What does discipleship look like?
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, [Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2010], 87-88)
Quoted from the following blog: The Next Step: Disciple a Few.
Colonel Jeff Williams—a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod—has seen this first hand. He has orbited the earth over 2,800 times, more than any person in history. He has also captured more photographs of earth than any person in history. You can view his 2006 photos and biblical reflections and commentary in the book The Work of His Hands: A View of God’s Creation from Space. He says, “Spaceflight definitely gave me a new perspective on the world around us and provided a transcendent view of things above and beyond the immediate elements of life . . . viewing the earth from space brought a new significance to the truth of many familiar biblical texts.” You can look inside the book here.
Click here to see more images of God’s creation from space: What Would It Look Like to Orbit the Earth?.
This Sunday night I’m speaking on Psalm 6 and the topic of depression. This psalm can serve as a balm, encouragement and exhortation to anyone in the throws of great sadness, depression and despair. In preparation for this Sunday – or if you would like more materials on depression, I would encourage you with the following.
1. Insanity and Spiritual Songs in the Soul of a Saint. This is a biography of William Cowper, a great poet and hymn-writer who was also a friend of John Newton (the writer of “Amazing Grace”). William Cowper dealt with depression all of his life, and this biography can help us to see God’s grace in the midst of such difficulty.
2. Come Weary Saints CD. This album, produced by Sovereign Grace Ministries, is geared towards helping believers focus on God’s goodness in the midst of suffering and sadness.
3. Pilgrim’s Progress. John Bunyan wrote this book hundreds of years ago, writing of the journey that a Christian has on his way to Heaven. John Bunyan, one who dealt with depression for at least 8 years, writes of despair in this book.
4. Christians Get Depressed Too. This is a short book dealing with the complexities of depression in the Christian life.
Maybe you’re following along with my Psalms and James series at Ventura and would like to learn more about these books of the Bible. Or, maybe you just want some good book/commentary recommendations. Here is a list of books that I’m utilizing as tools for my sermon series:
1) Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, Psalms 1-72 by Derek Kidner
2) Psalms by Peter Steveson
3) Psalms – The Prayer Book of the Bible by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (This is a small booklet. It is a very easy read and very encouraging to help us see the gospel in Psalms.)
1) The Bible Speaks Today, The Message of James by J.A. Motyer (This is a commentary that reads like a devotional book.)
2) Pillar New Testament Commentary, The Letter of James by Douglas J. Moo