Recapruting the Voice of God by Smith“If Scripture gives life, then our sermon forms should be the open windows through which the breath of life blows.”

Genre. All books on hermeneutics and many books on preaching discuss the various genres in the Bible. Understanding the various genres in Scripture is central to not only interpreting but also preaching Scripture. If you interpret a genre wrong then you can bet you will preach the text wrong.

Many preachers are taught two things when it comes to preaching: (1) how to interpret genres and (2) how to preach expositionally. Both are good and necessary. What many preachers are given is a template to apply to their text. Unfortunately, this template does not have much flexibility and usually fits better with one genre. Sometimes preaching a text with the same template can be like trying to fit a square peg into a circle – it just doesn’t fit. So how does the preacher preach expositionally with the various genres in mind?

This is exactly what Steven W. Smith, preaching professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Forth Worth, TX, helps preachers navigate in his new book Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture (B&H, 2015). Smith’s argument is that while we want to exposit the text we are preaching, we don’t want to make the text fit an unnatural expositional template (which is often inspired by how epistle genre texts function). Smith asks, “What if a model of preaching is good for some texts but not all texts?” (10)

Exposition & Genre in Harmony

For Smith, preaching is fundamentally “re-presenting” the text of Scripture to a new audience. “Preaching is more than explaining Scripture, but it is no less,” writes Smith. “The question then is, do I have a sermon structure that allows me to re-present the text in the way it was originally presented?” (2) While this may seem like a small distinction, Smith’s nuance has big implications for how one preaches narrative as opposed to epistle. All genres are to be preached expositionally, but the template for each will look different. Instead of a template telling one how to preach a text, sermons need to “represent the form that is already in the text.” (10) When we preach a template instead of the text then we do not preach the text. In fact, Smith argues, to do so is idolatry. “If we compromise the text for a structure then we are practicing a form of idolatry that suggests that a sermon form is more important than the Scriptures.” (59)

This difference is due to the fact that texts within genres look different. While expositional preaching is a good “theologically driven philosophy of preaching”, on its own it is not enough. It needs to be flexible to the changing of the text as one moves through Scripture. What Smith is proposing is to preach expositionally but to do so through “genre-sensitive preaching.” That is, “to show a preacher or teacher how the genre influences the meaning of the text and give practical help for those who want to know how we can shape our sermons to reflect the meaning.” (2)

Far from cumbersome or burdening, Smith’s guidance on preaching texts (and not just templates) is very freeing for preachers. Smith writes,

This simple truth has given me more freedom in preaching than anything else I can imagine. If a text has four points, I preach a sermon with four points. When I preach a narrative that has no easily discernible points, then my sermon has no points….For the rest of my life, how to structure a sermon will always be a secondary question. The primary question is always, How is the text structured?” (20)

Allowing yourself to structure your message as the text presents itself is much more freeing because it feels more natural. You are not left trying to force a square peg template onto a circle text.

Sermon Development Through Genre

Chapters 4-12 of the book address how to read and allow the various genres in Scripture to shape your message. Smith categorizes the nine genres of Scripture into three main categories:

  1. Story: OT Narrative, Law, Gospels/Acts & Parables
  2. Poem: Psalms, Wisdom Literature, and Prophecy
  3. Letter: Epistles & Revelation

Each chapter is divided into three main headings: (1) interpretation, (2) communication, and (3) structure. Of course, since each genre is different, what is discussed under each heading for each genre is different. Smith breaks down each genre to its parts and helps the reader see how each genre forms a sermon in its own unique way.

Far from the typical treatment that genres receive in hermeneutics and preaching books, Smith is trying to do more. Smith is advancing the discussion and our thought process on genre all together. He is not just giving us the nuts and bolts to each genre but he is weaving them together with a theology and preaching philosophy for how to best preach each so that the text as it presents itself to the reader determines how it is preached.

Conclusion

Far from just “another” book on preaching method, Recapturing the Voice of God is a book that every pastor and teacher needs to have and read. Smith will help you take the next step in developing your sermons. This is a book that even seasoned preachers and teachers will benefit from. If you can see the relationship between genre and sermon structure the way Smith does then you will breath a breathe of fresh air into your preaching. You will never see or preach the text the same way again and your people eyes will be opened in new ways. Both preacher and parishioner will benefit from this book.

