This book tells the story of how and why the authors turned a seemingly thriving seeker church into a church in which forming mature disciples of Jesus is the central concern.
Like Paul, we should have a burden to revitalize churches that are in various stages of sickness. And we’ve got no shortage of those churches, especially in America.
Book Review: Heralds of the King: Christ-Centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney, ed. by Dennis JohnsonReview by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011
This book is a fitting tribute to a man whose writing, teaching, preaching, and personal example have helped a good many pastors to preach Christ from all of Scripture.
Along with much biblical wisdom and good sense, there are a number of assumptions and values in this book that don’t square very well with Scripture.
Pastors, active church members, and church skeptics alike will be well served by this loving reminder of the centrality of the local church in the Christian life.
The great strength of this volume is that it serves as a fairly accessible introduction to a number of critical issues in contemporary evangelical missiology.
This book is theologically rich, carefully critical, and it throbs with a missionary heartbeat. Reading it will both instruct and inspire you to go and make disciples of all nations.
This book is an illuminating exposition of much crucial biblical material that bears on discipleship.
I celebrate the willingness to throw anything overboard that gets in the way of reaching others with the gospel, but I fear some of what’s getting tossed is actually precious cargo.
This book was written to help pastors, their fellow elders, and church members consider the issues that arise when a pastor receives a call from another church.
We need to ask “What is the mission of the local church?” not merely “What is the mission of the individual Christian?”
In many ways, this book is the most helpful, balanced contribution to the evangelical conversation about Christianity and culture that I’ve yet read.
If you want to understand the Bible’s teaching on deacons, this is a great place to start.
Rather than criticize the book’s handling of Scripture and understanding of the church, let’s just get to the bottom line: should you read this book? No.
An appeal to pragmatic results in order to justify a practice undermines the authority and sufficiency of Scripture.