Takeaway: God is a Covenant God
Up front I want to say, I only read about half of this book. Part of the issue is that I had several other books that were drawing me away either because they were really interesting or I needed to finish them because they were review books.
But part of the other problem with this book it that I had a hard time understanding it. Not because it was badly written (although it was a bit dry), but because it talked about God’s covenant relationship in a way that I just did not have context for. I guess once against I am showing my lack of reformed-ness. Theoretically, I have always understood God as a covenant God and I thought I understood what that meant when others were using that term. But Lunde was using that category in a way I just do not understand.
I think he was moving in a positive direction with his understanding of discipleship, but he was not getting there quickly. I was almost halfway through and he had not really stopped describing what he meant by covenant and illustrating the various covenants that God had made with his people. So this book seems to be really a book on covenant theology more than a book on discipleship that happens to use covenant theology and an organizing principle.
I want to come back and try this again, but this time I would like to read this with someone who has more reformed/covenant theology background so I can get some background of what he is trying to say.
Maybe I just need a better introduction to Covenantal Theology. If anyone has a suggestion let me know.