Crosstalk where life and scripture meet review

CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet by Michael R. Emlet

crosstalk where life and scripture meet review

Cross Talk: Where Life and Scripture Meet () by Michael R. Emlet. Disclaimer: This book was provided by New Growth Press for review. In his book Cross Talk, Emlet really delivers what the subtitle suggests, he shows where life and Scripture meet. He brilliantly and plainly. A review of Michael R. Emlet, CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, New Growth Press, Available here from catchsomeair.us and.

Book Review: Cross Talk: Where Life and Scripture Meet

He models the necessity for approaching three different groups of people: The paradigm he uses is grounded around four questions: What is the remedy? These questions are so helpful, for they apply not only to the unbeliever as you share the gospel with them, but also for the believer as they seek to connect the Scriptures to their daily lives.

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I found this book to be imminently practical. First, Emlet implements a decidedly Christ-centered hermeneutic.

crosstalk where life and scripture meet review

Reading the Bible The book opens by explaining the concept of ditches and canyons in relation to the Bible. Some passages have a relatively simple connection to our modern day life. The separation from the original world and context of the Bible to today is comparable to a shallow ditch.

crosstalk where life and scripture meet review

Other passages seem, in contrast, like canyons. It is hard to visualize any kind of contemporary application from the endless genealogies of 1 Chronicles or the bloody conquest of Canaan. Functionally, this leaves many Christians with an abridged Bible. In fact, upon closer examination of several passages, Emlet shows how the ditches are actually wider than they seem, and canyons may not be quite so deep. For me, this was the best part of the book.

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Emlet confronts several popular misconceptions of Scripture. The Bible is not primarily a casebook of characters to imitate or avoid. It is not primarily a system of doctrines. In all of this, Emlet emphasizes that for too many, the Bible has become Gospel-deficient! It is all about Him! Emlet draws important implications from this understanding of what the Bible is.

Book Review - CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet

We should read it back to front and front to back. Since all of Scripture points to Jesus, it is a necessity to read the entirety of Scripture in light of that fact.

crosstalk where life and scripture meet review

Furthermore, for those who view the Old Testament as a product of a by-gone era, Emlet challenges those who take that route to take a different tact. Nothing should be overlooked or viewed as unimportant to what God is revealing in His word to His people. Yes, this means reading through those seemingly monotonous lists of names in the book of Numbers and reading through the Levitical laws.

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It means not skipping over Acts in order to get to the Pauline letters. All of Scripture is profitable, a point Emlet consistently drives home and rightly so.

crosstalk where life and scripture meet review

As believers, it is essential to understand we live in community. No man is an island to himself as the old saying goes. Thus, when applying Scripture to our own lives and when praying for or talking with someone who is going through a rough patch in life, it is important to understand people, their worldviews, and how those worldviews impact how the people all around us view life.

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Emlet proposes the concept that people can be divided into three categories: Saints are those people chosen by God from before the foundation of the world. Saints are also sufferers.

crosstalk where life and scripture meet review

Jesus, in John I have overcome the world.