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10 Sacred Cows in Christianity That Need to Be Tipped [Kindle Edition]

Jared Moore
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A 'sacred cow' in the church is a tradition that has been exalted to a position of normalcy without Biblical warrant. Sacred cows are often hard to get rid of because they are accepted and considered respectable in Christianity. They are virtually immune from criticism. The sacred cows mentioned in this book are fairly recent phenomena. These are the new traditions--the new sacred cows that are leading Christians away from obedience to God's word. The purpose of this book is to help Christians think through the methods they use in ministry and to recognize some of these sacred cows so they may tip them over.

Some people believe that cows sleep standing up, and when pushed hard enough, they can be tipped over. "Cow tipping" in reality seems to be an urban legend. Sacred cow tipping, however, is no urban legend, and all Christians should participate.

Please join me for some sacred cow tipping!

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

"This book will certainly put a 'pebble in the shoe' of anyone following the traditions of men. You will be encouraged to grow in a steadfast obedience to God and His Word."
--Mike Leake, associate pastor, First Baptist Church Jasper, IN; author, Torn to Heal: God's Good Purpose in Suffering, Cruciform Press

"This is an excellent, timely, and concise book. Jared Moore challenges several popular practices in ministry today. All believers, and especially pastors, will benefit from reading and prayerfully considering what Moore has to say."
--Rachel Miller, news editor, The Aquila Report; author, A Daughter of the Reformation blog

"'Ten Sacred Cows...' is a must-read for every pastor and church leader who is willing to look closely at their ministry in the light of God's word. Moore offers a pithy and rich treatise on the current trends in the church and why they must be examined, exposed and even expelled."
--Michael Duncan, pastor, Mountain View Baptist Church, Darrington, WA; Bible commentator and co-host, the Alive in Christ Radio Network; author, Shadow Remnant and co-author, The Discipling Church

"Once again, Jared Moore has succinctly and directly addressed some of the widespread problems in our modern churches. His thoughts on these "Sacred Cows" would serve any pastor or church member well. I look forward to seeing how Jared's writing will continue to serve the Gospel of Christ and His Church as we read, consider, and put into practice these wise words."
--Christie Wright, Assistant Head of School, Highland Rim Academy, Cookeville, TN; teaches Ancient History and Literature, Theology, and Rhetoric; pastor's wife and mother to three young children

"There's no reason not to read 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity that Need to be Tipped! It will only take about 15 minutes. But your thinking will be sharpened by that investment of your time. You may not agree with Moore on every detail. But shouldn't 'tipping sacred cows' be a goal of all Baptists? Every generation breeds its own sacred cows. It is the duty of every generation to take this vaunted stock before the ultimate livestock judge. Place your sacred cows beside the plumb line of the word of God and ask what must be eliminated. Jared Moore's book does just that."
--R. L. Vaughn, pastor, Old Prospect Baptist Church, Mt. Enterprise, TX; author, Materials Toward a History of Feet Washing Among the Baptists; co-editor, SingtheTrumpet.com

"Jared Moore addresses 10 coveted practices in the modern church in this concise work. While these 10 practices tend to make ministry more comfortable, Moore challenges that comfort with a biblical lens. He writes with a pastor's heart to help the church get closer to God's heart."
--Mark Lamprecht, Christian blogger, hereiblog.com

"For such a brief, accessible and easy-to-read work, it is packed remarkably full of truth and food for thought. I pray that it will be useful to God in the sanctification of his church."
--Jeri Tanner, Christian, wife, mom, and grandma


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About the Author

"I was dead in my sin, and God raised me to life in Christ Jesus. Because of Him, I will live forevermore."

Jared Moore has served in pastoral ministry in a Southern Baptist context for 13 years. He currently pastors New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, KY. He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of the Bible, an M.A.R. in Biblical Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. in Christian ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), a Th.M. in Systematic Theology (ABT) from SBTS, and he is currently a PhD Student in Systematic Theology at SBTS. Moore is happily married to Amber and has three children: Caden, Ava, and Ian.

You can contact Jared through his website: jaredmoore.exaltchrist.com. He is open to any questions or comments. He is also available to speak at churches or other organizations. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty morsel that could use a little more salt August 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In his quick read "10 Sacred Cows in Christianity that Need to Be Tipped," Jared Moore describes 10 church ills that are taking the focus off Christ and putting it on man. After a brief introduction, the (very) short chapters are "Entertaining Sermons," "Anything for Souls," "Numbers Equal Revival," Experience-Centered Worship," "Nostalgia," "Relevant Sermons," "Relativistic Interpretation," "An Easy Life," "Tolerant Love," and "Successful Ministry."
For anyone who has struggled with the direction of modern churches, this book points squarely at the issues that are impacting the church today. I found myself nodding as I was reading. Moore brings out many aspects of how "church" is interpreted today that ultimately leads to a "please me"-type of church experience that leaves little to no room for the "cost of discipleship," to steal a Bonhoeffer title.
This is a brief book, which makes it a good lunchtime read. It was an easy read, and like I said, I found myself agreeing with most of Moore's points. However, I missed a deeper inspection on the topics raised. I missed thoughts on how to bring about change in a church that is heading down this path. I found myself finishing and feeling unsatisfied.
Having said this, many people may have never even paused to think of why some of the current trends in our churches are truly spiritually dangerous, and with that in mind, Moore's book allows brothers and sisters in Christ to see what they may have not noticed themselves fully yet.
For those who are on the cusp of such a discovery, this book will tip you over to where you will take a stand for less entertainment and more Christ.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Needs Perspicuity for Proper Tipping August 14, 2013
Format:Paperback
Overall, 10 Sacred Cows has some valid points, but it is poorly written with unsupported generalizations about the church. I don't disagree with the points (in their nebulous state), but Mr. Moore continually makes sweeping statements based on his personal perception. No research is noted--no informal polls, no national statistics, no cited sources, nothing. His contentions are all based upon what "some people" think. I don't allow personal opining and speculation in the essays that my high school students write; it's definitely not acceptable in a published book written by a PhD student in Systematic Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He offers an introduction to his book, but provides no overall conclusion; and therefore, there is no call to action to correct the problems that he sees in Christianity.

