Keep Christianity Strange
As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to pretend that we are a moral majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. What's needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation. Instead we need a church that speaks to social and political issues with a bigger vision in mind: that of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As Christianity seems increasingly strange and even subversive to our culture, we have the opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the Gospel, which is what gives it its power in the first place. We seek the kingdom of God before everything else. We connect that kingdom agenda to the culture around us, both by speaking it to the world and by showing it in our churches. As we do so, we remember our mission to oppose demons, not to demonize opponents. As we advocate for human dignity, for religious liberty, for family stability, let's do so as those with a prophetic word that turns everything upside down.
The signs of the times tell us we are in for days our parents and grandparents never knew. But that's no call for panic or surrender or outrage. Jesus is alive. Let's act like it. Let's follow him onward to the future.
©2015 eChristian (P)2015 eChristian
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"must read for anyone hoping to influence culture"
this book has something beneficial for everyone regardless of which end of the political spectrum you call home.
"Understanding the times"
I have only lived in the south for 7 years now. It has taken about that long to figure out the cultural nuances. I speak the same language, but the meanings of the words we use are very different. I still don't think I have it figured out, but I'm getting a better grasp on it. Russell Moore is a tried and true southern man. In this excellent book, he speaks to the southern Christian with gentleness and understanding. He has created a hopeful roadmap for the future as Christians experience the Bible Belt coming unbuckled before their eyes. I learned so much about the southern culture from this book. If you grew up in the south, this book should prove to be an excellent resource.
"Read It Don't Listen"
This is a good book that is completely :"unlistenable" on audio. Russell Moore has pretty much constant Scripture references throughout the book and so the reader has to stop the flow to give the citation constantly. It just throws off your ability to really track with the reading. For whatever reason in print, you roll through.
A great message that is just not a good fit for audio.
"Not bad not great"
Maybe its because I agree with this author that I wasn't blown away. I found the reader to take abnormally long pauses between some sentences, even on 1.5 speed.
"Terrible formatting-good readings"
Pro: The reading by Steven B Stevens is very good.
Con: The formatting is terrible. The Bible is divided into 15 Parts.
Click on Part 1 (it doesn't say what books of the Bible are included in Part 1). Clicking on Chapters reveals a list if 91 chapters with no indication of what book of the Bible or Bible chapter you will be listening.
While that type of formatting may be fine for a novel, it is frustrating if you want to choose a particular Bible book or passage.
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