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A Lost God in a Lost World Paperback – October 6, 2015
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Addressing the confusion of modern life, Melvin Tinker offers a sure guide to both the crisis of our time and the way to confront and overcome it. --Dr Gerald Bray, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
A Lost God in a Lost World delivers cultural reflection and biblical insight in a highly accessible manner. --Dr Tim Chester, tutor with the Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy
About the Author
Melvin Tinker is Senior Minister of St John, Newland, Hull. Previously he was chaplain to the University of Keele and is a well- known speaker and author of numerous articles on doctrine and ethics. His books include Why do bad things happen to good people?, Close Encounters and Alien Nation (all Christian Focus), Reclaiming Genesis (Monarch), Intended for Good The Providence of God (Inter Varsity Press) and What Do You Expect? Ecclesiastes for Today and Salt, Light and Cities on Hills (EP Books). He is married to Heather and has three grown up sons and seven grandchildren.
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Melvin Tinker proposes the question we need to ask is not “Do you believe in God?” but “Which God do you believe in?” (Tinker 28). In each of his nine chapters, he points the reader to a biblical portrait of God, landing on one primary biblical text to meditate on and sift through. He is fair, saying the problem is not just outside the church but inside the church too. Furthermore, Tinker correctly asserts the main problem with people and their belief in the biblical God is not an intellectual problem but a moral problem (Tinker 143, 161). He corrects distorted, unbiblical views throughout the book and he tackles tough subjects like free will, the responsibility of man, and the sovereignty of God (see chapter 7). The greatest section of the book is laid out in chapters 3-5 where Tinker displays God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. His intentionality on showing the biblical God as the Triune God is essential in understanding and realigning our thinking back to the Bible.
We do not replace God with idols but we are to revere Him and be in awe of His person and works. This book does just that. A Lost God in a Lost World challenges the reader to discover and worship God as He is revealed in the Bible, the Triune God who has made us and redeemed us and is coming again for us. Be sure to have your Bible open, ready to read, when reading this book.
I received this book for free from EP Books via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.
Melvin Tinker sounds another alarm in his new book, A Lost God in a Lost World. His intent is to articulate the sobering truths that concern the lostness of people and to magnify the greatness and glory of God with the aim of encouraging Christ-followers to cling tenaciously to the Gospel of Jesus. They will, in the final analysis, be emboldened to stand strong in the grace which is found in their Savior. The author adds, “We shall become more effective instruments of righteousness in his hand for the salvation of many and the glorification of his name.”
Tinker diagnoses the problem and points his finger in the right direction - straight at idolatry. Calvin identified the propensity of people to turn to idols by describing their hearts as “idol factories.” The author elaborates on this problem which continues to plague humanity: “When we turn away in our hearts from the one true God we engage in a cheap exchange, swopping the one who is of infinite weight and worth for something which is empty and worthless.”
The remainder of the book describes the God-centeredness of God - the God who is crucified, the God who enters a life, the God who is proclaimed, the God who is embraced, the God who returns, and the God who makes all things new.
Tinker summarizes his excellent work in a concluding remark:
"We have called this book, A Lost God in a Lost World because in the West an awareness of the real God has been lost and replaced by idolatrous thoughts with the result that people are lost, that is, they become disoriented, dissatisfied and detached form God and so from reality. It is not coincidental that this ‘loss of God’ and ‘loss of reality’ has gone hand in hand with a loss in the belief of heaven and hell - the ultimate realities."
Tinker’s work is a solid piece of work that will serve Christians well and will especially serve new comers to the Christian faith.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
First, Tinker addresses idolatry, and how we tend to replace God with idols. Then he addresses the grandeur of God and how we are supposed to see him. He discusses why the cross was necessary, he explains the Holy Spirit as it is found in scripture, he asserts that we must proclaim the gospel, and then he ends the book by discussing the grace of God (and many viewpoints on that grace), the second coming, and how to be heavenly minded.
I loved this book. Tinker speaks in a way that it was easy to understand where he was coming from. I enjoyed the other authors and people he referenced throughout the book. He even referenced those with whom he disagreed, so that he could relay his scriptural findings and why he didn't agree with certain quotes or people. I think it is so true that our world is lost, and we have lost God in our hustle and bustle. We (as a society) rely on ourselves, or else we lean too heavily on society to take care of us, or we try to conform God to what we want at that exact moment. Tinker relates scripture in this book that is laid right out and cannot be ignored. This one is going on my bookshelf.
Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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