Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Preaching The Cross - Book Review

Preaching The Cross
Authors: Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan III, H. Albert Mohler JR., C. J. Mahaney
Publisher: Crossway Books
Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers
Wheaton, Illinois
ISBN 13 978-1-58134-828-5

We should expect our pastors/ministers to preach the Word without deviating from the Truth God has set forth within his written Word. Within
Preaching The Cross, you will find the message that God’s Word created His people, according to Genesis 1. And, ministers, who are ‘God’s employees’, are called to deliver God’s Word without adding or subtracting from it.

A Christian minister should not be evaluated according to how they speak but how he delivers the Word

  • Instruments pointing to Christ
  • Has cross in the center of his message
  • Delivery of message is the center of his call to the ministry
Throughout Preaching The Cross, it is shown that a minister should preach the Word, and not look for praise from the world. We all have a double citizenship – one in this world, which is not rewarding, and that of the coming King – the eternal citizenship for which every Christian longs.

Mahaney goes on to admonish a pastor/minister to watch his life and his doctrine. One should always be reading and studying the Word. But, one should always be practicing the Word. Obedience to the Word is what really counts. The practice of truth is found in

  • Faith
  • Love
  • Humility
  • Forgiveness
  • Hope
Mahaney goes on to say one can never let up on obedience to the Word. Doesn’t matter how close you may feel to God, Satan never lets up on his pursuit against God and the Word. He will continue to attack you until death.

”The preacher’s commission,” writes J. I. Packet, “is to declare the whole counsel of God; but the cross is the center of that counsel, and the Puritans knew that the traveler through the Bible landscape misses his way as soon as he loses sight of the hill called Calvary.”

There are also contributions by John MacArthur, John Piper, and R.C. Sproul. John MacArthur says he has continued to preach the Word after 40 years of ministry. He said his goal has been to be faithful for the glory of God and that should be the goal of every minister for God.

This is a great book for any pastor, but also good information for a lay person. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

I am a member of Active Christian Media as a reviewer. I have been given this book free for the purpose of reviewing.

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1 Comment:

OPM said...

These guys are all very good writers/ speakers themselves. However, I do know that much of what they say has double meanings. For instance "gospel" means "Calvinism" as evidenced by the "Together for the Gospel" website and their use of Spurgeon's quote, "Calvinism is the gospel." In other words, the use of "weighted words" that the average soul might not catch, but their growing group would immediately gravitate towards (i.e. reformed theology, biblical, soveriegn, gospel, limited atonement, total depravity, exegetical, and the like). These words are not bad -- but can be a bit deceptive if you do not understand their new definitions.

I have read many of Piper's books, and believe, "Don't Waste Your Life" and "When I Don't Desire God" are two books every Christian should read -- as for the other five or so books of his that I've read -- not worth reading unless you want to hear his case for Calvinism... over and over again.

I have not read this book (Preaching the Cross) -- but look at it with gret suspicion based on what I have seen and known through personal experiences and their books over the past few years or so(at least Piper, the Passion movement, and Mahaney).

May God bless,