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You may know what to believe, you may even know why you hold to those beliefs, but most of us don’t know how to believe on the thousands of decisions the Bible doesn’t specifically address. Chasing Elephants carefully examines the biblical subject of freedom in Christ and then extracts a set of principles that will act as a theology of belief for the seemingly gray areas of life. It is a journey that teaches not what or why but how to believe on any moral or ethical decision you'll face.

About the Author

Brent Crowe is a thought-provoking visionary who speaks on the issues of leadership, culture, and change. He also serves as the vice president of Student Leadership University, a program that has trained more than fifty thousand students to commit themselves to excellence. He holds an MDiv in evangelism and an MA in ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and currently lives in Orlando, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (September 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615211217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615211210
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brent Crowe is a thought-provoking visionary and speaker who has a passion to present the life changing message of the gospel. An emerging spiritual and cultural leader, Brent uses humor and real life situations to relate to people at the heart of their struggles. The roles of husband, father, minister, evangelist, writer and leader have allowed Brent to influence people from all walks of life throughout his years in ministry.

Engaging issues such as leadership, culture, and change, Brent speaks to tens of thousands across the nation and abroad each year and is currently serving as Vice President for Student Leadership University, a program that has trained over one hundred and twenty thousand students to commit themselves to excellence.

He is also the author of Reimagine: What the World Would Look Like If God Got His Way and Chasing Elephants: Wrestling with the Gray Areas of Life. Additionally Brent co-authored with David Nasser, The Call: insights from those who have answered . . .practical advice for those who are about to and is the Associate Editor of IMPACT, The Student Leadership Bible and a contributing author to The Complete Evangelism Guidebook. His latest work, Sacred Intent, is scheduled to be released on October 13, 2015.

The desire of Brent's heart is to see people realize that they have been set apart to the gospel of God and thus, in turn, they must set their lives apart in an effort to capture every moment in worshipful service to Him.

Brent Crowe is currently serving as Vice President with Student Leadership University in Orlando, Florida. He is married to Christina and has three children, Gabriel, Charis and Mercy. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and two masters degrees, a Masters of Divinity in Evangelism and a Masters of Arts in Ethics, from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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I didn't get what I expected when I read Brent Crowe's Chasing Elephants: Wrestling with the Gray Areas of Life.

I expected it to be a book where he examines several "untouchable" topics. Topics such as the back cover lists: social drinking, homosexuality, social networking, and more.

I was interested in reading his opinions on many of these topics, and how he landed on his conclusions. But what I got was a lot more.

As I started reading Chasing Elephants, I was initially disappointed. It wasn't what I expected. BUt as I continued to read it, this book has turned into one of the more dog-eared, written in, highlighted books that I own.

Instead of tackling each of the mentioned topics one chapter at a time, Crowe instead has written a great book describing and explaining Christian freedom. He has formulated a series of sixteen questions, a grid, so to speak, that a person can use to answer questions about any of the grey areas in life.

Instead of addressing half a dozen touchy subjects, Crowe has developed a tool that can help you establish your beliefs about any such area. These sixteen questions have become extremely helpful for me.

Brent Crowe has done his homework concerning the the topic of Christian freedom. He examines most of the major biblical passages and does a great job of writing very clearly on the subject.

And then, in the last five chapters, he addresses specifically some of these untouchable topics, viewing them through the grid of these sixteen questions.

And he's done a great job doing it.

I highly recommend that you read Chasing Elephants.
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This book, written by Brent Crowe, gives a very clear list of 16 ways to examine each "elephant" we confront on a daily basis. As Christians, we have freedom to act certain ways on certain issues. However, the Bible commands us to be sensitive to those who are at different stages in their Christian walk and not to cause a brother or sister to stumble. The author states that each issue must be carefully examined - some by a few of the 16 questions and some by more than a few. The questions are based on passages of scripture (which are included in the book).

Five "elephants" are discussed in the book, but there are many things that we could examine by this 16 question grid. An elephant is anything that we avoid discussing because we know that it will cause conflict and disagreement.

While reading I examined my own life regarding how I respond to issues. I don't want to be a Pharisee, but I do want to obey God's commands.

One C.S. Lewis quote that I enjoyed from the book is: "We were talking about cats and dogs the other day and decided that both have consciences but the dog, being an honest, humble person, always has a bad one, but the cat is a Pharisee and always has a good one. When he sits and stares at you out of countenance he is thanking God that he is not as these dogs, or these humans, or even as these other cats!" I pray that I will never act like a cat.

This book will be very helpful to me when I confront issues in my life and need to examine them in light of what the scripture says. It's a great future reference.

*I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Blogging 4 Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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By Sbq92 on January 14, 2013
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This is an amazing discourse on 'gray' areas for Christians, directed primarily at students and parents. I think the author writes the best analysis of freedom Vs. Responsibility I've ever read (absent the original author of course :)). Even my teenagers thought it was a good book! Easy read, great for discussion
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This book may be light, but its contents are weighty. After turning the last page, my first word is "WOW!"' Three things impress me about the book. Firstly, it clearly lays out the author's understanding of true freedom, grace in Christ, and the need to move beyond the 'why' of belief to the 'how to believe.' Secondly, it boldly tackles important contemporary issues that many Christians tend to shy away from, using 16 HOW-TO-BELIEVE templates. Thirdly, it pushes believers to be more Christ-focused, to see all things, boundaries, freedom, law, and cultural constraints as pointers to know Christ and to make Christ known.

At first, my temptation is to rush through the five contemporary issues of homosexuality, cyber world, social drinking, entertainment and humanitarian efforts. I am glad I restrained myself, and stuck to the author's game plan. The first five foundational chapters are core to understanding how contemporary issues need to be tackled. The book is wonderfully quotable, and is packed with wise quips on Christian living and social responsibility. Toward the end, after the last 'elephant' has been tackled, I cannot help but feel that there is another elephant that the author is subtly trying to hint to Christian readers, and the Church at large. This may very well be the biggest elephant of all: PROCRASTINATION about Christ's mission to the world.

'For all of us, freedom in Christ is the door of opportunity to doing something significant for the kingdom.' (160)

Indeed, many of us like to talk about grace. Yet, the essence of true grace demands more from us. One is only truly free, when one serves all joyfully out of pure gratitude to God's grace in Christ.
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