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I am Resolved

My wife is so good. She usually has her new year’s resolutions ready to go come the end of December. But this year, I beat her! Usually, I have a vague list floating around in my noggin, which I promptly forget by January 15. So, this year, they’re written down; before we ring in the new year, each one will have its own action plan. In the spirit of accountability, here is my list.

  • Learn French, regain Greek, and maintain Spanish
  • Learn guitar
  • Eat French-ly again
  • Blog at least once a week
  • Read through Gospels, paying close attention to examples of Christ being a friend to sinners
  • Read (at least) one book a month:

JANUARY: Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream (David Platt)

FEBRUARY: Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)

MARCH: Grace-Based Parenting (Tim Kimmel)

APRIL: Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament (Matthew Elliott)

MAY: Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life (R.C. Sproul)

JUNE: God is the Gospel (John Piper)

JULY: Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting (William Farley)

AUGUST: Genesis Unbound (John Sailhamer)

SEPTEMBER: Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Edward Clowney)

OCTOBER: Imitation of Christ (Thomas à Kempis)

NOVEMBER: Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission (Darrin Patrick)

DECEMBER: It is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement (Mark Dever)

 

Do you set resolutions? If so, what are they?

 

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Posted by on December 31, 2010 in books, life changes, things I'm new at

 

Reading Schedule for Mere Christianity

As promised, here is what I’m going to be reading, week-by-week, as we read through Mere Christianity. Please join me if you will, and discuss it with me. Again, I’ll be posting my thoughts on what we read on each Sunday. Oh, and before I forget, if you’re reading this on Facebook, please join me here on my blog, so our comments are all in one place!

If you haven’t found a book, each chapter heading below links to the corresponding online copy.

Preface

WEEK 1 – FEBRUARY 15-21
BOOK I. RIGHT AND WRONG AS A CLUE TO THE MEANING OF THE UNIVERSE
1. The Law of Human Nature
2. Some Objections
3. The Reality of the Law
4. What Lies Behind the Law
5. We Have Cause to Be Uneasy

WEEK 2 – FEBRUARY 22-28
BOOK II. WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE
1. The Rival Conceptions of God
2. The Invasion
3. The Shocking Alternative
4. The Perfect Penitent
5. The Practical Conclusion

WEEK 3 – MARCH 1-7
BOOK III. CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR
1. The Three Parts of Morality
2. The “Cardinal Virtues”
3. Social Morality
4. Morality and Psychoanalysis
5. Sexual Morality
6. Christian Marriage

WEEK 4 – MARCH 8-14
7. Forgiveness
8. The Great Sin
9. Charity
10. Hope
11. Faith
12. Faith

WEEK 5 – MARCH 15-21
BOOK IV. BEYOND PERSONALITY: OR FIRST STEPS IN THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY
1. Making and Begetting
2. The Three-Personal God
3. Time and Beyond Time
4. Good Infection
5. The Obstinate Toy Soldiers
6. Two Notes

WEEK 6 – MARCH 22-28
7. Let’s Pretend
8. Is Christianity Hard or Easy?
9. Counting the Cost
10. Nice People or New Men
11. The New Man

 

Come now – let us read together

I’ve had Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis, gathering dust for probably almost a decade. My copy is old; like a kid in a candy store (to use the phrase incorrectly), I asked for it sheepishly on the outside and hopefully on the inside when we were visiting some friends at their lake house, where it also sat and gathered dust.

I’ve heard good things about it. I’ve seen many good quotes from the book on many friends’ Facebook profiles. I’ve read some good selections the three times I’ve picked it up to start reading it.

I think that I am maybe the only Christian who hasn’t read it. So here it goes. But I need accountability. That’s where you come in. Since Oprah probably won’t feature this one soon in her Book Club, I’ll start my own, sad, miniscule version of one. If you’d care to join me, you have a week to procure a copy (click here or on the title of this post for an online version; I like paper). I’ll start reading it next Monday (I’ll put up here in a few days what I plan to read when). Then on Sunday, I’ll post my thoughts on the selection for the week, where you can also add your thoughts, and we can discuss until the next week.
How does that sound? Think you can join me? This is for everyone – newbies to the book or those who have read it a thousand times.
For those who have read it before, what stands out to you about the book – good and bad? Were you challenged by anything? What didn’t you agree with and why? Would you approach anything covered in the book differently? What was spot on? What’s your favorite color? Blood type?