A follo-up to the author's Leaders Who Last, Dave Kraft examines the other side of the coin this time, how leaders can mess up and how not to.
I was more uneasy with this book than the one by Kraft and the next one by Veith. I appreciated the focus on men exercising servant leadership in the home, at church, and at work, but I had some basic points of tention other Lutherans readers will likely have.
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:16-20 ESV)
A better, Biblical answer to "How do you make a Christian disciple?" (27) would be "by means of baptizing and by means of teaching."
"Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:14-15 ESV)
Or, by making reference to Jesus in John 15:
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (John 15:16 ESV)
I commend the author and publisher for giving such intentional and positive focus on Christian men.
Voddie Baucham Jr. is the preaching pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. Author of Family Driven Faith and The Ever-Loving Truth, Baucham is also a sought-after preacher and conference speaker. He and his wife, Bridget, live in Texas with their seven children. (publisher's website)
Gene Edward Veith Jr. (PhD, University of Oklahoma) is provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College and the director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary. He is also a columnist for World magazine and TableTalk, and the author of several noted books on Christianity and culture, including God at Work. Mary J Moerbe (MA, Concordia Theological Seminary) is a professional deaconess in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, serving as diaconal writer for the Cranach Institute (publisher's website and book back cover).
Tactfully challenging feminism and patriarchy (82), the unfortunate myth of "the one" (41), and encouraging and equipping heads of household to pass on the faith (122, 152) and not passing on their God-given responsibilities (128), Veith and daughter Moerbe clearly teach the Christian Bible doctrine of vocation (11ff, 19-20, 39, passim) for a new day and a larger Christian audience.
As we continue to write modern hymns for the church, this collection comes from the challenge to consider not just what we sing on those occasions when we're all together but how the shared lyrics of our faith speak into all the moments in between. Musically, "Hymns for the Christian Life" reflects both the Celtic and American folk traditions, old and new world brought together, just as we lean on the rich legacy of Church music we already have with songs written for the life of the Church today.
The album has the following twelve tracks:
The first track, "Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed," is based on the traditional Christian Easter greeting and response, "Alleluia! Christ is risen!" "He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!" We are considering asking our adult choir to sing it this Easter.