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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Unashamed To Bear His Name

In our increasingly secular society, being a Christian carries a cost. Whether through public criticism or the quiet loss of respect, it is hard--and becoming harder--to be known as a Christian. Even as believers try to follow the will of God, they are often misunderstood and left to deal with the awkward, sometimes painful results of feeling disconnected from their fellow man--or even stigmatized.

Beloved Bible teacher R. T. Kendall offers hope. Turning the idea of stigma on its head, he shares his own story of rejection and embarrassment in the name of Christ--and how it became the source of unimaginable blessing. With warmth and understanding, he urges readers to embrace the offense that comes from their commitment to Jesus Christ, showing that when they do, the Lord will unleash into their lives incalculable blessing.    

CafĂ© Lily’s review:

This book asks some very thought provoking questions, some that many people, i(including Christians) try to avoid. 

I am not well versed on R.T. Kendall, but found it very interesting that he is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Oxford University, was the senior minister of Westminster Chapel  for 25 years and yet admits to speaking in tongues.  For me, that was a bit of a shocker.

This book “goes there” on several topics:  Eternal Security, Once Saved Always Saved, Speaking In Tongues, Hell and Eternal Punishment and so forth.  

Whether you agree or disagree with the subject matter, this book doesn’t give much room for fence riding.   

While I don’t support every position in this book, I do agree with some of his points and beliefs.  The overall theme of this book is that as Christians, we should not be ashamed of the Gospel, no matter what.   If you take nothing else from this book, that is a thought we should all keep on the forefront of our minds.

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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