Saturday, February 25, 2012

Drawing For A Free Book

Please enter a drawing for a free copy of "Healing Your Church Hurt" by Stephen Mansfield recently reviewed on the blog here: The publishers, Barna an imprint of Tyndale Publishers, have provided me a free certificate that I will mail  to you which you can redeem for the free book.

You can enter by simply responding with a comment to this blog post saying "Enter me" or letting me know privately by email. You will be given additional chances in the drawing by stating that you 1) Told someone who might like books or other pastors about this blog (Honor system --I don't have to know who you told), 2) Like "The Reagan Review" on Facebook, or 3) become a follower of the blog if you have a google email account or just follow by email if you don't. You can let me know about #2 or #3 even if you have already been following for a while.

Please respond by 12 Noon, Thursday, March 1, 2012. I will notify the winner to get your mailing address at that time.

Best Wishes,

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Man With Books--Guest Blogger Alicia Reagan

I'm excited to present a guest blog by my wife, Alicia Reagan. We came up with the idea to guest blog  for each other recently. She is the one who encouraged me to start this blog. She even designed the template and taught me how to publish a post. She is rather experienced herself having her own popular blog. Her blog has a far larger readership than mine, and I am truthfully thankful for how the Lord is using her.

The original idea for this article was a humorous one on the constantly expanding number of books in our home. What she has given me is not the humorous one we discussed, but one overly kind and generous in a few spots. So please read this with a few gallons of salt and a forbearing spirit as she is obviously blinded by love. Vice that it is, I can't bring myself to find fault.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Guest Blogs and More

Yesterday we had our first guest blogger. I have 2 more lined up for the weeks ahead. I have more blogs planned myself, but I love the privilege of having these guests. Within a few weeks I will also be having a drawing for a free book. 

I had the opportunity of guest blogging myself on my wife's blog. I was able to write something I had on my heart and loved the opportunity. Here's the link:

Plus here's another link to some news that was finally picked up in secular outlets. I'm so glad to see this:

Thanks for reading my blog.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Handling Criticism-- A Blog I Read

I find myself reading more blogs. I've read some good things from people I know nothing about. In a 2 minute mental break from studying, I find reading a blog post refreshing. Plus, in a few paragraphs I might think about something that I wouldn't have time reading a whole book on.

Here's one worthy of sharing: Again, I know nothing about the person writing this blog. I don't know about you, but that doesn't worry me at all. We need to be careful about what I once heard called "academic inbreeding," and anyway, discernment should not be that hard to come by for the Bible student who loves Jesus Christ. 

In the link above he discusses a sermon he heard about handling critiques leveled against you. It's rather convicting. We would all like to throw it out if it weren't so blatantly scriptural. I wonder what difference this biblical approach to something we all find distasteful would make. Likely, we'd have a profound impact on our churches, ministries, and, of course, our personal lives.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Forgiveness by Harold Vaughan and T.P. Johnston

Here's a great book on a timely subject. It can't quite live up to its subtitle "How To Get Along With Everybody All The Time!", but then again, no book could. It does, however, thoroughly and convincingly cover  Biblical teaching on the subject. Forgiveness, or the lack thereof, is one of the biggest problems today in my observation. Perhaps because its so easy to not forgive, so common, and such a habit. It is a "respectable" sin in that someone even in the best Christian circles would take much more flack for allowing a cuss word to slip, or be caught smoking, and so on, than being filled to the brim with unforgiveness. Yet if we viewed the matter in terms of what the Lord spoke the most about needing our greatest emphasis, unforgiveness would vault to the top of the list of sins we'd better take care of today.

The subject matter divides into 3 sections: a) granting forgiveness, b) seeking forgiveness, and c) enjoying forgiveness. The book begins tackling the question "Why should I forgive?" and its arguments are unanswerable.   
The key argument is that being at odds with others puts me at odds with Jesus Christ. If you consider yourself a dedicated Christian, or at least desire to be one, that is catastrophic! Then there's a thorough explanation of what forgiveness actually is. It quickly dispenses with the bizarre idea that someone must ask me for my forgiveness before I can grant it. Jesus declaring from the agonies of His cross, "Father forgive them...", forever settles that question. 

Think of this statement: "Unforgiveness is a two-way street. If you decide to put someone in debtor's prison, God will do the same to you!" If more people could see this truth, it would finally explain for them why their lives are so joyless despite possessing Christ's forgiveness. What we think is trials and problems weighing our lives down may need an entirely different diagnosis. Chapter 4 expertly takes us through the process of what unforgiveness does in our lives. It is a journey through bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, and finally, malice. I wonder if this destination makes us a much more grotesque sight than the one who originally did us wrong.

The whole book gives wise counsel and is thoroughly based on Scripture. You can look at these and other materials at where other books and downloadable sermons are available. I highly recommend this book, especially if you know in your heart you need it.