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Monday, March 06, 2006

Some of the books that continue to impact me no matter how many times I return to them: Richard Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament Eugene Peterson, Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work and Working the Angles Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth: the Gospel As Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy, The Spirit of the Disciplines, and Renovation of the Heart Gordon Fee, God's Empowering Presence Leonard Allen, The Cruciform Church Philip Yancey, Disappointment With God N. T. Wright, Following Jesus Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies Luke Timothy Johnson, The Writings of the New Testament and Living Jesus - - - - Hope many of you are going to the Tulsa workshop. When you check out the schedule, notice that Friday night the speakers are Max Lucado and Bob Russell (with Zoe leading worship). Max and Bob are the ministers for the largest Church of Christ and Christian Church, respectively, but their influence has gone way beyond those two good churches--Oak Hills Church in San Antonio and Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. It will be quite a night.


  • I would add:

    Sarah Sumner, Men and Women in the Church
    Robert McGee, The Search for Significance
    Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
    John Stott, The Cross of Christ
    Philip Yancey, Church: Why Bother?
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
    Fred B. Craddock, Preaching
    Andrew Murray, On Prayer
    Edwin H. Friedman, Generation to Generation
    Jim Cymbala, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
    Samuel Chadwick, The Path of Prayer
    Samuel Chadwick, The Way to Pentecost
    Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
    Kathleen Norris, Amazing Grace
    Kathleen Norris, The Cloister Walk
    Stephen King, On Writing
    Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963
    William Manchester, American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964
    Wiliam Manchester, Goodbye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War
    Anton Myrer, The Last Convertible

    That's all I have to say about that.

    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 3/06/2006 07:37:00 AM  

  • Oops, don't want Jack Lewis or Carrol Osburn to think they wasted their time on me.


    Greek New Testament, Fourth Revised Edition
    Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia quae antea cooprantibus A. Alt, O EiBfeldt, P. Kahle ediderat R. Kittel

    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 3/06/2006 07:47:00 AM  

  • Steve - What about that great commentary on the “Full “Amour” of God?”

    Sorry Mike. Inside Bible Camp joke.

    By Blogger cwinwc, at 3/06/2006 07:54:00 AM  

  • I love to see Oak Hills is still associated with the CoC. Max has done so much for the Church. I remember him speaking on unity in the church as a whole at Promise
    Keepers in D.C. and at the same time being crucified by one sect of the coC. I am in Abilene because he told me his heart was formed at ACU. I pray that God will give Max and all men and women who stand up for Christ a Spirit of peace.

    By Blogger Clint, at 3/06/2006 08:06:00 AM  

  • Steve - Well of course. That was assumed. And, of course Synopsis Quattuar Evangeliorum from Osborne's Greek Seminar in Synoptics!

    By Blogger Mike, at 3/06/2006 08:08:00 AM  

  • Big, big, amen for Buechner's book. It remains the best book I've read on preaching.

    So the sermon hymn comes to a close with a somewhat unsteady amen, and the organist gestures the choir to sit down. Fresh from breakfast with his wife and children and a quick runthrough of the Sunday papers, the preacher climbs the steps to the pulpit with his sermon in his hand. He hikes his black robe up at the knee so he will not trip over it on the way up. His mouth is a little dry. He has cut himself shaving. He feels as if he has swallowed an anchor. If it weren’t for the honor of the thing, he would just as soon be somewhere else.

    In the front pews the old ladies turn up their hearing aids, and a young lady slips her six year old a Lifesaver and a Magic Marker. A college sophomore home for vacation, who is there because he was dragged there, slumps forward with his chin in his hand. The vice-president of a bank who twice that week has seriously contemplated suicide places his hymnal in the rack. A pregnant girl feels the life stir inside her. A high-school math teacher, who for twenty years has managed to keep his homosexuality a secret for the most part even from himself, creases his order of service down the center with his thumbnail and tucks it under his knee . . .

    The preacher pulls the little cord that turns on the lectern light and deals out his note cards like a riverboat gambler. The stakes have never been higher. Two minutes from now he may have lost his listeners completely to their own thoughts, but at this minute he has them in the palm of his hand. The silence in the shabby church is deafening because everybody is listening to it. Everybody is listening including even himself. Everybody knows the kind of things he has told them before and not told them, but who knows what this time, out of the silence, he will tell them.

    Let him tell them the truth.

    By Blogger Jared Cramer, at 3/06/2006 08:11:00 AM  

  • I am so glad that Max Lucado (even with their name change) accepts his Church of Christ heritage to come and speak at a workshop for the churches of Christ.

