglesya”, “simbahan” or something else? This is an interesting question considering that it does bring confusion not just Christians but to unbelievers we are reaching out.

I already pointed this in an article that iglesya is one of the misunderstood theological term here in the Philippines. I think it’s worth exploring it again here because I think it’s more than a question if such word should be used. The issue can be more deep than that. I think as we Christian who doesn’t want to misrepresent the gospel, so it should be our motive also to rightfully show what a church really is according to the Scriptures.

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Love Your Church”(Tony Merida)

Here are my favorite quotes from an upcoming book, Love Your Church by Tony Merida, published by The Good Book Company scheduled for release on June 1. If you want to support the author, you can pre-order by following this link.

“Belonging to a church means investing your life in a gospel-centered community of believers who joyfully serve one another and advance Jesus’ mission together.”

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “How to Walk Into Church” (Tony Payne)

Guys, kindly pray for me as I apply for work online. May I find one that will help our finances and help my blogging. Thank you in advance!

Now here are my favorite quote from the book How to Walk Into Church by Tony Payne published by Matthias Media. If you want to support the author, get a copy of this book by following this link.

“..this is God’s majestic purpose in Christ: to save and redeem and gather around himself a people from every nation, to give them confident access to his own presence, and one day to reveal that mighty assembly of his people in the new creation. In other words, God’s purpose in Christ is to build his church.”

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Book Review: “When Narcissism Comes to Church” by Chuck DeGroat

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Ever wonder what’s behind the some alarming scandals of churches that you read or watch over the news? What causes some pastors, church leaders and celebrity Christians down fall? How about the stories that didn’t make the news on the abuse of members? These can be sometimes traced from a behavior that cause erosions to the personality of those who we fully trust and least suspect to cause abuse. When Narcissism Come to Church highlights these from a veteran couselor perspective and diagnose the symptoms behind narcissism.

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Book Review: Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke

upm5loqLast year Tony Reinke announced that he has a new book coming this 2019. What so sweet about it is that he needs folks for his book launch team. Knowing him from his articles on Desiring God and his books, I had to sign up. Come March I received an e-mail about the new book and then the following e-mail has an attached pre-released copy of his book. Competing Spectacles is the title and I immediately dive in to the book.

Competing Spectacles is “the lust of the eyes 2.0” book that really captures how we Christians live in this media age. Bombarded with distractions and gap fillers it seems that we have a never ending supply of digital candy that will not only compete with our attention but also erode our focus on God. Tony Reinke pour out his wisdom and insight on this new media age and offers biblical answer for the believers.

Reinke’s book tells how Christians spent their eyes on digitally and how it deteriorates our eternal perspective. Whether it our habit of binging over Netflix, mobile gaming or selfies, these earth bound spectacles takes over our unsatisfied cravings that the ultimate Spectacle (Jesus Christ) can only fulfill. Questions about how we Christians and the church should do with this spectacles are discussed superbly over the chapters in this short book.

The part that really got me is the chapter about how the church becomes a spectacle of the world. As Reinke traces the definition and history of this fleeting spectacles, he also did it on the church as she displays the everlasting Spectacle. This part of the book really captures the essence of being a Christian in this media age that sometimes we forget. I wish Reinke could put one more chapter about this because this is the game changer of the book.

The chapters are short that you’ll quickly read the next one and then the next. It’s a accessible and fast paced read that you’ll finish the book in no time completely blown away.  However, I suggest that you have to read it again because you might missed something in this book. Some chapters are solid and some are not that quite striking.  Nevertheless, this is a must read because of the brevity and spot on commentary on the digital media.

Competing Spectacles is a relevant book that will stand out this 2019. If you got tangled with this media jungle let this book guide you back to the ultimate Spectacle.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5