Roger Barrier has been pastor of the Casas Adobes Baptist Church in Tucson, Arizona, for the past thirteen years. The following books are his personal preferences for dealing with apathy and commitment-both the corporate and the personal varieties.
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Macmillan, 1963
Everyone at the convention applauded loudly as we heard a resolution to condense the gospel into a thirty-second commercial spot for airing during the next Super Bowl. That evening Chuck Colson spoke on the subject of cheap grace and costly grace from Bonhoeffer's book: "One day we will so water down the gospel that we will commence selling Jesus like we sell soap."
It's been a long time since I've sold Jesus Christ like soap. Commitment must go with the package.
Hear again Bonhoeffer's immortal words: "When Jesus Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die." Only Jesus said it better.
The Best of A. W. Tozer compiled by Warren Wiersbe, Baker, 1978
Consecration begins with the heart. ...1