One of the greatest books that Chuck Colson ever wrote was his 1987 Loving God. The book is a lucidly written page-turner with one chapter leading into the next with the perfect set up to entice the reader to continue. Great subject matter does that. But Colson and his co-author bring their talents to bear in a marvelous way to produce a book that nurtures and informs the soul. You will love it.
This morning I am preparing to preach a Saturday night message in one of our church plants and in my preparation ran across this quote from the book on the difference between Christianity and every other religion.
“Understanding this is crucial, for it distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. The Christian faith rests not merely upon great teachings or philosophies, not upon the charisma of a leader, not upon the success in raising moral values, not upon the skill of eloquence or good works of its advocates. If it did, it would have no more claim to authority than the sayings of Confucius or Mao or Buddha or Mohammed or any of a thousand cults. Christianity rests on historic truth. Jesus lived, died, and rose from the dead to be Lord of all – not just in theory or fable, but in fact”
Loving God, Charles Colson. (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1987), p. 38.
May your joy be deep this weekend as you contemplate the FACTS of the birth, life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of the Living Lord of History. Sometime soon I am going to get this one off the shelf and read it again for the gems of wisdom between its covers.