Excellent book! Lawson challenges the reader to have a Biblical view of God underscoring the fact that unless God's holiness, sovereignty, justice and...moreExcellent book! Lawson challenges the reader to have a Biblical view of God underscoring the fact that unless God's holiness, sovereignty, justice and wrath are understood we will have a faulty view of His grace, love and mercy. The latter attributes are often focused on to the exemption of the former in today's user-friendly atmosphere.(less)
This book does superb justice to an oft overlooked and sometimes maligned president. Smith comes across not necessarily as a Grant apologist but as on...moreThis book does superb justice to an oft overlooked and sometimes maligned president. Smith comes across not necessarily as a Grant apologist but as one dedicated to give an accurate description of this Civil-war hero turned President...warts and all. I believe that one of Grant's best qualities was that he was never a real politician, and he never aspired to be General or President. But when both positions were thrust on him he humbly, ably, and firmly dedicated himself to the task. It's probably impossible to have a leader like Grant today, but his character is one we can - and all current and future leaders should - learn from. (less)
The chapter on sin, or more accurately how we should deal graciously toward others who are struggling with sin, was the best chapter of this book. The...moreThe chapter on sin, or more accurately how we should deal graciously toward others who are struggling with sin, was the best chapter of this book. The rest of the book had some very good points, but the chapters were filled with over-reactions, straw-men arguments and very biblically weak theology. I found this book to be dangerous, not for the points the authors try to make (many of them very good points), but for the way they try to make them. The foundation of their arguments was more philosophical than biblical and therefore dangerous to those who would tread it and assume that these are mostly Biblical arguments that are put forth.(less)
I found this book to be very helpful in reshaping my views of ministry. Starting from a biblical foundation the authors remind the modern Christian th...moreI found this book to be very helpful in reshaping my views of ministry. Starting from a biblical foundation the authors remind the modern Christian that the job of every Christian, and especially those in the ministry, is not to make programs (though they may be necessary) but to make disciples. In a day and age where every fad that comes down the Christian turnpike seems to be latched onto and then tossed for the next big thing, this book provides the Biblical foundation and motivation for avoiding that trap and focusing on what really matters - growing the vine by making disciples of Christ.(less)
Excellent book! The act of preaching the Word has been downplayed and/or redefined so much that this book was a refreshing reminder about what Biblica...moreExcellent book! The act of preaching the Word has been downplayed and/or redefined so much that this book was a refreshing reminder about what Biblical preaching is and why it is necessary. I especially liked the chapter on Charles Spurgeon that Mohler concluded the book with.(less)
Overall Carson takes us from understanding who Christ is, the importance of His atoning work on the cross, His triumph over Satan, His triumph over de...moreOverall Carson takes us from understanding who Christ is, the importance of His atoning work on the cross, His triumph over Satan, His triumph over death and even His triumph over doubt. Each chapter is firmly grounded in Scripture and Carson does a good job of letting the reader know how it affects their life today. Carson doesn’t shy away from saying things that the intelligentsia of modern (liberal/emergent) Christianity think as scandalous or idiotic. Carson quotes a former atheistic philosopher J. Budziszewski “When I fled from God…my way of fleeing was to get stupid. Though it always comes as a surprise to intellectuals, there are some forms of stupidity that one must be highly intelligent and educated to achieve.” Carson confronts head-on some of the modern (yet old) heresies surrounding the work of Christ on the cross – most of which seem to come from looking at the worlds problems primarily from a socio-economic vantage-point. “Have you noticed the categories we have used in this discussion of what ails the church in the west?” Carson asks (Page 78), “They are all sociological, historical, occasional, demographic, economic, psychological, medical. They are all performance-related, circumstance related. There is nothing about the Devil – and nothing about God.” And while Carson states that there is value to learning from such categories he insists that “if all of our analysis are restricted exclusively to such categories, the huge danger is that our solutions will be cast in such categories too.”
If there is one thing that this book gets across it’s that the one solution — the primary need of mankind, the only solution that is permanent and without it all other solutions are temporary fixes at best — that man needs is that atoning work of Christ applied to his account, to appease the just wrath of a Holy God who is the one most offended by every sin we commit, the just judge, and the one who provides the gracious way of escape through Christ.(less)
With the Muslim population exploding all over the planet, Thabiti Anyabwile’s book “The Gospel for Muslims” is a must read for those who have been sav...moreWith the Muslim population exploding all over the planet, Thabiti Anyabwile’s book “The Gospel for Muslims” is a must read for those who have been saved by and desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Unlike many books comparing and contrasting Islam and Christianity “The Gospel for Muslims” is not a book of apologetics that simply seeks to answer the claims of Islam and defend the claims of Christianity. Instead Thabiti’s focus is encouraging the Christian to have confidence in the Gospel of Jesus Christ showing that it is the gospel that has the power to save lost sinner regardless of the belief system that is holding them in darkness. To that end this book is more a book about the Gospel than a book about Islam.
The book itself is divided into two parts. Part one focuses on the expounding the gospel while showing how the Muslim individual may react based on their belief. The good news in talking to a Muslim is that very rarely will the Christian find it difficult to bring up the topic of “Who is Jesus”. From there the conversation will go to who God says He is in His Word (The Quran accepts as inspired the books of the law, the Psalms and the Gospels), man’s problem (To the Muslim all sin isn’t necessarily a big problem), Jesus’ sacrifice and the required response.
Part two is dedicated to encouraging a right mindset and attitude when witnessing. The chapters focus on being filled with the Holy Spirit, trusting in the Bible, being hospitable (very important in the Muslim culture), using the local church and being willing to suffer. The final chapter looks at the unique challenges of the African-American Muslim culture.
Over all, Thabiti does a good job at reminding the reader that the goal of the Christian is not to win arguments or debates with their Muslim friends, but to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. (less)