Saturday, July 16, 2005

The Significance of Reading

By Alexander Samuels

Those of you who frequent this blog know that I am a great fan of reading. I often recommend books that I hope you will consider reading. The majority of these books are, of course, Christian because I am interested in . . . deepening your relationship with Christ. Developing good reading skills is a lifelong process. My hope is that by familiarizing ourselves with various Christian writers, we become more knowledgeable in our reading of the Scriptures. One of the greatest problems in our churches is the "dumbing down" of Christianity because so many adults lack the reading skills to properly understand what the Bible is saying. Too many of our church members are put to sleep while reading its contents. John Piper recently wrote an excellent article titled "A Compelling Reason for Rigorous Training of the Mind."

Don't let the title frighten you. The article is only about a page and a half, so it is quick reading but a very compelling argument for the lifelong development of reading skills. Seriously, take a moment to click this link and read something that will challenge you in your Christian walk.


At Monday, July 18, 2005 12:35:00 PM, Anonymous Michael Van Patter said...

I have read this article before and agree with you, Mickey, about the need for a challenge such as this. I have heard people say that they don't want to fill up their heads with knowledge because that would keep them from EXPERIENCING God...that all the information would keep them at a distance. I think that is foolishness, because the more we know who God is, the more fully we are able to love and worship Him. So, then, it is a good thing to study God's Word and the works of other Christian authors, in order that we would have a clearer and bigger picture of who God is, and in turn would be drawn to love and know Him in a deeper way. So thanks for the challenge.

At Monday, July 18, 2005 1:05:00 PM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...

Thanks for stopping by, Michael. It's good to have you here and hope you'll come back often and leave comments when you feel led.

I want to give credit where credit is due: Although I post everything here on Carolina Christian Conservative, this post and its accompanying challenge was written by my faithful contributor and resident bookaholic Alexander Samuels. Over the past few months, Alex has done an excellent job of bringing to our attention many good, thought-provoking books written by Christian authors. I look forward to many more of his recommendations and hope you will, too.


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