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Brian Jones’s Finding Favor is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until October 5, 2018, through our partnership with InterVarsity Press.
There are plenty of things to love about America’s anything-is-possible mentality. Opportunities abound here for the fullest measure of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I don’t know who started the #blessed movement, but it is pervasive here. We are a people looking for the best life now.
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And I’m not talking about people who don’t claim the Christian faith. Within the body of believers, the #blessed pursuit gets a holy wrapper. We pray in faith, trusting that God has the best life now for those who are obeying the best. Such faith gymnastics has twisted the very real biblical concept of God’s favor into a knotted mess health and wealth and spiritual phenomenon sideshows.
One of those unexpected ways is through something Jones calls “Involuntary Perseverance,” which is also the title of chapter two. It’s the needed opening punch to our problematic health/wealth gospel. Just because we are the beloved of God doesn’t mean we will live on Easy Street:
God - Favor - Venture
“Sometimes God’s favor means he calls us to step out and start a new venture, and sometimes it means he calls us to stay put.
In chapter three, “Holy Discontent,” Jones calls us to reflect upon the places in our lives where we’ve grown numb and rooted, wishing for God’s divine intervention instead of using our agency to make needed changes:
Content - Sense
“We’ve grown content. But not content in the sense...
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