November 29, 2006

Book of the Week: Famine in the Land

This week I took time out from Churchill to read Famine in the Land by Steven J. Lawson.

In general, I enjoyed this book. It was a refreshing call to biblical, expository preaching, a good reminder to those of us in ministry.

The book is divided into four parts, and each part is an exposition of a passage of Scripture. Here is where the difficulties come in. For someone who was urging careful exegesis and accurate proclamation, the author's own exegesis was sometimes (but not always) quite shallow.

The prime example of this is seen in the second part, where his text is Jonah 3:1-10. I found it amazing that Lawson would hold Jonah up as the kind of preacher we should aspire to be. The message of Jonah is how God works through human weakness, not an example for expositors.

After I got past the second chapter, however, I was rewarded by some good insights. All in all, I recommend this book as a good read. Just don't imitate Jonah.

For another good review of this book, click here.

Posted by Andrew on November 29, 2006 3:27 PM.