The Pastor’s Justification, by Jared Wilson.
Jared Wilson’s blog is a good source of gospel-saturation, and I’m looking forward to his new stuff directed toward the pastoral ministry. The pastor is tempted to find his “justification” in many things: ministry success, congregation approval, likable-ness, numbers, converts, budgets, church plants– you name it. The obvious but elusive solution to this problem is the gospel, and specifically, the idea that our justification is certain and fixed in the mind of God.
“For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends” (2 Cor. 10:18). In other words, the ultimate aim of every pastor (and every Christian) is the be faithful in the eyes of the Lord, and the rest in the fact that his commendation means everything. I think I will be helped by the book.
It’s going to be released July 31st, but I’ve already pre-ordered it.
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem, by Kevin Deyoung.
Kevin DeYoung is an emerging voice that is worth listening to. Hopefully, he’ll be around for a while serving the church with his writing gifts. DeYoung seems to recognize problems in the church and write to help. He’s a practioner–laboring to shepherd his local church in the everyday–which means that his writing is forged in the fires of real ministry difficulty. Far from ivory-tower academia DeYoung writes to real people. The Hole in Our Holiness was written in the midst of a big and popular discussion on the nature of sanctification. Many of his other books are about the nature and purpose of the church (Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion, Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be, What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission). The “really big problem” DeYoung aims to address here is busy-ness, which, I imagine, everyone struggles with. His clarity of thought will help me think through this important issue and hopefully develop good habits.
This one will be released September 30th, 2013.