Like any pastor, urgent meetings and activities crowd your calendar. This collection of eloquent reminders about what's most important issues a resounding call to pursue a gospel-saturated, preaching-centered ministry. Essays from pastors representing a wide variety of evangelical traditions celebrate the centrality of the cross. Noted contributors include John MacArthur, John Piper, and R.C. Sproul. 176 pages, hardcover from Crossway.
When you hear names like Mahaney, Piper, MacArthur, and Sproul, the expectation is that whatever this involves it will probably be good. And let me say, it is. Preaching the Cross is an excellent book that covers a lot of ground.
The shofar has been blown to pastors, calling us to what is supposed to be first in our lives. Priorities in our personal life and in preaching are a must. Pure doctrine and engaging the culture with Christ have to be at the forefront. And preaching for the glory of God and understanding that our calling is a high calling is peppered throughout. I found that it encouraged me in my calling.
Ministry activities have a way of distracting us if we are not grounded in the Word, remembering our true priorities. This books has behind it men with a great deal of ministry experience, who give strong exhortations to remain faithful to the calling and cover various aspects of ministry that need bolstering. All these essays revolve around topics like priorities, preaching Christ in the Old Testament, and preaching with the culture in view grace the pages of this "read every year kind of book."
Mark Dever reminds readers that Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4 that God is the One who judges us (p. 22). Though we read this every time we turn to this passage, it helps to be reminded of this. We cannot be fearful or men or seek to please them, hence Dever's first sentence: "Churches today must be recovered."
My only question for this book would be its title Preaching the Cross. The title gives readers the impression that the content of the book will be centered around the cross. This is not the case. That said, this book will not disappoint. It is one to have in your library. Todd Upchurch, Christian Book Previews.com
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