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review 2015-01-28 05:06
The Evangelism Study Bible

 

Title:  The Evangelism Study Bible (NKJV)

Pages:  1564

Year:  2014

Publisher:  Kregel

The first few pages are dedicated to a List of Features that correlates subjects and Scripture references from each book in the entire Bible.  When readers go to those pages, an article is inserted right near or by the Scripture that contains the subject matter.  Please remember to use discernment when reading anything written by man as only the Bible’s words are 100% without error.  There are cross references located between the two columns of the Word on the pages.  The additional footnotes are again commentary written by man and not necessarily accurate.

Please take a minute to read the Preface before proceeding further in the book to gain an understanding of the way this version is put together and the aim of the editors.  The way this book is laid out is to aid others in sharing the Gospel or for seekers to learn truth when alone or in a small group.  At the end of each article is a simple prayer to help aid new believers or seekers in learning how to communicate with the Lord and asking for His help or guidance in growing to be more Christ like.

One review I had read said that the reviewer could give a better rating due to the perspective theologically speaking of the authors who wrote the articles or footnotes.  The fun and challenging task for one and all is to compare Scripture with Scripture by using the cross references.  Scripture is sometimes best grasped without reading the thoughts or interpretation of others.  No matter who you are God will speak to you and show you His Truth if you seek with all your heart.

The aim of the Bible is to help the body of believers share the good news without fear, and that is a kind aim.  However, our greatest help in sharing is relying on the Holy Spirit to speak through us, and He wants you to learn how to be more effective by deeply abiding in His Word.  I firmly believe it is okay to say to someone that you don’t know the answer to their question, but can get back to them after you spend time researching.  People are more open to that than may be generally known.  It shows others that we don’t know it all, but know the One who does.

For me, I would have preferred an NIV version because it is more “user friendly” in our society.  However, no matter the version, bear in mind that it is abiding in Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to the heart of another.

My rating is 4 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

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text 2014-12-16 17:21
Introverts: A Book List
Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain
Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture - Adam S. McHugh
Wallflowers in the Kingdom - Louis N. Jones
Quiet Faith: An Introvert's Guide to Spiritual Survival - Judson Edwards
The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World - Sophia Dembling
Quiet Influence: The Introvert's Guide to Making a Difference - Jennifer Kahnweiler
Evangelism for the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ within Your Personality Style - Mike Bechtle
Insight: Reflections on the Gifts of Being an Introvert - Beth Buelow
Introverts at Ease - Nancy Okerlund
The Introvert and Extrovert in Love: Making It Work When Opposites Attract - Marti Olsen Laney,Michael L. Laney

Looking for new books to read? Compiled from my own reading list, here is a list of books on Introverts: From the Home, to Church, to Love. A book for everyone's needs. Do you have any favorite books on Introverts?

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review 2013-10-12 07:03
The Sydney Anglicans explore Darwinism
The Essence Of Darwinism - Kirsten Birkett

I remember when these books were released: they were advertised heavily at my youth group (which I was coming to the end of attending because I was getting way to old, not that I let my age define who I am) and the camps that I attended, but that is not surprising considering that my church was heavily connected with the Sydney Anglicans and in turn Matthias Media (through which this book is published). Sure, Kirsten Birkett has a PhD, as do many of the other writers for Matthias, and sure she writes in a very accessible way, but it is not so much the author that I have concerns with, but rather with the line that the Sydney Anglicans expect their adherents to follow.

The thing with the Sydney Anglicans is that they have a very strict doctrinal line that the expect their members to tow (especially if you are in leadership), and while it differs from that of the American Evangelical Movement, it is quite restrictive in a sense as well. I have given a hint at it above with my comments regarding not letting people define me by my age. The reason I say that is because it is a very top down organisation and the leadership goes out of its way to define you and to force you into a mould rather than letting you come to your own understanding of who you are. Only when I actually to break away from them have I come to understand who I am as a human being, however I will leave it at that because I will have a lot more to say once I finish A Sickness Unto Death.

Now, I want to say a few things about Darwinism. The Sydney Anglican line with regards to Darwinism (and I found it pretty quickly when trying to find some of the details of this book to update it on Goodreads) is that 'evolution is the modern creation myth, with its proponents as its priests'. That is a statement that I am willing to accept, however that does not mean that the creation account in Genesis isn't a myth – it is, and the writer originally wrote it with that intention in mind. Genesis was written to stand against the creation myths of the Egyptians and the Babylonians, and worked to put God, and man, front and center.

Charles Darwin was not an atheist, and his writings were not designed to disprove God. That came much later. Rather, Darwin was writing based upon what he had seen in his explorations and did what scientists pretty much do: attempt to answer the question as to why there is so much variety among the animal and plant kingdoms. Unfortunately people have taken Darwin's writings and have gone much further with it and added his name to a theory on which he only speculated. That is basically what scientists do – they speculate and then come to conclusions based upon observation and repeated experiments. The problem with evolution, and the way a small segment of Western Society take it, is that they assume that this speculation is fact based upon sound logic.

However, the Church, as can be expected, fears these new ideas and believes that if people were to be able to think for themselves they would decide that they don't need God. The problem with that is that people came to that conclusion pretty much before they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden. As such, the church is actually not just denying people the ability to think and to reason (a gift, by the way, given to them by God) but to also control they way they think, what they believe, and the way they behave. In a way it is a form of censorship.

Which leads me to another topic that has nothing to do with this book, but I thought I might throw a few things into it as well, and that is that debate regarding Goodreads censorship. Look, we are going to encounter censorship where ever we go, even in this society. In fact, we will find a law that pretty much defines censorship, and that is called defamation. I suspect that the reason that these reviews were taken down was probably because of defamation proceedings brought about against Goodreads. Amazon, who owns Goodreads, also owns IMDB, and out of my 645 reviews on IMDB, only one has been deleted (and apparently it is because somebody thought it was abusive), and as far as I know none of my Goodread's reviews have been deleted. However, with over 904 reviews, porting them to another site (and there are other sites) would be incredibly time consuming (and I haven't even finished uploading all of my movie reviews yet). Still, the idea of using another site to reach another audience is tempting, but as I said, also time consuming.

I suspect that there is a lot of politics involved though, and with a site as big as Goodreads, which is now in the hands of a multinational corporation, this is going to happen. There has been some research done on this, but as far as I am concerned, I am going to keep on uploading my reviews, and also writing them the way I have been writing them. Anyway, I have no worries about losing content because Goodreads has deleted them, since I write all of my reviews in a word document beforehand and then copy them across.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/739663445
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