|Clockwise from top left: Gladwell, Piper, Carson, Grudem|
I respect all of these men. I have read all but one of Gladwell’s books (my son waved me off of What the Dog Saw). I have read two others by Carson and am working on a third on my iPad. I have not read Piper but have listened to his series Men of Whom the World was not Worthy several times. I think I have read Grudem in journal articles but none of his books. I have heard great things about Grudem though.
I like – check that love, books. I especially like books that challenge my thinking. I have scanned enough of Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and The Gift of Prophecy, to know that I start those books in agreement with one and at odds with the other. I am far enough into Divine Sovereignty to know that it is going to stretch me.
But you need to know that these books even though I love them are not the source of my positions on any of these topics. I do not accept at face value what I read. The Bible trumps these books. It is my responsibility to come to each of these having already studied the topics. I have. My purpose in reading them is to essentially enter into a dialog with the author, to see what he brings to the topic that either I overlooked, misunderstood, or just missed.
These men are heroes of mine at some level. But they are men. They get things wrong, as do I. So when I engage with them I have to do so on the same basis that the Berean believers did with Paul in Acts 17:11. I have to check out what they say against what the Bible says about the topic.
That interaction will benefit me greatly. But only if the Bible is the guide.