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Successful bloggers have a certain writing style that I cannot easily mimic. There is a way about them that is to the point, humorous, and bulleted. This marks the writing the style of Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World.

I received an early, endorsement copy of the book by its author, Aaron Armstrong, blogger at BloggingTheologically.com, after developing a friendly relationship via the Internet. It was a delight to read—and to read before most people were able!

His style, mentioned earlier, resonates throughout the book making it an excellent read for those in a rush, and therefore, a perfect read for just about all teenagers and those in college. Armstrong skims across a number of practical situations and challenges that we face today as people saturated with Internet “truths” and fault-finding attitudes.

His quickness with handling subjects should not be understood as being shallow. Rather, he is getting you to the point with urgency—much like the epistle Jude from where he formed his outline, a pleasant surprise to me. Contend parallels Jude with complimentary support from analogous passages in other books of the Bible. However, unlike the tones of many preachers who sound more militarily firm when preaching from Jude, Armstrong promotes a firm sense of mercy. In fact, here is how he sets up the idea of contending:

Contending must be understood and exercised as an act of mercy toward those who doubt and those who have been deceived, regardless of whether they claim faith in Christ.

Here are some highlights:

  • Each of us will contend over those things that really matter to us. That’s how you know what people care about.
  • There has never been a time in the history of the church when contending was not necessary.
  • When we place too high a priority on unity, we fail to contend for the faith.
  • One generation believed the truth, the second assumed it and the third denied it.
  • The seeker-sensitive model seemed to do a fine job of making converts, but a poor job of making disciples.
  • When you don’t understand that there are some things worth contending for, everything is up for grabs.
  • The most severe threats to the gospel come not from outside the church, but from within.
  • Prayer, whether personal or communal, guards our hearts and minds and commits our efforts to the Lord.

The above excerpts are often paraphrased slightly for reasons of brevity. They are solely to capture your interest in order that you might lend yourself to purchase the book for your own reading. Buy it now from CruciformPress.

Posted by Jacob Abshire on October 16th, 2012 - 5:57 am
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