Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Review - "The Next Christians"

This is quite a book. Honestly, through the first few chapters, I thought it was a lot of information to take in. But from about chapter four on, it was like I couldn't put it down. I am an avid reader anyway, and I am also a church leader who is always looking for whatever information that could be critical for helping us become what God wants us to be. The Next Christians gives us some of that information.

I love the idea that author Gabe Lyons (co author of the book "UnChristian) gives about Christians being "restorers." We are not called to be the criticizers of culture, but the changers (or leaders) of the culture. We need to see things as they OUGHT to be, and work diligently toward bring that vision to pass. I loved the chapter on being "provoked, not offended." And his point about being "countercultural, not relevant" was also quite impacting.

The point that I see, that makes those who would identify themselves as "the next Christians" do what they do, is that we are to be engaged in our culture, but not necessarily adapters to it. And we definitely do not need to be absent from the cultural currents that are flowing today.

All in all, this is a great informational book, and I would reccommend that every church leader pick up a copy - especially if you want to understand the younger generation.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wisdom Points-1

  • Never Build Your Life Around The Opinion Of A Critic.

  • What You Do Daily Determines What You Become Permanently.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


These statistics are taken from the book "unChristian" by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons.

The Barna Group surveyed those outside the church and the following perceptions and percentages were revealed:

·        70% said Christians are insensitive (to people's pain, problems, etc.)
·        85% said Christians are hypocritical (that they say one thing, and do another)
·        87% said Christians are judgmental (not accepting of those different from them, but are intolerant of diversity)
·        91% said Christians are anti-homosexual (that Christians hate gays and lesbians)

These are perceptions that we must work at changing. Christians should be sensitive, full of integrity, accepting, and we should hate anyone! We are not called to be anti-homosexual, though the Bible is against homosexuality. One is a person, one is a practice. If you want to be against the practice - then fine! But if you are against any person (homosexuals, Muslims, Arabs, etc.), something is wrong with your Christianity.

I will have more to say about this in the coming days and weeks. Please check back soon!


Book Review - "They Like Jesus But Not The Church"

This book is similar in nature to the book "unChristian," though it is well worth the time to read it. It does have some very unique perspectives, and is not based on "professional research," but on the author's "personal relationships" with those outside the church. Dan Kimball makes you want to leave your office and go sit in a Starbucks somewhere and meet people who are outside of Christianity (not that the only people at Starbucks is non-Christians).

"They Like Jesus But Not The Church" is an inspiring book, and is presented, I feel, in a spirit of humility and honestly - and those are two traits that are hard for many authors to connect it seems. This book "speaks the truth in love," like the Bible says we should, and it does so both to Christians and non-Christians. Kimball doesn't say, "We have to change everything to reach this generation." But neither does he say, "We don't need to change anything." Instead, the reader is given a great balance between what are the "perceptions of non-Christians" and what are the needed "practices of Christians."

If you want to reach a new generation, you would do well to pick up this book and devour it. This is a book that I am sure I will read again and again.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Desire

Lord, help us take pieces of heaven to places of hell on earth.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Book Review - unChristian

The book unChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons is a fascinating read. In it the authors outline several perceptions of Christianity (and Christians) by younger generations.

The book really opens the eyes of believers (if the believers will open their hearts and minds to the facts) to the "image problem" that Christianity has in the present generation. Of course, some are going to ask, "Why should we care what they think?" My answer to that would be, "Because we're trying to reach them."

And to reach unbelievers with the Gospel of Christ, we're going to have to know where we appear to be (or are actually) unChristian! Reaching people for Christ is like fishing - you have to begin where THEY are, not where you are (or where you think they are).

If you are serious about reaching this new generation, this book is a must!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

First Blog Post

Hey guys! Thanks for coming to my blog! Here I will be sharing my thoughts concerning different subjects, doing book reviews, and just letting you know what's going on in my life. I pray you will keep checking back and follow me. I believe it will be worth your time.