Book Review / October 1, 2021
Book Review - A Big Gospel in Small Places

A Big Gospel in Small Places

Why Ministry in Forgotten Communities Matters
By: Stephen Witmer

Book Review

I read this book last year, and this year I decided to read it again. I tried to read it slower this time. I wanted to absorb its contents even more.

The prevailing mindset of our culture of big and impressive has so affected my thinking. Stephen Witmer lays out a gospel-centered and thorough approach to how to re-think ministry in small places. It is like loosening a knot or slowly removing a tangle of thorns. Witmer, iteration by iteration, helps us dislodge our wrong thinking in light of the Scriptures. He acknowledges and engages those who have made a strong case for ministering in the city, but he doesn’t give up. He offers some respectful counter arguments. And, he references an impressive array of references which help deepen our considerations. I would be curious to read some other treatments of this topic. I wonder if Stephen Witmer has pretty much covered it.

I might read this again next year, and I am considering buying several copies and passing it out to people. I purposefully did not read my last review of this book before writing this review of it. I wanted my thoughts from this read through to be independent of what I wrote previously.

Book Review / Oct 1
Book Review - A Big Gospel in Small Places

A Big Gospel in Small Places

Why Ministry in Forgotten Communities Matters
By: Stephen Witmer

Book Review

I read this book last year, and this year I decided to read it again. I tried to read it slower this time. I wanted to absorb its contents even more.

The prevailing mindset of our culture of big and impressive has so affected my thinking. Stephen Witmer lays out a gospel-centered and thorough approach to how to re-think ministry in small places. It is like loosening a knot or slowly removing a tangle of thorns. Witmer, iteration by iteration, helps us dislodge our wrong thinking in light of the Scriptures. He acknowledges and engages those who have made a strong case for ministering in the city, but he doesn’t give up. He offers some respectful counter arguments. And, he references an impressive array of references which help deepen our considerations. I would be curious to read some other treatments of this topic. I wonder if Stephen Witmer has pretty much covered it.

I might read this again next year, and I am considering buying several copies and passing it out to people. I purposefully did not read my last review of this book before writing this review of it. I wanted my thoughts from this read through to be independent of what I wrote previously.

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