I seldom read devotions. I dislike those that use half the space telling the readers what they should do and using “You,you,you!” The average Christian is not intellectually deficient, is usually well informed and capable of applying the message. I also don’t like those that take books by great preachers, cut them up and add an application at the end. Far better to read the books themselves!
So what do I read other than the Bible?
For online reading I can recommend the blogs written by Richard Bewes. See www.richardbewes.com He is a past Rector of All Souls Langham Place London where we were privileged to hear him preach on several occasions. I’ve recently read John Stotts’ “Through the Bible, Through the Year” three times and each time learnt something new. I have found Gerald Griffiths’ “My Brother’s Keeper” very rewarding. This is actually a book of sermons but if one reads a section at a time they make inspiring and challenging devotions. It is out of print but used copies are still available at ridiculously low prices! At present, I’m reading Michael Green’s “The Message of Matthew” in the Bible Speaks Today series. Very enlightening, pertinent and he’s not afraid to say what he thinks about the church generally! I find his remarks very quotable!
I’ve wanted to write this for some time! God bless you as you read and are blessed
PS Under previous blogs, “Great Modern Preachers” I have written about John Stott, Richard Bewes and Gerald Griffith. Re Michael Green: Theologian, Evangelist, prolific author, former Rector of St Aldates, Oxford, retired officially late 90s but now Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and Adviser in Evangelism to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.