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The middle ages and Reformation began a conversation about truth, beauty, and goodness. Modernity and postmodernism tragically interrupted that conversation, and modern Evangelicalism has often simply echoed the hollowness of our modern culture. But we can do better.

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The modern view of the world is empty and lifeless, nothing more than a bunch of matter in motion, with life by the thousandth chance emerging from chaos. The modern world, as a result, can only conceive of progress as more efficiency, more technology, more domination.

In stark contrast to this, Christianity presents a glorious vision for culture, and the vision of a world with truth, beauty, and goodness built into the very molecules of the universe.

Medieval and Protestant Christianity began a conversation about truth, beauty, and goodness, but secularism ended the conversation mid-sentence. Sadly many Christians, while continuing to believe in the Gospel have become just as blind to the beauty of the universe and the need for a culture in which that beauty is recognized and cultivated.

This book sketches a vision of Medieval Protestantism, covering such diverse topics as creeds, poetry, history, the church, feasting, and storytelling as they are to be found in the Christian faith alone.

 

Christians think that making fun of people is never okay. If so, then why did Jesus and the prophets do so much of it?

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Satire is a kind of preaching. Satire pervades Scripture. Satire treats the foibles of sinners with a less than perfect tenderness. But if a Christian employs satire today, he is almost immediately called to account for his "insensitive" and "unloving" behavior. But is the Golden Rule really "be nice"? Actually, Scripture shows that the central point of some religious controversies is to give offense. When Christ was confronted with ecclesiastical obstinacy and other forms of arrogance, He showed us a godly pattern for giving offense.

In every controversy godliness and wisdom (or the lack of them) are to be determined by careful appeal to the Scriptures and not the fact of people having taken offense. In this book, veteran satirist Douglas Wilson explains his rationale for why so much of what he says gets people upset and yet he continues to speak as he does, and why you should (sometimes) too for the sake of the Gospel.

"When Nehemiah was leading the Jews in their project of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, the enemies of Israel mocked them and said, “It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words” (Neh. 6:6).

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Today we see a culture that is increasingly hostile to Christians, and Christians are increasingly aware that they need to form strong communities to do for them what the culture no longer can. This is a good  thing, but it will only work if like Nehemiah and his men we are committed to resisting the dictates of our culture. If we are at all afraid of looking like the crazy fundamentalists that our culture loves to hate, then our communities will be as easily led by the culture as anybody else.

In this short book, Pastor Douglas Wilson describes some of the most important ways to create and maintain counter-cultural Christian communities. Whether he is talking about the need for kids to get calluses or for love and loyalty within churches, Douglas Wilson brings decades of on-the-ground wisdom and experience to the topic.

A city without walls is not really a city; neither is a city without a church at the center. Get busy. Build the walls, fight sin, love your family and church, and live out the Gospel."

 


A Primer on Worship and Reformation

You Say You Want a Reformation?

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It is no secret that our world desperately needs change. Politicians know this and use it to collect votes. Journalists exploit it to sell newspapers and magazines. Advertisers, to sell everything else. Each of these groups (and countless others) spend their lives working to convince others that they hold the key to a better country, a better life, a better future.

But what exactly is this change we all long for? And how can it ever come about? A Primer on Worship and Reformation proposes that true change begins, not with a process or an idea, but through faithful worship. To witness true global change—true reformation—we must first pray the Lord that we would see worship at the center of life. The truth is that when the Word is faithfully preached, even the gates of hell tremble. When the Psalms are sung, the meek inherit the earth. When the church celebrates at the Lord's Table, those who mourn are comforted.

If we learn these lessons and believe them to be true, we will find that through renewed worship God brings change to every facet of our lives.

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Great book packed with nuggets of biblical and practical wisdom.

A great book packed with nuggets of biblical and practical wisdom. The first chapter spends time discussing concepts from Shakespeare that were meant to give understanding to the content of the book. I feel this was unnecessary - the book's wisdom stood on its own. Otherwise, it was an excellent book that we will be using for leadership development at our church going forward.

Practical Application, finally!

The author's introduction says it all - our parental toolbelts are fashioned after the best systematic theology, yet lacking in good tools.

Super helpful!

A much needed wrestling with of the topic that encouraged my soul

A welcome guide in unwelcoming times….

