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Dr. Mohler gives a fresh and encouraging word on the God who still speaks and a people who must obey, as he takes us on an expositional journey through the Ten Commandments. You will be well reminded that "God speaks in the fire and through His son."
-Johnny Hunt, Senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia, and president of the Southern Baptist Convention

Al Mohler is a like a biblical prophet of old speaking into a modernday wilderness of confusion and compromise. In this exposition of the Ten Commandments, he is following in a train of faithful Christian ministers who used the ten words (along with the Apostles' Creed and the Lord's Prayer) to teach "Christianity 101." But there are riches here for those both new to and mature in the faith. Read and grow.
-Ligon Duncan, Senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi

In our noisy culture, voices of all kinds are bombarding us. In Al Mohler's book Words from the Fire, he challenges us to hear the voice of God roaring from the fire. God's Word to us through the Ten Commandments is clear, convicting, and compelling. This incredible read will silence the noise around you and call you to hear the only voice
that leads you to a life of holiness. Get this book, read it, share it, teach it, and give another copy of it to a friend.
-Ronnie W. Floyd, Senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Springdale and The Church at Pinnacle Hills, Arkansas

I love how my friend Al Mohler instills in Words from the Fire a sense of reverence, respect, and mystery at the awesomeness of God's truth proclaimed to God's people. Something's going on that is so much bigger than you and me. "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves" (2 Corinthians 4:7). This reminder will never grow old.
-James MacDonald, Senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel

This is a rare book of deep scriptural insight combined with acute cultural analysis. Dr. Mohler helps us see that, far from being simply "rules" about Christian living, these Ten Commandments embody the heart of Christian faith. Serious Christians, pastors, teachers, and all those wishing to understand the urgent relevance of this ancient code for today's confused world will greatly benefit from this book.
-J.D. Greear, Lead pastor, the Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

Dr. Mohler has admirably achieved the difficult task of being both faithful to Holy Scripture and relevant to the cultural crises of our day. These essays take God's timeless Ten Commandments and apply them in an inspiring and timely way to the moral crises of our current culture.
-Dr. Richard Land, President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Of the myriad of books written on the Ten Commandments, I put Al Mohler's up there close to the top of the list. It is contemporary, insightful, interesting, and above all biblical. If you want a fresh but thoroughly Christian perspective on the BIG TEN, here it is!!
-Phil Roberts, President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

If we are to know God, He must speak-and He has! In Words From The Fire, Al Mohler Jr. carefully and clearly reveals to us the God who spoke in the Ten Commandments. This book is exegetically sound and theologically solid. I never hear or read Al that I am not blessed and challenged. Reading this book was no exception.
-Dr. Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"A lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?" (Amos 3:8). In his new book, Words from the Fire, Al Mohler, like Amos, reminds us that God's revealed Word in Scripture, specifically in the Decalogue, changes everything for everyone! By His grace, God hasspoken His Word. We ignore it or disobey it at our own peril. But if we obey it, our lives are blessed. This work is a welcomed breath of fresh air in our day of self-centered, antiauthoritarian relativism. I commend it wholeheartedly.
-Steve Gaines, PhD, Senior pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee

About the Author

R. ALBERT MOHLER, JR. is the ninth president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as a professor of Christian theology and editor-in-chief of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. Mohler is the author of He is Not Silent, Culture Shift, and Desire and Deceit. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and two children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802454887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802454881
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at www.albertmohler.com.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Ten Commandments was among the first lengthy passages of Scripture I ever committed to memory. Like most children, I was told to memorize the commandments and did so. Every week they were read in church, ensuring that they remained fresh in my mind. And yet, as I've grown older, I've realized that I think little about these Commandments, usually convinced that I am living by the letter of the law but rarely pausing to consider whether I live in the spirit of them. I'm a New Testament Christian, I suppose, often seeing little reason to look back to these laws, given so long ago. And it is to my shame, I'm sure. So it was some interest that I turned to Words from the Fire, a new book in which Al Mohler calls Christians to hear the voice of God in the Ten Commandments.

The great crisis of our day, of the postmodern times in which Mohler writes the book, is one of knowledge. It is an epistemological crisis that goes to the very root of how we can know anything and, continuing on from there, what right we have to tell other people what is true and what is false. Mohler summarizes the question in this way: "How do we know and teach what we claim to know and teach?" The great challenge for Christians, in face of such questions, is to "make certain we know on what authority we speak, and know, and teach." As Christians our claim is not that we have something to say or that our words merit attention. To the contrary, we claim that God has something to say and has chosen to say it through us. We speak only because he has spoken and we ought to speak only what he has spoken.

The format of the book is dead simple and really exactly what you would expect--after an Introduction there are ten chapters for ten laws. This Introduction is excellent, structured around eight "if's.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 21, 2009
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Dr. Mohler has served as the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, KY since 1993. Dr. Mohler brought reformation to the then liberal seminary and has returned the seminary to teaching the theology of the Southern Baptist founders---the theology of the Bible.

In Words from the Fire, Dr. Mohler expounds the 10 commandments for us. The purpose of the 10 commandments has been a debate for a long time. Calvin and Luther disagreed on this issue and evangelicals today continue to disagree. We can all agree that the law was given to us to point to Christ and to guide our secular law. However, the debated question is does the law teach Christian today? Mohler points out an interesting fact that although Luther denied this third use of the law, he still practiced this use of the law. Mohler concludes the law does teach us today, which is the basis for the rest of the book.

Throughout Words from the Fire, Mohler does an excellent job at showing Christ in the commandments. Jesus is there in each commandment, thank you for showing Him to us Dr. Mohler. Another common theme throughout Words from the Fire is God's glory, and rightly so, God's glory is a theme throughout scripture as well. Mohler clearly declares the chief end of man: "We are called to know and love the God who made us for His glory. And that is the highest privilege any human being can know."

Yesterday I covered Mohler's discussion on images of Christ separately. I completely agree with his exposition of the second commandment and commend him for taking a stand on a sin so prominent among Christians.

I also agree with Mohler on his discussion of the fourth commandment, the Sabbath.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Gardner on May 5, 2010
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In this book, Mohler, who is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes an exposition of the Ten Commandments, explaining how each is still vitally important to us today, even though we live under the covenant of grace, and not under the law. Jesus, after all, was the fulfillment of the law, and we are to be like him. While Jesus' sacrifice allows us to come to faith by the free gift of God's grace -- even though we are guilty of breaking every commandment He has ever given us -- we are still called to live according to God's Will. Jesus didn't remove the law, though he removed it's power over us. Rather, he raised the bar, setting an even higher level of expectation for those who bear His name. It is not enough to live according to the letter of the Law. We are to live according to its spirit, through the power of the Spirit which enables our obedience.

The purpose of the book, says Mohler, is to answer the question: "How do we know and teach what we claim to know and teach?" His answer is that God is a God who speaks. Previously, He has spoken through the law, but now He has spoken through the Living Word, Jesus Christ. This leads to what he calls "several realities that should frame our thinking". He offers eight such realities that must be true regarding the question "How do we know?" if we operate under the assumption that God speaks, and that He has spoken: If God has spoken, then (1) we do know; (2) we know only by mercy; (3) we too must speak; (4) all He has spoken is about God, and it is all for our good; (5) it is for our redemption; (6) we must obey; (7) we must trust; and (8) we must witness.

Mohler then devotes a chapter to each of the commandments. I was amazed and challenged by the depth of his insights, particularly in regard to our worship.
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