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Sep 28, 2023Liked by Samuel D. James

You’ve have a gift in the way you write: you communicate not only good content, but also good disposition. “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Cor 8:1). Thank you for your critical analysis that aspires for the unity that the Spirit provides and what we Christians must work hard at (Eph 4:3).

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What a thoughtful and sensitive review, Samuel. Leaves me more to process and ponder. So much sadness these days ...

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Sep 28, 2023Liked by Samuel D. James

Thank you for this review. I found listening to this book painful. Russell Moore was deeply aligned with the SBCC and was also deeply wounded by them. I often thought of Zechariah 13:6 as he described his experience: These are the wounds I received in the house of my friends. But eventually there will be another set of wounds among his new friends. Gathering to Jesus is always and ever the only place of peace.

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Sep 27, 2023Liked by Samuel D. James

"What comforts me now is not the decline of Donald Trump or the defeat of wokeness. What comforts me is the risen Jesus, whom death could not hold and whose church hell cannot break. And I find myself primarily wanting to go onward with him, and with men like my Dad, and yes, like Russell Moore. "

Yes and amen.

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Very well (and respectfully) put.

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Sep 27, 2023Liked by Samuel D. James

I love Moore and also wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. I am in general agreement with him throughout it but there were numerous spots where I thought, "Welp... I guess I won't be sharing this book with X!" I don't see this book persuading or convicting anyone who isn't already with him. Also, I did not like the frequent uncited/unnamed references of someone saying or doing something objectionable (like the possible Wood reference). I don't think Moore is making things up but it just looks bad and, like you said, makes his larger points more readily dismissible by those inclined to dismiss him.

I picked up a used copy of Onward last year but haven't gotten around to reading it. I'll have to push it up the stack!

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I appreciate your being willing to be critical about someone you obviously respect. While I initially had regard for Moore, he was objectively bad at his job; going to the New York Times and Washington Post to badmouth and criticize the very people who were paying his salary to act as their representative was a shocking breach of loyalty. This is not to say there’s no duty to critique and rebuke sin in the church, but it should be done *in the church* rather than than in front of an audience of secularists who already despise us.

There also appears to be evidence that Moore is a cagey political operator who has a flexible relationship with the truth. (See the letter linked in this story: https://mbcpathway.com/2021/10/04/erlc-leaders-accused-of-blatant-deception/) I do not know whether these claims against Moore are true, but they certainly raise the possibility that he has used deception and played political games to advance his position.

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Nuanced. Thank you.

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I kind of gave up on Moore after his relentless attacks on Christian brothers during the crazy years as he called down people who were reluctant to take experimental injections and those who rightly saw masks as useless. So many calls to "love thy neighbor" with nothing but vitriol for those who disagreed with him, especially after he met w/ Francis Collins. I know I had to stop reading anything by TGC because the attacks got so bad and the articles were so obviously biased and political hacks, not related to the "Gospel" part of its name.

I had respect for Moore prior to that, but those years and his attitude and attacks really turned me away from him. Sadly, the stuff I read from him tarnished my attitude toward anything published by TGC. I used to read quite a few of their articles as they'd been well-reasoned, but when I see one of their links now I tend to just pass it by. :(

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Fabulous insights as ever and very helpful for a British Evangelical to read. Warmest thanks for this!

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