In the introduction to Stepping Stones in Faith, retired CRC pastor and author Andrew Joosse explains his book’s purpose: “In accord with my impression of confusion and uncertainty among many individuals who are hoping to gain a clear and encouraging impression of the Christian faith in action, I seek to shed light on what I understand to be the essentials of Christian belief.”
In succinct chapters replete with pertinent questions and meaningful quotations, Joosse delves into the meaning of the Christian faith and explores the biblical story: God’s creation of the world, humanity’s fall into sin, God’s redemption plan fulfilled in Jesus Christ, and the role of the Holy Spirit and the Bible in bringing people to faith. Chapters on prayer, loving our neighbor, forgiving one another, and living thankfully flesh out practical aspects of the Christian life. As well, Joosse affirms and spells out the central place of the church in Christians’ walk with God and each other.
Joosse also discusses his views of the role Christians are called to play as citizens or as active participants in politics. Though readers might not agree with his political views, they offer food for reflection and consideration. (Word Alive Press)