Failing Faith by Wade Bearden, Free for CAPC Members
In Failing Faith, Wade Bearden invites us into his life so that we might find a faith that can hold up under the weight of real-world realities.
Jared C. Wilson is the former pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont. He has written articles and short stories that have appeared in various periodicals, as well as several books, including Your Jesus Is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness and Gospel Deeps, Wilson lives in Vermont with his wife and two daughters, blogs regularly at The Gospel Driven Church, and tweets regularly about the New England Patriots.
Earlier this year, Crossway released Wilson’s book on the parables, The Storytelling God. More recently, they released his follow-up, The Wonder-Working God, and have also graciously provided it to members of Christ and Pop Culture as part of CAPC Member Offerings.
Though not necessarily a sequel, The Wonder-Working God shares a similar goal with The Storytelling God. This book doesn’t necessarily have to be read following The Storytelling God, but I would recommend both of them to you, as in both cases, the goal is to see the glory of Jesus.
Specifically, this book is about seeing the glory of Jesus in his miracles. To begin, Wilson clarifies what exactly a miracle is. His working definition is “a supernatural act of God that glorifies Jesus (28).” By “supernatural” he means “acts of God in and through nature that appear to suspend or override the ordinary observable patterns of nature.” Given this working definition, Wilson sees Jesus’ miracles doing primarily four things (33):
Wilson’s exposition will show how the various miracles connect to these purposes. To do so, he covers the major categories of miracles chapter by chapter, each of which is a rich blend of exposition, theological insight, anecdotes, and illustrations. He starts with Jesus turning the water to wine (chapter 2), and then moves to his feeding miracles (chapter 3). Then, Wilson looks his miracles showing mastery of nature, specifically the calming of the storm (chapter 4). The next two chapters look healing miracles (chapters 5-6), first in a more general sense, followed by examples of Jesus healing the blind. Then comes the exorcisms (chapter 7), followed by the resurrections (chapters 8-9), and finally the miracles of Jesus own incarnation, death and resurrection (chapter 10).
Through it all, Wilson writes with a clear and conversational style, and deftly exposits the miracles in the Gospel accounts. If you’ve never read a book by Wilson, you’re in for a great read. He is passionate about seeing the glory of Jesus more clearly, and this book, as well as others he has written will help you see the glory as well. I could see this book being perfect for a new Christian, or even for someone who is exploring the Christian faith, but hasn’t quite committed. Even if you’re not new to Christianity, and think you’re already familiar with the miracles from your flannel graph Sunday School lessons, you will profit from giving this book a read.
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