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Publication Date: 2010
John Dickson (PhD, Macquarie University, Sydney) is a senior research fellow of the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University; codirector of the Centre for Public Christianity; and senior minister at St. Andrews Roseville. The author of more than a dozen books, he is the host of two major historical documentaries for Australian television and is a busy public speaker in corporations, universities, churches, and conferences.
Martin PitcherNauvoo, ILAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5August 19, 2010Martin PitcherNauvoo, ILAge: 45-54Gender: maleLet me start out by saying that it is an easy read at 218 pages, with a font that is very comfortable to read with or without my glasses on. The flow is wonderful and makes for enjoyable reading. The book itself is a page-turner and I have had trouble putting it down.There is so much that I could say about this book, but I have chosen to limit myself to comment on two chapters in particular.Let me start with chapter two, The Many and the One: The Challenge of Pluralism. I find that the author does a tremendous job of explaining pluralism in an easy to understand way. He gives a clear, concise, two-part definition of this issue, having divided it into popular and sophisticated pluralism.Finally, I want to spend time speaking to chapter eight, What Is the Gospel? The Message We Promote. It is a rare thing to have someone give a clear focus on exactly what the gospel is. Mr. Dickson does not lets us down, as this is the longest of all the chapters. In this chapter, he takes us to various passages of Scripture in order to give a precise presentation of the Gospel message. Studying this chapter will pay huge dividends as you go forth and present the message of salvation. For those who teach and preach, I would recommend looking carefully at how Mr. Dickson uses the expository method in his writing. There is much fruit to be harvested from the example he has set forth here. If for no other reason, all who preach or teach the Word should learn exposition as the author has. What a delight!This is a fantastic look at what it means to be on mission, to do mission, to live out our mission. Get the book. Read the book. Study it with your Bible in hand, looking up each passage. Pray as you learn what mission is. You will not find a better book on the subject outside of the Scriptures.
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