—Little Scripture… (scant referencing and scanter exegetical explanation)
—Light on TULIP… (they don't take a definitive stand on either side)
—Backs Old Earth… (they ignore fossil dating methods and blindly choose old earth)
(CLARIFICATION: they favor a combo-Old/Young Earth Theory [I believe in Young Earth])
—What Good "Doctrine" Offers… (books to read list via the authors/books they cite)
(They buried the lead [the authors they sourced])
—The Poison in The Kool-Aid… (missional view sold over and over but not insured)
***One word brings this book into context of why it is how it is: MISSIONAL (stop now and look that word up and read both sides of the idea of it before continuing to read this review).
The authors stress over and over that the church must shape itself equal to the world's empty shell of culture, minus their "sin" (but that's too low [and conversely *high] on the production team's priority [and also their *taste-maker] list to risk the time and the knowledge-to-be-gained to identify), filled in instead with God's Love (His "Love" sure looks and sounds cool… it's too bad, then, that Helen Keller could not enter into a loosely-defined, "personal relationship" with Christ as a result of her inability to "experience" Jesus missionally).
—Bottom Line… (read other, better authors/books)
***If you really want to know about doctrine, and you want to be able to have a feet-planted-on-the-ground, steadfastness in your faith, read a variety of books on the various topics, instead of this jack-of-all-trades, gloss-over-review of the doctrines of our faith. Above all, read the Bible, go to a solid church, keep godly friends, keep godly, wise mentors, pray to God daily for His guidance, and seek God with everything, holding nothing back from God.
—SIMILAR/NOTEWORTHY BOOKS YOU SHOULD READ (and ask a godly, wise mentor for more recommendations)
Read Jonathan Edwards "Religious Affections" and "The Life of David Brainerd"
Read R.C. Sproul "What is Reformed Theology"
Read J.I. Packer "Knowing God"
Read John Piper "Desiring God" and "The Pleasures of God" and "Think"
Read Allister Begg "Made For His Pleasure"
Read Gregory Koukl "Tactics"
Above all, read The Bible (ESV, KJV, Geneva 1599, ASV, Holman)
—These are all on audible's website.
—TOPICS NOT DISCUSSED IN THIS BOOK (that should have at least been mentioned in decent length [these aren't all mainline doctrinal issues, but they are likely important topics for many if not most people that will read this book]):
-refute speaking in tongues / pentecostal vs. evangelical
-refute baptism for regeneration
-refute works salvation
-at length opine on civil disobedience
-beyond surface level explanation of their old-earth with young-creation theory
-what is Holy Spirit
-pre/post trib rapture
-importance of science
-importance of philosophy
-our role in government
-proper family structure
-musical styles in worship
-modesty in apparel
-refute emergent church
-missional vs non-missional
The authors of this book said that Jesus is the Vine and that the Church is what the branches are. I read in another book that Jesus is the Vine and that the believers are the branches. Which is it gonna be? Institutions or Individuals? This is a collectivist-culture-oriented book. This book does not seem to favor Individualism. That is scary. That stood out to me. There was no exegetical explanation given in the regular "pages" of this audiobook for this vine/branches, Jesus/Church, not believers…… idea. In the other book I read, an exegesis WAS made to prove the author's point about the meaning of the parable. I believe the book was by John Piper. I think it was either "Finally Alive" or "The Pleasures of God" or "Don't Waste Your Life" …… I go through so many books, that I forget what is from where. It might have even been from yet another book from a different author.
He pronounced "err" as "urr." That bothered me beyond belief. Doesn't he use the phonetic alphabet for tricky words? As a professional narrator, he should of course do this. That way, I'd learn the correct pronunciation too.
If more detail was given for their points, yes. Pictures and graphs and reenactments of scenes and concepts being debated would be very interesting to watch on this subject matter.
Read this book like you buy a Slim Jim beef stick on a quick road trip; enjoy it, but buy a nice, organic, grass fed steak when you're comfortable at home and ready to eat something nourishing (of course, read the Bible at least as much as you read anything else…… just one sentence/verse/chapter a day is a starting point… dive in for more!).
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