I have mostly enjoyed Dever’s writings. I often fall short of agreeing with things regarding worship styles and polity, but I like his forthrightness. I want to find good books on evangelism for church and class. This book falls into the same percentage of like and dislike on my part. I liked that it is short enough for people to read (119 pages with appendix) and done in an easy style. The chapter subjects are well chosen and appropriate (“Why don’t we evangelize;” “Who should evangelize?;” and “How should we evangelize”). The down side for me is Dever’s Reformed Calvinism that pops up too often. When he says that Jesus died “for the sins of all those who would ever turn and trust him,” does he mean a limited atonement? I couldn’t prove that he doesn’t. In the last two chapters he tries to use this doctrine in a positive way and for that I am appreciative. Basically, however, he says we must wait for the elect to be regenerated so that they can be saved (at a time when the soulwinner is probably not aware that it has happened anyway). These differences do not always hinder our evangelism but they can be an unnecessary distraction in a book on personal evangelism.
When God Closes the DoorFebruary 1, 2017
The foremost belief of a sinner who refuses God’s grace is that the consequences of that refusal will never come. Surely anyone who truly understood and believed in what the Bible teaches about heaven and hell would not take such a chance as this. But, of course, the fact is that such a person does […]
Good News & Bad News About Human IdentityJune 29, 2015
There are some things about which the Bible speaks clearly and one of those is the makeup of human beings. Yet it is amazing how far away from the plain language of the Bible our society has moved within one generation. In my youth it was risky enough to refer to homosexuals or lesbians rather […]
The God Who SpeaksAugust 2, 2014
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” Hebrews 1:1-2 America is quickly leaving a word-based society […]