Roaring Lambs (Book Review)

I finally got done reading Roaring Lambs by Bob Briner. I felt like i have been reading this book for a year. I bought it a long time ago and started reading it and then put it down and read something else. Then a few months ago I decided to pick it up again and read it. Life got a bit busy and so I slowly read it whenever I had a chance and when I finished it there was this mild celebration that I had.

Bob’s whole premise with roaring lambs is….

What I’m calling for is a radically different way of thinking about our world. Instead of running from it, we need to rush into it. And instead of just hanging around the fringes or our culture, we need to be smack dab in the middle of it.

And I can add a big, huge hardy AMEN to that! It is time for Christians to stop being afraid of the world we live in and realize that we need to actually be in it to influence it. We can’t just sit on the sidelines and criticize or even boycott stuff. If you don’t like the movies, books, TV shows, music, etc. that is being produced then it is time for the Church to step up and produce stuff that will compete with what the world has to offer.

Unfortunately, to date there have not been very many good movies produced by Christians. And most of the music being pushed by the record labels that produce music made by Christians reject the stuff that is really good often times because there is “not enough God in it”. Like somehow they are supposed to mention God or Jesus’ name every so many words or else it isn’t good for the CCM market.

Bob puts out a call for their to be more artists, photographers, film makers, musicians, authors, etc. that are being salt to the world and not just tickling the ears of Christians. At every turn of the page I found myself nodding in agreement with Bob. God did not call Christ-followers to huddle up in the church and sing kumbaya, but we are called to be in the world and spread some salt.

While I did find the book to be a bit of a boring read, because it just seemed kind of dry, it had great content. It is definitely worth a read and I recommend it.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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