What I’m Reading Right Now

I’ve just begun a new weekly post on my blog: What I’m Reading Right Now and this is a pretty good time to kick it off since I’ve jumped into some harder books that I’m slowly working through.

So here’s everything I’m reading right now:

Watership Down by Richard Adams (I was supposed to read this in 6th grade but I ended up hating it. I picked it up again and actually like it)

The Institutes of Christian Religion by John Calvin (yeah, the Insitutes… It’s a (tiny) bit less hard than I thought)

World of Psychology (I’m reading this for school and it’s not exactly a fun read!)

Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra (also for school, but insanely fun…you MUST get it)

Survival Wisdom & Know-How (really cool outdoor survival book)

 

Romans (it is a book, right?)

Patriots by James Wesley Rawles (a really good, super detailed TEOTWAWKI novel)

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson (AMAZING!! I’ve read the entire thing like 10 times)

As you can see, I don’t read one book at a time!  And that keeps it fun so I don’t have to stick with one book at a time.

What are you reading?  Post it in the comments!

 

Can’t Hide Good News: Romans 1:16a

From the title, you’ll note I said Romans 1:16a.  Next post deals with part b (why do I suddenly feel like a textbook author?).  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes

The gospel is not something to be ashamed (don’t mention embarrassed) of, because it is the way you are given salvation.

Being ashamed of spreading the gospel makes exactly zero sense.  Then, Paul explains why:  it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.  It is the means by which one is saved.  Man, that sounds as stuffy as my history textbook.  Let me put it this way:  the gospel is how you can get saved.  Much better.  The gospel of Jesus is the way to God.

It is the way to eternal life.

Okay, step back.

Why would you be ashamed of the very thing that gives life to the world?

Ashamed of telling others of Jesus’ death for them?

Ashamed of explaining where you’ll land if you put your trust in Him?

The gospel is so awesome, so indescribable, so wonderful (all those formerly super descriptive words now are worth 2 cents!) that it makes no sense to hide it from everyone.

Let’s step back again.

What does gospel mean?  Good news!  If you have good news, you won’t hide it inside yourself and keep it away.

Jesus’ death and resurrection bring us home with Him.  They free us from our chains.  They give us freedom, they secure our eternal relationship with Him.

You just can’t hide something as cool as that.