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Theodore Austin-Sparks (1889-1971): Reflections on His Life and Work [Paperback]

By Angus M. Gunn (Author)
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In recent years a movement known as "the prosperity gospel" has gained a sizeable following in the evangelical world. It argues that God has already made provision for his children to be wealthy here on earth, and that believers wealth is determined by their faith. Does the comprehensive message of Scripture concerning wealth support this movement, which is growing rapidly in Africa? This work looks at this important theme in both Old and New Testaments to determine their basic unity of thought. Both agree that there is a dark and a bright side to riches. There are dangers and serious temptations to wealth, but wealth can be a primary means to honor God as well. In this concise booklet Professor Donald Leggett examines this tension and concludes that the prosperity gospel fails to maintain the full biblical witness by ignoring the dangers of being wealthy.
Donald Leggett is professor emeritus of Old Testament studies at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Toronto, where he has taught for more than 40 years. He holds a ThM from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and a doctorate from the Free University of Amsterdam. He has also taught at the Irish Baptist College, Belfast, at Scott Theological College in Kenya and in India, at the South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies. From 1978 to 2003 he co-pastored Village Green Baptist Church in London, Ontario. He previously authored "The Kinsman Redeemer in the Book of Ruth, " and "Loving God and Disturbing Men." He is married to Linda and they have five grown children now living in various parts of the world.

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Studio: Clements Publishing
Pages   108
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.28"
Weight:   0.33 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2001
Publisher   Clements Publishing
ISBN  1894667085  
ISBN13  9781894667081  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Angus M. Gunn is professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia. Gunn's books, journal articles, and media productions focus on education, geography, and environmental science.

Angus M. Gunn currently resides in Vancouver. Angus M. Gunn was born in 1920 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

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Useful, but flawed  Sep 11, 2007
This book is useful inasmuch as it fills an important gap in Christian literature. There is very little background information available on Theodore Austin-Sparks for the younger generation - and TAS would have wanted things that way.

Unfortunately, there are a number of factual inaccuracies in this book. Bizarrely the author was perfectly happy for these to remain uncorrected because he considered them of no significance, it being undesirable for readers to give attention to the human aspects of a man of God!

One of the most important insights for me which came thru TAS' ministry was the corporate dimension of the Christian life. In this respect, his writings are an important antidote for the individualism so rife in the USA and UK. And there is no question in my mind that TAS sought to follow the leading of the Spirit closely and that some of his writings have a remarkably prophetic quality.

At the same time, I do not believe TAS was right on everything. For example, in later life he taught a doctrine of progressive sonship, whereas the New Testament makes it clear that the people of God become sons of God by adoption. Therefore, God's people are sons from the moment of adoption and do not have to earn sonship over a period of time. You are either a son of God or you are not. This is just one example. However, this author makes no attempt to discuss TAS' teaching from a Biblical standpoint or to view any of the problematic elements of this ministry.

TAS was not infallible. And if a hearer is aware of defects in a minister, the insights which are granted to that person from the Lord to pass on to His people are all the more remarkable and shine out all the brighter for it. So there is no need to be shy of reality: God's treasure is found in earthen vessels.

It is strange that TAS' ministry is much more appreciated in the USA than in the UK where he was based for so long. My hope is that future generations will be greatly blessed thru his output, but also not blind to the inherent flaws.

[Just a comment about another review: it is not correct to describe TAS as Nee's 'spiritual father'. And neither TAS nor Nee would have been happy with such a concept. It is true that TAS took Nee under his wing after Nee had been rejected by the Exclusive Brethren with whom he had been associated before that time. But the influence of TAS upon Nee and Nee upon TAS was mutual and I am so glad that they kept in touch as much as possible for the remainder of Nee's life.]

An Apprciation for the Life and Ministry of T. Austin-Sparks  Feb 21, 2002
"T. Austin-Sparks was one of the greatest spiritual figures of the twentieth century. Perhaps no one in the last one hundred years gave us ministry that is so Christ-centered. When the measure of a man's ministry is taken as to how much he exalted Christ, then T. Austin-Sparks is without peer.

Sparks wrote over one hundred books. The golden chord, which ran through all these works, was the exaltation of his Lord. He has given us more spiritual insight into Christ then perhaps any other man of the last 1700 years . . ..

Sparks' writing speak little of the Christ of Galilee-rather he has given us the resurrected and enthroned Lord. He has gone even farther than this, to show us the insuperable Christ who dwells within us. This presentation of his Lord would be enough to make Sparks' ministry unique, but Sparks went on to join head to body (Christ and the church). As surely as his spoken and written ministry exalted the Lord, so also Sparks called forth the almost forgotten centrality of the church. For T. Austin-Sparks, the two were inseparable. Nor did he speak of the church that most men have known and experienced."

Gene Edwards (Author)

T. Austin-Sparks was also the spiritual father and long time respected mentor of Watchman Nee of China.

Doug Riggs


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