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“Since the letter to Hebrews specifically urges Christians to ‘fix your thoughts on Jesus’ (Heb. 3:1, NIV; cf. 12:2), it should not surprise us that the author describes Him in more than a dozen different ways. Jesus is:

  • “Son” (1:2)
  • “Lord” (2:3)
  • “Apostle and High Priest” (3:1)
  • “Christ” (5:5)
  • “Source of eternal salvation” (5:9)
  • A priest “according to the order of Melchizedek” (7:11)
  • A descendant of Judah (7:14)
  • “A Minister… of the true tabernacle” (8:2)
  • “The Mediator of the new covenant” (9:15; 12:24)
  • “The same yesterday, today and forever” (13:8)
  • “The Great Shepherd of the sheep” (13:20)

But perhaps the most intriguing title for Jesus in the letter is ‘author’.  He is called the ‘author… of salvation’ and the ‘author… of our faith’ (Heb. 2:10; 12:2, NIV).”

~ Sinclair Ferguson, In Christ Alone, 29

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I’ve reviewed Transformational Church: Creating A New Scorecard For Congregations by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer for The Gospel Coalition’s book review site, TGCReviews. Here is my final paragraph:

“Transformational Church does not set out to provide careful exegetical work or a biblical theology of the church. This is a book that publishes the results of analyzed data from a large church survey. Though Stetzer and Rainer’s intention is not to offer another methodology, it seems this book has more potential to become another new model of doing church, rather than defining what the Church actually is biblically and theologically. It seems to me that if Transformational Church turned our attention to the Bible first and let the data come alongside and show real world proof, the authors would have published a resource that would better accomplish their vision of helping churches and church leaders be transformational rather than seek to do transformational ministry.”

At the bottom of the page, Ed graciously commented on the review and lovingly spoke to the book’s approach and goal. I have responded and hope that the interaction glorifies God, builds up the Church and furthers the discussion about how the Church can better accomplish her mission in the world.