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The Gospel Commission
Recovering God's Strategy for Making Disciples
by Michael Horton
Publisher:Baker Books imprint of Baker Pub. from Lion
Horton is from the USA, has a PhD from Coventry University in the UK, and is now professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. This book comes with commendations from the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and the chair of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. It's a comprehensive look at the Great Commission from the standpoint of an evangelical (Presbyterian Reformed) American context and it makes many good points. It is however a bit of a ramble, and on the way Horton conversationally offers his opinions on everything from the sacred nature of Sunday to the vacuous nature of the goal of evangelical reunion.
His basic thesis is that the church suffers from mission creep – that is, it does all sorts of things it hasn't been mandated to do, and neglects those which it has. "Disciples" is a bit of a catch all term - the book is really about what the church is and should be doing, or rather not doing.
If you were raised in a conservative evangelical background with an emphasis on getting saved, an individualistic approach to your faith and a desire to build the kingdom through your own efforts; and if you are comfortable with the kind of rather in-house vocabulary used in that kind of setting, then this book will offer a helpful and detailed challenge to your assumptions.
Reviewer: Alison Morgan (25/04/13)