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Overview ?The authors make vivid the two-way street of our communion with God and God?s being with us. Their book is full of things that we today need urgently to take to heart.? J. I. Packer, Board of Governors? Professor of Theology, Regent College
It?s a quickly changing world out there. A world enamored with anything new. But all that ?progress? comes with a price: we now live in a relativistic culture that appears to be missing an anchor. All authority is questioned. Truth has been thrown out with traditional views. And nothing seems sure. Especially not matters of faith.
Not even for Christians.
So how do we find our spiritual moorings? In environments that seek to undermine faith at every turn, how do we solidify our thinking so that our faith will not waver? By holding fast to the ?things that cannot be shaken? (Heb. 12:27), say authors Scott Oliphint and Rod Mays.
For every challenge you?re likely to face in the dorm, the classroom, even the workplace . . .
Is Christianity true? Can faith really help in my struggle against sin? What does God have to do with my relationships? How can I know what?s real? Things That Cannot Be Shaken equips you to respond biblically, with certainty and confidence. It will also challenge you to set aside those sins that cling so closely and to let what cannot be shaken become the defining characteristic of your walk with Christ.
It's a quickly changing world out there. A world enamored with anything new. But all that "progress" comes with a price: we now live in a relativistic culture that appears to be missing an anchor. All authority is questioned. Truth has been thrown out with traditional views. And nothing seems sure. Especially not matters of faith.
Not even for Christians.
So how do we find our spiritual moorings? In environments that seek to undermine faith at every turn, how do we solidify our thinking so that our faith will not waver? By holding fast to the "things that cannot be shaken" (Heb. 12:27), say authors Scott Oliphint and Rod Mays.
For every challenge you're likely to face in the dorm, the classroom, even the workplace . . . Is Christianity true? Can faith really help in my struggle against sin? What does God have to do with my relationships? How can I know what's real?
Things That Cannot Be Shaken equips you to respond biblically, with certainty and confidence. It will also challenge you to set aside those sins that cling so closely and to let what cannot be shaken become the defining characteristic of your walk with Christ.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 1581348495 ISBN13 9781581348491
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More About K. Scott Oliphint & Rod Mays
K. Scott Oliphint (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has written numerous scholarly articles and books, including God With Us. He is also the co-editor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.
Rod Mays is the national coordinator of Reformed University Fellowship, the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America. He has also served as senior pastor of Presbyterian churches in South Carolina, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
K. Scott Oliphint currently resides in Philadelphia Philadelphia. K. Scott Oliphint was born in 1955.
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Reminding Believers of the Gospel and Its Power Sep 5, 2008
Believers are often the question is asked by the skeptic, "How do you know what you believe is right?" This is increasingly true today with reality of a culture baptized in relativism. Christians then, ought to have an answer.
K.Scott Oliphant and Rod Mays aim to help Christians better answer such questions in their new book Things that Cannot be Shaken. The book flows out of the hymn by John Newton, Glorious things of Thee are Spoken. The authors walk through the hymn and interact with Scripture to reinforce biblical truth.
It seems, though not stated explicitly, that the book is written for those in the university scene. If this was not the intention then it is an ideal application. Those believers who are interacting with worldviews on college campuses must have some basic things nailed down.
One of these things is the issue of authority. I love that Oliphant and Mays attack this first, for it is the basis for reason and discussion. In the context of asking questions like, "But what about the Koran? What about the Book of Mormon? Is there really only one way to God?" The authors state:
"The problem posed in reconciling biblical truth with apparent contradictions in experience of course, is the problem of authority. This problem is not a new one."
What I really enjoyed about this book is the explicit gospel-centeredness of it. The authors were continually reminding me of the cross and the gifts that were purchased. They talked much about the Holy Spirit, the battle of sanctification, and the joy of salvation. So in this sense it is not so much a book on apologetics but a book on the greatness of the realities of the gospel, which then becomes an informed and passionate apologetic.
I enjoyed the writers' style in this book. They were no doubt intentional in appealing Christians who live in culture. They were relevant. They used a lot of everyday illustrations to communicate truth. In a personal favorite they write:
"The newer generations living in the twenty-first century have never known what life is like without television or videocassete/CD/DVD recorders or TiVO. Because of technology, we can, at least in some sense, `create' the reality we desire. It is now possible, for example, to program electronic screens with what we want to see when we want to see it. We can use pre-selected iPod tunes as the soundtrack for our lives. This has the double effect of on the one hand, creating the feelings and ambience we desire and on the other hand, letting the rest of the world go by."
They also talk about the relationship between pornography, drugs, self-mutilation, sports fandom, sex and the gospel. Further, they go on at length about the movie Momento and its counter cultural effect.