Naselli’s book is a breath of fresh air in an era of “post-scamdemic” vitriol. Never has reading God’s Word well been of more importance for Americans than our current age. Brother Naselli offers wise guidance to the Church on what sort of reading habits are more likely to bear fruit than others. Thank you, Canon Press, for publishing this treasure.

The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts (2nd Ed)

I liked the title. It seems to fit the content.

Joe did a good job explaining his assessment and solution for leadership with men. The beginning starts out a bit slow and difficult to really grab hold of the plot, but as you keep reading it starts to fit in place.

Perfect title for the commentary at hand.

Doug does a very good job explaining how he came to the understanding of text as he goes through the entire book line by line.

Single and Satisfied: A Grace-Filled Calling for the Unmarried Woman

SUPER BOOK!

I have read and reread this several times. I have also heard Dr. Rigney speak on it too. This book is a MUST read for all who are in leadership. But it is also a MUST read for all church members, parents, teachers, and students. So basically everyone should read this. Our men at our church are reading it this summer and I expect it will have a great impact on our church. Thank you for the great book.

Very fitting and relevant to the context

I thoroughly enjoyed this book on the app so I purchased it. I've been giving it away as a gift to friends that have boys

Insightful book

I appreciate Joe Rigney’s perspective on the “both/and” of this topic.

Loved it. Biblical and practical. Would highly recommend!

Leadership and Emotional Sabotage: Resisting the Anxiety That Will Wreck Your Family, Destroy Your Church, and Ruin the World

Necessary Call to Faithful Leadership

I have passed this out to all my elders, many future elders, and even led a local group of automotive dealership leaders through this book.
If only someone could get a copy of this into every pastor, businessman, and politican, we would turn this sinking ship of a nation around.

Great Book

We bought for all the elders at our church, and then bought another 20 copies for our wives and other people in the church.

Biblical, practical, and addresses our current situation.

Leadership and Emotional Sabotage: Resisting the Anxiety That Will Wreck Your Family, Destroy Your Church, and Ruin the World

One of the Most Important Books on Christian Leadership

I'm going to be recommending this book to a lot of pastors, fathers, and Christian leaders. Biblical, insightful, and impactful.

A Must Read for Church Leadership

This book is worthy of a formal review. But for this purpose, I will only say that this is a must read for any in church leadership. I intend to take my elders and deacons through it for years to come.

Practically though, anyone I believe would benefit from the simple and practical lessons communicated in classic Rigney style.

Read and enjoy and read again.

ND Wilson spins a fascinating story in league with the fantasy greats. It's a series I can feel good about handing to my kids, highly recommend!

Insightful and instructive!

Every Christian leader must read this book! From fathers in the home to pastoral leaders, Rigney’s work provides insight into the methods of sabotage that faithful leaders will encounter. In addition to exposing the problems, Rigney provides solutions and guidance to help leaders remain calm, focused, and resolved to lead the way God has called.

Leadership and Emotional Sabotage: Resisting the Anxiety That Will Wreck Your Family, Destroy Your Church, and Ruin the World

Do yourself a favor and pick this book up!

I absolutely love this book! My reading life was changed for the better a few years ago after reading Adler's How to Read a Book and I was actually close to giving it a reread when this came out. After reading this, I am convinced that this is a better read, especially as a Christian, and it sums up in a more succinct way what Adler was communicating. I also think it gives more helpful and practical advice for the average reader that will help them jumpstart their love of reading or will strengthen the joy the seasoned reader has.

I recommend this to anyone. I read portions of it aloud to my wife and kids and we had great discussions on how to build our reading skills and get more out of our time in good books and more importantly the Bible.

Godly, Manly Leadership is Needed

This book is excellent! We need Godly, manly leadership now more than ever and this book will help us as men to uncover the things that weigh us down and hinder us from being able to fulfill what God has for us as men.

My Wife Loved it!

I bought this for my wife for Mother's Day and she has thoroughly enjoyed it. Every so often she shared snippets from the book (as she was reading it) and expressed gratitude for the wisdom she learned from it. She also reflected on the grace that God showed her through our years as parents and realized that today is always a good day to learn something new on parenting by God's promises. We're both grateful for the way that God uses others to sharpen us through good books. Thank you Rachel!