Epistles of Thomas

August 19, 2009

If God had a blog what would he say?

Filed under: Review — Thomas @ 9:40
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blogsLanny Donoho attempts to answer that question in this book:

Lanny Donoho, God’s Blogs: Insights from His Site. Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2005. 1590525353.

This book (and I use the term lightly) is a series of blog posts that God *might* make in speaking to us. Each chapter is short and “blog jots” are interspersed throughout the book. It is a quick and easy read but there are many profound insights here that readers might not get from a more academic type of book. Donoho writes in a humorous style and entertains as he makes his points. On the whole this is great summer reading that will cause you to think as you relax under a tree in your backyard or the park.

My wife and a friend have both questioned the validity of “putting words into God’s mouth.” Donoho writes from the first person of God perspective so this is a legitimate concern. However, we put words into God’s mouth every time we preach, write a book, or apply a scripture passage to a certain practical situation. We are saying that in this situation God would speak this particular passage and mean this certain thing. We might not claim to speak God’s words but we are claiming that out of all God has revealed in the Bible this particular passage applies to this person at this time. I don’t think Donoho is saying anything that others haven’t already said, he is just more explicit in writing it from God, although I don’t think most readers will take its source too seriously. The question is whether or not he is a false prophet, a potential which exists for all authors who write devotional, theological, or ministry books. We must not use the label lightly.

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