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Six of today's leading pastor-theologians-John Piper, Voddie Baucham, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, and David Wells-have joined together to offer Christians a practical, biblical vision of Christ's supremacy, so they will be better prepared to present the undeniable truth to a searching society. After grounding readers in the important truths of Christ's deity and the gospel, ...more
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Published November 2nd 2007 by Crossway Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Dottie Parish
Dec 29, 2015 Dottie Parish rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book that will teach Christians how to respond reasonably to the unbelief in today’s postmodern world. Each chapter is by a well known theologian. I was familiar with all of them except Voddie Baughan, Jr. He wrote Chapter 2 Truth and the Supremacy of Christ and this chapter was particularly helpful to me – so helpful that I wrote up a summary of the chapter and shared it with my granddaughter who is a freshman in college and will be taking a philosophy class next semester. ...more
Seth
Nov 01, 2015 Seth rated it liked it
It's hard to rate this book as every chapter is written by a different author. I wish it would have spent a little more time explaining post-modernism. Most of the chapters were pretty good. I felt like Driscoll had some decent ideas but did not appreciate his clearly stereotypical view of fundamentalism. Neither did I appreciate the way he presented Christ. Overall a good book though.
Amanda Tranmer
Mar 01, 2016 Amanda Tranmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is in reality a collection of essays by 6 very different theologians, a fantastic overview of Biblically-sound, humble yet uncompromising, insightful and inspiring, gracious and passionate responses to the postmodern ethos. Some questions I had were answered, some things I knew but couldn't quite define were put in context for me. I was also convicted. As I read the last page, it left me pondering... Am I a relevant and effective witness? Am I flexible yet uncompromising in the ways I ...more
Jeff
Aug 04, 2011 Jeff rated it it was amazing
A couple of weeks ago I finished reading a collection of essays that was edited by John Piper. All of these essays centered around the idea of Christ's supremacy in the postmodern/relativistic culture in which we live.



These essays are the product of a conference in which these different theologians gathered together to talk about this exact issue.



The contributers to this collections are:

David Wells

Voddie Baucham Jr.

John Piper

D.A. Carson

Tim Keller

Mark Driscoll



When I first opened this book and jum
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John Gardner
Aug 07, 2010 John Gardner rated it really liked it
How can the church teach the gospel of a man who claimed to be “the Truth” to a world that hates truth claims? That was the topic being addressed at the 2006 Desiring God National Conference. This book is basically transcripts of the plenary sessions from that conference.

Each chapter corresponds to the message presented by each of the speakers at the conference: David Wells, Voddie Baucham, Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll, D.A. Carson, and John Piper… not a bad lineup! There is also a chapter titled “
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Michael Preston
Jul 01, 2008 Michael Preston rated it it was amazing
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When I bought this book, I bought it because of it's interesting title. I was taking a lot of philosophy classes at Belhaven and I thought this would look good on my shelf. For whatever reason I decided to pick up the book and start reading. The next thing i new I was underlining, writing in margins, circling and looking up definitions for words. The book had gripped me philosophically, theologically, missionaly, culturally, practically, and so much more!

I couldn't decide what "Shelf" to put th
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Zolla
Oct 26, 2015 Zolla rated it it was amazing
This is probably the most scholarly book I've read to date. I had to google some of the words. I feel smarter now. I have a much deeper understanding of the supremacy of Christ, compared with our postmodern culture. Christ has what people are looking for. The Bible contains timeless truth. The church just needs to get better at communicating this to post modern ears. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in understanding Christianity that is both Orthodox and relevant. Each chapter is wri ...more
Janice
Sep 04, 2009 Janice rated it it was amazing
This book is edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor and has some topnotch Reformed pastor/theologians contributing: David Wells, Voddie Baucham, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll, and John Piper.It is a great addition to the library of anyone who wants to put Christ above all things in this postmodern world. At the end of the book there are two different discussions lead by Justin Taylor that help even more to flesh out their theology particularly in regards to the emergent church. The boo ...more
Joe
Jan 12, 2016 Joe rated it really liked it
Made me think about the changes in our culture and ways it changes evangelistic needs
Lori
Jan 18, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it
Informative and definitely a resource, enjoyed conversations in the back of the book.
Vaclav
Jan 15, 2014 Vaclav rated it really liked it
this was great! Christ lifted up to the highest place, supreme in all of life! i love Piper! ;)
Chris
Jan 07, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
Good read - compilations of several different authors, all writing towards a common theme of the "centrality and absolute supremacy of Jesus Christ."
Sean
Aug 08, 2011 Sean rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-office
This was a breath of fresh air. The men who wrote this book have great insight into the Postmodern world and explain their ideas with intellect and with tact. I enjoyed this read because it put into terms many of those things I've thought about but couldn't articulate. Great stuff if you have a desire to engage our culture for Christ.
Kurt
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it it was ok
Some of the essays were much less effective than others (Wells was a little too dry and philosophical for me, and Baucham's political references sounded wrong), but this is an alright book overall. I can't think of a situation in which I would recommend it with any enthusiasm, though.
Andrew
Mar 01, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
Great summary of that DG conference. Each speaker has their own view but I continually found myself challenged too share the Gospel on the home front. A big reminder that personal testimony paired with Scripture is probably the best postmodern witnessing tool.
Ryan Burns
Jun 05, 2009 Ryan Burns rated it really liked it
Great book by some of the top christian leaders and speakers today. Pulled from their talks at the '06 Desiring God Conference, each chapter can be read as an independently. These men do a great job of explaining how postmodernism is changing the world.
Jared Daugherty
Jan 26, 2008 Jared Daugherty rated it it was amazing
This book is a compilation of many different pastors across the country talking about the attack on truth and how to effectively point to the truth which is only in Christ Jesus in this postmodern world. Great read!
Jonathan Cavett
Sep 07, 2014 Jonathan Cavett rated it liked it
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No new information here, but it is the sound reformed theology that one would expect from these faithful men.
Aaron Carlberg
This is an excellent book you should all read. The chapters by Voddie Baucham and Mark Driscol are wonderful.
Sally
Jul 14, 2012 Sally rated it it was amazing
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I appreciated the variety in the authors and the subject matter. Food for thought.
Daniel
Jan 03, 2008 Daniel rated it it was amazing
A Brilliant collection of essays from the best of contemporary Christian theologians.
Mark
Oct 24, 2010 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the authors are a five star and some could bot keep my attention.
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John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethe
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