This stimulating book contains a selection of reflections that aim to encourage us to approach issues in the church and in life increasingly through engagement with the biblical texts. The author argues that Western Christians are often starved of biblical content in their local church contexts. He believes that the Bible is indispensable to building Christian and church identity, thought, and life, and that
the biblical texts, brought to life by the Holy Spirit, themselves play a central role in Christian formation. In this way, Robert Knowles locates biblical formation squarely at the centre of our relationships with God and with each other.
"Rob's gift to the Church is to communicate rich theological truth in profoundly relational ways with the Scriptures at the centre. Those who want more and know there's more but just don't know where to look, would find in Rob's work a goldmine of wisdom, and Christ is the fount of it all."
- Rev'd Richard Matcham, Minister of Barton Baptist Church, Torquay
"I am glad to commend this book. It combines such technical-sounding topics as speech-act theory and postmodernism with very practical issues in bible study and the Christian life. Dr Knowles has shown that these are down-to-earth tools and issues which can be of practical use in everyday Christian discipleship. Issues such as that of church leadership are also raised in a practical way."
- Anthony C. Thiselton, Emeritus Professor of Christian Theology, University of Nottingham
"Rob Knowles is one of those people who has had a massive influence on my life and ministry; his work is always thoughtful, challenging, and very helpful. Rob always seeks to be thoroughly biblical, and he's never one to duck the tough questions or offer easy platitudes. I thoroughly recommend this volume as one which will help you significantly in your life and ministry."
- Rev'd Ted Fell, Vicar of All Saints Anglican Church, Kings Cross, London
ROBERT KNOWLES, initially a geophysicist by training, moved into theology, feeling called by God to become involved in Christian ministry. He has worked with the Navigators in London and Swansea and has had links to Cymru Institute for Contemporary Christianity, an offshoot of London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and to Central Eurasian Partners, an Eastern European group of mission initiatives. He obtained his doctorate in theology at Cardiff University in 2006, and has since written the successful Anthony C. Thiselton and the Grammar of Hermeneutics (Paternoster, 2012).