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'Is anybody in charge around here?' 'Does anybody care about me?' The answer to both these questions is 'God', and that is the Christian doctrine of providence. In this easy-to-read book, Melvin Tinker brings home to us what that means in practice as we see God working our his purposes in our lives. There are no simple answers, but Mr Tinker can make hard things clear and help us to understand who is watching over us and why. Highly recommended.' --Gerald Bray, Research Professor, Beeson Divinity School

God's sovereign rule is complicated but crucial. Melvin Tinker steers us through with clarity and thoughtfulness, always keeping himself to what the Bible actually says rather than what we might want it to say. That faithfulness to Scripture, combined with pastoral sensitivity and application to life, makes this a most welcome and useful book --Graham Beynon, Grace Church, Cambridge, director of Training for East Anglia Ministry

About the Author

Melvin Tinker has served as Vicar of St John Newland since 1994, Melvin read Theology at Oxford University and trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall. He has previously been curate at Wetherby Parish Church, Chaplain to Keele University and vicar of All Hallows, Cheadle. As well as speaking around the country and abroad, Melvin is the author of over fifty published articles dealing with a wide range of subjects relating to ethics and theology.

D. A. Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and is the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The God Who Is There and How Long, O Lord? He is one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition and an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world.

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Noting first that he is writing on a doctrine that is not as commonly talked about as it once was, Tinker begins with the assertion that 'the doctrine of God's providence should be amongst the first refuges a Christian should seek in order to find strength and comfort' (13). Combining theological and biblical reflection with his experience as a pastor, he sets out in the rest of the book to justify that statement.

The first chapter of the book is a reflection on Romans 8:28, which sets the stage for helping us to understand that God is sovereignly at work in all the circumstances of our lives. God is at work for our good in all things, although sometimes it may take hindsight for us to see that. But understanding and finding comfort in the doctrine of providence begins with that foundational truth.

The rest of the book is largely composed of reflections on various passages of Scripture, drawing out and exploring different facets of the doctrine of providence. We see how providence works in conjunction with human responsibility, how it works in our lives as individuals, the link between providence and prayer, providence and suffering, and the work of providence in bringing people to faith. Tinker takes the time to work through the narratives of biblical figures such as Joseph, Job, and Ruth to show how God was directing the course of their lives for their good and his glory. Any notion of providence equating with fatalism is done away with, and God is shown to be exactly who he is ‒ a loving God who is intimately concerned and involved with the lives of his people. In doing so, Tinker provides a great encouragement to us that this same God is concerned with each of our lives.
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This is a clear and readable text that deals with one of the most important doctrines of the Christian faith. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Account 16 Mar. 2013
By Paul R. Shockley - Published on Amazon.com
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Melvin Tinker offers an extraordinary holistic and biblical account on the theme of God's providence as it relates to such issues as His divine purposes, providence and our responsibility, providence and time, providence in action, providence and the individual, providence and prayer, providence and guidance, providence and suffering, and providence and conversion. His working definition of providence is, "God our heavenly Father working in and through all things by his wisdom and power for the good of his people and the glory of his name. This covers the whole of our lives from the moment we are conceived to the moment we die." (pg. 114). His biblical and theological insights on providence as it relates to our responsibilities as believers, the importance of prayer, what divine guidance looks like, and how to look at suffering are particularly poignant. His writing is clear, precise, and illustrated brilliantly. Each chapter is smooth and easy to read.

I wish I had learned these truths early on in my Christian ministry. This veteran pastor and seasoned scholar offers a lot of practical help in dealing with some very hard issues people face as they live life, facing the mundane, tackling the difficult, and grappling with the unexpected and dramatic. He offers excellent pastoral assistance in learning how to interpret circumstances that seem to immobilize our plans, dismantle our dreams and pursuits, and snatch away all that we hold dear. Thus, if you are looking for a resource that will provide the information needed to comfort those who are doubting, those who are looking for discernment in understanding God's will for one's life, the necessary importance of prayer, or how to comfort those who are experiencing affliction, trials, and pain, these practical, biblical, and seasoned insights by Mr. Tinker will be a tremendous blessing. In particular, those who are in Christian ministry, whether as a chaplain, pastor, teacher, or apologist, will find this book to be an excellent resource in ministering to those who are honestly grappling for answers, with all of its "seeming" oscillating moments of stability and instability, under God's providential rule.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done and useful 25 Nov. 2013
By jkracker - Published on Amazon.com
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Tinker's book on providence is not a philosophical essay. Instead he has provided us with a wonderfully pastoral exposition of the doctrine. Consider it "Flavel updated." I am especially gratified by the appendix in which he responds to in adequate views of the doctrine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bible college recommended 10 Nov. 2014
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