Overall, I was challenged, encouraged, and refreshed by this quick read. The authors serve believers well in reminding us of the Things that Cannot be Shaken.
A Primer to Strengthen a Christian's Confidence and Joy Aug 13, 2008
"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire." - Heb. 12:28-29.
The Scripture verses above and the great hymn by John Newton, "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken", inspired Westminster Seminary professor K. Scott Oliphint and RUF national campus ministry coordinator Rod Mays to write this book: Things That Cannot Be Shaken: Holding Fast to Your Faith in a Relativistic World. Their purpose in writing it, as a recent interview states it, "is to put an easy and concise read into the hands of young (or older) men and women struggling with the issues of authority and purpose, or who find themselves serving in an environment where questions about authority and purpose are prevalent in daily conversations and circumstances."
In the book itself, the authors state that they are concerned that "there seems to be a significant gap in the ability of most today to synthesize the truth of the Bible with what we see around us. Because of this inability, the Bible is reduced to the level of helpful personal advice and inspirational thought." (pp. 19).
It is hard to categorize this book, but it is best described as an attempt to strengthen all believers in their trust and confidence in God, His Word, and His provision for His people. There are only five chapters, each deriving their titles from lines from Newton's hymn. And the chapters also build on one another to show the power of the Gospel for us today, and tries to answer the questions that many believers wrestle with in their hearts. Is Christianity true and is God's word really a valid source of authority? If it is true, how do we apply it to our lives and can it make a difference? What does God have to do with my relationships? For each question, the authors apply Biblical answers and compelling arguments to challenge our default (and sinful) patterns of thinking and behavior.
There were at least three areas in which I thought this book was very helpful. First, their dealing with the issue of truth or authority: "People seem either to believe that truth is what makes them feel good and works best with their experience...or that truth is what makes sense to them objectively and intellectually." (pp. 20). The authors clearly show the errors and failures of these two options and point the reader instead to the authority of Christ and His Word.
The second excellent area is in their dealing with our "felt needs": "The essential human components of mind, emotion, and will were deadened by the fall. Therefore, if we remain in our sins and apart from Christ, it is impossible for us to think correctly--about God or about ourselves. We set our affections on the wrong things in an effort to enhance our lives with fulfilling relationships and enjoyable things and circumstances. Pleasing self, in an effort to find peace and happiness, is both the default mode of the human condition (after the fall) as well as its driving, conscious force. In seeking to meet all our felt needs, all the while ignoring or misdiagnosing our unfelt needs, we inevitably turn to perverse and damaging solutions." (pp. 49). Having described our natural problem in seeking what "we want", they then remind us of God's solution..."The gospel reminds us that true satisfaction will not be found by fulfilling our true desires by means of `finding ourselves' and then meeting our needs by our own efforts...We only come to recognize the real need for living water when Jesus brings it to our attention." (pp. 67).
The third area that I thought was very helpful was the Biblical concept of `spiritual amnesia' - forgetting the true and important things of God, and allowing other false beliefs to guide us. The Bible frequently commands us to remember, this book reminds us why it is necessary! "Spiritual amnesia, by definition, looks to nothing permanent. It satisfies itself with `the fleeting pleasures of sin.' ...It has no view to the end; it does not look to the reward. It is willing to exchange immediate pleasure for postponed pain. It is a spiritual malady that can only end, like Israel, with death in the wilderness and no hope for the Promised Land." (pp. 136).
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to strengthen their faith, be reminded of what is true and why it matters, or who just wants a reminder of the true joys that faith in Christ promise and provide.
Pastor Mark L Turcio Aug 8, 2008
This book was well written. The authors deal with the issue of pluralism and relativism in our American culture quite well. The book can be used as an excellent source of counseling to a generation of College students and Grad students who have been inundated with this view. The book also deals with those inside the church who are bitten by the philosophy of the age. The reader will be engaged throughout the book to evaluate his/her philosophy and to weigh it against the belief of an absolute standard for truth. Like many philosophers and their philosophy. Only time (The next Generation) is able to prove the shaken foundation that many place their beliefs on. The book also can serve as an excellent means for equipping pastors, leaders and lay people with an objective standard for truth against the subjective non unifying spirit of the age. E Pluribus Unum the American motto on the great seal of the nation since 1782 was founded on the principle of "out of many one" The idea of unity over and against relativism shows the strength of unity and single-mindedness, and the weakness of a culture that allows many truths. This book accomplishes both an accurate understanding of the futility of relativism, and the strong foundation of the things that cannot be shaken. Read it!