From Publishers Weekly
What does the cross symbolize? Americans who are inundated by constant images of the cross in jewelry, roadside shrines, the Red Cross symbol and church buildings may have only a superficial understanding of the cross's meaning, warns Farley, an evangelical pastor. He agrees with Martin Luther that the cross alone is the sum of Christian theology and issues a jeremiad of sorts against the ways our culture has cheapened it: "Familiarity breeds contempt," he cautions. Farley can adopt a stern toneafter all, he says he first understood the cross himself after reading the works of Jonathan Edwards. Still, he speaks the truth in love and humility; when he lashes out against "worldly Christians," for example, he has the grace to tell us stories about when he has fallen into that category himself. Farley is a strong writer with a memorable, hard-hitting message.
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"Farley has given us a beautiful book that 'lifts high the cross' and thus imparts mercy and grace for the Christian life. Outrageous Mercy
is a book to read and reread." --R. Kent Hughes
, senior pastor emeritus of College Church, Wheaton
"Bill Farley has created a winsome reminder of how essential, radical, and mind-blowingly merciful the gospel actually is." --Carolyn McCulley
, author, media specialist for Sovereign Grace Ministries
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