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Bob Briner would have told you, "Absolutely!" Roaring Lambs is Briner's manifesto of our proper stance regarding the "culture-shaping arena." Christians can and ought to be the movers and shakers of social change — "roaring lambs" who infiltrate and make an impact on their workplace and world with their faith. Roaring Lambs was written from Briner's personal experience as an Emmy Award-winning television producer. It takes you into the work world strategies anyone can use. There's also a useful discussion guide ...
Bob Briner would have told you, "Absolutely!" Roaring Lambs is Briner's manifesto of our proper stance regarding the "culture-shaping arena." Christians can and ought to be the movers and shakers of social change — "roaring lambs" who infiltrate and make an impact on their workplace and world with their faith. Roaring Lambs was written from Briner's personal experience as an Emmy Award-winning television producer. It takes you into the work world strategies anyone can use. There's also a useful discussion guide that will help you and your friends put shoe leather to your faith. Bob Briner's greatest legacy may well be the way in which, through his own courageous roam, he helped countless Christians discover theirs. John their ranks. Roar with conviction — and change your world!
The author of Squeeze Play: Caught Between Work and Home offers Christians a strategy for re-entering the world and reclaiming their culture. Roaring Lambs celebrates those individuals who are already busy at this work and coaches all readers on the steps they can take to return a vibrant Christian witness to the mainstream of American culture.
The same question occurred to me as I was flying over on Air Iran, one of the world's most luxurious airlines in the pre-Ayatollah days. Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes was on the flight on his way to interview the Shah, and we chatted about tennis, but mostly I kept pondering the question, "What am I doing here?"
This same question had presented itself often in the past. It came as I stood on the sidelines at Shea Stadium as a part of the Miami Dolphins' front office staff before our game with the New York Jets. As I sat in the Royal Box at Wimbledon, it came to mind again. The same question arose as I rode with Akio Morita, the legendary founder of Sony, in his limousine through the streets of Tokyo. When the U.S. ambassador to Australia sent his plane to Sydney to fly a small group of us to the embassy in Canberra, I asked myself that question. And it certainly floated in and out of my mind when tennis great Jack Kramer and I entered the magnificent suite atop Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to negotiate with the hard men who ran the gambling empire. "What am I doing here?" "Why am I here?"
Naturally, everyone asks this question from time to time, but coming as I did from humble beginnings -- the product of a modest public school system and two very small colleges, it seemed totally preposterous that I should be flying all over the world, hobnobbing with the rich and famous, unless there was something more to life than just fate and chance. For me, the question "What am I doing here?" was more complex and urgent because of one fact. I am a Christian. I am committed to the cause of Christ. I want to serve Him. So what am I doing here? What am I doing on this jet to Paris where I will oversee television production for the great bicycle race, the Tour de France? Why am I doing what I do instead of pastoring a church or training missionaries?
As career opportunities took me from coaching six-man football at a tiny high school on the plains of Kansas to some of the most powerful positions in international sports and sports television, I found myself much better prepared to succeed both professionally and socially than I was prepared to succeed as an effective Christian. Even trying to live a life that integrated the Bible with all I was doing, I found myself progressing much more rapidly professionally and socially than spiritually -- particularly in doing Christianity, in fulfilling the commands of Christ, in being salt in the world. As I look back it is easy to understand why this was so. Both in business and social settings, I had many mentors and role models, many patterns to follow. Many people were there to teach me and help me. On the other hand, the more I progressed in my sports business career, the more isolated and alone I felt as a Christian. Spiritually, I was a meek and lowly lamb in a world full of lions. The real Christians were people like my pastor, people working full-time for Campus Crusade, Youth for Christ, or Wheaton College, the countless missionaries sent out by my church, Billy Graham, Charles Stanley, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson. These were the ones changing the world. The best I could hope for was to support them in prayer and money.
At least that's what I had been taught.
The wonderful people who had attracted me to a very small, very conservative church in Dallas, Texas, and who introduced me to the marvelous reality of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ seemed to be both intimidated by and skeptical about one of their own venturing out into the world of big-time professional sports. This just didn't square with their previous experiences. The emphasis in my church was on personal piety and separation from the world. The Miami Dolphins and network television seemed light years away from the small sanctuary in South Dallas. As I searched for help in combining Christian living with my world of professional sports and television, it didn't come from my church or denomination. And in fairness to this great group of believers, I have not found much help in this area from any of the other traditional evangelical groups.
At two small Christian colleges affiliated with the same denomination as that of my home church, I spent four wonderful years, received a high-quality education, and was further grounded in my commitment to the Christian faith. I made many wonderful friends and met a lovely young woman who became my wife. That, by itself, is a tremendous contribution, but in my opinion, my preparation to go out into the real world and live my faith effectively was lacking. Already planning on a career in sports management, I felt I was a sort of second-class campus citizen. My classmates who were preparing for the pulpit ministry or missionary service were the ones who were treated as if they would be doing the real work of the church. The rest of us were the supporting cast.
Almost nothing in my church or collegiate experiences presented possibilities for a dynamic, involved Christian life outside the professional ministry. If you were called to "full-time Christian service," there were very clear paths to follow. If not, you were pretty much on your own. You heard about being salt and light, but no one told you how to do it, other than to get involved in a good local church.
Foreword by Michael W. Smith
Introduction—Don’t Try This Alone
1. Clear Your Throats, It’s Time to Roar
2. Salt: Make Use of It
3. Where Are All the Christians?
4. Movies: Box Office Closed
5. Television: Fade to Black
6. Literature: Out of Print
7. The Visual Arts: A Cloudy Lens, a Drab Palette
8. The Christian Academe: Underachievers
9. A Final Word: Getting It Done
Posted May 20, 2008
Briner's book offers a hand to those who may need to be reminded that their faith in a Creator and Loving God is a vocational call to powerful mimesis. The review 'Imperialist Christianity', if actually written by an Oxford student, is written by a student whose institution embodies the Imperialist Academy . . . consider what those words advocate. A. J. Heschel wrote, 'Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2007
On the surface, this book is exceptionally easy to agree with. Almost any Christian would laud the notion of more Christian presence in the Arts. Nevertheless, brewing under the benign façade are some of the most problematic ideals I have yet come across. Briner's desire for Christian 'penetration' is to overwhelm the markets with 'positive' Christian messages. He insists that the Christian community provide 'salt' to retard the moral decay of a non-Christian society. Further, he states many times that good can not exits where Christianity is not found. I find this naivety to be gross and inexcusable. Even the most ardent Fundamentalist (I.e. adherer to the fundamentals of the Christian faith) would agree that some good can be done outside of the Christian context. Another problematic aspect of this book was Briner's view of Christianity. Namely, that it can do no wrong. He describes Dallas as a Christian 'Mecca' and then goes into detail about the crime, divorce rate, and other social problems. He is perplexed by the disconnect between the 'two cities,' believing the moral problems to be completely contained within the pagan city. In another section, he is mystified at the lack of Christian screenwriters. One paragraph earlier he described a Christian directors office as overflowing with bad scripts. His abecedarian understanding of the Art seems to further obstruct his inability to conceptualize Christian art as often kitsch. I wholeheartedly disagreed with Briner's approach to social proselytizing through penetrative conquest. He seems content to flood the market with writers, musicians, actors, producers, etc., no matter their skill level, as long as they are Evangelical Christians. Obviously, history has taught him no lessons as to the ramifications of this style of religious management.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 18, 2001
Posted June 2, 2000
This is an incredible book for any Christians who are lay persons or leaders. Bob Briner has incredible insight as a successful businessman and a fellow 'roaring lamb' and has left us his wonderful legacy through this book. For most Christians, the topics will be hard pills to swallow but if we practice these principles and change our hearts, our world will become a better place for our future children and theirs. Read it and then tell your friends!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.