Salt, Light and Cities on Hills Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  December 29, 2014
Salt, Light and Cities on Hills Book Cover Salt, Light and Cities on Hills
Melvin Tinker
EP Books
October 17, 2014

Is it possible to co-ordinate evangelism and social action in such a way that it reflects faithfully the pattern of the New Testament; enabling each to reinforce the other while avoiding the extremes of exclusive gospel proclamation on the one hand and the collapsing of evangelism into social action on the other? How has the present situation of tension and controversy amongst evangelicals on this issue come about? Are there lessons which we can learn from our evangelical forebears? How does what they believed and acted contrast with their 21st century theological offspring? What might a biblically shaped and theologically informed co-ordination between evangelistic activity and social action look like on the ground in 21st century Britain? These are some of the questions Melvin Tinker explores in this book in the hope of moving beyond caricatured, entrenched positions to a better rounded and clearly recognizable evangelical appreciation.

The work of leaders such as John Stott and Tim Keller are considered in this new book. Passages from Isaiah and the Sermon on the Mount are given careful consideration and practical examples from the author’s own ministry in Hull are given. This is a book that is both readable and important for all who are looking at the shape of evangelism in Britain today.

This is a book that is both readable and important for all who are looking at the shape of evangelism in Britain today.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Salt, Light and Cities on Hills (EP Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This book is a good book for church leaders.”
Reviewer: Maryann Bell
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book would serve readers well as an introduction to issues related to social action and evangelism.”
Reviewer: Davy Ellison
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book for Christians and churches to know and understand the tension and practical implications of the importance of both evangelism and social action.”
Reviewer: Ben Toh
Rating: 3 Stars

“For readers who enjoy theology or are just looking for a thought-provoking book, this is a great read!”
Reviewer: Hal Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

Pastors or those involved in church evangelism ministry should be challenge to read this book especially if they want to stay think biblically about what the bible has to say about social action.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a concise, practical, and helpful book.”
Reviewer: Marjolaine Belley
Rating: 4 Stars

“The single biggest benefit in reading this book is to see how Tinker brings together the salt, the light, and the city on the hill as one big idea.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a book everyone involved in evangelism and social action in the church must read.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“Buy this book and read it slowly.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

“After reading, you’ll better understand Jesus’ lifestyle, His calling on your life, and how to aim at your context.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 stars

“Melvin Tinker has provided a most useful tool for the Church on evangelism and social action.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“Pastors and church leaders would do well to get their hands on this book and seminaries would do well to incorporate these ideas into their curriculum.”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book helps clarify what Jesus taught and what the church’s response should be.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a prevalent read for the church and how we can be authentic in word and in deed.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book helped me to think through these issues more, to consider how they might apply in my church and community and encourages me to read more to further clarify my thinking.”
Reviewer: Kaye Chalwell
Rating: 3 Stars

“Melvin Tinker covers well the tension that exists in many churches over the relationship between and priority of evangelism and social action.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars