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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!
"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 of 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 for The Aquila Report and author of the blog A Daughter of the Reformation
'"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 on the Alive in Christ Radio Network; author of Shadow Remnant and co-author of The Discipling Church
"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 of Old Prospect Baptist Church, Mt. Enterprise, TX; author of Materials Toward a History of Feet Washing among the Baptists; co-editor of 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 at http://hereiblog.com
"In 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity That Need to be Tipped, Pastor and author Jared Moore contends that we need to do a little "sacred cow tipping." As he tips over and tackles many of the most pressing issues in the Church, Moore does so not with a finger pointed at us but rather points his reader to the sufficiency of Christ from the truth of the word of God. I encourage you to get copies of this book and pass them out to every member of your church."
-Dave Jenkins, director, Servants of Grace Ministries
Posted September 10, 2013
Great book, although shorter than it could be. His topic is one of debate in evangelical circles and will not be resolved easily. I applaud his courage for standing up and saying what a lot of us thinki!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2013
I received a free pdf review copy of this booklet. And in keeping with our agreement, here is my review:
Moore defines a 'sacred cow' as any ministry tradition that has no biblical warrant yet has still become so normal in the church today that they are practically immune from criticism. His purpose in writing this little booklet is to help Christians think through their ministry methodology and recognize some of the 'sacred cows' that need to be tipped.
Obviously, the contemporary American church has more than ten sacred cows that need tipping. But the ten he chose to expose are a good place to start and will hopefully cause the reader to identify even more sacred cows that Moore fails to mention.
This book is worth reading by all those who are in Christian ministry. His concise book will help us to examine ourselves and our ministries in light of Scripture which is always a good thing regardless of how difficult and painful it is to tip the sacred cows in our lives.
Furthermore, even though Moore's focus seems to be on his own context of the contemporary Christianity in America, his words will be helpful for international missionaries (like myself) as well. Many, if not all, of the sacred cows Moore mentions has been exported by American missionaries and authors. And it is easy for us ourselves to take some of these sacred cows with us as we take the gospel to the nations if we are not watchful and intentional about what we are doing.
However, I do have a complaint, and I don't seem to be alone in this. The book is much too brief. The topic on which Moore chose to write is important enough to warrant a book ten times larger. However, he puts just enough to whet your appetite, leaving you wishing he had written at least a little bit more to help flesh things out a bit. He could have given precise examples of each sacred cow to clarify exactly what he means and also provided specific biblical correctives as well.
Now perhaps Moore was aiming at being pithy and concise so that more pastors would take their time (about 15-20 minutes) to read what he has to say. I understand that. Church leaders are busy, and with all the books out there to be read, Moore needs to do something to cause them to pick up his book and read it. Brevity is one way to accomplish that. But the book would still be short if each chapter were two or three times longer. It would have benefited greatly if they were.
Posted August 20, 2013
Jared H. Moore’s recently published e-book 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity introduces a conversation that warrants attention by thinking Christians. Moore exposes ten issues with which the church struggles. Moore introduces each of the ten with solid biblical context and clear, direct statements aimed at making Christians think how church is done. He offers corrective statements to each of these sacred cows. The good thing about Moore’s book is its conciseness and understandability, but the unfortunate thing about Moore’s book is it stops there. Moore articulates everything well, however, he leaves the reader wanting to see more of each sacred cow and the corrective that goes along with it.
Throughout Moore’s assessment several themes re-appear that are worth mentioning. The first is worship. Moore touches on several cows that relate to worship as he calls the reader to biblical fidelity when it comes to God-centered worship. He offers corrective instruction from the Bible that ought to cause followers of Christ to think more deeply about God’s holiness and righteousness especially as it pertains to his followers worshipping him. Moore’s argument would have been strengthened by outlining some of the scriptural principles of worship the chronicler highlights as some kings of Judah were so careless in worshipping God. When it comes down to it, God must be worshipped on his terms and not man’s.
A second theme that reappears within the ten cows is the centrality of preaching. Moore makes an unforgettable statement regarding preaching sermons that are entertaining. He admonishes preachers saying that we may very well be entertaining our hearers to death. Preaching God’s word is serious business that has to do with the souls of humanity, and if the preacher’s focus is on entertaining, then preacher provides no hope for a deeply scarred sinner. Moore also brings to light the trendy relevant sermon. He makes an important distinction about the true nature of preaching. Biblical sermons should cost listener’s something. The purpose behind preaching, Moore claims, is not to make the Bible relevant but to show how relevant the Bible already is.
A third theme that connects several cows is the issue of numbers and success in ministry. Evaluating ministries based solely on numbers and not on biblical criterion can be errant. The evaluations that often take place are ones rooted in the western cultural distinctive that bigger always equals better. Moore links this cow to another on the lack of church discipline. The natural consequence of church discipline is the potential removal of members from a fellowship. That goes directly against the accepted mentality of success. However, Moore reminds the reader that biblical fidelity to how we do church is more important than a worldly definition of success.
Overall, this e-book is a great, fast read that sums up ten issues the church struggles with today. Moore’s work is a good launching pad for a much needed discussion in church and denominational life. 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity points the reader to a thoroughly biblical corrective of the church that the Holy Spirit might use to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ.
Posted August 20, 2013
Jared Moore has addressed some areas within the church, it's leaders, and many ministries that could use some reevaluation. His book addresses 10 areas that have moved away from fulfilling the 2 greatest commandments. To love God first and then to love others. He has commanded us to do this (and in this order) because He loves us. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. No man has the authority to present God as ever changing to accommodate our needs, wants, or desires.
