Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Review: Remember Who You Are

Remember Who You AreRemember Who You Are by William H. Willimon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an excellent book. It is about baptism, but really it is about who you are as a Christian. I almost gave it five stars, but I would have liked to see more exegesis. However,the book is very helpful in bringing our modern views of salvation and the church more in line with Scripture. In particular, Willimon presents salavation as lifelong growing in grace instead of a point in time event. He also emphasizes the fact that one enters a community when one is baptized. He also points out that baptism is an act of God, not an act of man. This means baptism, like all the Christian life, is grace. Even a Baptist, who would disagree with his position on infant baptism, could benefit from the pictures Willimon paints of what the Christian life should look like and how God works in a believer.

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8