“Confronting church cliches with the gospel for the glory of God and the good of his people.” This is the short description of rather unexpectedly interesting book. I can’t recall how I stumbled upon it. I must admit that when I did, I was very hesitant to read it. But it was free. I couldn’t resist.
(Actually, I need to confess that I have not technically read the book—I listened to the audio version.)
My first impression was that it was going to be one of those seeker-sensitive types, or maybe even a rebellious-prophetic-word gone bad. I have definitely seen these before. The title was too catchy to be sound. And the author was too young to be wise. But I was wrong on both fronts.
Lies That My Pastor Told Me is the title. The author, Cole Brown, spares little of his thoughts to 15 different church cliches in a rather bold, yet humble and loving way. His apparent aim was to go after some of the popular falsehoods found in Christiandom like: the Bible is God’s rulebook, “feeling” the Spirit, believing that God wants you to be rich, external forces make you sin, speaking into existence, the necessity of speaking in tongues, blaming the devil, generational curses, doctrine is dangerous, and more.
After “reading” the book, I discovered that the author is a young Reformed pastor at Emmaus Church in Portland and former A&R for legendary Teddy Riley—which would explain his elementary cool factor. I had a brief rub with him on Facebook and found him to be legendarily humble.
This bookmark comes on the heels of his newest book release and sequel called, Lies Hip Hop Told Me. Usually, I have a list of highlights that I quote form the book. But, since I listened to the book, it made it difficult for me. Plus, it was a many months ago. Nevertheless, the book is free and short. Two good reasons to get yourself. But most of all, it is sound and could be very freeing to someone who is confused by the cliches he covers.
For this and other resources by Cole Brown, visit his website at www.colebrownpdx.com.
And, here are some videos of Brown summarizing two chapters: