Justin’s #38 – The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-Lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World, David F. Well, 272 pages

August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well I’ve come to the end of a 5 books series on the modern day church. Leaving David Wells’ truly remarkable 20+ year project is bittersweet, I must say. This book, if I could recommend any of them, is the one I would read if I were you. “Courage” is an encompassing look at all facets that Wells has described in the previous 4 books. In fact, reading them back to back as I have makes him sound a bit repetitive at times! I read this book about a year ago and you can read my initial thoughts about it here. Wells breaks down the chapters into 7 different aspects (only one which I will discuss at any length). I have linked the book that talks about the contents of the chapter (as it is a culmination, I’ve already written at length about everything discussed; so as not to be redundant, I will link my other reviews in the hope that you will read them and understand the contents of this particular book): The Lay of the Evangelical Land No Room For Truth Christianity for Sale Above All Earthly P’wrs Truth No Room For Truth God God in the Wasteland […]

Justin’s #33 – How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture, Francis Schaeffer, 288 pages

July 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

I read Nancy Pearcey’s book, “Total Truth” last year. Pearcey became a Christian when she visited the L’Abri house in Switzerland which Schaeffer founded. This was my first introduction to Schaeffer. A couple of months ago, I was referred to this book and I am not disappointed to say that I’ve read it; just disappointed that I didn’t read it sooner! I think “How Should”, published in 1976, could be considered one of Schaeffer’s most lasting achievement before he died 10 years later. It traces human thought through three veins: the theological, the philosophical, and the scientific. He examines these three categories in detail through various stages of human development in the West. He starts in Greece and Rome, moves to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance,  the Reformation (he spends two chapters here),the enlightenment, the rise of modern science, the breakdown in philosophy and science (19th century), and the present. In each period, he closely looks at the reigning philosophical system and demonstrates how this influenced not only those who went after them, but how theology was changed because of it. Philosophy is moving forward where each system builds on top of the system before it. To discover how we […]

Justin’s #32 – Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, Paul Tripp, 240 pages

July 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Out of all the books I read last year, one called “When We Were A Burning Fire” by Addie Zierman was the absolute worst. If you read the linked review, you would see that I felt her conclusions were mostly wrong in regards to what scripture says about the Church and her perception of it. This year, I have a feeling this book will take the cake as the worst book I read in 2015. Paul Tripp uses this book to communicate the importance of the pastorate. He stresses things like humility, accountability, and hard work while juggling a ministry throughout the book to stress to pastors in the ministry to keep the “awe of God” on their minds constantly. He argues that when pastors get into the pastorate, they become disingenuous towards what once was awesome and glorious about God. This is probably because they spend hours pouring over scripture and therefore become numb to the gloriousness of God. He gives little anecdotes at the beginning of each chapter to illustrate the point he is about make. But what really is disconcerting about this book is how little scripture Tripp uses to establish his position. You would think that […]

Justin’s #31 – Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ in a Postmodern World, David F. Wells, 317 pages

July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve come to David F. Wells 4th book in his series on the Church (after No Place For Truth, God in the Wasteland, and Losing Our Virtue) and it is a doozy. More than the previous three books, I believe Wells brings the church into his crosshairs and not just the culture. In No Place, Wells talks extensively on how we got to the place that we are (primarily through modernity, postmodernism, capitalism, and urbanization). God in the Wasteland expounds more on the Church as a whole than any particular movements within it as does Losing Our Virtue (which describes how values have usurped virtue in our postmodern society). Above Earthly Pow’rs centers in on the seeker sensitive movement of the Evangelical Church after Wells talks at length about our postmodern world. Wells begins by a short synopsis of everything he has discussed so far in the previous 3 books (which I will not extensively describe here but be sure to check out the linked book reviews). What is of significance in this volume is centered on postmodernism. He has to logically connect how we got to where we are today by demonstrating how postmodern thought has infiltrated 1) American […]

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