>A Stunning Diagnosis of American "Christianity"

>Timing. I traveled from my Korean Kamp to a local bookstore to pick up something, and saw a copy of “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. I had seen an ad for it a couple days ago, glanced at the preface (a good practice, by the way) and bought it (it helped it was on sale!).

Got back to camp, played basketball and chatted with a 32-year old staff member about life in general, and life with Christ particularly. We came to some conclusions…

Then I got on line, and received this from Pete Wilson, Pastor of Cross Point in Nashville…maybe God is confirming, challenging, working? Here are Pete’s words:

I just finished up a book by Francis Chan called ‘Crazy Love’. What a great book, especially the first four chapters! While the series is not based on the book (we just stole the title) there is a quote that I used in yesterday’s message that I wanted to reflect on a little further.

Chan said this,

The goal of American Christianity is often a nice marriage, children that don’t swear, and good church attendance. Taking the words of Christ literally and seriously is rarely considered. Most of us want a balanced life that we can control, that is safe, and that does not involved suffering.

This quote hit me like a truck. See, here’s my problem.

I want to give. I just don’t want to give in a way that impacts my family’s lifestyle.

Back to Jack’s thoughts: I am certain I’ll be posting more about this book…if you want to join me in reading

I’m fine sacrificing my time as long as it doesn’t get in the way of my agenda.

I want to trust God with all aspects of my life, but I still desire to control all the outcomes.

Back to Jack…I’m sure I will be posting more on this book…I am praying my heart is ready to read, heed, obey…want to join in the reading? You can get it from Amazon on the link below…and, as always, if you purchase the book that way, a few shekels will be added to my account…http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=1434768511&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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