Over the past year, John Shaw has recommended 2 books on evangelism to churches and to Outward OPC. Numerous people have confirmed their value. They are:
Within the past year, there has been a small flurry of interesting looking books on evangelism from Reformed or Calvinistic authors. We want to pass a couple of those on to our audience for your consideration. We have not reviewed these books and are not signing off on every concept or that every theological statement is pristine. But we have read reviews and quotes and have also noted vigorous recommendations for these books from solid sources. If you choose to read any of them, we’d love to know what you think.
1) Christians in the Age of Outrage: How To Bring Our Best When The World’s at Its Worst, by Ed Stetzer
Stetzer is a Calvinistic Baptist, is at Wheaton College and an editor at Christianity Today. He often receives broader recognition in news outlets like USA Today. This book, while not explicitly about evangelism, has interesting insights about our radically changing culture. Reviews and quotes display incisive thoughts about how Christians can live in this culture with an eye to gospel witness.
2) Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age by Alan Noble
Noble is a graduate of Baylor where he attended a PCA church. He has written for Modern Reformation and does a lot of writing on the topic of Christ and culture.
An OPC pastor alerted us to this book, calling it ‘incendiary.” Then soon after we wrote the draft of this post, we saw that Bill Shishko also recommended it on the OPC FB page. Here is a description taken directly from the publisher:
We live in a distracted, secular age. These two trends define life in Western society today. We are increasingly addicted to habits―and devices―that distract and “buffer” us from substantive reflection and deep engagement with the world. And we live in what Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor calls “a secular age”―an age in which all beliefs are equally viable and real transcendence is less and less plausible. Drawing on Taylor’s work, Alan Noble describes how these realities shape our thinking and affect our daily lives. Too often Christians have acquiesced to these trends, and the result has been a church that struggles to disrupt the ingrained patterns of people’s lives. But the gospel of Jesus is inherently disruptive: like a plow, it breaks up the hardened surface to expose the fertile earth below. In this book Noble lays out individual, ecclesial, and cultural practices that disrupt our society’s deep-rooted assumptions and point beyond them to the transcendent grace and beauty of Jesus. Disruptive Witness casts a new vision for the evangelical imagination, calling us away from abstraction and cliché to a more faithful embodiment of the gospel for our day.
3) Evangelism as Exiles: Life On Mission As Strangers In Our Own Land by Elliot Clark
Clark is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and was a church planter in a muslim majority nation in Asia. D.A Carson writes the forward to the book and many noted Reformed Pastors have recommended the book. This one in particular seems to have caused a stir (positively) in the online discussion of it. If you don’t mind spoilers here is an article containing 20 striking quotes from the book compiled by a Gospel Coalition managing editor and 9Marks contributor.
And here is the book link:
Again, these are pointers to books of interest not full reviews and recommendations. There is ample reason to believe there is great profit in all of them, but we’re not signing off on everything in them. If you have read them or choose to read, let us know what’s good in them.