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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 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: 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490540482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490540481
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,303,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elke B. Speliopoulos on August 14, 2013
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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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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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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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