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Overview hat is so wrong with being nice? Nothing. But the God of the Bible is not nice. This book will bring us back to the God of the Bible. Not the God we like or the way we wish he were. But the very God of the Bible-unembellished, unvarnished-as he really is. This does not mean we will like him.
Many times, we are embarrassed by the God of the Bible, especially the God of the Old Testament-and even the teachings of Jesus when it comes to his being the only way to be saved, as well as God's right to judge and reward or condemn.
We attempt to manage God's public relations and fix his image in the modern world. We are tempted to modify and mold God into what we want him to be-what we think he should be. Instead, we should be finding out where God is and meet him there. Even if that takes us out of our comfort zones.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2006
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446697354 ISBN13 9780446697354 UPC 9780446697354
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More About R. T. Kendall
R.T. Kendall was born in the U.S.A but ministered for over 20 years at Westminster Chapel, London as a successor to Martyn Lloyd Jones. A prolific author and much-loved conference speaker, he has a great gift in helping people understand that Biblical passages are relevant for today. Now retired, he has an extensive itinerant teaching ministry and lives in Key Largo, Florida.
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Controversial, but another Triumph for Kendall! Jan 15, 2007
I would have to respectfully disagree with the two previous reviews. The author does not base his entire theology on assumptions or personal experience alone. Dr. Kendall is in fact a Theologian, a respected bible scholar and was pastor of Westminster Chapel in London fo 25 years. He was personally mentored by Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones, another respected Theologian. He is endorsed by modern bible scholars and well known conservative Christians such as Billy Graham, James Dobson, and Joyce Meyer. Kendall's supernateral spiritual experience occured very early in his ministry (1955!), but his subsequent theological studies only confirmed that experience. Does that sound familiar? Such was the case with the Apostle Paul and his supernateral revelation. Predestination and the sovereignty of God are nothing new, but as old as the apostles. The scriptures indicate that the early church believed this way (and these scriptures are given in the book). Half the Christian church of our modern day subscribes this belief, as did John Calvin. This is a very interesting read, you will be provoked to think about the deeper matters such as God's sovereignty vs. man's will. How do they work together? How CAN they work together? (They can.) Kendall provides plenty of OT and NT scriptures for his theological points. And yes, humorously, Kendall does describe some of the cultural taboo differences of Christians in other countries/ churches. I don't think he's trying to make a huge theological point, except not to judge one another too harshly. The Christians in England are wondering why so many fat Christians in the US? Isn't gluttony a sin? You get my drift..... The question of the whole book is this: Are we willing to take a bold look at God the way HE has revealed himself, or are we more comfortable with the God of our current culture? The weak, albeit nice- God.
A good premise, very poorly argued Dec 19, 2006
I have no doubt that RT Kendall is sincere in what he believes, but I also think he is wrong in many of his assumptions. In fact, this book seems to suggest that Kendall's entire theology is based on assumptions that are never tried or tested. For one thing, it is assumed that God's sovereignty is tied to predestination alone; which is interesting considering the fact that God operates both within and outside of time. Also, it is interesting that Kendall's entire doctrine of predestination is based entirely on a 'spiritual experience' which apparently completely obliterated the need for critical thinking. (The great theologian, Thomas Aquinas, had a similar spiritual experience which caused him to say "My words are straw" and to stop writing and speaking for the remaining years of his life. I think Kendall could learn a lot from St. Thomas at least as far as writing is concerned.) Also included in this book is a detailed analysis of what a pharisee is like, but many details in this chapter suggest that Kendall does not even fully understand the nature of phariseeism.
I agree that we are often guilty of making God in our own image, instead of letting him make us in His image and Kendall does a good job of pointing out that often we have tried to tame God, and that this sort of 'taming' is nothing short of idolitry. However, Kendall seems to go to the oposite extreme by presenting a God whose wrath outweighs his Love, and who is down-right mean rather than compassionate and kind. In the chapter on predestination, Kendall almost goes so far as to suggest that God is actively involved in bringing suffering to the world. Is this the God of the Bible?
I get the sense that this book was written in a hurry and with very little forethought. In fact, it amazes me that such a book is allowed to be published at all. I think the subtitle: "Is your God too nice" is the best thing about the book because it is thought-provoking. In fact the one star I'm giving this book is given because of that subtitle. Take that question and read your Bible again. Rather let God speak to you on His own terms than on the terms of a well-meaning, but misguided theologian.
Good Truths but a Big Error Inside Jul 18, 2006
What an interesting book: The author claims that he had a supernatural experience in which it was revealed to him that predestination is true. Now that's a first. That unusual record makes this worthy as a gift to send to persons who believe in predestination. But there is an error in the book in the hypocrisy chapter, it accidentally promotes excusism by basically saying how certain persons claims such and such is wrong yet do other wrong things themselves. Specifically I'm talking about chapter 5 page 113-115 in which he tells a story, which he says he's told in another of his books before, about a pastor who encounters various Christians. One of them for example is against smoking because it's a waste of money and yet was wearing an expensive dress herself. Another person the pastor encounters smokes, but when the pastor asks if he wants to eat on a restaurant (on Sunday), the person says to him that it's wrong to buy anything on the Sabbath. The pastor in the story then says a little while afterwards, "I wonder what is with us. There must be something!" And strangely, the author, disregarding the pastor's comment, says, "Whatever the case, this is true with so many of us; it seems there are one or two areas at least in which we have strong views about something. These views may unnecessarily make us think they compensate for other liberties."
That is true for some people.
It would have made more sense if Kendall left out the pastor's ending comment since his comment begged for an answer so to speak. For example I would have said to the pastor, "She's right it's a waste of money to smoke, but if you are going to be so concerned about money wasting, see that you are not being frivolous yourself, such as with the clothing you buy. If you're wearing an expensive dress and tell a smoker he's wasting his money, he may see your dress and think you to be a hypocrite and so not listen to you. And about buying on the Sabbath, Scripture says not to offend a brother's conscience on something like that."
Also, many people use Kendall's response / comment as a way to excuse themselves from doing what is right. For example if you tell a woman she should cover her hair when she prays, many will say, "Well what about greeting the brethren with a kiss?" or in other words, "You're not perfect, so how can you tell me to do that?" Which is a terrible response to being corrected or being given good advice. It would have been good for Kendall to advise not to do that.