Brief Mention – July 2006
John Mark Hicks and Bobby Valentine. Kingdom Come: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James Harding. Abilene, Texas: Leafwood, 2006. ISBN 0-9767790-6-4; 222 pages; $14.95; (877) 816-4455.
By considering the lives and works of two leaders in 1906, this book seeks to “reclaim some values” for use a century later. In 12 chapters, the authors provide history and contemporary discussion of practices from doctrine to worship, from communion to prayer. Each chapter ends with discussion questions, a prayer and suggested readings for use in small groups or Bible classes.
Hicks is professor of theology at Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn. Valentine ministers to the Southside Church of Christ, Milwaukee, Wis.
Mark Atteberry. The 10 Dumbest Things Christians Do. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2006. ISBN 0-7852-1148-9; 213 pages; $13,99; (800) 251-4000 or www.thomasnelson.com.
Ever wonder why some leave the church and why others are unmotivated to see the church as insiders do? This book seeks to teach Christians how we harm the church.
Atteberry seeks to explain their point of view in chapters such as “Slinging Mud on the Bride of Christ,” “Hopping from Church to Church,” and “Allowing Wolves to Live Among the Sheep”.
Each chapter contains wise advice on how to avoid these “dumb” things and how to make our congregations and lives less vulnerable to Satan.
Atteberry is minister of the Poinciana Christian Church, Kissimmee, Fla.
Roy Ratcliff with Lindy Adams. Dark Journey, Deep Grace: Jeffrey Dahmer’s Story of Faith. Abilene, Texas: Leafwood, 2006. ISBN 0-9767790-2-1; 176 pages; $13.99; (877) 816-4455.
Roy Ratcliff tells his story of interaction with Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the most notorious killers of the twentieth century, including the story of how he was contacted by Dahmer, who was eventually baptized. Perhaps most chilling about Ratcliff’s story is the silence that came to fill his life when acquaintances identified Ratcliff as “the man who baptized Jeffrey Dahmer.”
Twined into this story are the spiritual insights of a man called to minister in a most unusual circumstance.
Ratcliff is a minister of the Church of Christ in Madison, Wis.
Adams served for 12 years on the staff of The Christian Chronicle.
Phil Ware. What Jesus Did: 365 Devotionals from the Gospel of John. Abilene, Texas: Leafwood, 2006. ISBN 0-9767790-5-6; $9.99; 374 pages; (877) 816-4455.
This one-year devotional study of John uses a brief passage for each day, moving consecutively through the gospel. The book is suitable for gift-giving or for family devotions.
Each passage is followed by a reflection and a prayer. Ware seeks to reveal the “theme of God’s compassionate concern and great deliverance.”
The guide uses the Easy to Read Version of the Bible prepared by the World Bible Translation Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ware is minister of the Southern Hills church in Abilene. He has written daily devotionals for the Heartlight Web site for more than eight years.
July 1, 2006