Eats with Sinners by Arron Chambers

978-1-63146-832-2There has been a lot produced on living like Jesus. From bracelets, to wristbands, t-shirts, and DVD seminars, many things have been made so that Christians can be reminded and challenged to live like Jesus. This is not bad but it is possible to miss a key element of what Jesus did; Jesus ate with sinners.

In his book, Eats with Sinners, Arron Chambers takes an approach that is becoming lost in American Christianity. That approach is to eat, fellowship, with sinners. Invite them to eat with you and spend time with you. Go to where they are and interact with them. There is something powerful about eating together that building relationships. It is probably why Jesus did it and we should as well.

I have to admit that this was something that when I first read it seemed odd. However, after reading the reasonings of Chambers it made sense to imitate Jesus. Too often Christians try to get a non-Christian into a more formal setting like a church service. This may lead to uncomfortably. However, being invited into a home is less formal and can be more relaxed. This could lead to great conversation and relationship building and Chambers makes a great argument for this style of outreach.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The Satisfied Soul by Dr. John Piper

Satisfied SouDr. John Piper has a way of drawing me towards the realization that Christ is everything. His materials and sermons have impacted greatly and it is true of his newest devotional The Satisfied Soul. This work is the collection of three previous works: Pierced by the Word, Life as a Vapor, and A Godward Heart.

By combining these works into a devotional reading Dr. Piper has written a wonderful book to challenge the reader each day of the 120 day readings to see God, and Christ, as supreme. I have been throughly challenged by the readings I have done and am being left to read more.

These work should be considered for those who want more from a devotional than just a verse or two and a thought. If you want richness and depth I highly recommend this work.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell & Sean McDowell, PhD

225_350_book-2411-coverThe Christian faith has been under attack since the very start of it. By either trying to deny the resurrection of Christ or to claim that Christ never said He was God, antagonists have tried their best to discredit and malign Christianity. Some have managed to turn followers of Christianity away from their faith believing that no evidence exists to support their beliefs.

Josh McDowell and his son Dr. Sean McDowell have updated the classic work Evidence that Demands a Verdict. This work is designed to arm Christians with information to support their faith and answer critics. Ranging in topics like: evidence for the Bible being true, supposed contradictions in the Bible, evidence for the resurrection of Christ, and evidence for truth. By addressing this issues, the McDowells have given Christians ammunition to attack the lies that try to threaten their spiritual foundation.

One area that was of particular interest to me was the appendix relating to issues posed by Dr. Bart Ehrman. Dr. Ehrman has written several books attacking Christianity by attacking the Bible but not in a methods from previous attacks.Rather, Dr. Ehrman focuses on the variants in the manuscripts and tries to use this to show that we cannot be sure of words in the New Testament. The McDowells address this and other arguments presented by Dr. Ehrman and give some excellent information on why Dr. Ehrman’s information is faulty.

This book should be in every Christian’s library as more attacks are being made against Christianity and Christians need to be able to defend their beliefs.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Encountering God through Expository Preaching by Jim Scott Orick, Brian Payne, and Ryan Fullerton

ExpositoryThis title caught my eye and I was curious as to what it was regarding. I am usually hesitant about anyone mentioning encountering God because my personal experience is at some point they want my money. This book is different in that it shows the value of expository preaching and how, when done correctly, those hearing the preaching should encounter God.

The authors first point out that the preacher must realize his/her role and work on being the best communicator they can. Not everyone is gifted at preaching but this should not cause self limitation to be placed. Work at being a better preacher so that your audience, be they one or many, can see God.

From there, the authors give advice on how to deliver an expository message Biblically. By making sure the message is both accurate and communicated, the audience has the opportunity to encounter God. Should one of these be messing either God is misrepresented or the audience is lost wondering where the message is headed.

I was impressed by this book an will take the message to heart. I have done some preaching and it helps to hear how to deliver a Biblically-based message and in a way that reaches the hearts of my audience.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

TreasureGiving is not something that comes easily to a lot of people. Marketing in the United States seems to scream at us to accumulate as much as possible. Forget the welfare of another: you are on this planet for yourself. Jesus would say otherwise.

In his book, The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn gives ample evidence that giving is something that God not only wants but He also commands. It is in giving that we begin to see our selfish wants peel away and diminish. By letting go of our possessions we find joy in helping others and understand more of God’s character.

This book may be little in size but it is large in its message. I wish that more people would read this book and begin to give. The world needs it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

 

Getting the Gospel Right by R. C. Sproul

9780801019692The Gospel. How important is it to get the good news of Jesus Christ right? What are the ramifications of such an undertaking? Some would say that Roman Catholics and Protestants are in agreement with what the Gospel is. Others would say that they are vastly different. Is it such a big deal?

In his book, Getting the Gospel Right, Dr. R.C. Sproul examines two documents: Evangelicals and Catholics and The Gift of Salvation. These documents were signed by Evangelicals and Catholics leaders in an effort to agree on the fundamental teachings of the Gospel. R.C. Sproul sets forth to show that, while the documents were signed, the doctrinal teachings of Roman Catholicism and Evangelicals are not the same.

By highlighting the two documents and breaking down each of the statements contained therein, Dr. Sproul demonstrates that what was written is not Scriptural. He carefully exposes some of the flaws of these documents and champions the mottos of the Reformation: sola gratia (grace alone), sola fide (faith alone), soli Christo (Christ alone).

This book is a great introduction into the variances within Christendom between Roman Catholics and Evangelicals. I encourage those want to know more to read additional titles by R.C. Sproul to get a viewpoint from a reformed theologian and contrast that with those from Roman Catholics.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Jesus Among Secular Gods by Dr. Ravi Zacharias and Dr. Vince Vitale

0b284aa8151419741597863df5f05b43I recall a webinar that I viewed in which Dr. Zacharias and Dr. Vitale spoke on truth and the impact the absence of it has on a society. As each man spoke, I was impressed with the candor and level of detail each had in explaining why the Christian faith is superior to all the world’s religions.

During this webinar, they mentioned their newest book, Jesus Among Secular Gods, as a resource for those attending to receive a deeper teaching on how the sciences have been given a god-like place in Western civilization. They argue that science has attempted to usurp faith and become the new religion of the “educated” mind.

As I read this book, I focused on chapter three: Scientism. In this chapter, Dr. Vitale shows that science’s answers to life fail when placed under scrutiny. Science has tried to answer in such a way to exclude God but evidences keep pointing back to God. Thus, the scientist either provides an answer that begs more questions or ignores the data to ignore having to place God into the conversation.

I found this book to quite insightful and well ordered. It is a great resource for any Christian entering academia where Christianity is reject or even ridiculed. It is also a wonderful book to read to strengthen one’s understanding of just how wonderful God is.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.