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Review: What Christians Ought to Believe

Review: What Christians Ought to Believe

Jake Raabe reviews What Christians Ought to Believe by Michael F. Bird.

       
Review: American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion

Review: American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion

Jake Raabe reviews American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion by John D. Wilsey.

       
Review: The Case for Grace

Review: The Case for Grace

Kathy Hillman reviews The Case for Grace by Lee Strobel.

       
Book Review: Great Commission, Great Compassion

Book Review: Great Commission, Great Compassion

Daniel Camp reviews Great Commission, Great Compassion by Paul Borthwick.

       
Review: Eric Metaxas examines American exceptionalism

Review: Eric Metaxas examines American exceptionalism

Review of If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxas.

       
Reviews: They Say We Are Infidels and The Myth of the Non-Christian

Reviews: They Say We Are Infidels and The Myth of the Non-Christian

They Say We Are Infidels by Mindy Belz and The Myth of the Non-Christian by Luke Cawley are reviewed.

       
HulstBook

Book Review: A Little Handbook for Preachers

Karl Fickling reviews A Little Handbook for Preachers: Ten Practical Ways to a Better Sermon by Sunday

       
Book Review: Strong and Weak

Book Review: Strong and Weak

Daniel Camp reviews Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing by Andy Crouch.

       
Book Review: Crumbs from the Cookie Jar

Book Review: Crumbs from the Cookie Jar

Crumbs from the Cookie Jar by David Rhew is reviewed.

       
JIPacker

Book review: Finishing Our Course with Joy

Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging

By J.I. Packer (Crossway)

At 89, J.I. Packer has ended his ministry. This remarkable theologian has blessed the church with well-honed writing about doctrine, the cross and Scripture. In 2013, at age 86, he gave us perhaps his last book, Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging.

PackerJoyCover 130I have grown spiritually because of Packer’s insights into God's word and the God of the word. So, it was with interest I picked up a digital copy of his book. It is a timely word for those of us who may be in the last quarter of our living—and our living for Christ.

Packer's book has only four chapters. The first chapter is simply about the reality of aging for Christians, titled “We Grow Old.” In this chapter, Packer articulates with four word pictures the landscape of aging—decline, ripeness, last lap and wrong way.

This chapter is followed by “Soul and Body” and with that speaks to the nature of humankind from Scripture. I love his concise description of “embodied souls and ensouled bodies.” In some ways, this brief chapter brings us back to the core teaching of Scripture regarding the nature and purpose of our creation. His comments in that regard are “What are Human Beings, and Why Did God Invent Us.” I have read and studied a lot about God's creation of mankind but never from the notion of why God invented us in the first place. From that part of the chapter, he goes on to speak of souls and bodies and what these mean to God and to us.

His last two chapters build on the first two and give a wakeup call for church leaders toward their aging congregants. “Keeping Going” is a wonderful chapter about the believer Packer wants to address with this small book. From there, he builds on the issues that are important—or should be important—to his audience.

His last chapter is titled “We Look Forward.” He explores the biblical notion of hope and what that looks like for aging believers.

At this time in my life, if I were a pastor, I would encourage each of my senior adults to read this short but profoundly insightful book and adjust their journey accordingly.

Michael R. Chancellor

Livingston

       
Book Reviews: God Dreams and Big Elmer

Book Reviews: God Dreams and Big Elmer

Reviews of God Dreams by Will Mancini and Big Elmer by Ted E. Hurlburt.

       
Book Review: A Journey Through the Life of Jesus

Book Review: A Journey Through the Life of Jesus

A review of A Journey Through the Life of Jesus by Mike Folmer.

       
Book Review: Glory Days

Book Review: Glory Days

Review of Glory Days by Max Lucado

       

Book Review: Running on Red Dog Road

Review of Running on Red Dog Road by Drema Hall Berkheimer

       
Book Review: Until the Harvest

Book Review: Until the Harvest

Review of Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas

       
 
 
 
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