I received this book for free from B&H for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Song of Songs by HamiltonSecond, maybe, to the book of Revelation, Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs as some put it) provides some of the most challenging issues when it comes to the interpretation, teaching, preaching, and application of the book. Though the book is part of the 66 inspired canonical books of the Bible, there are many who have never, and will never preach or teach from the book.

Thoughts on how to understand Song of Solomon are usually divided between those who view it strictly as a picture of human love between a man and a woman, between Christ and the (NT) church or between Christ and His covenant people (Israel). Rarely do you see those who will try to wed these interpretations together.

But that is exactly what James Hamilton Jr. does in his recent Focus on the Bible commentary Song of Songs: A Biblical-Theological, Allegorical, Christological Interpretation (Christian Focus, 2015). Hamilton, mostly convincingly I believe, argues that Song of Solomon can be interpreted and seen through more than one lens at once. It can tell us of human love between a man and woman, divine love of God for His people, all the while providing a Christ-focused future-vision for the book.

Hamilton believes that the book functions at three levels:

(T)he Song functions at three levels: 1) the Song of Songs depicts human love between a man and a woman; 2) the man in the song typifies the coming Messiah; and 3) the canonical context of the Song points to a deeper, symbolic understanding of marriage as a kind of allegory of the love between God and His people.  (28)

The primary level that most people will have the hardest time with is the allegorical. Hamilton acknowledges as much when he points out on pg. 28 n. 14 that the allegorical interpretation is disfavored by the vast majority of those in the academic community.

So how does Hamilton overcome the long history of disapproval for the allegorical interpretation? He points to none other than Scripture itself. In the preface Hamilton states that

Gradually I came to the view that if Moses can treat the covenant between Yahweh and Israel as a marriage, and is Hosea can write a prophecy in which he himself represents Yahweh and his wife Gomer represents Israel, Solomon could have done the same. (12)

Further, Paul does the same thing in Galatians 4:21-31 and with the marriage between a man and a woman as compared to Christ and the church in Ephesians 5 (29, 31). Hamilton wants us to see all three of these lenses in harmony together rather than disharmony.

We do not have to deny that the Song pertains to human live of we suggest that there is also a sense in which Solomon typifies Christ, nor do these two, the human-love interpretation and the Solomon-typifies-Christ reading, exclude the view that marriage is a picture of the covenant Between God and His people. (31)

As Hamilton shows, Song of Songs is a poetical masterpiece through which God communicates so many great truths about human love, God’s love for His people, and how the David-like figure points to Christ. The second paragraph of chapter two encapsulates the entirety of how to view the Song:

The Song of Songs is about human love, but the hero of the Song is no common man. He’s the kid of Israel, the son of David, and he is a Shepherd-King who has cultivated a garden-city, even as he overcomes the alienation and hostility between himself and his Bride to renew an Eden-like intimacy between them. The Song is abut human love, and the son of David who is the King of the Song is a type of the one who is to come. (35)

As for the commentary itself, Hamilton does a great job of consistently applying his three-level hermeneutic of Song of Songs. It is theologically rich, practical for both sexes, and Hamilton even makes application to singles (whether they are looking to get married or not).

Song of Songs by Hamilton is a must read for any Christian and a definite must have for all teachers and pastors. Hamilton helps Christians read the Song the way God and Solomon intended it to be read.

I received this book for free from Christian Focus through Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Facing the Blitz by Jeff KempMy dad used to tell me to hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and expect the unexpected. While you cannot choose what will happen to you most of the time you can choose how you will respond to what does. Life throws curve balls. You need to learn to catch them and throw them back. Like a blitz in football, surprises, though you know they can happen, can sneak up on you when you least expect it.

Jeff Kemp, former NFL quarterback and now vice president of FamilyLife, is no stranger to the blitzes both on and off the field. Kemp had a successful 11 year career as a quarterback playing for some great time like the Eagles and 49ers. Since 2012 he has been working with FamilyLife as a speaker and networker as he seeks to strengthen families through Christ. In his book Facing the Blitz: Three Strategies for Turning Trials Into Triumphs, Jeff Kemp shares three strategies to handle the blitzes of life that he has learned in his own life.

