Monday, May 04, 2009

Better late than never...

10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe
Larry Osborne

This is the review that I mentioned was due while I was in California. Sure, I'm well aware that I've been back from California for well over a week, but I suffer from a mild case of "not-doing-things_itis".

As far as life changing books go, this is not one of them (at least for me). But it's not a horrible book either, by any means. In fact, I love the concept of trying to break down some of those "spiritual urban legends". There's just too many of them floating around.

The big ones that Larry focuses in on are:
  • Faith can fix everything
  • Forgiving means forgetting
  • A Godly home guarantees Godly kids
  • God has a blueprint for my life
  • Christians shouldn't judge
  • Everything happens for a reason
  • Let your conscience be your guide
  • God brings good luck
  • A valley means a wrong turn
  • Dead people go to a better place
I'd have to say that I wasn't completely enthralled with the depth of content, but I do believe that many of these topics would be great launching points for a small group study. I could see this starting some great conversations with people who have grown up in the church, as well as people who had no connection with the church. The thing is that in both groups you will likely find a pile of people who believe these previously stated "spiritual urban legends".

I've got 2 free copies to give away.

Let's go with the first two of you who can share a "spiritual urban legend" that you have had to unlearn. Leave an email address so I can contact you.


JoshaJacobs said...

In order to be a christian leader, you have to be perfect, (or at the very least LOOK perfect) otherwise people might find out you're human.

That one sucked to learn.

benjskramer said...

I think one of the most dangerous one's that a lot of us believe and live by is the idea that I can be the Church all on our own (ie. personal salvation, my gifts, God's will for my life, my morality) without the help, support and discernment of the larger Christian community. The rampant individualism of our society tells us that we are all totally functional little dictators that are completely capable of doing everything and anything on our own where as the message and structure of the early church was very communal. It might seem like a little thing, but when we think that we can work out of salvation and do God's kingdom work on our own with a bible in a broom closet we are sorely mistaken.

knotter said...

if i didn't give one to josh, would anyone else comment?

knotter said...

congrats josh and ben...i'll be in touch with you next week to ship the book.