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This is a look at mercy based apologetics. This fantastic book makes the reader assess how we think ministry should be done. Is it all acts of mercy, service, and seeking some form of justice? Is it simply preaching the word and prayer without addressing physical needs? Chris Sticks argues that a healthy church must imitate Christ and do both. Christ didn't just tell people they were sinners. He didn't just preach good news. He also addressed their very real physical needs. We need a holistic ap...
This was a quality introduction to why we can’t separate good deeds and proclamation. It’s a small book so sometimes Sicks can come off a little simplistic, but I don’t think that should be held against him because this is an introduction to the topic that seeks to navigate the false dichotomy or deed vs. word. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to learn in this area.
Tangible is a wonderful exhortation to align Christian ministry of words and deeds, in a sense an apologetics of mercy and proclamation, where the the believer talks and shows the redemption he believes in.Chris Sicks, a PCA pastor in the Washington, DC region, who speaks out of years of experience, in living out the Christian faith to those on the margins of society, wants the reader to share the enthusiasm he has for genuine relief and joy of his Christian life. So in a sense, this is not a ho...
I find it fascinating that Jesus chose to help hurting people as the most frequent proof of His divinity. (30)The answer to everyone's question is the gospel. Ministry is spending enough time with people to help them figure out what questions they are asking. (Fred Harrell, p. 35)Adversity is our opportunity to learn God's sufficiency. (80)Preaching, sacraments, evangelism, and Christian social action . . . all center on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lord is risen. (Cornelius Plantinga,
This may be the best resource on mercy ministry available. Chris does an excellent job explaining why mercy ministry is part of the church's call and how it supports gospel ministry and the spread of the Kingdom: words articulate the gospel; deeds authenticate the gospel. It is also an easy read with good supporting stories and illustrations. I highly recommend it.
Tangible is a beautiful look inside the heart, mind and life of a man called to love others well. When my 11-year old nephew asked me what it was about, I told him it was a book about being Jesus to people who were in pain, so they could meet Jesus face-to-face. This book is about mercy as an apologetic, which makes the gospel tangible for people who have real world pains. Chris weaves his own stories of personal need coupled with biblical truth to share how Jesus has cared for him and his famil...
Excellent take on mercy work with a different twistI loved Chris's approach to unfolding real apologetics! We live in an empirical world that requires both engaging the mind & your heart!