Confessions of a RIFB Girl of 20-something {I love reading books about radical and contemporary (and sometimes liberal) Christianity.}

Please take note of the apology at the beginning of the video… I really am sorry. I’m going to get back in the swing of things and try to do better. Also, I apologize for the novel-length title of this post… I’m sure it wasn’t entirely necessary to make it that long, but I did, sooo…

Again, I kinda rambled a little bit on this one… and the video is just over 10 minutes long… but… no, I really don’t have an excuse.

Anyways… I’m not going to waste your time with a lot of pre-confessions type. So, without further delay – here we go…

Confession: I love reading books about radical and contemporary (and sometimes liberal) Christianity.

Do you have any other book suggestions? Share them below and leave your comments below!

**I want to apologize for the incorrect URL I provided in the vlog. When I told you to go to thorns&myrtles[dot]com, I was actually talking about http://edenellis.wordpress.com, which is indeed titled “Thorns and Myrtles.” Also, for her book review of “Soul Print” by Mark Batterson, please click {here}.**

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Posted on January 26, 2011, in Confessions of a Rebellious Independent Fundamental Baptist Girl of 20-something {Series}, Vlog and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. You’re adorable!! AND you’re a midget!! LOL. πŸ™‚ Love youuuu.

  2. A lot of times, I think that independent baptists could learn much from our “liberal” brethren. We may be right in doctrine, and standing firm on our “blessed assurance”, but we lack the compassion and charisma prevalent in those of less conservative persuasions. We would do well to learn what we can from all people. We cannot afford to write off all that comes from someone simply because they are a few degrees to the left of us. By doing so, we can quickly be left stagnant.

    • I must be pretty cool then, because I read alot of cool books. I also must be pretty smart… because the books are also quite informative.
      ;P haha. (that one sort of came back to bite you. sorta.)

  3. Wow! You read a lot! I have to admit to not having heard of the majority of those books, but I have read both the Francis Chan books, which were challenging and awesome. I’m just finishing up ‘The Reason for God’ by Timothy Keller, and it has inspired all sorts of thoughts, and equipped me to more readily defend what I believe and speak to my sceptic friends… I’m not sure I agree with him 100% but it’s definitely worth a read.

    I’ve got a John Piper one next but I am a little wary of it from what I’ve heard, but it’s about fasting and I’m whack at fasting so I’m gonna give it a go!

    • I DO read alot of books. Although, like I said in the vlog, I haven’t read ALL those books (yet). And you should see my bookshelf! It’s overflowing. *sigh*
      The book by Timothy Keller sounds interesting… I may look that one up in the future!

  4. Under the overpass – now that was a great lead to a book I would never have considered buying. Thanks (PS – you seemed nervous in the video)

    • It’s an EXCELLENT book, DeanO. I highly, highly recommend it.

      I wasn’t so much nervous, as I was tired. I was running on a caffeine high, very little sleep, and the nagging thought that I had to go to bed and get up for a long day of work in less than 6 hours. haha.
      I’ll try to do better in my vlogs from now on.
      Blessings.

      • I found it on Ebay for less then $7.00 Thanks again for a provocative post and good information. My wife and I are fairly new Christians and we like you hold 100% to sound Bible Doctrine…but we get frustrated with a lot of the rules. I’m glad you are writing this blog.
        God bless

        • DeanO – What do you mean by rules? Do you mean God’s law or rules set by men? I would encourage you that the only way to come to God is through His grace.

          Even the best of us cannot measure up to rules! You probably know that but I hate seeing Christians (new and old) frustrated by rules, when really it’s about the freedom provided by grace! Praying for you.

        • I’m glad you were able to find a copy!

          Sometimes the man-made rules can get frustrating, especially those that are so far outside of the Word of God.
          As long as a Christian is striving to live a holy life pleasing unto the Lord, obeying what God teaches in His Word, sharing the good news of the Gospel, and keeping themselves pure from the world – they are heading in the right direction.
          Keep on keeping on, my friend.

          • Have you read anything by Cary Schmidt? I LOVE his writing. I read Discover your Destiny several years ago, and just re-read it. I also just read Different by Design, and it was amazing. Both these books are geared at people a bit younger than myself who are just starting out their adult life, but even still I found MUCH in them that was useful. Of course, he is IFB, and not a liberal Christian author like you were mentioning in your vlog; however, anything I’ve read from West Coast has impressed me so far. It’s kind, encouraging, loving, and well-rounded Christianity AND with a good doctrinal standing. Can’t get much better than that :).

          • YES! I have read a some stuff by Cary Schmidt. I was even fortunate enough to have a facebook conversation with the man – and I know he’s used at least one of my posts here on Grow Up! as an illustration in a message to his youth group. I felt so honored.
            He’s currently going through some health struggles – I’m not sure if you knew that or not. Here’s his website: http://www.caryschmidt.com/
            He’s also listed on my blogroll page.
            Blessings, JessB!

  5. Anything you read you must compare and contrast it with the Word of God. Culture and times may change, but God never changes. Sin is always sin.

