The last few years have seen increasing volume of writing by the `young, restless, Reformed' tribe......so inevitably this new title asks, what does this book add to the market? Matt Chandler here encourages readers to make the gospel explicit rather than revert to the "moralistic, therapeutic deism" that most professing believers falsely assume is authentic Christianity. Central to this book is the aching truth, that we could talk `about' and yet miss the `core' of the gospel and so comes Chandlers, arrow-focus challenge to biblical root it all in Gods revelation in Jesus.
Chandler is a really great Bible teacher and also a funny & authentic man in Christ. Chandler writes like he preaches & the overall tone of this is great. Here there is a rigour and yet connecting love to the good news and the resulting expression of this explicit gospel. We are beckoned on ground and air approach, for we are to be both message-minded and mission-minded. Wonderfully beyond the standard clichés of evangelical culture. This is puritan in theology, missional in emphasis & fuel for the soul!
on 11 July 2013
A book i'd highly recommend you to read this year. Matt Chandler is a solid Bible teacher and does not compromise what scripture says. He has a really down to earth, humble approach but makes it clear what he's saying through thorough Biblical research. Get a note pad and take notes this book is worth the read.
on 11 November 2013
This is a book that pulls few punches and is refreshingly written. I enjoyed it very much. My one reservation was that, almost at the end, in what I felt was an unnecessary inclusion, he discusses women in ministry. His approach is to lump all of those who support women leading and preaching into the category of those who undermine the authority of Scripture. That is too sweeping and inaccurate. That is a pity. Because the rest of the book is brilliant.