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April 12, 2009
S. Michael Craven is an author who identifies himself as a speaker who "works to challenge the spiritual apathy and cultural indifference of the church. . ." In his book, Uncompromised Faith Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity, He does exactly that through his intense look at our cultural decline that has lead us progressively farther away from God.Readers will be convinced of the need to step up and be the people of God above being people of religion. They will learn through Craven's research and statistics the severe state that the American church is in. They'll be stirred up and angry, and different as a result.Craven addresses issues in a thorough manner. His book is an excellent call to action among Christians to produce true faith that isn't laced with idolatry, post modernistic polluted views of God, or sin-tolerant complacency. He encourages Christians to be the real deal.Craven doesn't just encourage Christians to stand against sin, but to reach out in love and compassion to the sinner. This is such a refreshing view. Craven in no way bends to the culture, but he loves the people as Christ did and doesn't shut the door to their potential salvation with a jaded hypocrisy that can turn a heart away from God quickly. Christians can learn and grow from his Godly example of balance as he hates sin and lovesthe sinner. This book will challenge you to represent God intelligently, and in a way that is true and pleasing to God.
Uncompromised Faith should create an epiphany within the North American church. Mr. Craven outlines ways that the culture has influenced the church to the point of diluting the power, hope and relevance of the gospel. He then takes on several controversal issues of the day and shows the way for the church to engage society in a winsome and biblically sound manner. Christians and churches that follow this lead will find lives and communities transformed. I highly recommend this book for personal consumption as well as for small group study.
Michael Craven's Uncompromised Faith is an absolute must-read for all who desire to biblically and thoughtfully engage today's culture. Craven is a powerful communicator; his meticulous research and respectful tone throughout give his voice the right to be heard, regardless of one's perspective. Craven contends that the biblical worldview is not only still extremely relevant, but is actually ignored at one's own deep peril. He wades into some of today's most heavily debated issues--the effects of modernism and postmodernism on the church and culture, the ongoing heritage of the sexual revolution of the `60s, the nature of marriage, and more. Craven's work is profound in that it shares the legacy of another clear voice that in a previous time dared to face the deafening din of the cheering masses and calmly utter the words, "The emperor has no clothes!"Craven's work is unique in its content, but also in its tone. Sadly, too many books have been written on these topics which ultimately fail to contribute anything of value to anyone. These books tend to fall to either of these two extremes: complete capitulation to cultural values or angry denouncements of any and all opposing points of view. Craven intentionally avoids the insipid stupidity of bumper sticker slogans or the thoughtless wrath of vitriolic placards. Uncompromised Faith refuses to compromise on biblical truth, the merit of research, the importance of love, or the need for compassion. Its overall message is a simple one: the gospel compels Christians to engage the culture for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven.I am one of the leaders of ministry that is designed to disciple emerging Christian leaders. As a result, I am constantly engaged in conversations with young, eager brothers and sisters who are desperate to understand not only how to act and live, but also how to think, dialogue, and engage as a CHRISTIAN. Uncompromised Faith is absolutely one of the top five books I recommend.