A Tale of Two Books

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  1. Em says:

    reading your review of “Onward” is encouraging… it’s time we learned to treasure the Kingdom and what it means to be a part of the Eternal instead of trying to make the Kingdom relevant to a world view

  2. Michael says:


    I was actually really encouraged by it…I avoid this kind of book like the plague usually.
    This is really worth reading, however.

  3. Em says:

    Michael, i hope it is a sign of things to come …

  4. Michael says:


    I’m not nearly as discouraged as some of my peers.
    I’ve been talking about a cultural backlash against some of these radical changes for some time now and I believe we’re seeing it happen.
    This is a huge opportunity for the church…if we handle it well.
    Moore’s book is a good template to begin with.

  5. Josh the Baptist says:

    Ah two SBC guys guys. Moore is a smart fellow. Rainer is…a nice guy, at least.

    Man, Rainer has written a lot of “List books”.

  6. Michael says:


    He seems like a very nice man who enjoys making treadmills.
    There was nothing “bad” in the book…I just think the last thing we need is another “to do” list.

  7. Josh the Baptist says:

    Lists is just what he does. I just looked at his blog:

    “10 Reasons Believers Should Take Care of Themselves Physically”
    “Seven Things Search Committees Should Do After the Pastor Is Selected”
    “Six Reasons Why Women May Be Leaving Your Church”
    And that’s just on the front page. The guy likes list. I don’t think much of him as an author, but he has done an admirable job leading Lifeway.

  8. Josh the Baptist says:

    Question about Moore’s book: Does it start out with a great premise, and then the last of the book is examples. Like people he has met through ministry that are doing it right? Is it that kind of book?

  9. Michael says:


    Not at all.
    This is almost like an applied theology book where Moore addresses some of the big issues, then outlines what a Christian response would look like.
    It almost defies category…it’s easy to read, but I had to stop and ponder some of his points for a bit because he was so right on.
    It’s going to get an immediate second reading so I can more fully absorb what he’s presenting.

  10. Josh the Baptist says:


    I’ll add it to my list. I asked, because that is the the trend in “good” Christian book. I think it goes back to Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I’ve read at least ten since then where I get really excited about the first few chapters, and then the last half of the book will be about older couples who invite younger couples to dinner, or a man who has given up his morning coffee to support missions in Argentina…or whatever. The stories are fine, I’m just tired of that trend.

    Moore is a guy who will end up in trouble with the SBC at some point. He seems too willing to speak his mind, and doesn’t tow the party line.

  11. Michael says:


    I suspected that he could get in hot water as I read through it.
    Anyone I agree with that much isn’t going to have lots of friends. 🙂

  12. Dan from Georgia says:

    Michael, thanks for your pithy reviews. Can’t stand most reviews as they tend to be almost as long as the book they are reviewing! And I agree with Moore, that we need to be the prophetic voice!

  13. Michael says:


    In my opinion, that’s the job of the church…to speak prophetically and to speak truth to power.
    I think you’ll like this one…makes you feel like you’re sane after all. 🙂

  14. Paige says:

    Thank you for these recommendations…..love this line:

    “We are not ambassadors of “traditional values.” We are stewards of the mystery of the gospel.”


    Had to laugh at your comment “was prepared to hate it in Jesus Name”. bahahahaha

  15. Michael – my lust just kicked in. Someone gave me a $25 Amazon card sometime ago and I was just entering it in. My wife walks behind me and says “don’t be buying another damn book.”
    What flashes up at me? Satan the tempter


    This looks too good.

  16. Michael says:


    Damn…just cost me 6.99, Lucifer. 🙂

  17. I probably need to stop doing real books and go to Kindle, but…$19.95 just to sniff the binding glue.

  18. Michael says:

    I couldn’t afford to read much without e-books…especially when I don’t write nice reviews of free ones. 🙂

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