I saw on twitter not to long ago where someone was going to be doing a virtual book tour. The thing that really caught my attention though was no doubt the free book they are offering. The book is titled Think Christianly written by Jonathan Morrow and published by Zondervan. Jonathan also has a website called Think Christianly as well which offers many different resources and is well worth it.
Anyone who knows me knows I am not big on having a faith that is based on feelings. Our feelings many times can be like a roller coaster and can change from minute to minute. A faith that is based on feelings in actuality is based on nothing at all. When we are called to have faith in Christ we are not putting faith in a feeling but because there is something about Jesus which is worth believing in. As we examine the Gospels for instance a case is laid out by the authors why they wrote and it is for belief (See John 20:31).
I will be writing a few posts on this. I will do a post each on parts one and two and two posts on part three because that is the longest of them all. In this post I will just set up the book and will post more in the days to come.
The book is broken up into three parts. Part one is about understanding out intersection. This section is all about understanding where we are and also understanding where others around us are coming from as well. This intersection is where our faith meets the culture at large and how we respond to it. This is important to think about. In order to form biblical arguments we need to know what we will be fighting against. It is true there is nothing new under the sun, but there are different trends that will always be popular with the majority. Such as presently we hear often that science is all there is and there is nothing else (more on this will be in the last part of the review).
Part two prepares us to engage the intersection we find ourselves in. Perhaps the most important thing Morrow writes about in this part is as Christians we are to think about all of life in a Christian way, or a Biblical way. To often we are “Sunday Only Christians” and throughout the week there is nothing in our thinking, or lifestyle perhaps, that distinguishes us. As Christians we are to have biblical views on Jesus, sanctity of life, marriage and the list can keep going. Part two points out something very simple and that is we need the knowledge in order to defend our faith or to think Christianly about all of life. If we have knowledge we will then have confidence.
Part three outlines areas we as Christians must be ready to engage in. The topics range from Jesusanity vs Christianity to bio-ethics. It is important as Christians that we have thoughtful arguments and reasons for what we believe and not straw man arguments. For instance when dealing with same sex marriage saying something ridiculous such as God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve will not suffice. There are more issues at stake here.
All of life is to be taken captive by the gospel. Christians are not to be taken captive by any philosophy according to human tradition (See Colossians 2:8). The truth of the gospel, which is about the person and work of Jesus Christ, is to captivate our minds and all that we do.
In the next post I will discuss part one of Think Christianly: Understanding Our Intersection.