Helpful Book Review 03-02-13

God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life by Gene Edward Veith Jr.- Pastors may find God at Work to be a useful tool as they translate theological language related to sanctification into laypeople’s vernacular. And any reader will be encouraged as Veith explains how all our roles and obligations serve God’s greater purposes. God at Work is probably not what you want if you’re looking for a comprehensive treatment of how to live as a Christian in the workplace. So read this book remembering that, “The doctrine of vocation is a theology of the Christian life, having to do with sanctification and good works. It is also a theology of ordinary life” (157). – Ben Wright

Everyday Church by Tim Chester, Steve Timmis –  The main premise of Everyday Church is that churches in the United Kingdom, and increasingly in America, are facing a post-Christendom world yet relying on evangelistic methods left over from Christendom. For generations we have tended to subsist on capital generated by a church-saturated culture, but now that the culture has shifted underfoot we are overdrawing our account.  – Bobby Jamieson

The King James Only Controversy by James White – When it comes to Bible translations, we are being illogical if we start with the presupposition that a certain translation is the only perfect one.  Some KJV-Only advocates carry this argument out to its ugly and logical end when they say the KJV is even superior to the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts(!).  And here’s another case where fundamentalism and liberalism end up holding hands: they say the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts are not trustworthy.  Obviously this is not a historic Christian belief! – Shane Lems

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