One of the things I liked immediately about "Risking the Truth" was its unique format. Martin Downes assembled an oustanding 'cast of characters' to deal with the issues he raises. In a series of thought provoking interviews Downes explores some of the ways error snakes its way into the church and what are the appropriate responses to this reality. One of the unifying characteristics is the challenge of jealously guarding the church against error while seeking to love and restore those who err. Pastors and elders in particular will benefit from this book. But I highly recommend this book for lay persons as a means to equip them with an understanding of what is required to properly guard the flock of God.
What is heresy and how is it different from other kinds of theological error? How do I keep myself and others within my sphere of influence from theological error without becoming sidetracked by an attitude of perverse negativity? As a new pastor on the front lines of ministry, I found Martin Downes' new book to be a welcome help in answering these and many other crucial ministerial questions. Filled with the precision of rigorous scholarship as well as the tenderness of pastoral wisdom, read this book and be convinced that truth is worth the risk.
M. Jay Bennett, Assistant pastor, Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church (PCA), Missouri
To be honest, I am finding it really pastoral at the moment, which I did not expect...the vast majority of what I have read is practical, Christ centred and heart warming. Ultimately I am being more and more encouraged to concentrate on Christ and preach expository sermons! Thanks for giving us this resource!