Friday, August 17, 2007

Excellent Reading

Two books that everyone should read are Passion Driven Sermon by Jim Shaddix and Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy.

Don't think that Passion Driven Sermon is only for pastors. This book will benefit church members as well. Shaddix does an excellent job of distinguishing between preaching that focuses on "good stuff" as opposed to "God stuff". This is not a homiletic "how-to" book on preaching. The book does not discuss outlines, introductions, alliterations, illustrations, and conclusions. The thesis of Passion Driven Sermon is this:
"Preaching - and the sermons that express it - must be driven by a passion for the glory of God. Admittedly, it's a narrow perspective that goes against the grain of much preaching practice today. But narrow is not always bad."
Tony Dungy's Quiet Strength is the best sports book I have ever read. I have always respected Dungy. Now I'm a fan! Tony Dungy is not defined by football; rather, he is a man devoted to serving God. Read how he closes his book. Then find a copy and read the entire thing!
Building a legacy - not necessarily on the field but in those places that most people will never see. Trying to be faithful in the position God has given me. I love coaching football, and winning a Super Bowl was a goal I've had for a long time. But it has never been my purpose in life.

My purpose in life is simply to glorify God...I coach football [but] I want to help people see the path to eternal life through Christ, to enjoy an abundant life now, and to fulfill their God-given purpose here.

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