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Trevin Wax’s Book Club #4

February 17, 2011

As mentioned before, Trevin Wax, Michael Kelly, Philip Nation and Russ Rankin often gather over lunch to discuss books they are all reading.  Here is the latest list of books they’ve been reading together:

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  1. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
    One topic of conversation: Should The Reason for God be compared to C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity? The consensus was that a comparison is certainly warranted. Both Keller and Lewis adopt a tone that is respectful and engaging.
    But The Reason for God takes a different approach in its argumentation. The first half of the book features Keller turning the tables, putting the burden of proof on the skeptic rather than the believer. Many of his arguments are not “slam-dunk” and airtight, but they put a pebble in the skeptic’s shoe.
  2. No Other Gospel: 31 Reasons from Galatians Why Justification by Faith Alone is the Only Gospel by Josh Moody
    The subtitle of the book, “Why Justification By Faith Alone is the Only Gospel,” rubbed some of our group the wrong way. If the subtitle means “you miss the biblical gospel if you deny the truth of justification by faith alone”, then we all agreed it’s right on target. But if we are making the doctrine of justification synonymous with “the gospel,” then we are no longer using the term “gospel” in the way the New Testament does. Nowhere is justification equated with the gospel, even if that assumption is supported by some in Reformed circles.
  3. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
    Tribes is part of the pendulum swing toward an “everyone-can-be-a-leader” culture. What used to be a top down “we all need a general” approach has now become decentralized. There are aspects of Godin’s work that fit well within a Christian framework, particularly his emphasis on “serving the tribe” – not merely working for personal gain. And yet, Philip thinks the proposition that everyone can be a leader is ultimately self-defeating. Once everyone is authoritative and superior, no one is. So, ironically, the leadership boom may lead to a dearth of leadership.

    From → Leadership, Theology

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