Challies.com has had two provocative posts (his first one here) about how books reveal so much about a person. This new post, however, says you can know a lot about a church by the books it reads (or doesn’t).

Consider this quote from Richard Phillips’ new commentary on Hebrews:

“In my pastoral work,” he writes, “I often find it to be a good diagnostic question to ask for the names of books a person has read in the previous six months. The point is not to promote my own approved reading list, but to see whether the person is fixated on himself, her own wants or search for experiences, or whether he is interested in the character of God, the treasures of the gospel, or the challenges of representing Jesus Christ in the world.”

Let me know what you think.

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Jeff is the pastor of Northstar Church in Blacksburg, Virginia. He grew up in Arkansas, loves fantasy football and is an Apple fan boy. Follow him on Twitter or Instagram @journeyguy.
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