Despite the disproportionate space given to them, the alleged weaknesses are relatively peripheral to McCune’s thesis, which he argues convincingly.
Skip it and go read something by David Wells.
I think that a less-than-biblical philosophy of ministry shines through at certain points, so read with discernment.
Read the book to be more conversant with the young people of your congregations. But I would not recommend it for basic ecclesiological strategy.
Does your home have the aroma of Christ? This book should help provoke that question.
How do we remain biblically rooted in our corporate worship of God without becoming culturally irrelevant?
This book is a cogent and succinct summary of the central themes of the life of Jonathan Edwards, and Moody does his best work applying those themes to our present context.
The term “gracism” sounds a great deal like affirmative action with a biblical twist. I think the tried and proven biblical standard and terms are sufficient for the task.
This book is a worthwhile read. But absorb its biblical-theological argumentation with a discerning eye.
More than once while reading, I had to put the book down, confess my sin, and pick up the phone to get involved again in a situation I was conveniently ignoring.
Maybe small churches do have a lot to offer. This is the heart of Benton’s message, and I think it is worth listening to.
At the end of the day the Great Tradition, at least defined as the words of those creeds, simply isn’t going to be enough to ground Christian unity.
So, why is InterVarstity confused? I worry that it’s because they are muddled about the gospel.
It’s not just, or even mainly, my wrongly ordered love of the sheep that pulls me toward liberalism. Even more powerful is my love of self.
This tension between emotions (subjective) and doctrine (objective) is nothing new.