Wednesday, February 13, 2008

We've Been Memed...

Thanks to OneMom, a fellow Michigander, homeschooler, blogger, and Huckabee supporter, we have been tagged to participate in a meme. The rules are as follows:
  1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating!
  2. Find Page 123.
  3. Read the first 5 sentences.
  4. Post the next 3 sentences.
  5. Tag 5 people.
On the filing cabinet beside my desk, I had a stack of over 10 books:
  • Roberts Rules of Order
  • Holy Bible
  • The Moral Compass, by William Bennett
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper
  • Conquering The Fear of Death, by Spiros Zodhiates
  • The Year-Round Church Event Book, by Elmer Towns and Stan Toler
  • The Last Christian Generation by Josh McDowell
  • 2007 Minister's Tax and Financial Guide by Dan Busby
  • Fresh Ideas by Diana Davis
  • The Journey, published by God's Bible School
  • Fresh Power by Jim Cymbala
I'll quote from Fresh Power:
"Part of our problem is that we have developed a religious industry whose machinery runs smoothly without any need of the Holy Spirit. A. W. Tozer once commented that if God were to take the Holy Spirit out of this world, most of what the church is doing would go right on, and nobody would know the difference. We have become set in our ways -- but they are not the ways of God's blessing and power."
Now, who shall I tag to keep this going?
Thanks for participating.


OneMom said...

Interesting stack of books there. I haven't read McDowell's "The Last Christian Generation", what's you're opinion on it? The last book by him that I read was "The New Tolerance" ... I found that book (sadly) spot-on and growing more true everyday.

I'm glad you enjoyed the little game of internet tag.

Chris & Esther Hilling said...

I actually have not read The Last Christian Generation yet. It came greatly recommended by some friends. I heard Josh speak a few months ago, and he said it was the hardest book he has ever written. The last Christian generation is not the young people of this generation, it is their parents. The first half of the book is filled with lots of data and research about young people's distorted views of Christianity, truth, reality, and the church. Josh said he couldn't have written the book if he couldn't offer hope. The second half of the book deals with some ways we can change our parenting/teaching/ministry styles to help our youth rebuild a true foundation for their faith.

OneMom said...

I will need to read McDowell's book. Personally, I think hope for the next generation will come from our homeschoolers ... they are developing a christian worldview that encompasses every part and day of their lives (not just sundays and wednesdays). Homeschoolers will lead the way.