    I know a number of good IFBs who became Calvinists due to a “Fundamental” forum. These young Christians were not grounded, and now believe false doctrines that are more based on a man than on the Word. No one is immune to the sway of false doctrines…and when you think you are mentally or spiritually prepared to delve into them and stand strong, is when you fall. If a book or person puts forth anything that could be quantified in these verses – be careful and obey the Bible – we know God does not make the rules to hurt us. 1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

    However, false docrtines and heresy aside, you really would be very hard pressed to find a book where you agree 100% with the author. I read Spurgeon all the time, yet he believed in a universal church, for instance. And some of the things he said were calvinistic and commonly said in his day – although in practice and sermon, he was clearly not a calvinist. Any author is merely a man. There will always be some error. I have never heard any IFB tell osmeone not to read so and so. I don’t know who has been telling you that. What I hear is…eat the meat and spit out the bones. Compare everything to the Word of God.

  6. Rules – Women must always wear dresses – Preachers must wear white shirts – no facial hair – no mixed swimming – no movie houses; those would be rules

    Doctrine – Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    • OOOO more rules – men mustn’t wear hats in church (and if they do it clearly shows they have zero Bible knowledge!)

      100% with you on that doctrine mate. I’ve struggled to change my self believe that’s what God wanted. Do you know when the real change came? When I stopped struggling to conform to any rules and just worked on my relationship with Jesus, I found that I actually wanted to chance for Him not because of Him, if that makes sense.

      If you make change because you feel God wants you too (or is even demanding you do) it’s got the potential to end up as resentment, when I changed out of gratitude and love for God – the change stuck (so far) and a weight was lifted.

      Galatians 5:1 – It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

      Let’s not abuse that freedom by chaining ourselves to simply following rules!

      • Nick!!

        “Do you know when the real change came? When I stopped struggling to conform to any rules and just worked on my relationship with Jesus, I found that I actually wanted to change for Him not because of Him.”

        “When I changed out of gratitude and love for God – the change stuck (so far) and a weight was lifted.”

        A HUGE sigh of relief came when you stated these. This is EXACTLY what happened in my own life. I do things “for” Jesus, not “because of” or “inspite of” Him.

        Thank you for this comment.

  7. Nick – our dear 80 year old Brother Wilke (Hubert) wears an awesome hat every Sunday. We have several women that wear lovely hats also. I love hats and head coverings. I know were in a time when people want to earn their salvation, work their way to heaven, buy their way to heaven; they were baptized, they joined a church, they went to Sunday School, they read their Bible – But they never put their faith in God – they never saw themselves separated from God because of their sin – They never called out to Jesus for his free gift. God changed my life – if you had known me when

  8. I might use Hubert as an example next time someone says that to me about hat wearing!

    Yes I was actually told off for wearing a hat. Actually I wasn’t they said it behind my back, so no irony there then!

    Tell Hubert to keep rocking his hat with love from england!

  9. I’ll take a picture of dear Brother Wilke and find a place to post it … what a dear Saint of God is he

  10. I would like to say thanks so much for your work you have made in writing this blog post. I am hoping the same top work by you in the future too.

  11. Another good review. I call myself Reformed as opposed to Calvinist, although I hold to TULIP, but I also hold to many Baptists views. I came to Reformed views via study and I can understand how you may have some disagreements with aspects of Calvinism.

    Now I am a little ‘biased’ with my degrees but I think it is always good for a Christian, Evangelical and Baptist to have some continued understanding of philosophy of religion. For something ‘radical’ I have some books that I read/used as reference for my PhD. The books will contain good and bad, but the Oxford books are handy such as…

    BLACKBURN, SIMON (1996) Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, Oxford, Oxford, University, Press.

    BROWNING, W.R.F. (1997) Oxford Dictionary of the Bible, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

    What these books are good for are not cover to cover reads so much, but little snippets into the worlds of philosophy of religion and at times liberal Christianity.
    Blackburn especially, although a humanist has good grasps on some philosophical ideas, even as his worldview is different than mine, for example.

  12. Hi Heather,
    Ah that’s great you’re a fellow bookworm and like to read the more outside the box Christian books. I have a few faves titles I’d like to share:

    Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
    An Altar in the Word by Barbara Brown Taylor
    Faith & Will by Julia Cameron
    Evolving In Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans
    Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola & George Barna
    Flirting with Faith by Joan Ball
    God Is No Laughing Matter by Julia Cameron
    Holy Roller by Julie Lyons
    If God Is Love/ If the Church Were Christian/If Grace is True all by Phillip Gulley

    Of course some of these titles might scare you way or you may find them possibly interesting reads.

    • Thank you for all the great book suggestions!

      One thing you should know about me – I love sarcasm and I love controversy! So the more controversial, the better (hence, this series of posts. hence, some of the QOTD posts. hence, alot of the articles I link to on facebook and start mini-civil wars.) ;]

  13. BTW are you on GoodReads.com ?

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