Double Take - Making Sense of our Christian Beliefs
Have you ever felt puzzled after a Bible study or while listening to church teaching, because some things don't seem to add up? They just don't make sense. If so, this may be the book for you. If you have a questioning mind - which is not the same as a doubting one - you may find solutions in Double Take to some of the Biblical conundrums that perhaps have puzzled you for years.
For example, Jesus teaches that no one can see God's Kingdom unless they are spiritualy reborn. So what about believers of the Old Testament era? Some Bible teachers say that any believer nowadays is more spiritual than even giants of the faith like Moses and Daniel - because the latter were "Old Testament" and rebirth is a New Testament gift that started at Pentecost. But that surely doesn't make sense. In fact, the Spirit was always alive and well and working in saints' lives for their salvation, within old and new covenants.
If so, then we clearly have to rethink what is normally understood by verses such as: "This he said about the Spirit... For the Spirit was not yet (translation from the Greek) because Jesus was not yet glorified."
You'll find answers to this conundrum - and more - in Double Take !
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (25 Jan. 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 226 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1505876826
- Size: 13.34 x 1.3 x 20.32 cm
I’ve read Double Take more than once. It has blessed me and has touched me deeply.
I love the way Bill thinks and writes about his Christian faith, about challenging parts of the Bible and about difficult theological issues. I highly appreciate the clarity, the depth of knowledge and thinking and the honesty in everything he says and writes. This book has helped me (as I am a quite “young” Christian) grow in my faith and develop my own Christian spirituality. I have found that I am to use my “spiritual common sense” (as Bill rightly suggests) when it comes to controversially discussed parts and verses of the scriptures. Otherwise one can easily get confused or even perplexed by all the – very often diametrically – opposed Bible scholars’ views on one and the same biblical doctrine.
The meditations – just beautifully written little gems; meaningful, inspirational! It was a brilliant idea to include them in the book.
Just to reiterate – reading Double Take has been an eye-opener for me – and a real joy. I’d thoroughly recommend it.
Beautifully crafted. The layout is uncluttered and the writing clear and concise.
As the title suggests, I was compelled to reconsider long held convictions on some of the major themes in The Christian Faith. Very stimulating and rewarding. I was not persuaded by all the opinions expressed but did appreciate the scholarly integrity of the arguments.
A riveting and refreshing read for all those interested in exploring their Christian identity! There is a nice balance provided between deep theological discussion and lighter meditative thoughts to close each section.
I enjoyed reading this book because, as the title suggests, it caused me to look again at what the Bible actually says, and reconsider some of my Christian beliefs.
I enjoyed reading it, also, because, being structured in smaller chunks, it is easily read a bit at a time (it’s a good book for the smallest room in the house).
I was especially heartened by the section “Why are we so often down on ourselves?” In this section Bill suggests that our wrong perspectives on man’s place in the world, exaggerating the difference between God and man, and an over-emphasis on being “sinners”, causes many Christians to lose sight of their own dignity, have a poor self-image, and lose our identity. Instead, we need to remind ourselves that our status is in Christ forever.
A very interesting section is where Bill considers Romans 7 - The Controversial “Man” and asks, who exactly is this struggling person who wants to be good but can’t? Several discussion points later he concludes: Instead of seeing ourselves as inferior - in the eyes of God or of man - we must always see ourselves as dignified children of God, because of His work in our lives. We are holy royalty...princes and princesses.
I agree with Bill when he says , "I am hoping that others will find it helpful to join with me in doing this double take."