Monday, April 21, 2014

Galatians for You

Galatians for You: For Reading, for Feeding, for Leading (God's Word for You)Galatians for You: For Reading, for Feeding, for Leading by Timothy Keller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really good little book.
Just a few notes--

There are a lot of John Stott references.  I have nothing of substance to add to that, I was just surprised by the number of references!

There is a good, brief interaction with the New Perspectives at the end of the book.  Not an exhaustive defense of the traditional Protestant position by any means, but quite good for what it is.

My main/only qualm with the book is his imprecise, and thus misleading, language at times throughout.  There is quite a bit of the Jesus vs. Religion rhetoric in this. Lots!  Beyond that specific false dichotomy that is pervasive in Keller's teaching as a whole(it seems I have a bit of a pet peeve, bear with me), there is also language like "use the Gospel" in the sense of how we grow in Christlikeness.  I forgot who it was but the point has been made that we can at times in our effort to be Gospel-centered, or whatever "Gospel-" you want to utilize,we can often minimize the work of the Spirit.  This is not Keller's intent and it is not even really the result, but his imprecise language in certain places definitely opens the door for this to creep in.

This is a great overview of Galatians filled with deep, yet accessible, theology and clear, grace-driven(Gospel-centered? :-D ) application.

Great book. Read and enjoy.

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