Ready to Return by Ken Ham and Jeff Kinley with research by Britt Beemer claims to provide a strategy to bring back a generation that has been lost to the church. This book builds upon two prior books by Ken Ham Already Gone and Already Compromised.
Much of the book focuses on the dire shape of the church in America. The authors view one of the key causes for the departure of many young adults from the life of the church as owing to the fact that many in the church have compromised the biblical teaching regarding creation. Churches either ignore the issues altogether or make allowances for the prevailing secular worldview in espousing an old earth or theistic evolution.
I think Ham overstates his case too much in regards to the decline of Christianity in America. I think Ed Stetzer is correct in that what we are seeing is a decline of nominal Christians. I also think the survey which was the basis for the research behind this book also could have been clearer. For example the category Baptist for denomination is so broad that it’s unhelpful, I mean by that the descriptor Baptist covers groups as diverse as the SBC and the CBF which are for the most part polar opposites of each other.
The last chapter addresses the areas that the authors think will address the problem. They argue for fathers to step-up as the primary teacher of their children. The second is that the church should provide greater focus on discipleship. The third is a call for moving away from public education.
I agree with much of what has been said in the book, but think at times it fell short because of the research.
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