In football “a blitz is what happens when an excessive number of defensive players approach the line of scrimmage with the intention of rushing the quarterback and sacking him for a significant loss in yards.” (23) Using the analogy of a blitz, Kemp lays out three strategies for recovering from and responding to the blitzes of life: (1) take the long-term view, (2) be willing to change, and (3) reach out to others. The blitzes of life could be a death in the family, the loss of a business, the death of a dream, a broken marriage, missed opportunities, and more.

Throughout the book Kemp weaves his own life experiences of failure and success, both on and off the field, into the three strategies he presents. He offers wisdom learned on his own, and taught to him by others, in some of his deepest moments of professional and personal failure. In addition to the wisdom and advice he gives, Kemp clearly shows that the ultimate wise choice and lesson to learn in life is that Jesus Christ is the best response to the blitzes of life. Kemp draws on his relationship with Christ and the words of Scripture to guide readers through the hardships of life.

As a Christian, Kemp is committed to pointing people to Christ in every season of life. He is under no illusion that following Jesus will make this your best life now. He understands that following Jesus can often times give life its greatest opportunities for blitzes.

Facing the Blitz is a fun, fascinating, and fruitful look at how one man has responded to the blitzes of life with wisdom and Christ. This is the perfect book for any sports fan or dad.

You can check out the website for the book facingtheblitz.com to see more on the book, additional resources, and Kemp’s speaking schedule to see if he will be speaking near you. You can also check out his professional website at JeffKempTeam.com.

I received this book for free from Bethany House through Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Salvation Applied by the Spirit by Peterson“The most important work of the Holy Spirit in the realm of salvation is union with Christ.” (319)

For several years now the theme of union with Christ has been the focus of a number of great books. Like with most themes in Scripture, no one book or author can capture all there is to know biblically, theologically, exegetically, historically, or practically about union with Christ. There is still more room to write on this deeply rich biblical theme.

That is why students of Scripture and the theme of union with Christ should be excited to read Robert A. Peterson’s new book Salvation Applied by the Spirit: Union with Christ (Crossway, 2015). Peterson’s book is unique among others like it in that he discusses union with Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation as applying the work of Christ to believers. This book is a work of soteriology, Christology, and pneumatology.

The book is divided into two major sections. After a short chapter on the Old Testament background for union with Christ and the Spirit, the first section deals with all of the New Testament verses Peterson believes address union with Christ. Most of the NT books are dealt with individually while the Gospels and some of the smaller NT Epistles are grouped together. Additionally there are two chapters summarizing union with Christ in Paul’s letters. Peterson is quick to point out that much of his work in these two chapters is built on the excellent book Paul and Union With Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study by Constantine Campbell (185).

Essentially, the first section is a catalog look at all of the relevant passages of Scripture related to union with Christ. The format is simple: the text is quoted and then commented on. The text is explained as it relates to union with Christ and, at least this far into the book, very little theological significance is given. The layout of the first section makes it very easy to track with the theme. The reader will quickly see that the theme of union with Christ pervades all of the NT. You will come away from the book wondering how you did not hear more about this theme throughout your years in church under regular preaching and teaching. Preachers take note!

When it comes to union with Christ there are basically three stages to its development in the NT: Synoptic Gospels, Acts, and the Epistles. The first stage takes place in the Synoptic Gospels (John’s Gospel rides the fence between the focus of the Synoptics and the Epistles). Peterson notes that the synoptic Gospels say little to nothing about union with Christ. This is because union with Christ “is a doctrine rooted in Christ’s death and resurrection.” He goes on to say, “It would be unusual to expect a full explanation of union before those events occurred.” (33-34). So the Synoptics give us the life of the one to whom we are united along with the events that make the theme possible. The second stage is in Acts which begins with Pentecost. “Pentecost marks the public announcement of the indwelling of the Spirit and the beginning of his ministry of uniting people to Christ.” (42) Acts shows us the Spirit uniting people to Christ and is the “redemptive-historical prerequisite for the Spirit’s ministry.” (42). The third, and final stage, is seen in the NT Epistles. Peterson says that, “the rest of the New Testament functions to explain what is going on ‘behind the scenes’ in Acts – the Spirit’s uniting believers to Jesus.” (42)

The second section tackles the theme of union with Christ through a theology of the Holy Spirit and then closes with some chapters on application of things learned. The chapters on pneumatology are basically a synthesis of the teaching from the passages considered in the first section of the book. In chapter twenty one Peterson looks at union with Christ from eternity past (pre-creation) to the new creation (eternity future). This views the theme from how God planned the Spirit’s role of applying salvation to believers before creation to how union with Christ looks like for believers and creation alike in eternity.

