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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (April 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581344910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581344912
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives on the West Coast with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.


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Kent Hughes was in pastoral ministry for 41 years, the last 27 as senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton. He earned his BA from Whittier College (history), an MDiv from Talbot Seminary and a DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children and 21 grandchildren. He retired from his pulpit ministry at College Church and was given the title Senior Pastor Emeritus in December 2006. He continues to be involved in training pastors biblical exposition and preaching.

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Overall a great book, go buy yourself a copy.
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This is a book that will make you feel something; not just puffed up, it is the real thing.
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Dr. Hughes does a great job in presenting the material.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Brown on December 12, 2007
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This book has been a rich blessing by means of conviction and more conviction. The church I pastor is using this book in the adult Bible study Sunday School class and I've had more discussion about the topic of this book than at any other time I can remember. People who thought they had all of their t's crossed and i's dotted in their daily lives personally and with their families are waking up to realize that a great deal of the world has affected their thinking and practical living. Dr. Hughes does a great job in presenting the material. It's full of Scripture. The chapters were originally preached to the congregation where he is pastor. He is by no means a legalist in his presentation, but he is no teacher of "live how you want to because God understands" either. Holiness is needed in our church families today. This book will go a long way, by God's grace, to vaccinate against worldliness in the church. This is a must read for all Christians.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray and Laura Jones on December 3, 2010
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I didn't really look beyond the subtitle to know what I was getting, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. I expected the book to speak to the religious institution more than the person. What I found inside its pages was a challenge to be holy. I am just now beginning to learn to define holiness. "Set apart" is a great definition, but learning the opposite of holiness has really helped my understanding. The opposite of holiness is not sin, it is commonness. May Christians regain their distinctiveness. Let this book help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevin Wax on October 24, 2008
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R. Kent Hughes has done evangelicals a service by writing a book that needed to be written. Crossway has done us a service by having the guts to publish it. Set Apart: Calling a Worldly Church to a Godly Life is a no-holds-barred call for evangelicals to reclaim the biblical understanding of radical life transformation.

Hughes tackles eleven hot-button issues in American society, problems that plague the evangelical community as much (and sometimes more) than society at large. It would have been easy for Hughes to concentrate only on the negative - how materialistic, hedonistic, immodest, and violent we are. He could have chosen only to berate Christians for living just like the world, but he most assuredly does not do this. Instead, Hughes tearfully pleads for Christians to embrace a godly life and offers many good suggestions that can help us begin.

Every Christian who reads this book will feel their toes stepped on. Hughes' list of sins/problems is so varied (from keeping the Lord's Day holy to delighting in TV violence) that the reader can't escape his diagnosis. The book is deeply convicting, due mostly to Hughes' tone. Instead of adopting the tone of a fundamentalist preacher who seems to preach against certain activities for the fun of it, Hughes writes in a way that conveys his profound concern for the Christian witness in today's world. And rather than stopping with the diagnosis, Hughes hopes to drive us to repentance and then to the embrace of a different life, one that is truly countercultural and set apart from the world.

Set Apart will make you uncomfortable. But it is the kind of discomfort that comes from the Holy Spirit's conviction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Wolf on November 12, 2011
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This book should be required reading for all Christians. Sadly with less than 10 reviews here on amazon, many have chosen to ignore this topic. Hughes makes a great case for practicing and applying Biblical separation from worldliness. Unfortunately he does not address ecclesiastical separation, nor separation from false teachers. The Book title leads the reader to believe that he is speaking about ecclesiastical separation, but the book is mostly written for the individual christian. To get a better read on ecclesiastical separation please refer to the books "The Dividing Line" and "Promise Unfulfilled." Regardless Hughes makes a strong case for the Christian to practice separation and not to conform to the pattern of this world (Rm 12:2, NIV). Some of the topics include Materialism, Hedonism, Viewing Sensuality, Violence and Voyeurism, Sexual Conduct, Modesty, Pluralism, Marriage, and The Church and the Lords Day.

I probably got the most out of the chapters on Materialism, Hedonism, and the Church and the Lords Day. The Church on the Lords Day I will speak of as I personally know of some christians who believe its okay not to attend church, to have a church service by themselves in the mountains, to have a church service in front of the TV, etc.. All these excuses not to attend and take part in the Lords day are wrong and unbiblical. As Pilgrims in an unholy land we are to set apart a day of worship. We are also not to create church service to attract consumers and seekers, but to create a worship service that honors the savior and risen Lord. The major downfall of the seeker friendly movement is their consumeristic and pragmatistic view of worship. Hughes argues from scripture and rebuffs those that think of the LORDS day as something else. Sadly many that disagree will not even read this book, as they are more interested in itching their deaf ears than obeying the Bible. Overall a great book, go buy yourself a copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calvin G. Coker on February 28, 2009
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I am the Education pastor at my church and after reading "Set Apart", I was convicted to use it in upcoming Christian Ethics classes. Mr. Hughes does an excellent job of bringing the gospel home to the church. This is a book that will make you feel something; not just puffed up, it is the real thing.
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