Item description for Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life (IVP Classics) by John Stott & Mark A. Noll...
Overview Stott makes a forceful appeal for Christian discipleship that engages the intellect as well as the heart.
Publishers Description "Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service," writes John Stott. "If we do not use the mind which God has given us, we condemn ourselves to spiritual superficiality." While Christians have had a long heritage of rigorous scholarship and careful thinking, some circles still view the intellect with suspicion or even as contradictory to Christian faith. And many non-Christians are quick to label Christians as anti-intellectual and obscurantist. But this need not be so. In this classic introduction to Christian thinking, John Stott makes a forceful appeal for Christian discipleship that engages the mind as well as the heart.
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.8" Width: 4.3" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
Series IVP Classics
ISBN 0830834087 ISBN13 9780830834082
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More About John Stott & Mark A. Noll
John Stott (1921-2011) was rector emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, and founder of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. His many other books include The Cross of Christ, Your Mind Matters, and Basic Christianity.
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nice straightforward argument for loving God with all our mind Mar 9, 2010
This book is really short - 61 pages. It is a transcript of a talk Stott gave to his students at the beginning of an acedemic year. I think it's a nice read. This book is much more consice than "Love Your God with all Your Mind" by Moreland, but discusses the same sorts of ideas. He begins talking about how it's important to have zeal and knowledge. That one without the other is a problem. He's also against cold pragmatism: "The modern world breeds pragmatists whose first question about anything is not, "Is it true?" but "Does it work?"" Stott asks the question, why should Christians develop and use their minds? He gives answers such as, - The ideas around us are potentially dangerous and false(i.e. think about "Mein Kampf" in the days of Hitler); and most certainly against the gospel. - We're created to think - God is a self-revealing God, who has thoughts to share with us - We have a new redeemed mind, given to us by Christ - We can use our minds to worship God, present the gospel to others, and utilize our gifts in the Body Furthermore, Stott discusses having a reasonable faith. He shows how our minds can help guide us towards the Lord and spiritual growth. He ends suggesting that we depend on the Holy Spirit, but that doesn't mean we don't use our own minds as well. He brings up what God spoke to Daniel after Daniel had prayed: "Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind to understand and humbled yourself before God, your words have been heard..." Stott concludes, "Indeed, both the setting of the mind to understand and the self-humbling before God are tokens of a man's hunger for divine truth."
Use that mind! Jan 12, 2008
The picture is clear and so are the expectations of those following Christ. Stott does a beautiful job at offering Scriptural support for the need and use of our minds as humans created in the image of God and, as Christians who are both submitting and using this rational mind. Stott highlights 5 or 6 different areas of our Christian life where the mind has been absent and must be reinstated as it is essential. Read it, allow your mind to return to its rightful place and now use this God-given mind!
The Christian Mind-Indispenseable Mar 1, 2007
There are large segments of 'Christendom' where experience is emphasized over doctrine and some denominations where the importance of Christian doctrine is either neglected or set in opposition to experience.This is perhaps,in part,a response to years of being exposed to a type of Christianity that is no more than cold intellectualism. Thus the importance of a book that Biblically addresses the relevance of the Christian mind should be clear to many. In chapter 2 'Why use our minds'Mr.Stott rightly points to creation,and man being made in his Creators image( thus part of being created in the image of God is the ability to think and reason).The basic rationality of man is assumed both throughout the Scriptures and in society as well. Even though man is fallen,God's revelation of Himself is with words to minds,again showing the importance of the mind. The proclamation of 'The Gospel'(the Lord's chief means in bringing redemption to fallen man)is with words to minds.The manner in which the gospel is often brought is(as the apostle Paul writes in the book of Acts "we persuade men"). John Stott writes on p.47 "Now persuading is an intellectual excercise.To persuade is to martial arguments in order to prevail on people to change their mind about something." In the third chapter entitled 'The Mind In The Christian Life' there is some helpful discussion on Faith and reason. Some,perhaps many,in our day think that faith and reason are in opposition to one another.They are not. To quote a well known preacher A.N.Martin 'Faith is reason at rest in God'.Faith and Sight(not reason)are in opposition to one another in the Word of God. The concluding chapter highlight where knowledge(attained under God's blessing by the right usage of 'the mind')should lead us: to worship,to faith,to holiness and to love. Your Mind Matters is an important book for this generation which seems to be largely influenced by a feelings driven perspective of 'the christian life'.
Only Partially Convinced Mar 9, 2006
I'm some what dissapointed that the author states his doubts and unbelief that God speaks to His children personally. I know He does for He speaks to me and to many other believers i know. I found other parts of the book useful like when the author showed that the Message should be clearly communicated to unbelievers without ignoring parts of the truth.
Love God with Your Brain Dec 27, 2005
In the same genre as J. P. Moreland's "Love God with Your Mind," Stott writes a much more pithy, brief overview of why Christian living must entail not only the emotions, but also the mind. In fact, as he writes, he rightly balances loving God with our soul (relationality), mind (rationality), will (volitionality), and emotions (emotionality). His work is a solid reminder of our need for a holistic approach to our walk with our God.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," "Biblical Psychology," "Martin Luther's Counseling," and "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."