My piece just went live on Patheos:
This is the fourth book of Scot’s I’ve read. In particular, his Kingdom Conspiracy, made a big impact on me. Pastor Paul was just as impactful.
From time to time instead of a regular review, I like to list a half dozen things I appreciated about a book. Here they are for Pastor Paul:
*Scot’s expertise in handling both the biblical material and ancient history is on wonderful display. The historical material illumines the biblical points in ways that give more color and texture to Paul’s ministry.
*The writing is elegant and accessible.
*Pastor Paul is written in what I would call a “gentle prophetic” spirit. Scot does not pull his punches in telling us the truth about touchy subjects like money and friendship, but one does not feel “beat up” over his candor.
*There are many good expositions on a whole range of subjects. My favorites are probably the ones on friendship and the honor culture of Paul’s time.
*The title is apt, but don’t be mistaken. Pastor Paul is a book that all Christians, even non pastors, can benefit greatly from.
*I greatly enjoy books that show the incredible relevance of knowing the past. Pastor Paul showcases how a growing historical sense gives wisdom for how we live today.
Since this “review” is also on my Amazon account, let me mention that it was easy to give five stars.
I have read several books on preaching. None have been duds, but this one may now be my favorite. I don’t know of any other book on preaching that accomplishes so much in so little space (under 150 pages).
Bruce Waltke and others are gushing about it and I add my name to the gushers. Short, but full of powerful and wonderful insights. Beautifully written. Integrative approach. Careful biblical studies of memory along with things from neuroscience, psychology, etc.
And of course, you will learn how remembering is very different than recall.
I can’t think of many books that all Christians can read. Thankfully there are some. Typically, some are too technical for people used to popular books, and some are too basic to be of much help to a more mature Christian.
However, Sleeth’s new book is one I can enthusiastically recommend to all Christians no matter where they are in their own walk with God.
Reforesting Faith helps us see what is hiding in plain sight. No matter where you are in your understanding of the Bible and Christian faith, I can guarantee you will find thrilling insights that make your heart leap for joy.
If you are looking for a thoughtful and accessible introduction to the various issues swirling around human sexuality, I highly recommend this book.
Each chapter is done by a scholar who is intimately involved in their local church. In other words, they are not merely addressing theoretical matters, but things they have seen up close.
As with all controversial subjects, the authors don’t agree with one another on every point, but there is much they do find common ground on.
One area that I appreciated very much is the emphasis not only on showing the truthfulness of God’s will for sexuality, but the beauty of it. Aesthetics is an important area of doing good theology!
A terrific resource for our cultural moment!