The major points of 10 Sacred Cows are very basic and not well-developed. Mr. Moore is very repetitive throughout the book. He states that the book is about 3,000 words in length; being that short, it's obvious when he uses overlapping ideas and arguments. Positively, he does cite many Bible verses, but he does not explain how those verses support his argument. Some of the supporting verses are obvious in their connection to his statements, but some are not. He assumes a Christian audience with knowledge of the scriptures and an understanding of the gospel. In today's Christian world, neither of these premises can be assumed.

Mr. Moore uses poorly constructed, and at times confusing, sentences with improper punctuation or word usage. He starts off 4 of his 10 chapters with the words, 'There is'. This structure is weak, passive, and does not provide a strong foundation for his arguments. Mr.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tipping Cows, not just for Rednecks anymore September 10, 2013
Format:Paperback
Being in Ministry for over a decade, much of what is written by Jared Moore in his book "10 Sacred Cows in Christianity That Need to Be Tipped" resonates with me. I have actually used the phrase "sacred cows" on occasions when talking about changes that need to be make in the ministry in which I was serving. They are often very large, very heavy and very hard to tip. This book is a quick read and very practical for pastors, leaders, deacons and elders and those who want more out of church than an hour long ritual. Jared cuts through much of the clutter and gets right to the point. This book could have easily been hundreds of pages, but Jared focuses on the main issues and presents the issue clearly, leaving the application to the reader.

There is much more that could have been said, and many more cows that could have been listed, every church or group will have their individual struggles, this is a good over view and 30,000 foot view of the issues that face many churches. Too long we have had the worship wars, battled over being fed and pressured Pastors to be better, churches to get bigger and things to be more professional and not focused on God and giving Him the praise. Jared puts the focus where the focus belongs.

This book won't solve all your church's issue, but this is a great spot to begin. I would recommend getting this book for your entire leadership team and going over each chapter together and fleshing it out for your individual context. It will be a blessing to open up and making sure you keep the focus where it belongs. I do wish Jared would have unpacked some of the issues a little more, there could have been so much more written. I understand why he left it the way that he did and didn't get too deep into it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book o rbrochure?
I agree with most of the things the author wrote in this book but for the amount content, I think it shouldn't cost more than a dollar. Very tiny book. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jacquelyn Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great short book about several issues facing the church.
Published 1 month ago by Preacher Morris
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came in perfect condition. nice selection.
Published 7 months ago by Kenneth Skaggs
5.0 out of 5 stars It certainly gets one thinking..
I loved it and agreed with all of its "sacred cows" points.

This book is 34 pages; that being said I doubt that the Author intended for this to be a book that was... Read more
Published 12 months ago by SurpriseMe
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Sacred Cows
Thought provoking ideas of our cultural Christianity. I would like to see the theme developed a bit more in a second edition.
Published 14 months ago by Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet!
could have been a little longer. It doesn't seem convincing when 10 really sacred cows can be dispensed of in such a short book (essay)!
Published 16 months ago by Zeddie R. Dyess
3.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet, hard to believe published as book rather than...
Nothing profound but well articulated and very concise treatment of the minor issues that if allowed to become major issues become decisive issues.
Published 17 months ago by Ed H
2.0 out of 5 stars Cows? What cows?
Weak writing. Used short, generalized descriptions of what he believes some contemporary churches to be like to prove his point. Cited no specific examples, only conjecture. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Fred Shackelford
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product and service.
Good product and service. I liked the book and look forward to finishing it. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 17 months ago by Bobcat1948
5.0 out of 5 stars Consise but on target
The author makes his point, briefly explains why, includes scripture and lets us ponder the point. I don't think there needs to be more explanation. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ahstrmn
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"I was dead in my sin, and God raised me to life in Christ Jesus. Because of Him, I will live forevermore." Jared Moore has served in pastoral ministry in a Southern Baptist context for 14 years. He currently pastors New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, KY. He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of the Bible, an M.A.R. in Biblical Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. in Christian ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), a Th.M. in Systematic Theology (ABT) from SBTS, and he is currently a PhD Student in Systematic Theology at SBTS. Moore is happily married to Amber and has three children: Caden, Ava, and Ian.

You can contact Jared through his website: http://jaredmoore.exaltchrist.com. He is open to any questions or comments. He is also available to speak at churches or other organizations.

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