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Heritage Christian Book & Gift

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Chris and Marci invite you to visit the Clearfield, UT, based on-line Christian book store.  Heritage Christian Book & Gift is newly established so visit often for additions and updates. (Copy and paste URL into your browser.)

How Big is Your God?

“I think we have two choices in the face of such big beauty (the universe): terror or awe. And this is precisely why we attempt to chart God, because we want to be able to predict Him, to dissect Him, to carry Him around in our dog and pony show.  We are too proud to feel awe and to fearful to feel terror.  We reduce Him to math so we don’t have to fear Him, and yet the Bible tells us fear is the appropriate response, that it is the beginning of wisdom.”  Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz, page 204

Religious Habit versus Engaging God

“I believe that the greatest trick of the devil is not to get us into some sort of evil but rather have us wasting time.  This is why the devil tries so hard to get Christians to be religious.  If he can sink a man’s mind into habit, he will prevent his heart from engaging God.”  Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz, page 13

Have Faith in God’s Love

“Faith is rest, not toil.  It is the giving up all the former weary efforts to…induce God to love and pardon; and the calm reception of the truth so long rejected, that God is not waiting for any such inducements, but loves and pardons of His own goodwill, and is showing that goodwill to any sinner who will come to Him on such a footing, casting away his own poor performances or goodnesses, and relying implicitly upon the free love of Him who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” -HORATIUS BONAR

Quote from Dan Miller

Is it really that uncommon to be living our dream?  Is what we want always just beyond what we have?  Does living our dream mean we no longer have any ambition or goals to reach?  Does living our dream mean that we have more expensive cars and houses than anyone else in town?  Or might it mean peace and abundance in our lives that cannot be measured financially?

Dan Miller

Do you think for yourself or are you just following the crowd?

“Have you ever noticed that people usually only pay attention to the “heavy question” of life when things go wrong?

“When things in life are going along well, we assume that we must be doing something right.  It’s when they go wrong that we begin to wonder.  And even then we often try to shut out the questions that bother us.”

“But everyone tends to think that the ideas most people have accepted must therefore be ‘right’ ideas.  We forget to think for ourselves.”

“No one can run away from these questions and decisions forever.  You already believe in something.  Whether you’ve thought about it or not, you have your own philosophy of life.  It’s made up of what you believe about right and wrong, life and death, truth and God and man.  And your life view affects you.  It affects the way you take a test tomorrow as well as what you’ll do in a job or in your love life ten years from now.”

“If something is true…you can look at it hard, and think about it, and compare it with other beliefs, and it will stand.  It will be reliable.”

“Take a look at yourself.  What are your roots?  What is it that you hold onto to keep yourself going, day after day?  Do you believe in things your parents told you?  Television?  Your school?  Your friends?”

“Do you know what’s really true?”

“And what will it take to get you to look for answers?”

Excerpted from Chapter One “Don’t ask questions.” of

How to be Your Own Selfish Pig, and Other Ways You’ve Been Brainwashed

by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Book Review: The Outsider Interviews: A New Generation Speaks Out on Christianity by Jim Henderson, Todd Hunter, and Craig Spinks

Definitions: As I understand it the term Insider is used to represent a person who may be identified as a Christian, born again, evangelical, Christ follower, believer, or one who attends a Christian denomination church.  The term Outsider is a person who is not an Insider.

The Outsider Interviews is a commentary on interviews done in four US cities with four panelists in each city.  The panelists consisted of two Outsiders and two Insiders in the age range of 16-29 years.  The purpose of the interviews was to document how Outsiders and Insiders in this age range perceive the Christian and the Christian Church.  The book also comes with a DVD which contains excerpts of the interviews, snippets of which are referenced throughout the text.

Of the four topics explored (Christianity’s Image, Christianity’s Beliefs and Blinders, How Christians deal with Diversity and Difference, Agreements between Insiders and Outsiders) it was noted that there is much agreement between Insiders and Outsiders in the younger age range about Christians, and there is much disagreement between the younger Insiders and the older Insiders.

The consensus seemed to be that Christians need to do more listening and be less judgmental.  There was discussion about the need for Christians to explore how to do this and yet not compromise personal, Biblically based, convictions such as views on abortion, politics, and homosexuality.

Shifting one’s paradigm is always a challenge, but the world in which we now live is significantly different from the one many of us older Insider’s grew up in.  So it seems imperative that we look around with the intent to see what Jesus sees and prepare to shake off some of our fast held traditions that don’t make much sense any more.  While it makes no sense for us to follow the world’s ways instead of the ways of Christ, it does make sense to listen to how the world views Christians, learn why we are turning them away from Christ, and determine how we can better serve our Lord and Master by serving those he loves – both Outsiders and Insiders.