Book Review—In the Shadow of Grace

Reviewed by Jason Button.

In the Shadow of Grace: The Life and Meditations of G. Campbell Morgan. Compiled and edited by Richard Morgan, Howard Morgan & John Morgan. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2007. 144 pages, Paperback. $12.99.

(Review copies courtesy of Baker Books.)
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ISBNs: 9780801068171 / 0801068177

DCN: 242.4

LCCN: BX7260 .M555

Subjects: Devotional, G. Campbell Morgan
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The Uncanny Nature of Love

by Michael Osborne

Parents expecting their second child frequently wonder, Will I ever be able to love the second as much as the first? Not that the first is inherently more lovable. It’s that the first got exclusive love and attention for months or years before the second came along, and the second is born into a world in which he or she shares the parents’ attentions with the osborne_math.jpgfirstborn. And certainly time and resources are limited, and time and resources must be shared. However, love itself does not follow that math.

Love is rooted in the eternal God who is love (1 John 4:8). And love can grow with its object, or objects. J.I. Packer described God’s love as His binding up His happiness with ours. Romans 12:15 instructs us, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep” (KJV). That would be love. First Corinthians says that love “rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth” (13:6). The remainder of the chapter describes love as humble, selfless, and thoughtful toward another person’s interests. Love is happy at someone else’s good (John, who had “no greater joy” than to see his children “walk in truth”—3 John 4) and distressed at someone else’s distress (Epaphroditus, who when sick was actually distressed at other people’s distress over his sickness—Phil. 2:26!).
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Church Planting and Subsidiary Ministries

In The Nick of Time
by Kevin T. Bauder

The work of missions is the work of planting churches. This assertion is supported by the uniform pattern of the New Testament. When the churches of the New Testament commissioned and sent out a member, it was invariably either to plant churches or to assist someone who was planting churches.

Properly speaking, a missionary is a church planter. The missionary’s responsibility is to preach the gospel, baptize those who profess the gospel, train believers in the faith, and organize them into New Testament churches. The missionary’s responsibility is not complete until the churches are fully ordered and self-perpetuating.

In the Bible, the task of the missionary is to plant churches. This responsibility leads to a question: should churches ever send missionaries whose main ministry is something other than church planting? Specifically, should churches ever send missionaries who could not qualify for the office of bishop (for example, female missionaries)?
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Culture Shock or Bathing in Self-Pity

by Jason Stover

It’s the little things on a foreign field that begin to eat away at your psyche. In our area of Poland, all meat is bought and sold over the counter from the butcher, so grabbing a package from the freezer section is out of the question. Therefore, every two or three days, my wife and I are reminded of our status in the language as we struggle to communicate what stover_fuel.jpgkind of meat we would like and how much we want.

Simple trips to the gas station feel like that long walk to the principal’s office—you know, back when principals were feared for the massive paddle hanging on their wall. Most of the time, I rely on a mix of low guttural sounds and complex hand signals to explain what kind of gas and how much to the person filling my tank. When that hurdle is crossed, I walk into the station only to begin the entire process over again, hoping to point out which pump is mine.

We drop our kids off at school each day and choke through a few Polish words with their teacher, but if we’re honest we have no idea what’s going on at their school. The other day each of our boys came home from school with a brand-new toy tractor, and we had no idea why. Did they win a contest we didn’t know about? Did they find buried treasure? Worse, did they knock off a local convenience store?
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Book Review—Sunday

Reviewed by Todd Wood.

Harline, Craig. Sunday: A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl. New York: Doubleday, 2007. Hardcover, 450 pages. $26.00.

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Special Features: Biographical Notes, pp. 383-436, Acknowledgments, Index
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ISBN: 9780385510394

LCCN: BV111.3.H37

DCN: 263.3

Subjects: Sunday, U.S. Social Life & Customs
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God's Amazing Grace

One Woman’s Journey from the Bondage of Abortion to Freedom in Christ

by Colleen Tronson

Entering the abortion clinic’s waiting room for the first time, I found it filled with people sitting on colorful plastic chairs and filling out medical forms. As I crossed the room, not one person made eye contact with me.
tronson_baby.jpgWhen it was time for an abortion, a nurse appeared and called the first name of the next patient. As their names were called, women passed through the windowless double doors alone, leaving behind the friend or loved one who waited to drive them home after the abortion.

After many women were called, it was finally my turn. I went through those doors to a small room where I undressed and sat on the examination table. I was afraid of having the abortion but even more afraid of leaving without having the “procedure” done. I lay back on the table and allowed the abortionist to remove the baby from my womb.

The abortionist used a vacuum suction machine attached to a glass collection bottle located under the table. I cried as the nurse told me to relax, that the abortion would be over soon. My baby died that day. A part of me died, too. It went away through the suction tubing that removed the child from my womb.
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