The next few chapters present a basic sketch of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as seen through His personality, deity, and work (not limited to union with Christ). A complementary chapter is written on Christ since it is to Him the Spirit unites the believer to. The final three chapters discuss the implications of our union with Christ in the Church, the sacraments, and the Christian life.

Salvation Applied by the Spirit is a biblically driven, theologically focused, and practically minded book on union with Christ. Peterson’s wedding of Christology, pneumatology, and soteriology is an excellent example of how to present the interrelation of various theological areas.

In addition to being academically driven this book is spiritually enriching as it calls the reader to reflect on so great salvation as found in the believers union with Christ. You will be moved to devotion, reflection, and meditation of these great truths. This is a book for everyone!

I received this book for free from Crossway for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

40 Questions About Creation and Evolution“No issue has less unanimity among evangelicals than the matter of discerning the best way to relate the doctrine of creation to the scientific theory of evolution.” (23) Thus begins a survey of the various views in 40 Questions About Creation and Evolution by Kenneth D. Keathley and Mark F. Rooker(Kregel, 2015).

While the debates about soteriology and eschatology draw a lot of heat and division, it is perhaps the multi-faceted discussion on the origins of man and nature that bring much more heat than light. From the academy to the church pew, there are so many view points and varieties of view points that it can be hard to keep them straight. What is important to one is not to the other and what is clear to the other is not to the one. Add to that the vast body of knowledge and information that one needs to be familiar with in order just to carry an informed discussion.

With all of the views and books supporting those views it is easy to get lost in it all. This is where 40 Questions About Creation and Evolution comes in so handy. Though the authors are theologians and not scientists (which might be the only downfall to the book), they do an excellent job of presenting the various views with reasoned critiques of every position, including their own (Rooker is young-earth and Keathley is old-earth).

Perhaps the main thing that causes so much more heat than light in the discussion is that people don’t know how to keep the main thing the main thing and the rest of it in proper perspective to that. The authors definitely model how to do this well by stating, “We must know what to hold firmly and what must be open to revision. Our commitment to doctrine must be strong, but we hold to any particular apologetic approach much more loosely.” (17) If you can read this book with a humble and open mind it will help you see that, no matter your view, no view/theory can put together everything we know satisfactorily.

It is the confusion and conflation of doctrine and apologetic approach that is the problem. It is more important to believe that God created the universe and everything in it than how He created it, though what you believe about how He created it has importance as well. It is more important to believe that God created everything than the time frame within which He created it. There is value in ‘iron sharpening iron’ in the discussion of secondary and tertiary issues but they are counterproductive if we allow them to destroy our unity over the fact that it was all done by the triune God, even if we cannot understand the how of it all.

40 Questions About Creation and Evolution is a thoughtful survey of the historical, exegetical, scientific, cultural, and worldview issues related to the debate on creation and evolution. While this book might best benefit those who are new to the study, it is a book for everyone who cares about the issues.

I received this book for free from Kregel for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

A History of Christianity by Joseph Early“Of making many books there is no end.” (Ecc. 12:12) With all of the writing that goes on there is one area of writing that will always be with us – the writing of history. People have a fascination with history. History books connect us to the past and its people, places, things, and ideas, some of which we were directly a part of but much of which we were never part of. Every discipline in the history of mankind has books written on its history.

While reading history connects us to the past it also awakens us to a startling reality, not everyone agrees on the what’s, why’s, who’s, and how’s of history. Most facts are indisputable, however, there are plenty of differences. As objective as historians may set out to be in their accounting of history, each person writes from a slightly different perspective and sees things a little differently. No one tells history the same way – and this can be a good thing. If wisdom is found in a multitude of counselors, then history is better told and understood through a multitude of historians.

