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Lies About Freedom, Sex, Truth & Culture

John Mark Comer, in his book Live No Lies, leads the church and pastors like me into the necessary conversations about what's really underneath all the other cultural conversations and debates. John Mark embodies three of the main values and goals of Kingdom Harbor as he attempts to give Christians 1) a robust Biblical theology, 2) pathways for soul formation, and 3) Jesus-shaped cultural commentary.

I am so excited to read this book. John Mark Comer, in his book Live No Lies: Recognize and Resist the Three Enemies That Sabotage Your Peace is leading the church and pastors like me into the necessary conversations about what’s really underneath all the other cultural conversations and debates. John Mark embodies three of the main values and goals of Kingdom Harbor as he attempts to give Christians 1) a robust Biblical theology, 2) pathways for soul formation, and 3) Jesus-shaped cultural commentary. I’m pondering a book club or life group study series on this book, but let me read it first! I hope others will join me.

If you want a deep introduction and overview, check out this long interview on The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast with John Mark Comer on “why so many people inside and outside the church keep falling for cultural lies about sex, truth, freedom and culture, why the political left and right ultimately fail, and points to the way forward for the church.”

CNLP 440 | John Mark Comer on Why We Believe Lies About Freedom, Sex, Truth and Culture, How the Left and the Right Fail, and the Way Forward for the Church

Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-carey-nieuwhof-leadership-podcast/id912753163?i=1000534517644

From the publisher:

We are at war. Not with a foreign government or domestic terrorists or a creepy new artificial intelligence hell-bent on taking over the world. No, it’s a war we feel deep inside our own chests: we are at war with lies.

The problem isn’t so much that we tell lies but that we live them. We let them into our bodies, and they sabotage our peace. All around us in the culture and deep within our own body memories are lies: deceptive ideas that wreak havoc on our emotional health and spiritual well-being, and deceptive ideas about who God is, who we are, and what the good life truly is.

The choice is not whether to fight or not fight, but whether we win or surrender.

Ancient apprentices of Jesus developed a paradigm for this war; they spoke of the three enemies of the soul: the devil, the flesh, and the world. Live No Lies taps into this ancient wisdom from saints of the Way and translates the three enemies for the modern era, with all its secularism and sophistication. As a generation, we chuckle at the devil as a premodern myth, we are confused by Scripture’s teaching on the flesh in an age where sensual indulgence is a virtue not a vice, and we have little to no category for the New Testament concept of the world.

In this provocative and practical book, bestselling author John Mark Comer combines cultural analysis with spiritual formation. He identifies the role lies play in our spiritual deformation and lays out a strategic plan to overcome them.

Do you feel the tug-of-war in your own heart, the inner conflict between truth and lies? The spirit and the flesh? The Way of Jesus and the world? It’s time to start winning. It’s time to live no lies…

Let’s read this book together! Who’s in?

Dr. Jeremy Berg is the founding and Lead Pastor of MainStreet Covenant Church in Minnetonka Beach, MN, where he has served since 2010. He an Adjunct Professor of Theology at North Central University (Minneapolis) and Professor of Bible & Theology at Solid Rock Discipleship School. Jeremy earned a doctorate in New Testament Context under Dr. Scot McKnight at Northern Seminary. He and his wife, Kjerstin, have three kids, Peter, Isaak and Abigail.

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