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Read a penetrating critique of American Christianity. Author Craig A. Parton's spiritual journey led him from unbelief into an important leadership position with a well-known ministry. There he became deeply involved in modern American Evangelicalism. He was dismayed to discover that much of modern American Evangelicalism is about personal self-improvement, striving to ful Read a penetrating critique of American Christianity. Author Craig A. Parton's spiritual journey led him from unbelief into an important leadership position with a well-known ministry. There he became deeply involved in modern American Evangelicalism. He was dismayed to discover that much of modern American Evangelicalism is about personal self-improvement, striving to fulfill laws and rules, and a roller-coaster ride from one spiritual high to the next, always seeking but never fully satisfied. He tells how he discovered the radically liberating message of authentic Reformation spirituality and why he has never turned back. He beautifully describes the joy of a Christ-centered approach to Christianity and explains the importance of explaining and defending the faith once delivered to the saints.


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Read a penetrating critique of American Christianity. Author Craig A. Parton's spiritual journey led him from unbelief into an important leadership position with a well-known ministry. There he became deeply involved in modern American Evangelicalism. He was dismayed to discover that much of modern American Evangelicalism is about personal self-improvement, striving to ful Read a penetrating critique of American Christianity. Author Craig A. Parton's spiritual journey led him from unbelief into an important leadership position with a well-known ministry. There he became deeply involved in modern American Evangelicalism. He was dismayed to discover that much of modern American Evangelicalism is about personal self-improvement, striving to fulfill laws and rules, and a roller-coaster ride from one spiritual high to the next, always seeking but never fully satisfied. He tells how he discovered the radically liberating message of authentic Reformation spirituality and why he has never turned back. He beautifully describes the joy of a Christ-centered approach to Christianity and explains the importance of explaining and defending the faith once delivered to the saints.

30 review for The Defense Never Rests: A Lawyer's Quest for the Gospel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith. Parton was an evangelical who slowly found that there was not much substance to the churches he was attending. Too much focus on the "do" and not enough on Jesus. He then started attending a Lutheran church, with liturgy, hymns, confirmation classes, and a focus on the gospel. His background as a lawyer gives him a unique perspective on the Christian faith. Apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith. Parton was an evangelical who slowly found that there was not much substance to the churches he was attending. Too much focus on the "do" and not enough on Jesus. He then started attending a Lutheran church, with liturgy, hymns, confirmation classes, and a focus on the gospel. His background as a lawyer gives him a unique perspective on the Christian faith.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pinkie

    Craig Parton's little book that expounds on the Lutheran liturgy and the confessions from an evidential viewpoint. Parton provides a handy layout of apologetics geared for Lutherans. This book is an excellent read for anyone who has come from a background of Evangelicalism. Parton lays out the differences between the popular method of evangelical subjective biblical interpretation (Interpreting scripture via personal feelings, over-emphasized experiences, and cultural attitudes) vs the Authorita Craig Parton's little book that expounds on the Lutheran liturgy and the confessions from an evidential viewpoint. Parton provides a handy layout of apologetics geared for Lutherans. This book is an excellent read for anyone who has come from a background of Evangelicalism. Parton lays out the differences between the popular method of evangelical subjective biblical interpretation (Interpreting scripture via personal feelings, over-emphasized experiences, and cultural attitudes) vs the Authoritative, Inspired and Living word that actually interprets US! Craig Parton has written several concise articles for the converted Lutheran-former evangelical. I highly recommend him, and value his work- although I do warn you to BEWARE- he minces no words! CLICK TITLES: The New White Wine Pietists Funerals from Hell And an excellent MUST LISTEN MP3 with Rod Rosenblat:The Gospel for those Broken by the Church ***Please note for a more scholarly review of this book, please go to Amazon. My review is actually a statement meant to help me place this book in my garner of theological information and how it impacted my understanding of the faith.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darin

