Must you believe something to be saved? Does the kingdom of God include non-Christians? Is hell for real and forever? These are big questions. Hard questions. Questions that divide Christians along conservative and liberal lines. Conservatives love their beliefs and liberals believe in their love. Each pushes the other to opposite extremes. Fundamentalists imply that it doesn't matter how we live as long as we believe in Jesus, while some Emergent Christians respond that it doesn't matter what we believe as long as we live like him. Theologian Michael Wittmer calls both sides out of bounds and crafts a third way that retains the insights of each. He examines ten key questions that confront contemporary Christians and shows why both right belief and right practice are necessary for authentic Christianity. Here is an urgent reminder that best practices can only arise from true beliefs. Genuine Christians never stop serving because they never stop loving, and they never stop loving because they never stop believing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Michael Wittmer is currently Professor of Systematic Theology at GRTS in Grand Rapids, MI. He is the author of Heaven Is a Place on Earth, Don’t Stop Believing, The Last Enemy, and Despite Doubt. He and his wife, Julie, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with their three children: Avery, Landon, and Alayna.
Much better than I was expecting, one of the few books that really do speak to liberals and conservatives with equal admonishment and praise.Published 11 months ago by Clubbeaux
This book covers not only why faith (right beliefs/sound doctrine) is a central part of true biblical Christianity, but also seeks to clarify some of those core beliefs. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Joel E. Mitchell
Wittmer argues for the center point between extreme conservatism and liberal theology. I believe he does this best, honestly dealing with conservative oversteps and liberal... Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Jason
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wittmer's first book Heaven is A Place On Earth and picked this up. As another reviewer stated if you feel like you are somewhere in the middle... Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Cervant
This book does not seriously analyze any of the issues that it purports to address. Wittmer's book has chapter titles like "Is it possible to know anything? Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by indyreviewer
Let's say for instance, you decided to invite five of your Christian friends over for coffee in order to engage in conversation about spiritual things. Read morePublished on January 31, 2010 by Shaun Tabatt
I'm guessing that many who will read this review will be younger evangelicals who are aware of the Emerging Church movement. Read morePublished on May 12, 2009 by R. Hayton
In this book Wittmer walks through a series of tough questions facing the Western protestant church trying to find a middle way. Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by Audio Bibliophile
Don't Stop Believing is a rare blend of academic insight and lively conversation. The text flows easily from humorous examples to meaty theological and philosophical discussions... Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by Jay Matthews