Books that have caught my eye.
Beyond the Sacred-Secular Divide: A Call to Wholistic Life and Ministry
By Scott D. Allen
A real problem for many in the Church today is a tendency to divide the world into mutually exclusive compartments. One component is labeled “sacred” and has to do with the spiritual life. Everything else goes into a “secular” category. For those who hold this divided view of reality, the consequences are profound. While they may love Jesus as their spiritual savior, they may fail to honor him as Lord over all areas of life. An invisible line divides their personal faith in Christ, their church attendance, worship, prayer life, and Bible study from other areas of life such as their work, leisure time, or care for their physical bodies. Anything that is labeled “secular” is assumed to be of little concern to God. Christianity is narrowed down to a scheme for spiritual salvation. The cross is a ticket to heaven and little more.
This book is offered by the Disciple Nations Alliance, which I have known and appreciated for many years. I helped DNA’s Darrow Miller write the book, Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Cultures. Scott Allen of DNA asked for my endorsement, and I was happy to provide one. Here it is:
In Great Commission ministry, word and deed must go together. Losing one or the other distorts beyond recognition the good news Jesus taught and embodied. Perhaps the greater temptation for Christians today is to emphasize work without word, leading to powerless liberalism. But others among us may think they may have successfully communicated the good news while failing to live it out for those who have not only ears to hear but eyes to see (and stomachs to fill). In any case, missionaries, ministry leaders, pastors, and people in the pews need to absorb and act upon the bracing and potentially life-changing message of this book.