The other main issue I have with John Ortberg’s If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, concerns his treatment of the other disciples in the boat. Throughout the book and the development of his argument, he consistently refers to the remaining apostles as “boat potatoes” equating their behaviour to that of the stereotypical couch potato.
When the first reference is made, I was a little shocked, but the phrase is repeated throughout the book and becomes one of the key motifs. The other disciples are clearly to fulfil the role of stooges during the development of the theme. This made me cross.
So, one of the (many, many) things that made me cross last year was a less than dutiful approach to guidance in a book by John Ortberg, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.
In this book, Mr Ortberg uses the passage in Matthew 14, when Peter attempts to walk on water, as the basis for promoting more active discipleship. The book is not a great one, and contains a number of rather dubious examples and, while I believe Mr Ortberg is right to try and mobilise Christians and to promote active commitment to discipleship, I am not happy that he chose a very good approach to the task.