Last month I read David Teems new biography of William Tyndale. A easy well-written biography that tells the story of 16th century martyr William Tyndale (1492-1536) who was the first person to translate the Bible into English. (Technically John Wycliffe was first, over a hundred year earlier, but that was in Middle English and had a limited influence on Tyndale’s translation and our Bibles today). On the other hand, much in our Bibles today (and the English language!) come directly from William Tyndale: phrases like “the author and finisher of our faith” and “I am the way, the truth, and the life” or “In my father’s house are many mansions” “seek and ye shall find” “Let not your hearts not be troubled” and on and on and on. Scholars estimate that 90% of the New Testament and 50% of the Old Testament come from Tyndale’s translation. This is all the more amazing when you consider that Tyndale did all this while on the run for his life from the church!! David Teems does a good job of keeping things moving and easy to follow. It’s quite a story including Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Desiderius Erasmus, Martin Luther and the ruthless and psychotic (in his obsession with capturing and burning Tyndale) Thomas More. William Tyndale a true hero for all time and eternity. (Come in the store and mention this post and get 20% off this book!)
Millions of people around the world, children and adults alike, don’t have clean water to drink, let alone for bathing or cooking. In many areas, it’s impossible for Bible translators to work because water is so unavailable.
No one can live without fresh, clean water. Where translators are able to work at all, their work is slowed down by the ceaseless quest, the desperate need, for clean water.
This is far more than just a problem for translation teams, however. Accessing clean water is a life-or-death struggle for multitudes of the people we are trying to reach with God’s Word—and many are losing this battle.
“It’s hard to share the hope of the gospel when they’re dying of physical thirst.” said one of Wycliffe’s volunteers.
In 2008, Wycliffe Associates launched Operation Clean Water to provide a solution to the problem that plagues many Bible translation projects – and prevents new ones from starting. Wycliffe Associates mobilizes skilled volunteers with a passion for Bible translation and brings them into the missionaries’ communities. The teams provide innovative solutions to water problems, fixing existing water systems, providing the expertise to build new ones, and training the communities to maintain them. They seek to develop water supplies at existing translation centers and bring clean water to isolated communities as a first step in starting a new translation.
As our missionaries work among people who have so little that life can easily become overwhelming and nearly impossible without a strong dependence on God. It’s hard to grasp a concept of poverty until you meet a real person who doesn’t have food to eat or clean water to drink. As translators demonstrate God’s love by meeting physical needs of the people, their hearts become more open to God’s message of hope through His written Word.
The Corner Bookstore at Calvary is partnering with REACH Global Missions and Wycliffe Associates to supply water for a thirsty world. There are two simple ways that you can be a part of bringing hope through water and the Word.
- When you purchase the “Book of the Week”, all proceeds will go towards supplying the funds for Wycliffe Associates Operation Clean Water partnerships.
- You can also make a direct donation in one of the buckets at The Corner.
Hell is Real (I Just Hate To Admit It) by Brian Jones (published by David C. Cook)
I know this doesn’t exactly sound like a fun book to read, but actually it very much was just that! I (Randy) couldn’t put it down. Jones keeps things interesting with some thoughtful and enlightening personal stories. Jones asks some very pointed questions worth asking like ‘If Hell is real, why don’t I believe it?’ This book is not a response to Rob Bell’s recent book and is not necessarily a defense of the doctrine of hell, but the book really shines when it comes to the closing chapters which are basically, ‘If hell is real, what should I do about it.’ Brian Jones shows some real insight at that point and shares some ideas worth considering. I think you will be happily surprised by his practical well reasoned hard-earned advice. Recommended. (Come in mentioned this post and get %15 off the retail price.)
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Great Somewhat Unknown Books
that Pastor Randy Highly Recommends
A Severe Mercy
(1977), Sheldon Vanauken
Beloved, profoundly moving account of the author’s marriage, the couple’s search for faith and friendship with C. S. Lewis, and a spiritual strength that sustained Vanauken after his wife’s untimely death.
