- October 19, 2011
- By Staff, Baptist Standard
Brian Brewer groups the sermons into five sections—the basics, Christian responsibility, ecclesiology, ordinances and a free church in a free land. Each section includes a helpful introduction with recommended action steps for readers, including suggestions for further reading, related texts for Bible study, worship ideas and opportunities for service.
Distinctly Baptist serves as a useful primer on Baptist basics and as a showcase of good doctrinal preaching. My favorite line in a book filled with catchy quotes was the final one, a zinger at the end of a sermon by Texas Baptist church historian Alan Lefever: "Originally, Baptists supported separation of church and state—and authentic Baptists still do."
Ken Camp, managing editor
Live Sent: You are a Letter by Jason C. Dukes (New Hope Publishers)
Dukes' own Westpoint Church is used as a laboratory, allowing the reader to experience testimonies of members who are putting into practice the missional church concept. It is the practice of being the true church God originally designed—flesh and blood who live daily as a love letter to the lost.
Dukes uses testimony, application, challenge and discussion question formats to ask readers to assess whether or not they are "living sent." He offers four evidences a Christian is a letter sent—whether he or she is one who is: (1) praying for God to change him or her; (2) learning to connect in real life with a consistent story to tell; (3) serving: and (4) learning and growing together with the body of Christ.
This is a great book to help you see real love is to deliver the message being written by God in your life. God is the sender—we are the letters sent.
Leo Smith, retired executive director
Texas Baptist Men
On Mission with God: Free and Faithful Baptists in the 21st Century, edited by Pamela R. Durso with William O'Brien (Baptist History and Heritage Society)
The preface and foreword offer succinct, practical overviews of Baptist missions. Editors Pam Durso and Bill O'Brien divide the well-documented volume into three sections: Foundations for Missions, Global Baptist Organizations Leading the Way in Mission Efforts, and 21st-Century Baptist Mission Involvement.
The first four chapters provide excellent background information, including Baptist beginnings in 1609 and the Baptist Mission Movement, effectively starting with William Carey in 1792. The middle section describes some global Baptist mission organizations. The final five articles explore the post-denominational age and its impact.
Kathy Robinson Hillman, former president
Woman's Missionary Union of Texas