But God…Review

“But God” by Casey Lute is another offering from Cruciform Press. I love what these guys are doing in offering Theologically rich books that are clear, well written, easy to read, and Gospel saturated. These books are small but they pack a huge Theological punch without a lot of Theological ‘jargon’ that may scare some folks off. I can’t recommend these guys highly enough. The same thing can be said for “But God”.

Casey Lute does an excellent job of walking us through the Scriptures and pointing out instances of the use of the term, “But God…”. It is amazing that 2 words can mean so much to a story so big, but indeed, you would be hard pressed to find a better summation or description of the ‘Gospel’. These 2 words as they are used in the Scriptures to describe the history of salvation tell us 2 major things: God is different than us, and God is active in the saving of His people. In fact apart from these 2 words, mankind would have no hope, for apart from these 2 words and the God in whom they are pointing us to, there is no salvation. This is not only true in the initial act of salvation, but also in the sustaining of our Christian lives and our persevering in the faith. From beginning to end, our Christian lives are wholly dependent on God. Mr. Lute does an excellent job of unpacking these truths for us.

Again, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It would be great read for either a seasoned Christian, new Christian, or even an unbeliever. Get this book, maybe even a couple and give some away. People will be blessed…I promise.


Rarely does a book of just over 100 pages hit you and challenge you as does ‘Cruciform’ by Jimmy Davis. This book may be small but it is weighty. There is a ton of theology packed in this small volume. Even more important than all of that, the Gospel, and the power of the Gospel to transform us into ‘Cross-Shaped’ disciples pours from every page.

What does a ‘Cross-Shaped’ disciple look like? Well Jesus of course. Jimmy Davis does an excellent job of unpacking for us the ways in which God is forming us into the image of His Son, and exhorting us to emulate Him both as ‘sons’-yes ladies, this includes you too-and as servants. Davis talks about suffering and discipline, and how they help us to see God, and to know God, and to hear Him say, “I love you”.

I could write much more, but ultimately all I say would be insufficient in summarizing what Mr. Davis has done here. All I can say is, buy it. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. You will be challenged, and by God’s grace, transformed.