Last Sunday I talked about the need for us to take our masks off and be real. A book that’s been helping me do that is Mark Driscoll’s new book “Death by Love”. In it he takes a number of real pastoral situations (from a woman who's been raped to a husband whose wife has committed adultery) and writes a letter to the person involved, using each situation to explain some aspect of the doctrine of the cross. It’s an approach which keeps what could be complex stuff rooted and alive and makes very clear the impact of each doctrine. Some of the discussions get pretty technical, and you'll learn a load of new words which you probably won't end up using much in every day conversation, but it's well worth persevering.
I particularly found the section on Christ being our expiation (cleansing us from our sin) helpful on the need to be real with God, and with others, and how if we do that we can find genuine cleansing from our past sins.
I'm not sure whether we've currently got any copies in the bookshop but we'll try and get some ordered in.