“Our Last Great Hope,” by Ronnie Floyd

Posted: September 30, 2011 in Book review

“Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission” by Dr. Ronnie Floyd is supposed to be a book about participating in the Great Commission. Evangelism is at the core of our mission as Christians, and Dr. Floyd put together this book as a result of his appointment as chairman of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force of the Southern Baptist Convention.

It’s difficult to state how disappointed I was in “Our Last Great Hope.” I took the time to skim through the various endorsements at the front, and with the hyperboles given by the dozens of scholars & pastors, I prepared myself to be challenged & inspired with participation in the Great Commission. I thought there would be some good in-depth doctrine about evangelism, or at the very least there would be some new ground-breaking ideas that would example how to share our faith.

Sadly, there was little to none of it. Out of the entire book, there were two very good thoughts. :
(1) The Great Commission is not either/or when it comes to the question of global vs. local outreach. It’s both/and. Jesus didn’t give us the opportunity to choose between the two.
(2) If we want to shut the mouths of the critics of Christianity, the best way is to act boldly in the Spirit & do great things.

Obviously, none of that is new – but it’s certainly a good reminder to the Body of Christ. The rest of the book was mostly filler – a bunch of too-often told stories that nearly every evangelical believer has heard from the pulpit of the local church.

In addition, Dr. Floyd does himself a disservice by putting so much focus upon himself. I lost count of the number of times he referenced how he was chosen to head up the Great Commission committee from the International Mission Board of the SBC. Between that, all the name-dropping, and the focus on his own church in Arkansas, the book simply loses its focus from the intent of the Great Commission: to draw people to Jesus Christ.

The teaching on tithing was a bit unexpected, but flatly driven by guilt & sadly too typical of the teaching that people expect of evangelical mega-churches. The thrust was: give to us (the local church) all the money you can afford & more without question or any personal responsibility. Dr. Floyd does make a good point in that money is needed in order to spread the gospel, but he misses a great opportunity to drive this home with guilt-laden, out-of-context teaching.

I was hoping for a great book that would inspire people to share the gospel & give them the tools with which to do it. Unfortunately, this wasn’t it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  1. Thanks for the review!

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