    Parton approaches three major topics in his text. First, he tells his personal story of his evolution from a generic American Christianity that offered little in terms of content to the Lutheran church. He gives a good narrative of his experiences and adequately communicates what was going through his mind during these transitional times. Second, he advocates two different types of apologetics to the world: a propositional-based argument based on his vocation as a lawyer, and an apologetic for th Parton approaches three major topics in his text. First, he tells his personal story of his evolution from a generic American Christianity that offered little in terms of content to the Lutheran church. He gives a good narrative of his experiences and adequately communicates what was going through his mind during these transitional times. Second, he advocates two different types of apologetics to the world: a propositional-based argument based on his vocation as a lawyer, and an apologetic for the "sensitive-minded". It is this section where Parton shines, as he argues for the value of institutions like art, music, and architecture as places and things that can point to Christ without relying on a "sterile" list of facts and arguments. He does a good job of describing why the apologetic task is truly a Lutheran concern. Finally, Parton argues for the traditional purity inherent in Lutheran theology and its value for the rest of the Church as a whole. He uses an argument that is very convincing to me: the Church as a whole needs the things that the Lutherans bring. Lutherans as a whole often spend too much time trying to assimilate to everyone else, but everyone else cannot benefit from the unique Lutheran concerns if they do. Parton produces a short but informative and entertaining text that is certainly worth your time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This short book was more than what I expected. I expected a book primarily about the authors journey into Lutheranism. However, the majority of the book is an apologetic of the Christian faith using the authors background in law. I wasn't looking for an apologetic book but found his insights very interesting. I enjoyed the distinction he made between objective and subjective apologetics. The objective emphasizing facts for the life and resurrection of Christ and the subjective emphasizing gospel This short book was more than what I expected. I expected a book primarily about the authors journey into Lutheranism. However, the majority of the book is an apologetic of the Christian faith using the authors background in law. I wasn't looking for an apologetic book but found his insights very interesting. I enjoyed the distinction he made between objective and subjective apologetics. The objective emphasizing facts for the life and resurrection of Christ and the subjective emphasizing gospel themes that all humans resonate with and can be located in the arts such as novels, art, poetry, and music. At the start I was disappointed with the book but having finished it appreciate its wide angle and divers target audience.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Philip Meinel

    Excellent! This book is multifaceted. Craig Parton tells of his personal faith journey and relates it to Evangelicalism, Lutheranism, and apologetics. His search for Christ-centered worship is heart-felt. His stressing of the need for apologetics is inspiring. His law perspective on tough-minded (logical) apologetical work hits home. His insights into tender-minded (abstract) apologetics is intriguing. His thoughts on the future direction of Christianity in America keep me thinking. Top this off Excellent! This book is multifaceted. Craig Parton tells of his personal faith journey and relates it to Evangelicalism, Lutheranism, and apologetics. His search for Christ-centered worship is heart-felt. His stressing of the need for apologetics is inspiring. His law perspective on tough-minded (logical) apologetical work hits home. His insights into tender-minded (abstract) apologetics is intriguing. His thoughts on the future direction of Christianity in America keep me thinking. Top this off with a commentary on the divine worship service practices and in-depth meaning, and you have a most excellent Christian read. Highly recommended for Christians diving deeper into their spiritual journey.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Claybourn

    Parton is clearly gifted at arguing his case. He is at his best in addressing pure apologetics and the key Christian defenses. At times he ventures too much into denominational elitism. That would be fine, of course, but in the process it risks combining two different books into one. Nevertheless, I'd recommend it for Lutherans or those interested in learning more about modern Lutheran apologetics. Parton is clearly gifted at arguing his case. He is at his best in addressing pure apologetics and the key Christian defenses. At times he ventures too much into denominational elitism. That would be fine, of course, but in the process it risks combining two different books into one. Nevertheless, I'd recommend it for Lutherans or those interested in learning more about modern Lutheran apologetics.

  7. 4 out of 5

    K B

    WOW times 1000! must Must MUST READ

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