Item description for Between Religious Rocks and Life's Hard Places: 101 Answers to Tough Questions about What You Believe by Greg Albrecht...
Overview This easy-to-use resource offers 101 meaty responses to tough questions you'll field from family, friends, and co-workers. Or even yourself. Greg Albrecht doesn't know it all or pretend to, but he never backs away from heartfelt dialogue on subjects as diverse as cremation, homosexuality, church-hopping, mental illness, and cohabitation. Beyond a firm defense of the faith, he presents answers to issues small and large, to dilemmas that have bedeviled believers for generations. At the heart, these 101 questions and answers provide fodder for thoughtful inquiry, and scriptural enlightenment minus mangled proof texts. Best of all, Albrecht doesn't condescend, doesn't assume, but just responds to authentic concerns with timely answers.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.86" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0529122286 ISBN13 9780529122285
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More About Greg Albrecht
Greg Albrecht is president of Plain Truth Ministries, editor-in-chief of Plain Truth magazine and teacher at Christianity Without the Religion (www.ptm.org). Greg and his wife, Karen, live in Southern California, as do their married daughter, married son and their families. The Albrechts enjoy five grandchildren, who remind them what it means to be a precious and loved child of God.
Greg Albrecht currently resides in the state of California. Greg Albrecht was born in 1947.
Reviews - What do customers think about Between Religious Rocks and Life's Hard Places: 101 Answers to Tough Questions about What You Believe?
Focus on the core Jun 22, 2007
Albrect has written a great book on Apolegetics. Some people will not like his answers regarding the subject of hell but hell is not a core essential doctrine in Christianity. Therefore he is not going to get bold about it. From the comment below, no Albrect will tell you himself that he is not a universalist. He believes that thier are some people who dont want to be saved and will therefore refuse God's free gift. They go to Hell because they choose it. However if a person dies without having the gospel preached to them, what happens. Greg is not going to give a dogmatic answer. Coming from the same legalistic background that he came from, we were the greatest critics on the face of the earth and we saw everything wrong with people. Worst of all, we judged thier salvation. That is forbidden in scipture. We need to give up judgement on who's in and who's out. PTM does not think that they are the one and only true internet church. That would be cultic teaching that they strongly teach agaisnt. They have a great ministry and many people are comming to Christ. Lets encourage them instead of putting them down.
Christianity Without Religion -- More Like Christianity Without Theology! May 26, 2007
I usually don't write comments on Christian books because I am so pleased if the message of the Gospel goes out to the world. However, this book is so filled with errors in Theology and really does not answer any of the questions it sets out to answer. The problem with this book is that it answers each question with a criticism of the modern "mega" church movement and fundementalist legalism that it never gives the reader a Biblical answer to the question. It is obviously written from an Arminian view with a critical (and often cultic) view of the Christian Church and denominationalism.
Greg Albrecht is the Pastor of Plain Truth Ministries which is an internet church where people "plug in" to attend church. I have no objection to this -- it is a great ministry for those who have escaped the trappings of legalism and Cults and who are afraid to attend a local church. However, they are of the opinion that they are a true Church on the internet. How they can practice the Sacraments and the Gifts of the Spirit in person is beyond me! The Internet is a great tool, but it was never intended to replace the local Church.
The book emphasizes grace, love, forgiveness, all the beautiful doctrines of the Bible but does not give the Biblical gospel which is to preach "repentance from Sin." There seems to be a criticism of legalism (and rightly so), but the book never gives an understanding of the Law which was given by God (a gracious act in itself -- he didn't have to give us any Law) to drive us to Christ! The answers to many of these questions by Albrecht is almost like a Psychiatrist trying to make everyone happy. Here is an example:
On Page 99 when he answers the question "What happens to the unsaved (not trusting Christ for Salvation) when they die?" His answer is: "The Bible does not offer an exact and precise description of what will happen to those who died having never accepted Christ." I beg your pardon Mr. Albrecht, the answer is they are lost and separated from God. (John 3:15-18; Matt 25:41-46; Matt 8:12; 2 Thess 1:7-9; Rev 20:10; Jude 13; 2 Thess 2:9-11; Rom 1:18, 24, 26, 28, 32). I will save you the other convulted answers regarding Evangelism, the Sovreignty of God, and the doctrine of Hell and judgement (I almost get the impression he is either a Universalist and annihilationist).
Instead of spending a ridiculous price for a 200 page paperback -- why not buy a simple commentary Bible that will give you a more scholarly answer? I recommend the NIV Study Bible or the Westminster Study Bible. Save your money on this book!!!!