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.

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.

The King James Study Bible, Full-Color Edition

225_350_book-2356-coverThis particular Bible is a unique Study Bible in that rather than focusing just solely on study notes it also as the dynamics of archaeological notes, personal profiles, as well as some cultural studies. I was rather surprised how helpful I found these additional notes and know that I will benefit greatly from using them.

I will say the difference in this Study Bible versus other Study Bible is that this particular Bible is really more trying to get the reader to understand Scripture. It’s not so much after trying to present a particular doctrine, although there are some that are obvious for those who know where to look, but rather it is trying to get the reader a full immersion on what it is stated in Scripture.

Often times we study Bible we have to be careful not to come at it with an American mindset. This can be very damaging because we will assume that our culture is similar to what was happening back then. This is not the case. As such we need to have a good understanding of the cultural historical context in which scripture was written..

This particular Bible does that very well so that the reader is given a sample of the mindset that would have happened back when the Bible was being written. However, we also need to be careful that we don’t so caught up in historical context we actually lose the presentation of scripture. Scripture does go against cultural things and this need to take into consideration.

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

NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

225_350_book-2335-coverWhen a Bible is read it is often done through the lense of the reader. This is not a bad thing unless the lense of the reader is understanding something that is not there. This happens more than realized because our cultural dictates how we understand something we read. It is the same with the Bible.

The NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Bible seeks to give the reader an understanding of the culture of Scripture. By doing this, the reader should have a better comprehension of what the writer was trying to say. Instead of viewing it as a foreigner, the goal is to place the reader in a setting as if they were alive as the Biblical events are taking place. I found this Bible to be a great help in understanding what a person in Biblical times may have thought.

As to this Bible itself, it is a heavy Bible coming in at just over four pounds. The text is easy to read and the photos are stunning. The articles are well placed and not distracting. There are also great aids in the back of the Bible such as a weights and measurement section and a brief concordance.

This is a great Bible for study and it would do well for those that want to better understand the day in which Biblical characters lived. For those wanting a devotional Bible, seek elsewhere.

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

Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio

225_350_book-2313-coverIt is perhaps one of the most well known stories of the Bible. A shepherd boy named David goes up against a giant, Goliath, and defeats him with no weapons of war but tools of shepherds. It has inspired many and is used when a seemingly victory by a superior team is thwarted by their opponent.

Using this story, Louie Giglio, in his book Goliath Must Fall, writes on why the giants that try to prevent us from being victorious must fall. Giglio shows that God is more powerful than anything that would hinder our victory. He then points out that certain traits must also fall in order for us to be victorious.

Anger, pride, and fear are some of the giants that must be defeated or else we will struggle to be fully used of God with such weight holding us back. One particular giant is the giant of comfort

Often people will fail to take action because they are comfortable enough where they are. I see this in my own life and appreciated that comfort can be a god if it is not understood. Giglio really pointed out the dangers of being so comfortable that we fail to see giants attacking us on other fronts. Then…wham! We are the ones falling and not the giant.

This book is a great challenge to point out the areas of life that can hinder spiritual growth and maturity. I can see how many could benefit from reading this work and making a habit of reading it on a regular basis.

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

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