How can the church teach the gospel of a man who claimed to be “the Truth” to a world that hates truth claims? That was the topic being addressed at the 2006 Desiring God National Conference. This book is basically transcripts of the plenary sessions from that conference.
Each chapter corresponds to the message presented by each of the speakers at the conference: David Wells, Voddie Baucham, Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll, D.A. Carson, and John Piper… not a bad lineup! There is also a chapter titled “A Conversation With the Pastors”, containing a transcript of a discussion moderated by Justin Taylor.
The contributors each addressed a different aspect of the relationship between the church (and individual Christians) and the world. Each of the essays is thought-provoking in its own way. One thing John Piper always does well at his conferences is assigning the speakers topics which they are particularly suited to address (for instance, Keller’s focus on reaching urban intellectuals, Driscoll’s focus on missional contextualization, etc). Even in book form, the unique voice and focus of every author really shines through.
This is a book highly recommended, particularly for college students and others who are constantly bombarded with postmodern philosophy. Also recommended are the audio/video recordings of the conference sessions from which this book was derived, available for free from the Desiring God Resource Library.
If you’re like me, though, you’re going to want to have this book on your bookshelf for easy reference and note-taking! Buy it here.