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The Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) is the Church's marching orders and few Christians if any would deny this. Most denominations regard it as the touchstone of ministry and evangelism-usually incorporating it into their charter, by-laws, or mission statement. The problem is, most don't actually believe it or truncate its greatness. For them, the Great Commission is a command to faithfully take the gospel to the world with no real promise of success. Of course many would object to that characterization, but upon closer examination it becomes evident that evangelism is largely seen as getting the *good news* to the few who will recieve it so that the church might hasten the Lord's return. However, Christ pledges Himself as the guarantor of the Church's success "I have been given all power in heaven and on earth" (v.18) and promises to be with us in this endeavor "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age" (v.20). With a declaration like that from the LORD of Lords and the KING of Kings, we can't lose. In the words of the great C.H. Spurgeon "The Holy Ghost would never suffer the imputation to rest upon His holy name that He was not able to convert the world."

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"This book is an intellectual masterpiece; it is first rate scholarship - a theological and historical gem... It is the theological apologetic to act out God's truth in every sphere of life in 21st century Britain and beyond...This book is changing lives." -From the Foreword: Andrea Williams, CEO, Christian Concern and Christian Legal Centre, London "Bold, provocative and illuminating...a potential game changer for modern societies." -Jonathan Burnside, Professor of Biblical Law at the University of Bristol "The Mission of God stands tall as a tour de force of historic Christian orthodoxy.... Boot makes his case with coherence, clarity and conviction." -Greg Downes, Theologian and Missioner, St Michael le Belfrey, York "A hard-hitting tour de force which will no doubt inspire, encourage and provoke ... Recommended." -Dr Daniel Strange, Academic Vice Principal and Tutor in Culture, Religion and Public Theology, Oak Hill College, London, U.K. "As comprehensive an overview of the church's mission in the 21st century as anything you will find presently available ... a great achievement." -Dr Peter Jones (Ph.D), Scholar in Residence, Westminster Theological Seminary, California "A work of theology that can be exegetically profound, philosophically rigorous, historically aware, culturally illuminating, pastorally wise with a serious love for the church and the lost is an extremely rare feat.... This book is a must read." -Dr Thaddeus Williams (Ph.D). Assistant Professor of Theology, Biola University, U.S.A. "The most comprehensive and cogent argument for the perpetuity of God's moral law as it relates to civil legislation written in 40 years...A breath of fresh air amid both the hermeneutical nihilism and pietistic retreatism in the modern church... An intellectual force to be reckoned with." -Dr P. Andrew Sandlin (S.T.D) President, Center for Cultural Leadership, California "Dr Joe Boot is one of the top Christian apologists writing and speaking today ... this book is an intellectual tour de force ... Impressive in both breadth and scope." -Dr Gabriel Fluhrer, Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary Global Campus, U.S.A. "I could not put it down ... this book is destined to be a classic." -Rev. Dr Bishop Joshua HK Banda (Ph.D), President, Southern Africa Region of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Africa --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the twentieth century, Francis Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. In this brilliant book he analyzed the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presented the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible's morals, values, and meaning.

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Rather than an ethereal call to Christians to disciple the world (as Christ of course commanded us to do), author Dennis Woods offers a practical course of action for Americans who wish to return to our founding principles under God. In the first part of the book, Woods analyzes the U.S. Constitution: what it is (and is not); how it was drafted, discussed, and ratified; its humanist and enlightenment underpinnings contrasted with the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, and Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. Using not polemic, but documents of historical record, the author posits that our Constitution is a covenant-breaking document in effect, if not in intent. 

In the second part of the book, Woods follows the trail of legislative, judicial, and bureaucratic accretions which have brought a God-fearing, liberty-loving people to be willing minions of an all-encompassing, godless state. The structure is collapsing, the author posits, because our foundation was bad since the ratification of the Constitution over the strenuous objection of many anti-federalists. When Patrick Henry said that he would not attend the Constitutional convention because he "...smelt a rat!" this godless foundation is what he was likely referring to. 

The final portions of the book are Woods's most valuable contribution: step by step, he maps out strategy and tactics for Christians who wish to see our nation restored. We begin with ourselves, our children, and our churches, seeking change in the culture through long-term engagement. He encourages us to get involved in all public realms -- especially politics -- for the good of all our fellow men, and gives concrete steps for achieving these ends. 

I've read perhaps 500 books since college, with Discipling the Nations perhaps the most valuable of them. If enough Americans read and heed it, we may see a quiet, effective revolution in America's churches and public life. This is a superb, valuable book, worth re-reading several times.

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The power of the gospel to transform individual lives has been clearly evident throughout New Testament history. But what of the darkness and poverty that enslave entire cultures, even nations? Have Christians underestimated the power of God's truth to transform entire societies?

In Discipling Nations, Darrow Miller builds a powerful and convincing thesis that God's truth not only breaks the spiritual bonds of sin and death but can free whole societies from deception and poverty.

