Reformed Christian Readers book club now open on Who wants to recommend the first book?

The app is now open to everyone. No waitlist. No invitation required. It's like Goodreads only much, much better. I finally have all the books in my office, on my Kindle, and on my phone cataloged and listed for easy reference.

Text from my wife: "The vocabulary and detail with which [our 4-year-old daughter] retells her pilgrim’s progress book [which we read together every night] is incredible."

My response:

“Last Call For Liberty” by Os Guinness is the most insightful commentary on modern American politics and culture I have read.

The entertainment industry embraced expressive individualism long ago. Now, civil authorities at all levels from the federal government to local school boards strive to implement it by force, which puts the true church at direct odds.

“Although the Gentiles know God’s just sentence — that those who practice such things deserve to die — they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them” (Ro 1:32). Does anyone still question the Bible’s relevance?

“God delivered them over in the desires of their hearts” (Ro 1:24). “God delivered them over to disgraceful passions” (Ro 1:26). “God delivered them over to a corrupt mind” (Ro 1:28). He pulls back the restraints he previously had on the people.

“God delivered them over ... to sexual impurity” (Ro 1:24). Our nation’s culture has elevated sexuality to a core part of one’s identity, which makes sense when you realize their concept of identity is base desires. You are what brings you pleasure.

I have sent permission requests to both and I would like to use one of the two in an upcoming Bible commentary, though both of their permission statements explicitly say citing an entire book of the Bible is not allowed. We'll see. I may be using the KJV.

Do you prefer topical sermon series or expository sermon series through entire books of the Bible?

When people lose all regard for the truth, not to mention personal responsibility to their community, the house is bound to collapse.

People will be lovers of self, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2Ti 3:2, 4). Scripture teaches us to expect widespread rebellion against God, where people choose themselves and their felt needs over truth and righteousness.

Do you prefer to read blogs or hear podcasts?

Expressive individualism has a long history. We should hardly be surprised because the Bible addresses its most basic tenet. When Paul speaks of the last days, the first point he makes is that people will be lovers of self (2Ti 3:1, 2).

Humans are naturally selfish, following our desires even if they contradict our God-given purpose. As our sense of obligation to community deteriorates and secular philosophies creep into popular culture, we have everything we need for moral collapse.

Even as we have progressively moved toward an individualistic society, we still see this innate desire for community approval. When teenagers rebel against their parents and communities, they always seek out like-minded people—online or elsewhere.

Just the thought of being excluded from his family leads Cain to cry out, “My punishment is too great to bear!” (Ge 4:13). Though he elevated his selfish desires above his brother’s life, he still thinks of himself first as a community member.

For most of human history, the predominant culture has been one of honor/shame. While sinners have always been preoccupied with self to some degree or another, most people have not seen themselves as independent individuals but as members of a community.

The founders understood our freedom required a certain level of morality to maintain the system they built. Despite being an individualistic society, they correctly assumed it could only work if society held a reasonable degree of morality.

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