The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel
A friend was so impressed with this book that he bought several of us the book, and we discussed it over a period of weeks. It was well worth the time.
The book is practical (Surround yourself with people who have faith – encouragers.), comforting (God is love; he can’t help but love you.), and challenging (Worry is the opposite of faith. Worry is sin.) It is an excellent book for group discussion because it covers areas that commonly challenge followers of Jesus: guilt, injustice, money, shame, and forgiveness to name a few.
It also speaks at a level appropriate for all believers making it easy to understand and apply.
My notes on this book can be downloaded in MS Word format from the blue “FILES box” in the left side-bar of this blog.
Have you ever read a coupon? I mean real closely, like the fine print stuff. The coupon I’m looking at right now says it has a cash value of 1/100th of a cent. Huh? What can I buy for 1/100th of a cent? However, if I use this coupon for a tub of Breyers ice cream, it’s suddenly worth $6. What makes that difference? It all depends on whether I use the coupon for its intended purpose. When it’s redeemed, it’s worth its greatest value.
I think people are like coupons.
Some of us live our lives at cash value. We don’t use ourselves for our intended purpose. We think, act, and become a fraction of our potential. Or we try to redeem ourselves for the wrong thing or in the wrong way.
But just as a coupon can’t redeem itself, people can’t either. What we need is someone who will allow us to be used for our intended purpose. We need someone who has the knowledge, concern, and ability to redeem us. But who can do such a thing? Who can be our Redeemer?