Saturday, November 22, 2008

Unity in the Body of Christ

It has always bothered me that Christians spend so much time defending their denominations to each other that we’re missing out on the great commission that Jesus bestowed upon us to spread the good news throughout the world. Shouldn’t we put greater emphasis on what binds us together? You know, Jesus! Can’t we all just get along?

So when I was approached by Thomas Williams to help him promote unity in the worldwide body of Christ after I reviewed his book “Knowing Right From Wrong” for his blog tour in October, I had to say, “Absolutely.” He sent me a couple of his other books and asked me to review them, so here are those reviews.

“Greater Than You Think” by Thomas D. Williams, LC, ThD systematically and intellectually refutes several objections to the Christian faith, God and organized religion voiced by well-known atheists. These 27 questions are comprehensively grouped by topic: Religion; Religion and Society; Faith – Science – Reason; Christianity; and Atheism. The questions and answers offer food for thought and opportunity to formulate our own responses to these questions so that we may “always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15-16) The author beautifully ends this book with that very scripture verse and the same Biblical advice, making this a worthwhile read, although I would have appreciated Biblical references in the answers to the questions, themselves.

“Spiritual Progress” by Thomas D. Williams is my favorite of his books! Although there is a distinct Catholic flavor due to quotes from and references to prominent figures in the Catholic church, this non-fiction work transcends denomination. Pertinent scripture begins most of the chapters and Jesus Christ saturates these pages. Contemporary references are also used to reinforce the chapter topics that inspire the reader to live their Christian faith out loud for others to witness. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Stacey,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful reads and comments! You are quite
industrious!

I agree with your remarks, too, though the choice to refute most of the
atheists' arguments from a more rational (rather than scriptural) approach
was intentional, since many who read them do not accept the authority of the
Bible.

I so appreciate your ministry and your friendship.

Be assured of my prayers for you, dear sister.

In the Lord Jesus,

Thomas Williams

Anonymous said...

Dear Stacey,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful reads and comments! You are quite
industrious!

I agree with your remarks, too, though the choice to refute most of the
atheists' arguments from a more rational (rather than scriptural) approach
was intentional, since many who read them do not accept the authority of the
Bible.

I so appreciate your ministry and your friendship.

Be assured of my prayers for you, dear sister.

In the Lord Jesus,

Thomas Williams