WE CANNOT BE SILENT – R. Albert Mohler (2015)

mohlerPostmodern culture is drowning in relativism and religious pluralism. The rising tide of liberalism and theological compromise has not only washed upon the secular shore; it has come crashing in upon the evangelical church with the force of a tsunami.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler explores this rising cultural storm in his new book, We Cannot Be Silent. The author describes the so-called sexual revolution in vivid terms; terms that sober readers and awaken them to this escalating challenge.

Mohler explains that this cultural revolution did not begin with same-sex marriage, however. Rather, four developments helped usher in the redefinition of marriage, namely, birth control and contraception, divorce, advanced reproductive technologies, and cohabitation.

The author guides readers through the various stages of cultural decay which include the acceptance of same-sex marriage, the transgender revolution, and the collapse of marriage.

Dr. Mohler provides the proper paradigm for thinking and acting biblically in these troubling times:

The fundamental axiom upon which evangelical Christians must base every response to homosexuality is this: God alone is sovereign, and he alone created the universe and everything within it by his own design and for his own good pleasure. Furthermore, he showed us his creative intention through Holy Scripture – and that intention is clearly to create and establish two distinct but complementary genders or sexes. The Genesis narrative demonstrates that this distinction of genders is neither accidental nor inconsequential to the divine design.

Navigating the cultural decay is no simple task, especially when more and more people appear to accept what the Bible prohibits – even in the church. Thankfully, we have the Word of God which reveals the heart of God in these matters. Indeed, the biblical testimony is clear and compelling: Mohler adds:

Homosexuality is a sin against God and a direct rejection of God’s intention and command in creation. All sin is a matter of eternal consequence. The redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ is the only hope for sinners. On the cross, Jesus paid the price for our sins and served as a substitute for the redeemed.

We Cannot Be Silent is essential reading for Christian leaders, Christian educators, and pastors. It contains a wealth of practical information, biblical responses, and draws readers into the center of the cultural tsunami. Mohler offers hope and Bible-soaked counsel for Christians who seek answers in the midst of the storm.

But the most important aspect of the author’s book is his heart which is clearly revealed. Mohler strikes a critical balance of love and grace from start to finish. He helps readers navigate the challenging waters of postmodern culture with biblical wisdom, skill, and winsomeness. Such an approach is imperative if the church intends on reaching people for the sake of the gospel.

I applaud We Cannot Be Silent for its depth, transparency, and clear commitment to Scripture. It deserves a wide reading and is bound to make an important difference in the lives of many people.

Highly recommended!

I received this book free from the publisher.   I was not required to write a positive review.

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THE CONVICTION TO LEAD – Albert Mohler (2012)

0764210041_lLeadership books are “a dime a dozen” these days.  More often than not, the challenge for readers is finding a book devoted to leadership that is worth reading and filled with timeless wisdom.  Over the last several years, I’ve found a several books that pass this leadership test.  A few that come to mind include Credibility and The Leadership Challenge by Kounze and Posner, Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, and Leaders by Warren Bennis.  A recent book to hit the shelves that should be included among the best of the best is The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler.

Dr. Mohler doesn’t pull any punches.  He admits the agenda on the first page of the book: “Let me warn you right up front … I want to fundamentally change the way leadership is understood and practiced.”  Mohler’s leadership agenda appears almost instantaneously: “My goal is to knock the blocks out from under the current models of leadership and forge a new way … I want to see a generation arise that is simultaneously leading with conviction and driven by the conviction to lead.”  What follows is a brief summary of Mohler’s commitment to articulate what he calls “convictional leadership.”

It is important to understand Dr. Mohler’s background before diving into the core of book.  Here is a man who was called to serve as the President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention – at the ripe age of 33.  Mohler’s was faced with the massive task of recovering the theological backbone and purpose of the institution.  No doubt, it was a major undertaking.  But Mohler succeeded in large measure due to  strong leadership that was dependent upon the grace of God every step of the way.  The church of Jesus Christ is the recipient of his courageous leadership.  Under Mohler’s leadership, Southern Seminary equips pastors, teachers, missionaries, and lay leaders with a rock-solid education that is Reformed and stands at the center of Evangelicalism.

In the book, Mohler presents 25 principles for leadership.  Each of the principles are battle-tested and grounded in Scripture for maximum impact.  A sampling of quotes is included below:

“I want to see a generation arise that is simultaneously leading with conviction and driven by the conviction to lead.  The generation that accomplishes this will se the world on fire.”

“Conviction is absolutely central to the faithful Christian life … The leadership that really matters is all about conviction.”

“Without conviction, nothing really matters, and nothing of significance is passed on.”

‘Convictional intelligence is the product of learning the Christian faith, diving deeply into biblical truth, and discovering how to think like a Christian.”

“Real leadership doesn’t happen until worldviews are changed and realigned.”

“Our ultimate conviction is that everything we do is dignified and magnified by the fact that we were created for the glory of God.”

“The Christian leader is, by definition, committed to living in truth.”

“The leader who makes the greatest impact will be a master teacher who trains leaders at every level in the organization to teach withf faithfulness, enthusiasm, and confidence.”

“Everything humans build will one day be reduced to ruins, but our lives and our leadership will, in Christ, have eternal consequences and impact.”

Dr. Mohler appears to summarize his thoughts on leadership in the closing chapter: “The leader’s central concern with regard to legacy is the perpetuation of conviction.”  It is conviction that drives the leader.  Effective leaders say what they mean and mean what they say.  The Conviction to Lead is the book that many have been waiting for from the pen of Al Mohler.  This is clear-headed wisdom that echoes the timeless realities of God’s Word and is sure to make a difference in the kingdom for the glory of God.  May God use these leadership principles to foster strong leaders in the days ahead.

Highly recommended

5 stars

I received this book free from Bethany House Publisher.   I was not required to write a positive review. 

HE IS NOT SILENT: PREACHING IN A POSTMODERN WORLD – Al Mohler (2009)

Dr. Al Mohler has written a clear book that describes the mandate to preach God’s Word faithfully and authoritatively.  He Is Not Silent is not to be confused with preaching methodology.  Rather, Mohler’s concern is to develop a biblical theology of preaching.

Specifically, Mohler presses the need for men of God to preach expository sermons.  He states emphatically, “I believe that the only form of authentic Christian preaching is expository preaching.”

Mohler argues rightly that every sermon should be grounded in Scripture, rooted in the Reformation, and wielded with authority.  Indeed, every sermon should be Christological.  Spurgeon’s wisdom is cited with approval: “Preach the Word, place it in its canonical context, and make a bee-line to the cross.”

The author addresses the current postmodern climate and hostility toward metanarratives.  He maintains that pastors must link their sermons to the great movements of biblical history: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation:  “Our ambition, our obsession as preachers – should be nothing less than to preach so that the congregation sees the big story of the gospel, the grand narrative of the gospel, through every text we preach.”

Pastors who are not convinced about the mandate to preach expository sermons should not waste their time with this book.  Continue to tell stories and chat about Christianity from the safe confines of a stool.  The net result of this kind of “wee little preaching” as Mohler calls it, will be a weakened church that will bear the fruit of an anemic and lifeless Christianity.

Pastors who take the responsibility to shepherd the people of God with blood-earnestness should carefully read He Is Not Silent.  You will be encouraged and motivated to preach the Word of God with the passion and faithfulness.

4.5 stars