Tags: making disciples, rediscovering discipleship
Book Review of
Gallaty, Robby. Rediscovering Discipleship. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2015, 238 pp.
Here is a book about a subject that has been around longer than most of us realize. Most Christians have heard about discipleship. The problem is they may have never been discipled. This book can help Christians know what discipleship is; where it comes from; and get practical ideas on how to get this ministry going in their lives and churches.
Two main sections and thirteen chapters comprise the body of the book. The author uses endnotes instead of footnotes. I was surprised at the number of references in a book on this subject. A lot of research went into this book. It is not just a testimonial on how discipleship has helped the author.
The first section, “Know the Man Before You Go On Mission” gives the reader background information on discipleship. We learn how making disciples was practiced, developed and was forgotten over time. This is an interesting section that pastors and church leaders will benefit from reading.
The second section, “The Method of Making Disciples” helps the reader with practical advice and examples. While moving through this section I hope most readers will be thinking that they can do this. There is no guilt here for those not involved in making disciples. But there is plenty of encouragement and motivation to not only be a disciple but to make disciples.
This is an easy book to read and come away with feeling good about making disciples. It is well worth the time for pastors, leaders and teachers to read and practice. A Biblical ministry method is laid out for the readers to learn and apply. The practice of making disciples will revolutionize any church.
I received this book for free from www.crossfocusedreviews.com for review purposes. I was not required to give a favorable review.
Tags: evangelicals adrift book review, Matthew E. Ferris, review of sacramentalism
Ferris, Matthew E. Evangelicals Adrift: Supplanting Scripture with Sacramentalism. published by Great Writing; 2015, 248pp.
This is a challenging book to read, not simply because of its subject but also because of the research compiled within its pages. There are multiple citations from different scholarly works. I truly appreciate the use of footnotes instead of endnotes. This makes my reading and checking quotations easier.
The author presents a high view of Scripture over and above tradition or creeds. He does not bash Catholics or those who hold to a high view of sacramentalism. He simply presents these views in the light of Scripture.
The author presents the views of many people from different times in history. He asks that the reader look at these views in the light of Scripture. Famous people from Church history are quoted and the views they hold are looked into through the lens of Scripture.
There are ten chapters, an index of modern authors, a bibliography and a subject index. Almost every page contains footnotes. This is a book that could be used as a reference tool for further study. This book is not one sided in its approach because the author admits that “the book is not an apology for Protestantism” (p. 24).
Personally, I appreciate the work that Matthew Ferris has done for this book. I learned a lot that I did not previously know or paid attention too. In the future I can see this work being an interesting reference work to consult. I wish we examined every tradition, creed or sacrament in the light of Scripture.
This book is not for everyone, but if you want to read an in depth study of sacramentalism in the light of Scripture it will be worth your time and money.