Waterbrook Multnomah – 2010 – ISBN: 1601421516
Josh Harris never ceases to challenge me. Whether it was Kissing Dating Goodbye or Courting my wife, Josh has stretched the boundaries of my life. He has been a trusted friend and a trusted mentor through his books.
In Dug Down Deep, Josh explores the nature of systematic theology. For most people, the journey would end with that statement. However, this book serves as a timely reminded that what we believe really does matter. How we come to our beliefs carries great importance.
Systematic theology of any kind (reformed, Baptist, Catholic) does not normally possess helpful constructs for the average believer. They normally contain bloated belief statements in language that is unattainable for any person, including those of us who spent three years in seminary. You probably need a doctorate in theological language (if it exists) to understand what the theologian said.
With a pastor’s heart, Josh relates the stories of his journey in several of his beliefs. Whether he is discussing the role of the Holy Spirit or the nature of soteriology, Josh’s gentle role of conveying beliefs through story allows the reader hand holds as they climb the mountain of systematic theology.
Josh knows that every person has a theology, even your most ardent atheist. His winning style allows anyone to grasp what he is saying. Josh founds this style in a reminder that orthodoxy (right knowledge) does not allow for us to proud or puffed up. Understanding God means that we understand Jesus and have humility in what we believe.
Great book… You gotta check it out.
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