It's a hot topic in the Reformed blogosphere. Not baptism, not the Emerging Church, not charismata, not even (denial of) substitutionary atonement. In fact, it hasn't taken up hours'-worth of blogosphere debate at all. But it is mentioned again and again: Christian bookshops. (That's bookstores to those across the pond.) Reformed bloggers seem to all be mourning the state of their local Christian bookshops (apart from Cent, & he runs his). Those who know me outside of the blogosphere will know that Christian book ministry is something about which I'm passionate. So, finally I've decided to post on the subject, aiming to do so constructively. There's a lot of good to encourage, but it won't make much sense unless we consider the bad also (hm, sounds familiar).
In the next post, I'll summarise complaints and comment. Secondly, I'll focus in on one of the complaints. Thirdly I'll consider the ministry of the Christian bookshop. Fourthly, the ministers. And as an 'afterword', a testimony. In each, I'll issue some calls to prayer /& action. As regards prayer, I'm reminding myself as much as anyone else.
Starting with a wide screen shot:
-> Join me in praising God for these blessings. Pray for better stewardship of them. Praying for those parts of the world where they aren't the case.
Next up: Complaints considered.