Overall Jared's points are well made. There are some areas that could use some clarification. Because his book asks readers to reevaluate their hearts and minds in presenting God to others, clarification may be needed.
But then again, this view may prove some of his points even more valid. Do we need a man to interpret God to us? Jared is a man, a preacher, a husband, a father, and a child of God. Could his point of view be just as skewed as others? Possibly. Which validates the overall point of his book.
We should heed Jared's advice and take teaching, preaching, leading, loving, and serving God back to where it belongs; God's Word. Then we can allow God to test our hearts and work in us. It is our own relationship with God that should be directing us and keeping us on a path to truly follow Him. Then we should not feel the need to leave God out in order to fulfill the Great Commission (for the right reasons).
If we cannot believe in God as He is, we have nothing left to believe in. His Word, His ways, and His message are all we have to present to His Creation if we love Him. God reaches hearts and souls. We are just seed planters. We need to plant God's seeds, not our own tares.
Posted August 20, 2013
I live next to two cow farms and I have always wanted to try cow tipping, though I never really will. Sure it would be hard but it would be fun trying, so long as I don't cause a stampede! This idea of cow tipping works its way into other realms when one tries to tip over something about a person or movement that needs to change. Everyone has sacred cows that need to be tipped. Identifying them is the easy part, tipping them is not.
In his short and to-the-point book, 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity That Need to be Tipped, Jared Moore has identified what he believes are 10 sacred cows of contemporary Christianity that need to be exposed and tipped. "A 'sacred cow' in the church is a tradition that has been exalted to a position of normalcy without Biblical warrant." (1)
These sacred cows of the church are such because they have existed for a long time. Thus they are hard to identify by those who practice and 'worship' them. Cows are heavy and don't move unless they want to. These cows need to be tipped in order to push them along.
Of the ten 'sacred cows' that Moore discusses I found a few of them to be most revealing. The first chapter deals with Entertaining Sermons. In my mind this is perhaps the foundation for why how much of the other sacred cows have begun. Moore explains, "The danger in seeking to entertain through our sermons is that we may be encouraging people to enjoy our sermons without enjoying Jesus - the One who they were created for." (3)
Another chapter that stood out to me was chapter three, Numbers Equal Revival. We naturally assume that the more people equals a fruitful and faithful ministry. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. We can be so concerned with getting people into church to make us think we are fulfilling the great commission when in fact we are leaving much of it out. Moore explains, "The Great Commission has been redefined today as a command to 'baptize those who confess Christ as Lord'; meanwhile, the command to 'teach these Christians everything Christ has commanded' is the Great Omission of the church." (10)
A final sacred cow that really stood out to me was the Nostalgia in worship. "Christians often worship worship in stead of worshiping God," Moore says. (13) We tend to worship our styles instead of God Himself.
All in all this is a nice peace to read. Moore does not mince words and his thought is clear. Some readers will be hit more than others and some may even disagree with his observations. I personally think he is right on all accounts. This is a helpful little book and good to pass around to your friends at church.
Posted August 19, 2013
I'm in the process of reviewing the book "10 Sacred Cows in Christianity That Need To Be Tipped", by Jared
Moore. He happens to be an acquaintance, and I was one of several who responded to his invitation to review
it and offer a report on what we saw. What I saw, mostly, was a well-reasoned exposition of many thoughts that
I bet most Christians have had, but nobody has wanted to say.
At least not out loud, where I could hear it.
First of all, the book's an easy read. The proof copy was a bit over 25 pages long, and very much "to-the-point".
And, dealing with 10 specific things we find in many contemporary churches really wouldn't take up that much
ink and paper.
The problems are simple and obvious; hence, so are the solutions.
A sample: he states churches shouldn't be offering "things" to people, to get them to come to church. No bribing
people to get them to attend. This one rings big bells with me, since I believe the truth of what Jesus said when
He stated that, if we'd lift Him up ... exalt Him ... HE would draw the people to Himself. If we use anything else
to get folks to come to church, we're saying we really don't believe He meant what He said.
I find his conclusions absolutely spot-on, but then I don't even like "refreshments" in the church. I cannot find
that anywhere in scripture as one of the reasons we are to assemble together.
He also says that churches interpret increased numbers as "Revival" ... and that it is a false assumption. Again,
I agree, as people come to church for many different reasons, and without knowing why each person is there,
we cannot know whether "revival" is going on, or not. In most cases, I believe, churches really don't even know
the Spiritual condition of a new member the day they join.
Well, it's hard to determine during 3 or 4 stanzas of an invitation hymn. Which seems to be the deadline....
He also takes to task the seeming admiration for "bigger & better" churches, tolerance toward sin that denies
discipline (and, not so coincidentally, restoration), and worship that focuses on emotions and feelings, to the
neglect of the plain truth of the Bible.
There are some that are somewhat less obvious, and on which I might have wanted a little more clarification,
but I suppose that's the case with every book I've ever read.
Except One. The One.
Having said that, I do believe it is necessary for the reader to keep in mind that author Moore is referring to
churches where the cow has become the objective, superseding the Biblical reasons of making disciples,
and prompting one another to love and good works.
There are other "sacred cows" included in the book, and properly so. I think readers will be able to identify the
sacred cows he's referring to, in most churches. I can, in the church to which I've belonged for nearly a third of
Who should read it? People who attend church, whether they are among those who determine how church is
conducted, or merely worshipers in pews. Especially in congregationally-governed churches.
After all, if we don't know the problems, we'll never solve them. And if we do solve the problems, most particularly in the denomination of which I am a part, then perhaps we'll be able to exalt Him as we should, for the right reasons, and He will once again draw people unto Himself as He promised.
And we'll be able to make disciples of them, as He instructed us.