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R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and a visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (April 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581344910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581344912
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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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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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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Nobody should be able to state that Hughes is not one of the great contemporary teachers of our time. He has many publications for anyone to draw from....and without being disappointed in my opinion..
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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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Another 2012 favorite. This is not about moralism but about saying Yes to Jesus. We first must say Yes to Jesus first before we can even attempt to say no. That is the only way as Christians we will be able to be set apart. The book started with the story of Lot. He knew that what was happening in Sodom was against the grain of God, however, he had no influence, even over his own family. The influence of culture is no different now then what it was then. It is only when we are set apart, that we can influence others for Christ. "Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; There is no other.
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