The Gospel According To Job
(1994), Mike Mason
Through this devotional study, the reader discovers that it is all right to doubt, be confused, get angry–in short, to be completely human. From Job we learn that the mark of true faith is not happiness; rather that one’s deepest passions are being engaged by the enormity of God. And through Job, we learn the secret of the gospel: “mercy is the permission to be human.”
A Grace Disguised:
How the Soul Grows Through Loss
(1996, updated 2004), Gerald Sittser
Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter. While most of us will not experience such a catastrophic loss in our lifetime, all of us will taste it. And we can, if we choose, know as well the grace that transforms it.
1. The Pursuit of God (1948), A. W. Tozer
During a train trip from Chicago to Texas in the late 1940s, A.W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit of God. He wrote all night, and when the train arrived at his destination, the rough draft was done. The depth of this book has made it an enduring favorite. Essential.
2. Mere Christianity
(1943), CS Lewis
In 1943 England, when all hope was threatened by the inhumanity of war, Lewis was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. First heard as informal radio broadcasts, the lectures were then published as three books and subsequently combined as Mere Christianity. Total Classic.
3. The Hiding Place
(1971), Corrie ten Boom w/John & Elizabeth Sherrill)
Here is a book aglow with the glory of God and the courage of a quiet Christian spinster whose life was transformed by it. A story of Christ’s message and the courageous woman who listened and lived to pass it along — with joy and triumph!
4. Fearfully & Wonderfully Made
(1980), Philip Yancey and Dr. Paul Brand
Best-selling writer Philip Yancey and renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Brand explore the human body. Join them in a remarkable journey through inner space — a spellbinding world of cells, systems, and chemistry that bears the impress of a still deeper, unseen reality. This Gold Medallion Award-winning book uncovers eternal statements that God has made in the very structure of our bodies, presenting captivating insights into the Body of Christ.
5. The Pursuit Of Man
(1950), A. W. Tozer
Tozer’s profound meditations on God’s pursuit of us will draw you into deeper spiritual fellowship. From God’s continual presence in our lives to a daily, conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit, these powerful essays emphasize the essentials of walking with Christ.
6. The Knowledge Of The Holy
(1961), A. W. Tozer
An Inspiring Classic on the Nature of God, The Knowledge of the Holy illuminates God’s attributes ‘from wisdom, to grace, to mercy’ and shows through prayerful and insightful discussion, how we can more fully recognize and appreciate each of these divine aspects. This book will be treasured by anyone committed to the Christian faith. It bears eloquent witness to God’s majesty and shows us new ways to experience and understand the wonder and the power of God’s spirit in our daily lives.
(1879), J. C. Ryle
Everyone knows that we are called upon to be holy, but what exactly does “holy” mean? and what does “holy” look like? With his trademark candor, J.C. Ryle strips away the gaudy ornamentation that many confuse for holiness, and systematically unfolds the true beauty of what it means to adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. Deep, rich, and penetrating, this timeless classic is quite simply profound.
8. The Shaping of a Christian Family
(1992), Elisabeth Elliot
Elliot tells the story of her childhood to share valuable insights on raising godly children. She talks candidly on parental expectations, emphasizes daily Bible reading and prayer, and shows the benefits of practicing such scriptural principles as trust, discipline, courtesy and teaching by example.
9. Desiring God
(1987), John Piper
John Piper turns your heart toward the one true Object of human desire — God. He shows how fulfilling your duty to delight in Him can change your attitude toward worship, toward marriage, toward material goods, toward your very mission and purpose on earth! Join him on a journey from desperate desire to infinite delight!
10. The Holiness Of God
(1985), R. C. Sproul
Sproul takes you on a journey into the awesome presence of God, and helps you wrestle with the tension that exists between God’s terrifying holiness and his inexplicable grace.