Discipling Nations will challenge, reenergize, and reequip Christians everywhere who labor to see "His kingdom come, His will be done."

Biography

For more than 25 years, Darrow L. Miller has been a popular speaker at conferences and seminars on topics that focus on the relationship between worldview and development, and culture and poverty. He has written numerous articles, Bible studies and books around these themes, including his latest, "Emancipating the World: A Christian Response to Radical Islam and Fundamentalist Atheism" (YWAM, May 2012). Darrow has a master's degree in higher and adult education, and he has pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow and his wife, Marilyn, studied and worked with Francis and Edith Schaeffer at L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland from 1969-71. Darrow has been a pastor of both a student ministry and an urban church and, for more than 25 years, served as a leader of Food for the Hungry International (FHI) in the area of field-staff training and development. While with FHI, Darrow helped co-found the Disciple Nations Alliance, now a movement of like-minded organizations and people in more than 60 countries using these ideas in "equipping the church to transform the world." Darrow and Marilyn live in northern Arizona and have four children and 14 grandchildren.

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Editorial Reviews

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"COMPELLING . . . EXCEPTIONAL . . . This is a rare long book that leaves one wanting to read more." -- --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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"This book continues the Schaeffer-inspired project that Nancy Pearcey and Chuck Colson began in How Now Shall We Live?-awakening evangelical Christians to the need for a Christian 'worldview,' which Pearcey defines as 'a biblically informed perspective on all reality.' This is the rare long book that leaves one wanting to read more."
Publisher's Weekly

On one level, this book is a lucid, easy-to-understand manual for worldview thinking. But it also breaks new ground in worldview analysis."
World Magazine

"Pearcey is an outstanding writer with the ability not only to express deep thoughts in a very readable way, but one who also understands a biblically reformed world and life view. If you buy only one book this year, this would be at the top of the list."
Equip For MinistryEquip For Ministry

"Pearcey helps readers see how many modern Christians unwittingly accept a sacred/secular split, which allows them to relegate faith to the private sphere of life. She then clearly puts forth a Scriptural picture of integrating all of life under the liberating Lordship of Christ and shows what that truth means for the areas of public policy, family life, science, business, law, education, and more."
Covenant MagazineCovenant Magazine

Total Truth questions the modern American cultural attitude of keeping religion a private matter, claiming that Christianity's truth is best served by being brought into the public sphere to maximize its influence."
Midwest Book Review

"Thoroughly researched, well-written and well-argued, Total Truth will prove to be a useful and easily accessible guidebook for many who seek to develop a comprehensive biblical worldview that affects not only beliefs but actions."
CaliforniaRepublic.org CaliforniaRepublic.org

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A valuable resource that will greatly aid any layman hoping to understand the competing worldviews of our day.

The benefits of this book are many. First, it is comprehensive but not overwhelming. Covering Islam, 
Christianity, postmodernism, New Age, and Marxism, Noebel looks into ten different worldview categories 
for each of these six worldviews. The addition of Islam and Postmodernism in this version makes it leaps 
and bounds beyond the first edition. Furthermore, each chapter provides what you need to know in the very
words of the proponents of that worldview.

Many in the emergent church or "liberal" crowd will balk at the idea of "the" Christian worldview, but Noebel 
makes a good case from scripture in sticky areas like economics and sociology. He also refrains from 
bashing the other worldviews---he remains unemotional, although he admits from the start that he is hoping 
that the truth of the Christian worldview is illuminated throughout the book.

The section on postmodernism is particularly valuable. This is a difficult area of thinking to understand but 
one that is extremely pervasive and MUST be understood by Christians today. He explains at length how 
postmodernism has affected our legal system as well as social justice. He also covers "postmodern 
Christianity" as popularized by the emergent church (e.g., Brian McLaren).

My complaints? Noebel is an evidentialist, sadly. His section on Christian epistemology is abysmal. 
At one point he says that revelation is the foundation of our worldview, but then says that revelation is 
verified by science and archaeology! (p. 87) Well, which is it? Other strange statements include, "The basic 
tenets of Christian philosophy are rational because they are held by average rational men and women." (p. 88)
No, Christianity is rational because it was revealed to us by a rational God (John 17:17, 1 John 5:9). 
Consequently, Noebel's evidentialism plays out especially loud in the section on biology, which is nothing 
more than a teleological argument---a very overrated argument that's still managed to become a staple in 
the arsenal of many apologists.

The above paragraph sounds harsh. Realize, however, that one can still draw a tremendous amount from 
this resource while recognizing its shortcomings. Though Noebel's evidentialism seeps into the rest of the 
book, it still deserves 4 stars and a place on the shelf of any Christian who would like a concise, 
cut-to-the-chase guide on the worldviews of our age. Thank you, Dr. Noebel, for helping us "understand 
the times."

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David Hall does a masterful job showing the historic role that the ideas behind the Christian Reformation 
played in the founding of our nation. In particular he demonstrates the major influence that Calvinism had 
in our founding.. 
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