Deacons, like elders, are to be living-breathing examples of godliness for the church to model themselves after.
There are ways to write a book like this that circumvent the hard and complicated truths of Scripture, but Furman will have none of that.
As God’s image bearers, we can ask God to help us be more like him in how we treat other image bearers.
After handing a brand new believer a Bible and a membership directory, I might just hand them this book.
The value for all readers despite their tradition are clearly articulated arguments in each chapter that enables everyone to see the valuable and Biblical contributions of the Black church to our current moment.
It is the placement of Christian theology within culture which gives it form, shape, and substance.
Without neglecting the work of Christ in his earthly life, on the cross, and in the resurrection, Ortlund shows the value of the heavenly intercession of Jesus for us right now.
There is no chapter in this book that does not look to Christ as the ultimate fulfillment of the Ten Commandments.
If we can reframe how we think about touch and avoid fear of man, we can love our brothers and sisters by touching them in a holy, loving way.