Redeeming Reads

The End of Me/Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins

Finish this sentence: Jesus became real when……

     Author Kyle Idelman posted this on Facebook and received hundreds of responses.  Some general in nature and some more specific.  One particular response, though, seemed to capture them all.  Jesus became real when….I came to the end of me. Idleman examines Jesus’s teachings in the Sermon on the Mount to illustrate the real path to abundant life at the end of me.

     Bobbe Hinsman thoroughly enjoyed this book and describes it as a powerful. She shares that if we can embrace how Christ works in our very real and sometimes pain filled lives, we can deepen in our faith.

     Kyle Idelman is Senior Pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY.  He is a best-selling author of several books that are available through most book sellers.

God and the Pandemic

AUTHOR:  N.T. Wright

     Have you wondered if God is judging the world? Is the virus a sign of the ‘End-Times’?  Whose fault is this?  N.T. Wright considers these and other common reactions to the coronavirus in God and The Pandemic.  The author, one of the world’s foremost New Testament scholars, offers Bible based insight into to how Christians should respond to the pandemic.

     Professor Wright reminds us that followers of Jesus are called to be a people of prayer.  Drawing on Scripture, he calls us to ‘lament’ and answers the inevitable question of whether God allowed this to happen.  He challenges us to follow the example of the early church focusing not on ‘Why?’, but rather ‘What?’ – What can we do?  Finally, N.T. Wright urges the church to actively engage in our world’s move back to the ‘new normal’.

     N.T. Wright is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews.  He has authored over eighty books.  Sue Snow notes this is a relatively short book, yet it is rich with food for thought.   It is available from booksellers.