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  • Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology (Book 16)
  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (February 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830826173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830826179
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"By appealing both to the Bible and to influential voices in the history of the church (notably John Calvin), Adam manages to combine biblical theology and historical theology in an admirable synthesis. His academic training, years of pastoral ministry and now principalship of a theological college ensure that this book simultaneously informs the mind, warms the heart and strengthens the will." (D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois)

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Adam is principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He was formerly vicar of St. Jude's in nearby Carlton. His other books include Speaking God's Words: A Practical Theology of Preaching.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pearlie Ng on December 27, 2007
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As I began to read Hearing God's Words, I had high expectations. I got this book because I felt it is always important for me as a reminder not to approach the Holy Word of God academically as I do find myself doing sometimes. There is a need to read it devotionally. As much as what D.A. Carson said during his conference in Kuala Lumpur a couple of months ago that we can and should combine both the devotional reading and studying of Scriptures - do devotion in Greek for example and in my case, do devotion through my assignments - it is still a good reminder.

Halfway through the book however, I felt a bit lost: either I lost him or he lost me. I understand that the word "spirituality" is notoriously difficult to define. Peter Adam did not define or explain it and as such, when I was midway through, I did not know what he was getting at.

He started by stressing the importance of biblical spirituality without quite explaining what it is exactly. That was followed by what I refer to as short introductions of various books in the Old and New Testament. I kept saying, I know but so what? When I reached the chapter where he summarises Calvin's theology of revelation, I had to start again from the beginning, because he totally lost me. It was not until the third quarter of the book, when he discussed the issues in spirituality that I began to have an idea where he is going. With that, I had to again restarted right from the beginning!

Adam segregated the Christian belief into 3 schools of thought (p.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on July 14, 2012
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What could I share with my church? God has spoken; he speaks now, and has a great deal to say to us continually. The limitations of Pentecostalism reduce the means by which God speaks. For instance, a church service where the preacher and believer are vessels through which God speaks, the first by sermon preparation and delivery and the second by the gifts of the Holy Spirit in whoever `feels' they should speak for God. If this is true, then God cannot possibly be speaking to the world. This is a huge contradiction of the Gospel. (John 3:16-17) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." How can the world know what God has said, is saying, and wants to say if a church service is the only context through which God speaks?

Spirituality is the context through which God speaks and includes creation, community and Holy Communion (and even a dumb ass to Balaam). But spirituality has to find its moorings in the Bible or it can be subjective to the miniature narrative of our own existence instead of Creator Father God. Therefore, the Bible tells us to marvel at his handiwork and consider it. Surely God is speaking to us as we do this? Surely God speaks to us through our responsibilities and duties? For me, it would be as a husband, father, pastor, neighbor and fellow human being both privately and publically. But this eclectic variety has to be anchored in the Bible so it becomes a definitive biblical spirituality where God is Father who speaks to the world and to me. We must not spoil this by substituting the bible, adding to it or exaggerating it.
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