10 Sacred Cows by Jared MooreI 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.

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