When the openly words on this title are negative, I confess I struggled to find the positives in this work. 'I am often disturbed or disappointed by what I experience when I "go to church",' says David Peterson. Here is a dense tool-like exposition of church based ministry. As Peterson writes, "We encounter God by listening to what he has revealed to us in Scripture and by responding to the work of his Son, as the gospel directs." This title offers more uses of the word 'edification' that you might expect in a year of reformed theological education. So conservative it is: creative it isn't! It covers a broad range of topics including prayer, scripture reading, preaching, bodily expression, liturgy, evangelism, and emotion. Its tight and hot on being theologically precise throughout.
Petersons theological edge and pastoral steer may be clear but there is a lack to the loving fruit to this writing project. It was easy to drift from the reading of this as the content was rather dull. Scripture, themes, commentary and more scripture are substantively present. I don't think there's a single real life illustration included in this treatise on biblical patterns. Dry, thorough but lacking inspiration. Lots of head-increase, but nothing that touches the heart here.