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Speaking the Gospel Today: A Theology for Evangelism [Paperback]

By Robert A. Kolb (Author)
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Pages   278
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.99 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1995
Publisher   Concordia Publishing House
ISBN  0570042585  
EAN  9780570042587  

Availability  144 units.
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Item Description...
Dr. Roger S. Greenway writes, "What sets this book its theological integrity. Writing on the basis of Scripture and the best of Lutheran tradition, Kolb shows God's people how to become 'bridge-builders' who take the saving Word of God to a world on the brink of destruction...this book helps Christians speak the Gospel with clarity and power to a confused, groping people."

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The most comprehensive book on evangelism. A theological book, rich in biblical grounding, bringing the many facets of the Christian faith to bear on the evangelical task.

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More About Robert A. Kolb

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Kolb (PhD, University of Wisconsin) is Mission Professor of Systematic Theology emeritus at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Genius of Luther's Theology and Luther and the Stories of God. He is also coeditor of The Book of Concord (2000 translation).

Robert Kolb currently resides in the state of Missouri. Robert Kolb was born in 1941 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Loyola University, Chicago Loyola University Chicago, USA Loyola Unive.

Robert Kolb has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Theology in Context
  2. Concordia Scholarship Today
  3. Texts and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Though

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Kolb succeeds again!  Sep 2, 2007
Once again, Robert Kolb digs deep into the understanding of the proper relationship between God and His people, and he shares with his readers the fundamentals of why God's people can boldy proclaim the truth of God's love for His creation. A wonderful work which encourages the believer to rejoice in the Gospel.
Why do YOU want to know?  Sep 25, 2004
Robert Kolb, a professor of systematic theology at Concordia Seminary (St. Louis) attempts to present in "Speaking the Gospel Today" a Lutheran understanding of Evangelism, more specifically, witnessing. The book is divided into four chapters: the first deals with ways God has and has not revealed himeself. The second deals with the effects of sin (it either makes one feel falsely secure or crushes a person), the third deals with they way the Bible describes the person and work of Jesus, and the final chapter deals with the church-building work of the Holy Spirit.

This book has a lot of excellent theory on witnessing. Among these are a relyance on the Holy Spirit to work faith in a person even if the "delivery" of Law and Gospel isn't all that great; Kolb stresses knowledge of the attitude of the one you're witnessing to (hence the constant "why do you want to know" question); He shows the worldviews held by the faithless as opposed to the faithful worldview; and the list goes on.

However, this book has not been rated as high as other books for two basic reasons. The first is Kolb's writing style. The man holds two doctorates and I have a lot of respect for him, but he tends to write over my head. To his credit, he has tried to "dumb down" the book for people like me, but the end result is a writing style similar to that of a pendulum: he writes like an average Joe, then goes into "doctoral thesis" mode, followed by "average Joe." The end result is that I could never quite get into a rhythm with the book, making Kolb's main points diffucult to find and understand.

My second criticism really isn't much of a criticism at all. Aside from asking "why do you want to know," Kolb has very few practical, every day witnessing techniques in his book, but rather mountains of theory. Granted, Kolb didn't set out to write a pracitcal manual for witnessing, he did set out to write a high-minded systematic book on witnessing theory. However, the average Christian or pastor probably isn't going to get a lot of "bang from his buck" on this book. I know I'd have to read this a couple more times to fully understand the main points and sub-points and get it all straight in my mind before I start applying it. The time I would have to spend doing this probably could be invested better elsewhere. Then again, I often find myself on the ignorant side of things, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

In all, I would not recommend this book for most people. Graduate students, teachers, church workers with a lot of time on their hands, etc., would most likely really enjoy this book. Pastors might want to give it a shot. For everyone else, I'd explore other options.

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