Our study of this book begins this Sunday at Berean Baptist Church in Idaho Falls.
I must be honest. In the first decade after Y2K, I have been very wary of Bob Millet. In fact, the attitude has been almost equal toward his conversation partner, Greg Johnson.
But I find it interesting in God’s providence that both of these men are coming to my beloved hometown: Idaho Falls, Idaho.
So I got questions. Lots of them in the upcoming weeks. Before both of these men arrive and speak in the Colonial Theatre on June 13, I just have to get them down on paper.
These questions will be churned from direct source material, Bridging The Divide, authored by Millet and Johnson. Follow my random inquiries. Hopefully, sincere questions. And perhaps you might have similar musings and amusements.
1. Millet writes, “In the words of our friend, John Stackhouse, ‘God cares about people more than he cares about ‘truth’ in the abstract. Jesus didn’t die on the cross to make a point. He died on the cross to save people whom he loves.’ ” (xxiii)
Does Bob consider himself a modern or a postmodern? (Interestingly, I teach as a modern, but I parent like a postmodern.)
2. In Greg Johnson’s introduction in the book, he talks about a “dialogue approach” being very difficult.
But does Bob consider loving conversation and dialogue more difficult than loving confrontation? When would he think that there is a need for loving confrontation in an interfaith discussion?
3. Bob talks about having a “shelf of MacArthur’s books.” (8)
I have read some of Bob’s books quoting MacArthur. Which core book written by John MacArthur would Bob recommend for the LDS community in Idaho Falls to read? And why that book? Because of what particular doctrine?
Dr. Bob Millet and Greg Johnson will be speaking at the Colonial Theatre in Idaho Falls on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.
Read or peruse these books before you attend this community event.
- Getting at the Truth: Responding to Difficult Questions about LDS Beliefs (Deseret, 2004) by Bob Millet
- A Different Jesus? (Eerdmans, 2005) by Bob Millet
- Grace Works (Deseret, 2007) by Bob Millet
- Bridging the Divide: The Continuing Conversation Between A Mormon and An Evangelical (Monkfish, 2007) by Bob Millet and Greg Johnson
My wife works as a nurse in the women’s center at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. In appreciation for a job that Kristie displayed on a particular shift at the hospital, management gave her two free movie tickets.
Tonight, around 8pm, we went to the Edwards Theatre and watched “October Baby“. We were the only ones in the theatre room. My wife cried through the whole movie.
Watch it. And see how you might desire to celebrate life as God’s gift on this incredible planet.
Have you ever watched the movie “Baptists at Our Barbecue” (2004)? Well, you will find our church building sort of circled in a cluster of LDS chapels in Ammon, Idaho. To all of our LDS friends and family, don’t be a stranger. Come visit with me. I like discussing God, gospel, scriptures, scouts, and Mitt Romney.
This reminds me of the days of former LDS leader, James R. Spencer, in Idaho Falls.
So I hope to meet Earl and hear what he has to say tonight. Maybe I will see some of you.
grace and peace in the city,