Jan 042015
 

Relativism, the belief that there are no absolutes, is very prevalent today. Even among Christians. This book argues against the various ways that relativism is expressed in our culture and then shows the absurdity of the position.

I saw this book mentioned in a post at Challies.com listing current Kindle book deals and, though it looked interesting, I decided to pass on it since relativism just didn’t seem relevant.

Then that evening a comment in the book “13 Hours In Bengahzi” made me reconsider. A character stated that all religions are equally true and that no one should consider their faith “true” and others “false”. I then realized I did not have a coherent answer and so placed an order for the book while it was on sale and placed it on the top of my To Be Read pile.

Book Posts

  • True for You, But Not for Me by Paul Copan

  • Book Info

    True for You, But Not for Me: Deflating the Slogans that Leave Christians Speechless
    by Paul Copan
    Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
    Published: 06/01/2009
    ISBN-10: 0764206508
    ISBN-13: 978-0764206504
    Source: Amazon
    Format: ebook

    Publisher Synopsis

    Fast, effective answers to today’s tough questions and slogans that often leave Christians speechless. A rapid response to help keep the dialogue going in witnessing circumstances.


    Author Info
    Paul Copan (PhD, Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. He lives with his wife and five children in West Palm Beach, Florida.


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    Dec 092013
     

    Radical.
    David Platt.

    The modern-day gospel says, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Therefore, follow these steps, and you can be saved.” Meanwhile, the biblical gospel says, “You are an enemy of God, dead in your sin, and in your present state of rebellion, you are not even able to see that you need life, much less to cause yourself to come to life.

    Page: 28

    Platt hits the nail on the head when he points out that much of the Christian world thinks that to get to heaven all one must do is say a “superstitious prayer, a subsequent dose of church attendance, and obedience to some of the Bible.” This is a gospel of “self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and self-confidence” that attempts to hide the true gospel that declares the sovereignty of the triune God in bringing his people to salvation.

    Book Posts

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream – David Platt
  • Radical Promise: Consequences of “Really” Believing and “Really” Obeying
  • Being Radical in a Rad World
  • Radical Gospel of Guilt
  • Risking All for a Biblical Gospel
  • Gospel of Self-Sufficiency
  • Poor, Puny, Pathetic Jesus?
  • God’s Gift of Grace: New Heart, New Desires, New Longings

  • Aug 202013
     

    Radical.
    David Platt.
    amazon.com
    LibraryThing
    GoodReads
    Google Books

    Overheard some discussion about the book and it sounded interesting. Some love it. Some think he over-simplifies. Some blog about it. Me, I will read it and let you know one more opinion.

    Book Posts

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream – David Platt
  • Radical Promise: Consequences of “Really” Believing and “Really” Obeying
  • Being Radical in a Rad World
  • Radical Gospel of Guilt
  • Risking All for a Biblical Gospel
  • Gospel of Self-Sufficiency
  • Poor, Puny, Pathetic Jesus?
  • God’s Gift of Grace: New Heart, New Desires, New Longings

  • Book Info

    Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream
    by David Platt
    Publisher: Multnomah Books
    Published: 05/04/2010
    ISBN-10: 1601422210
    ISBN-13: 978-1601422217
    Started: 08/20/2013
    Finished: 10/01/2013
    Source: Library
    Reason: Sounded like an interesting book
    Format: e-book

    Publisher Synopsis

    WHAT IS JESUS WORTH TO YOU?

    It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily…

    BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT? DO YOU?

    In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple–then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

    Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment — a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.


    Author Info
    DAVID PLATT is the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a four-thousand-member congregation in Birmingham, Alabama. Widely regarded as an exceptional expositor, David has traveled and taught around the world. He holds two undergraduate and three advanced degrees, including a doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. David and his wife, Heather, live in Birmingham with their family.


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    Jun 162013
     

    Coffee with Calvin.
    Donald McKim.

    For the Word of God is not received by faith if it flits about in the top of the brain, but when it takes root in the depth of the heart that it may be an invincible defense to withstand and drive off all the stratagems of temptation.
    — John Calvin – Institutes 3.2.36

    Page: 35

    Our faith cannot be just ‘head knowledge’ but must overflow our heart. Our faith cannot be expressed by winning arguments but by winning hearts through love. Humility is a fruit of our faith because we realize that our very faith is not our ‘doing’ but a gift from God. How can we boast? How can we be smug or arrogant?

    Jan 102013
     

    Louie Giglio Really shows that ‘toleration’, ‘reasonable’, and ‘sensible’ are all words that only work one way.

    Here are some quotes from the original post Louie Giglio and the New State Church:

    As citizens, we ought to insist that the President stand up to his “base” and articulate a vision of a healthy pluralism in the public square. Notice that the problem is not that this evangelical wants to “impose his religion” on the rest of society. The problem is not that he wants to exclude homosexuals or others from the public square or of their civil rights. The problem is that he won’t say that they can go to heaven without repentance. That’s not a civil issue, but a religious test of orthodoxy.
    Note, this now doesn’t simply exclude harsh and intemperate statements or even activism. Simply holding the view held by every Roman pontiff and by every congregation and synagogue in the world until very recent days is enough to make one “radioactive” in public.
    It turns out we’re circling around to where we should have been all along: with the understanding that religious liberty isn’t ‘toleration’ and separation of church and state isn’t secularism.

    Here is a portion of Giglio’s withdrawl statement:

    Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration. Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.
    He concludes his blog post with a very gracious and Christian statement

    The issue of homosexuality (which a particular message of mine some 20 years ago addressed) is one of the most difficult our nation will navigate. However, individuals’ rights of freedom, and the collective right to hold differing views on any subject is a critical balance we, as a people, must recover and preserve.

    As a pastor, my mission is to love people, and lead them well, while lifting up the name of Jesus above anything else. I’m confident that anyone who knows me or has listened to the multitude of messages I have given in the last decade would most likely conclude that I am not easily characterized as being opposed to people—any people. Rather, I am constantly seeking to understand where all people are coming from and how to best serve them as I point them to Jesus.


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