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It fails to lay out clearly the sanctity of marriage and its divine purpose, which has to do with much more than fulfilling our “relational satisfaction quotas.” As a pastor, it is disappointing that he avoids Genesis 2, which clearly lays out the purpose of marriage, namely, that it is a covenant relationship between one man, one woman, and God.As hard as it is to admit, America’s most influential pastor will not define or defend the sanctity of marriage because he doesn’t want to upset anyone.
is filled with insightful perspectives and practical exercises to build a biblical foundation for our finances.
When applied, these laws of financial balance will transform your life and give you the freedom to be a fully devoted follower of Christ. In this four-session small group study, Andy encourages us to not just BE rich, but he helps us learn to be GOOD at it!
In this eight-session video-based Bible study, bestselling author and pastor Andy Stanley shows you that Jesus' invitation to his first-century audience was really an invitation to relationship. Join this transformational journey through the Gospels as Andy traces Jesus' teaching on what it means to follow-and prepare to see you faith radically changed. If that's the case, we can be rich and not know or feel it. Sometimes we forget that faith has a starting point as well.
After all, the author is the Evangelical pastor of the largest church in America. The book’s strength lies in providing clarity on the idea that love is an action, not an emotion.
While presenting I Corinthians 13:4-8, Stanley moves slowly through each of the Apostle Paul’s love descriptors careful to paint a clear picture of what love looks like when it is “not easily angered” or “rejoices with truth.” By using Scripture—an overall rare occurrence in this book—Stanley creates an easily digestible to-do and not-to-do list with practical, contemporary examples that squash the fairytale “love” narratives inundating our culture. I was disappointed with Stanley’s book for a couple reasons, the first being its lack of depth.
But if readers don’t have a foundational understanding of the moral implications of the marriage covenant, then the rest of the discussion is pointless.