For those who would like to dig deeper and think more carefully about what we have been discussing I can recommend each of these books:
Sermon on the Mount by Scot McKnight – This is a biblical commentary but its really well written and accessible by anyone without theological education. I love the way McKnight approaches things and find him one of my favourite theological authors.
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer – This one is a classic, but its not an easy read. Bonhoeffer digs deep into the message Jesus presents in his sermon and makes some bold challenges. If you can get past the slightly awkward language then this is a great read.
The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard – This is another brilliant piece of work by one of the most respected theologians of the 20/21st C (he died recently) and has a particular focus on helping us become formed more into Christlikeness. Spiritual formation and discipleship was Willard’s focus and he doesn’t pull any punches in his words. This one is another fairly dense read, but if you can keep moving thru it, then its worth the effort.
Living the Lord’s Prayer by David Timms – This is the book I referred to a few in our reflections on the Lord’s Prayer. Its easy to read, has substantial content and packs a punch. I thought this was a brilliant book.