Monday, February 15, 2016

"Restoring All Things" by Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet

There area  lot of 're' words in the Bible. Have you noticed? Words like redemption, renew, repent, restore, resurrection, reconciliation, and regeneration show up over and over throughout the Bible, specially in the New Testament. (17)

The Bible is more than a collection of stories full of moral and ethical nuggets. Rather, it is a divine story of how God has entered into our dark and dying world in order to save it. Thus the Christian worldview is more than legalistic moralism, but transformation for the individual, for relationships, for society, and even for the cosmos. That is the general argument in the book Restoring All Things: God's Audacius Plan to Chane the World Through Everyday People by Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet.

Where Christianity thrives, homes are healthier and society is better. Where it begins to crumble, the family unit and the broader society will begin to fall apart. No doubt we are seeing that in our society today.

Each chapter explores this worldview. The authors tackles subjects like crime and punishment, abortion, marriage, education, poverty, capitalism, etc. In each chapter, the authors begin by briefly exploring how the Christian gospel informs our thinking on the given subject. They then dedicate the majority of each chapter to a variety of stories and examples of people fulfilling this calling. It is insightful and a reminder that where there are Christians, there are people working to make the world a better place.

Overall, I must say that this book was not what I exactly what I thought it would be. I assumed that each chapter would explore in more detail how the gospel "restores all things" rather than providing the reader with evidence of how the gospel is now restoring all things. That is not a criticism against the authors, but of myself. Nevertheless, it is a helpful resource that shows that the gospel has power beyond mere moralism and self-helpism. It is much bigger than we can ever imagine. It is the story of God's Kingdom overcoming and conquering man's.

Come Lord Jesus quickly!

John Stonestreet - Restoring All Things: Participating in God’s Great Plan
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