Young author and historian Joseph Early Jr. , professor of religion in the School of Theology at Campbellsville University, has recently made his contribution to the telling of Christian history in his new book A History of Christianity: An Introductory Survey (B&H, 2015). Joseph is the author of Readings in Baptist History (B&H, 2008) and The Life and Writings of Thomas Helwys (Mercer Univ. Press, 2009).

As a survey, Early touches on the highlights of Christian history since the time of Jesus by looking at the major people, events, and places that shaped it. Written in narrative style, this book is reader friendly, especially for those looking to get their feet wet in the history of Christianity.

Early writes from a desire to show people that God is at work in the history of the world. If history is truly “His-story” then when Christians tell their history they should be doing so with the influence of providence behind every event and person showing how God is working through the march of time. As early notes in the beginning of the book

When one takes the long view of history, it is easier to see that, regardless of what was going on in the organized church, there are always those who seek to find God’s will for the church. As a Christian and a historian, I hope the readers of this book will be able to see the bright light of the gospel shining throughout the lives of heroic Christians no matter how dark the times may be. After all, we are promised that the light of the gospel will obliterate the darkness. (xviii)

While the book is necessarily short, considering the 2,000 years of history is covers, Early definitely shows that he capable of handling the material in a more in depth manner. His writing is clear and you do not feel like you are bogged down in the minute details of names and dates that can so easily characterize history books. Early wants his readers to enjoy and be drawn into what they are reading and his writing accomplishes that.

A History of Christianity is a well written introductory survey of the history of Christianity. This could easily be a go to book for new Christians looking to learn more about the history of their new faith. It would also serve well as text book for high school history class and homeschoolers. And of course, it is a great book for any Christian looking to learn more about how the Christian faith and the unique life of Jesus shaped not only Christianity, but also the history of the world.

I received this book for free from B&H for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey“Professing to be wise, they became fools.” (Rom. 1:22)

If you were to only listen to the media, and its secular hosts and guests, on the viability of religion then you would get the idea that it is inept, childish, and anti-intellectual. Religion only takes center stage in the news when it is the focus of negative press and ridicule. When the views it espouses are considered backwards and arcane. It is claimed that Christianity is a religion of wishful thinking. That is teaches its followers to “just believe” rather than using their minds. But is this true?

Within the secular university it is assumed that one must check their religion at the door of education in order to be educated. Secular education, and the history of fields like biology, seem to have forgotten that they owe much of their success to religion, namely, Christianity. For people who claim to be so concerned with finding truth, secularists and their various religious-like representatives seem to find everything but the truth. In fact, they seem to suppress it at every turn. While they may be good at discovering things within the world God has made, they cannot give meaning to it. In their search for truth they step on it at every turn.

But this observation is not new. In fact, it is at least as old as the New Testament. Paul observes, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that, while God has clearly revealed Himself to man in nature, man, having seen it, suppresses that truth. Having suppressed it, he replaces worship of God with worship of the creation itself. Sin causes man to turn the world upside down. In trying to run from worshiping God, man simply replaces Him with the worship of God’s creation.

To help us unpack the God-substituting that man engages in teacher and author Nancy Pearcey has recently written Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes (David C. Cook, 2015). Following her earlier books The Soul of Science, Saving Leonardand Total Truth, Nancy speaks to believer and unbeliever alike about truth and its foundation in God Himself.

Who Is This Book For?

To the believer, Nancy wants every Christian to reject the attitude that they should never know anything about any religion except Christianity. As one of her students put it, “Exposing the mind to ideas is like exposing the body to germs. Its the way to build immunity.” (60) Its like those who work with counterfeit money. They first study real money so they know what it is in look and feel. They do so under the assumption that they will encounter counterfeit money. They are not trying to avoid a counterfeit, rather, they want to be able to spot it when they see it. The same goes for Christians and other religions and ideas. We always need to know our own faith more than another but we don’t master our faith with the idea in mind of never knowing anything about any other religion. We need to be able to spot counterfeit ideas to the gospel of Jesus Christ, but we will never be able to if we never engage them. Citing G. K. Chesterton, Nancy points out that “ideas are actually more dangerous to the person who has not studied them.” (255)

