Item description for Twenty Controversies That Almost Killed a Church: Paul's Counsel to the Corinthians and the Church Today by Richard L. Ganz...
Overview A helpful and interesting exposition of 1 Corinthians. Rather than a verse-by-verse commentary, the volume offers a discussion of major themes. Richard Ganz has sprinkled these discussions with examples from his own ministry which further enhances it. It's true to Scripture without being doctrine and written for the thoughtful layman. It's a helpful contribution to an ongoing discussion of church life in the 21st century.
Publishers Description Revisits the controversies that threatened the Corinthian church, enabling us to see both the snares to avoid and the goal of godliness to be pursued.
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Studio: P & R Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.66" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date Sep 12, 2003
Publisher P & R Publishing
ISBN 0875527906 ISBN13 9780875527901
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More About Richard L. Ganz
Ganz is senior pastor of a growing church in Ottawa, Canada, and president of Ottawa Theological Hall.
Richard L. Ganz currently resides in Ottawa. Richard L. Ganz was born in 1946.
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1 Corinthians for the 21st Century Sep 26, 2007
1 Corinthians is one of my favorite books of the Bible. So, I am always interested in any Biblical literature on the subject.
I would highly recommend this book by Ganz for both minister and Christian alike. It applies the book of 1 Corinthians to the 21st century and explains very well the background of the text.
It is easy to read, exciting, and filled with examples from his long ministry that apply. Even if you do not agree with all he says, it is well worth the time to read.
Practical Guidance For The Modern Church Aug 16, 2004
Richard Ganz is pastor of a vibrant, growing church in Ottawa, Canada. I have had the privilege of attending that church many times over the years and have always been blessed by Richard's exposition of Scripture. He truly is a very gifted teacher. While he is primarily a pastor, he has also written several books, the most recent of which is "20 Controversies That Almost Killed A Church." The book examines Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians, touching on twenty major themes. While Scripture is featured prominently throughout, the book avoids becoming a dry commentary. It focuses on thematic discussions rather than a thorough verse-by-verse exposition.
Ganz does a great job of interpreting the words of Paul in the light of their historical context while at the same time making the book equally relevant to the twenty first century believer. He shows how the issues faced by our brothers and sisters in Christ nearly two thousand years ago are really no different from the issues we face today. The tone of this book matches the tone of Corinthians. While First Corinthians is a pastoral book, written by a man who deeply loved and cared for his flock, so "20 Controversies" is written in a pastoral tone. Just as Paul was not afraid to call his church to task, so Ganz emulates the apostle's example, being harsh when necessary, yet maintaining a respectful, loving tone.
It takes courage to tackle the issues of Corinthians, yet Ganz does so unapologetically. He writes forcefully about the gifts of the Spirit, speaking in tongues, headship and situations regarding marriage and divorce. Each topic is interspersed with examples from Ganz's own years of ministry which lends a helpful authenticity to the book. More than mere exposition, this book is built on pastoral experience. Other topics he writes about are baptism with the Holy Spirit, baptism for the dead, lawsuits against the church, divisions in the church, the scandal of the cross and idolatry.
There were two little nagging problems that I found with "20 Controversies That Almost Killed A Church." The first was that the book was inconsistently formatted. Some chapters were presented ordinally (ie topics were listed 1) 2) 3) and so on) while others were presented with subheadings. A small problem, I admit, yet I find it is easier to read a book when the formatting is consistent. The second was that the book was not terribly well-written. While certainly readable, it is a bit clumsy in parts, especially in regards to sentence structure. However, neither of those problems significantly detracts from the book.
I found this book thought-provoking and, as Jay Adams says in his endorsement, "thoroughly biblical." It is filled with practical guidance that allows Paul's words to ring loud and true through two thousand years of history. I am happy to recommend this book without reservation. And as the author includes discussion questions about each chapter, I would also recommend the book for group study.
Good book Mar 15, 2004
If Paul were to write an epistle to the typical twenty-first century church, what would he say? Dr. Ganz finds the answer in Paul's first letter to the Corinthian church, as they faced many of the same issues that churches today face. This book's 20 chapters are doctrinally sound expositions of selected passages from 1 Corinthians, demonstrating their relevance to the modern church. They deal with the scandal of the cross, sexual immorality, marriage, and spiritual gifts, for example. This book is almost a commentary on 1 Corinthians, except that it's selective, not exhaustive, in the passages it covers. One prominent feature of the book is that it is written very pastorally. It's written in the tone of a pastor preaching to his congregation, with both insightful anecdotes and practical exhortations dispersed throughout. The book also contains discussion questions for each chapter for use in a group Bible study, which it would be well-suited for.