- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 19, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501847562
- ISBN-13: 978-1501847561
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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Talbot Davis is the pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, a congregation known for its ethnic diversity, outreach ministry, and innovative approach to worship. He has been repeatedly recognized for his excellence in congregational development. During his 10-year term as pastor, Mt. Carmel UMC doubled in size and received the conference’s “church of excellence” award six times. Talbot has also received the conference’s Harry Denman Award for Excellence in Evangelism. Since Talbot began serving at Good Shepherd in 1999, average worship attendance has quadrupled, growing from 500 to 2000 each Sunday. Talbot lives in Charlotte with his wife, Julie, and they have two grown children.
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When I think of a judge, I immediately recall the handful of speeding tickets I earned as a teenager, followed by the cost and hassle of appearing in court. In my experience, judges have authority, act in the public’s interest, and are honorable. It says so right in their title. The judges in the book however, had a very different role, and were not always so honorable. As Davis explains, Deborah, Jephthah, Samson, and Gideon were deliverers who have rich stories involving stereotypes, fear, religious failures, negotiations, murder, and much more. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever been in the shoes of a crash test dummy, which is everyone. Except Jesus.
Anyone who uses John Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany" to illustrate a point is an instant friend to me!
Davis does not dance around issues of racism, sexism, ageism, addiction and stereotyping; he stomps all over them with biblical authority. And presents the reader with real solutions beginning with self.
Although a very serious topic, when you least expect it, Davis tosses out a zinger that makes you laugh as he also sends you to look in the mirror.
This book about Judges puts the spotlight on our shortcomings that have been occurring since 1200 B.C. and before. Davis isn't afraid to ask the reader hard questions. Yet, one does not feel chapped, rather cheered on to overcome. It helps that he shares some of his own vulnerabilities.
This is definitely my favorite of all Davis' studies. I've already recommended it to my daughter's LifeGroup.
Crash Test Dummies, based on a sermon series of the same name, studies the Israelites' tendency to fall into the cyclical trap of sin, followed by oppression, and pleading to God for deliverance. God responds by providing judges to lead the people from their oppressors. Over and over again, just as crash test dummies hit the wall over and over again. The Israelites only want God when they need Him, rather than relying on Him at all times. As a result, they suffer at the hands of their oppressors. God is frustrated with their rejection, but continues to provide rescue.God, then as now, doesn't want His children to suffer, but to have abundant life. We just have to turn from trying to control our own lives and rely on His guidance. Crash Test Dummies shows us how.
Crash Test Dummies is divided into six chapters, each meant to be studied over the course of a week. The chapters begin with a message, followed by a 'Questions for Reflections' section, a 'Focus for the Week' suggestion, and 'Daily Scripture Reading' recommendations, which when used together, work to reinforce the message for the week. This format works well for small groups or independent personal development.
Speaking of stereotypes, don't judge this book by it's size. It took me extra time to read because it is so thought provoking. I felt challenged throughout to stop and ponder my values and behaviors. What happens when I get stressed, during decision making, and my relationships with others. I was left feeling excited to see how God uses every person I come in contact with.
Oddly, even the cover has that crash test dummy feel.
Study questions, daily scripture readings, weekly challenges, and lovely prayers at the end of each chapter makes this an excellent book for personal use, as a group study, book club read,or Sunday school periodical. Highly recommended.