    Some people think he has rejected the Church of Christ to do whatever he wants with Oak Hills, but I think this is great to hear that he is still a part of "us".

    By Blogger Big Mike Lewis, at 3/06/2006 09:01:00 AM  

  • If Jesus Came to My House
    by Joan G. Thomas

    Latimer read this book to me and I love it!!

    By Blogger Beverly, at 3/06/2006 09:16:00 AM  

  • Regarding your book list...

    Some time back you mentioned "The Emotionally Healthy Church" by Peter Scazzero. I'm glad you did. Perhaps it doesn't rise to the level of many of the works on your list and the lists of others, but it does speak to many of the most pressing needs of churches large and small throughout the land.

    By Blogger Bill, at 3/06/2006 09:21:00 AM  

  • I'm seriously considering going.

    By Blogger Ahnog, at 3/06/2006 09:25:00 AM  

  • I am a college aged person who is hoping to make my first Tulsa Workshop. It sounds like an exciting event and I think this year will be a well remembered event with lots of potential to learn about God and how He works. Also it presents a great oppurtunity to praise God in song with some wonderful praise leaders.

    By Blogger CFOURMAY, at 3/06/2006 10:36:00 AM  

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    By Blogger CFOURMAY, at 3/06/2006 11:05:00 AM  

  • Any thoughts out there on the Oak Hills church plant in the Austin area piping Max in via satellite on Sundays? I've heard nothing but good, but a few have said it's still a "little odd" delivering a sermon that way.

    By Blogger KentF, at 3/06/2006 11:30:00 AM  

  • When I returned from 30 years on Mars [read Mexico City and other locations within the Republic] what did I find, much to my delight, but a whole bevvy of bright, upwards thinking preachers in the Churches of Christ. Names I'd never heard until I returned from my 30-year sojourn in Latin America; Mike Cope, Max Lucado, Rubel Shelley, Rick Atchley, Jeff Walling, et al.

    What a joy to hear them and now they are all going to be together in the Tulsa Workshops, plus others of their ilk and deep love for our LORD.

    How I wish I could attend, but tight purse strings for the next few months just will not permit travel expenses. But prayers need no passports, nor airline tickets, nor hotel reservations. So I'll be traveling with y'all in prayer, believe me!!

    As far as books are concerned, plus many listed, may I add that of course I'm addicted to Max's writings, Mike's, and Rubel's, also Philip Yancey's including The Jesus I Never Knew - as well as his two books co-authored with Dr. Paul Brand, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image - Philip Edgcumbe Hughes The Book of the Revelation - as well as most everything written by C S Lewis - and Theresa McKenna's The Hidden Mission Field. Full list too long to set down here.

    However, I really need to add how much I enjoy browsing through some of my Dad's OLD reference books, only because they were his and due to my inordinate love of 'old' books. Many of the ideas set down in these books bring me to a revisiting of my childhood. Fortunately, [in some ways, sadly] since I'm a recovering legalist, PTL, these books no longer represent most of my beliefs, nor do they bring me to a closer relationship with Jesus. But they do bring sweet reminders of my dad. Memories just too dear to totally abandon.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 3/06/2006 11:31:00 AM  

  • Aiyeeeee! Forgivve me Dr. O for that omission.

    Thanks Mike.

    And to my friend Cecil - time for you to make a craft, isn't it?

    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 3/06/2006 11:35:00 AM  

  • I don't know about an Austin plant from Oak Hills, but Journey Fellowship is an Oak Hills satellite church in San Antonio. You can visit their web site here.


    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 3/06/2006 11:46:00 AM  

  • I just bought my first 2 Ann Lamott books, Byrd by Byrd, and Traveling Mercies and am anxious to read them both.

    By Blogger Tammy M., at 3/06/2006 12:03:00 PM  

  • CFOURMAY, be sure to take part in Memorial Drive's activities for college students during the workshop, including a bonfire Friday night and another worship time Saturday night. The college student presence at the Workshop is growing steadily and there are some great things put together for that community. (At least I'm pretty sure they'll be doing these things again this year.)

    By Blogger Cary, at 3/06/2006 12:12:00 PM  

  • Thanks for the list, Mike!

    By Blogger Lawrence B, at 3/06/2006 02:31:00 PM  

  • Are you telling us that you've read GOD'S EMPOWERING PRESENCE more than once? It's 900 pages!

    I would add THE JESUS I NEVER KNEW by Philip Yancey and NOT THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE by Cornelius Plantinga.

    And I'll proudly be at Tulsa this year -- teaching no less!

    By Blogger john alan turner, at 3/07/2006 09:41:00 AM  

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