Green Leaf Press Quarterly Newsletter, April, 2008
"You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." Jesus Christ
"Printers are educated in the belief that when men differ in opinion, both sides ought equally to have the advantage of being heard by the public; and that when Truth and Error have fair play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."
"Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom, ...and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech." The London Journal, c. 1722, quoted by Benjamin Franklin.
John 18:17,18, "Pilate asked him, So you are a king? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." Pilate asked him, What is truth?
Inherent to the Christian religion is freedom of thought and freedom of speech. In our time, freedom of speech is not threatened by the laws of the land but by a culture that dreads disagreement and, thus, avoids serious discussion of important matters; that assiduously avoids politically incorrect speech. The consequence is that too often we vilify one another, insult one another or just refuse to speak. Too many topics of conversation have become taboo. So that we spend time decrying those with whom we disagree only in the company of those who agree with us—but we are reluctant to engage in civil dialogue with those who oppose us.
Jesus said, "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house." (Matthew 5:14,15) We are to communicate the good news that God has given us to others. If we did not, who would hear and who would believe? It has been my privilege to teach about the first one thousand years of Christian history in three different churches over the past two years or so. One thing that stands out is the boldness of many Christians, especially during the first five hundred years of Christianity. If it had not been for that tradition of boldness—those of us living today might never have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When we look at the ministry of the Apostle Paul, as it is set forth for us in the book of Acts, we see many Christians who were willing to spread the word that had been given to them in a hostile environment at considerable risk. Related to this is J. B. Phillip’s translation of Romans 12:2, "Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within,"
Thus, we have this book ministry to challenge Christians and others to consider the truth of the Bible and truths that are supportive of the Bible to the end that they may believe and grow and bear witness. There are people with whom we have contact that have a very misinformed opinion of what Christianity is all about. We should be proactive in seeking to better inform them. Good books are an important resource. To share a well chosen book or article with friends and acquaintances will usually be appreciatively received and at the very least to cause someone to refocus and reconsider his or her worldview.
We believe that we have many helpful books, carefully chosen, that are worthy of the believer’s interest, and then of interest to someone whom the believer knows. We would encourage you to think of giving good books that will be an extension of your witness for Jesus Christ.
Since this ministry is about books and we love good books, I would like to recommend a few to you that you might not yet have gotten to:
Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson. I am just a third of the way into this book, but I am tremendously impressed by it. The author not only describes well the life of Franklin—but he gives us wonderful information about American society in the eighteenth century prior to the Revolutionary War. One realizes, perhaps afresh, of the significant impact Benjamin Franklin has made upon our nation right up to the present.
*What’s So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D’Souza. I mentioned this book in the January Newsletter. It is very well written and engaging. It analyzes the contemporary opposition to Christianity incisively and gives a very strong apologetic for our day.
Two premiere books on the contest between intelligent design and a dogmatic evolution: *Uncommon Dissent, William A Dembski, Editor. Published in 2004. Fourteen essays by outstanding intellectuals "who find Darwinism unconvincing". And *Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe. This book, first published in 1996, has created quite a stir with its concept of irreducible complexity. It is almost irrefutable.
*Books available through Green Leaf Press
For your prayers:
1. Pray that we will learn better how to encourage people to visit and use our website.
2. The current book that I am working on, Fifteen Dynamic Presbyterian Churches, has turned into more of a project than I anticipated (so what else is new?). I had hoped that we would have it ready by 1 May—now I am hoping for 15 September.
3. We need to add several good people to our Board of Directors.
4. We will be making our annual appeal for contributions in June. This is very important; the sale of books covers less than one-half of our expenses.
Foster Shannon, President
Foster H. Shannon, President
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