- Tapa blanda: 91 páginas
- Editor: Ivp Classics; Edición: 00002 (1 de diciembre de 2006)
- Colección: Ivp Classics
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0830834087
- ISBN-13: 978-0830834082
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Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life (Ivp Classics) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – dic 2006
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"Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service," writes John Stott. "If we do not use the mind which God has given us, we condemn ourselves to spiritual superficiality."While Christians have had a long heritage of rigorous scholarship and careful thinking, some circles still view the intellect with suspicion or even as contradictory to Christian faith. And many non-Christians are quick to label Christians as anti-intellectual and obscurantist. But this need not be so. In this classic introduction to Christian thinking, John Stott makes a forceful appeal for Christian discipleship that engages the mind as well as the heart.
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John R. W. Stott (1921-2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. Stott's best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than 60 languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions. Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored byTime magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen's New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.
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Sequentially, the book describes the dangers of “Mindless Christianity,” why rationalism is a crucial component of our humanity, the Scriptural emphasis on knowledge, wisdom and understanding, and finally, how to act on that knowledge and build up God’s people. This book packs a mighty punch in less than 100 pages and Stott manages to say much in very few words.
Your Mind Matters is powerful, inspirational and motivational call to action for Christians—especially apologists and communicators—to engage their minds in order to reach the minds of other believers. This intellectual engagement demands an absolute loyalty to the biblical gospel, an unshakeable trust in the Holy Spirit, and a deep understanding of contemporary alternatives to the gospel. In my humble opinion, a must-read and must-have book in an age of anti-intellectualism, pluralism and subjective truth.
In a bit less than 90 pages this short book consists of four chapters. The author opens with a discussion of mindless Christianity, where he criticizes the lack of active intellect and the shallowness of faith that much of what passes for Christianity demonstrates (1). This is the place where the reader is going to know whether they place themselves among those who have a great deal of respect and regard for the mind or whether they are among those the author is criticizing. After this brief discussion the author spends more time looking at why it is necessary for believers to use their minds (2) in a demonstration of the importance of the intellect and appeals to the mind in the Bible's approach to evangelism and apologetics. Then the author turns to examine the mind in Christian life (3), in part by contrasting the biblical view with various false views about positive thinking and a faith that is blind that can be common among certain circles within our culture. The author then concludes with a discussion of knowledge leading to action by pointing out (4) that the believer is not to acquire knowledge for its own sake but rather knowledge that is lived out in obedience to God.
It is ultimately in that balanced discussion of the author's high view of intellect as being the fuel for zeal according to knowledge that God wants in our lives that makes this book ultimately worthwhile. The sort of knowledge that God wants from us  is not mere intellectual knowledge but rather the knowledge of experience of God's ways, a knowledge that is combined with a commitment to obedience. Of course, this obedience requires knowledge but also more than knowledge alone. There are some people who have a great longing to obey God and only need accurate knowledge of what God expects of us to obey. There are others who have a great deal of knowledge about what the Bible says and therefore what God wants from us but lack the will and commitment to follow up on that knowledge in action. Most people lack both the interest in knowing what God wants and the commitment to following up on that knowledge with obedience. Yet this author has clearly laid to believers a challenge that deserves to be taken up in our times of shallow belief and rampant disobedience to the clearly expressed general will of God in scripture.