To the unbeliever, Nancy wants every atheist and secularist to see that by rejecting God’s existence they are rejecting the very foundation upon which their entire life and all of reality is built on. They have rejected worshiping the God of creation only to turn around and worship everything in creation. As Nancy’s husband, J. Richard Pearcey, says in the foreword, “Finding Truth argues that no secular worldview adequately accounts for the phenomena of man and the cosmos – what we know of human nature and physical nature. For these worldviews see only a slice of reality and then try to direct human beings into measuring themselves by that narrow slice and living accordingly.” (19) When we reject God as the maker and sustainer of reality then we lose the ability to account for all of reality.

Unmasking to Find Truth

The book is built on 5 principles to unmasking idolatry and finding truth based on Romans 1. Here is a summary of each principle:

  1. Identify the Idol – Idolatry is the act of worshiping anything other than God. When man rejects God he is not rejecting worship but is rejecting the right object of his worship. Man in turn worships everything else but God. When man worships God’s creation then he turns those things into gods to be worshiped. These objects of man’s idolatry are found in the ideas, philosophies, and worldviews man creates in a effort to replace God.
  2. Identify the Idols Reductionism – Ideas like materialism, rationalism, and humanism are all God replacements that reduce all of reality to a sliver of reality and seek to understand all of it in light of that sliver. Idolatry is inherently reductionistic. Because idols are reductionistic they lead us to destructive behavior. “Idols always lead to a lower view of human life,” says Nancy, and “when we reduce people to anything less than fully human, we will treat them as less than fully human.” (98-99) Idolatry seeks to absolutize a part of creation and “then everything is defined in its terms.” (45)
  3. Test the Idol: Does It Contradict What we Know About the World? – Having identified what a particular worldview has reduced reality to, we then ask if it is true to reality. A reductionistic worldview “is like trying to stuff the entire universe into a box, we could say that inevitable something will stick out of the box.” (47) For example, materialism reduces everything to the physical world. Since reality is only physical then there is no room for free will or even an explanation for the thoughts of a person since you can’t observe them. The Christian worldview is the only worldview that consistently takes into account all of reality.
  4. Test the Idol: Does It Contradict Itself? – This is the idea that idol-based worldviews are self-refuting, collapse internally, and commit suicide. For example a cultural relativist may claim that there is no universal truth. This claim of course is a universal truth and contradicts the statement itself.
  5. Replace the Idol: Make the Case for Christianity – If we are going to knock down idolatrous worldviews then we must offer something in their place. This is where the Christian worldview enters in. We must show why the Christian worldview is the only one that is coherent and comprehensive. This it is the only one able to make an account for all of life in a holistic, not reductionistic way. One way to do this is to show that while idol-based worldviews reject God and Christianity, they actually need and use them both to exist. This is the idea of borrowed capital. Greg Bahnsen used to say that atheists “are breathing God’s air all the time they are arguing against them.”

Conclusion

So must Christians check their religion at the door in order to become educated and in order to gain respect in the world? Is Christianity just wishful thinking? Are Christians required to withhold thinking in order to “just believe”? The answer is a resounding no and that what Finding Truth is all about teaching. Christianity is the only worldview that can consistently provide a comprehensive view of reality that accounts for what we know of man, nature, and beyond. Christianity does not hinder exploration, education, or advancement. Rather, it makes it possible.

Finding Truth is truly one of the best apologetics books to date. An apologist in the line of Francis Schaeffer, she shows herself to have a clear understanding of the Christian worldview and an undeniable ability to communicate it. She models how to love God with your heart and mind. She is faithful to the text of Scripture and writes from a genuine desire to help atheists and secularists see the hollowness of their ideas while calling them to the truth as found in Jesus Christ.

This is one of those books that I wish I could out into the hands of every Christian. Additionally, this is the perfect kind of book to go through with an atheist or secularist friend who wants to know more about Christianity and is open to critique of their own worldview. Nancy wants everyone to see that knowledge of God provides a universal framework” for seeing, understanding, and living all of life to its fullest. (270)

I received this book for free from David C. Cook for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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