My good friend, Fr. George Koch, is an Anglican pastor who really gets it. He understands that theology is about knowing God and loving him in all that you do. He understands that having theological knowledge is good, but using that knowledge to live well is the real goal of good theology. To this end George has written a magnificent new book, What We Believe and Why. Check the book out at the website George has set up to explain his approach. You can find further vital information at the site. I confess that I have been looking for a book like this for a long time.
In a recent ad George sent me he used some “negative” marketing to tell why you should buy the book. Here is how he does it. I wish I was this clever.
SIX REASONS NOT TO BUY THIS BOOK:
1. IT’S TOO BIG Oversize: 7 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches. Almost an inch thick. Big. Won’t fit in your pocket.
2. IT’S TOO LONG Over 350 full pages. That’s a lot of reading.
3. IT’S NOT CHEAP Retail $24.99. That’s half a tank of gas!
4. IT’S THEOLOGY* Leave it to the experts. Do not try at home!
5. IT POINTS OUT THE BAD THINGS WE DO. And teaches how to do the right things, like confess, protect and love each other. Like Jesus told us. Dang!
6. IT HAS GIANT RED LETTERS ON THE COVER SO YOU CAN’T HIDE WHAT YOU’RE READING
It is known to draw curious unbelievers to ask what it’s about. Even if you’re feeling shy. Then you have to talk to them about what you believe, and why!
* Including Jesus, salvation, justification, sanctification, glorification, essentials and non-‐essentials, why we bother to be good, living with believers and unbelievers, evangelism, prayer (images, icons, purpose, posture, content, tongues), Protestants, Roman Catholics, Orthodox, rule-‐following, obedience, transcendent love, covenant (Abraham, Moses, Jesus), Jewish roots, Hebrew, Greek, Talmud, faith, peace, mercy, Holy Spirit, heresy, Trinity, Freddie the dog, Bible authority, religious concepts, Communion, baptism, pastors, priests, confession, love, reconciliation, haverim. Extensive glossary of Christian history, people, doctrines and terms. Extensive bibliography and recommended reading list. It’s a lot of stuff. Very readable, insightful, and, well … feisty.
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Just read chapter 7 from his web page. Thank you John, this looks very good.
There’s also a Kindle version that is considerably less expensive.
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“How do we live with unbelievers? By loving them, loving them, loving them, and sharing the astonishing news that God extends His forgiveness to all of us, freely. What we did not deserve and could not earn is given without cost. Jesus did so. Jesus said so”
9.99 on Kindle and that way you dont have to be embarassed about the shockingly revealing cover. Just bought it
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This is really, really well-written theology at its best.
Reading Oden, McGrath, and now this. If God won’t take me until my reading is done the watch out Methusala
This just moved up to “next in line” on my reading list. I am looking forward to going through the associated study guide too.
Brian, I promise that you will love it. 🙂
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I bought in on Amazon (much cheaper and for me, easier to read). And so far, I think you’re right. I’m going to share my study guide reflections as my next blog project.
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I wish I could get the book in China. I do hope Chinese Christian readers can read the book. I mean I hope I can have the opportunity to do the translation from English into Chinese for my sisters and brothers