The Church is at War!
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Brace’s military and planning background guides his teaching of Churches how to begin to win the war and create revival.
My leadership and strategic planning experience extends back 29 years as a graduate of West Point, officer in the Army and as a business owner. I published my first book, No Excuse Leadership, Lessons from the U. S. Army’s Elite Rangers in 2003 and my second book, Sun Tzu’s Pattern of Power, The Art of War Organized for Decision Making, in 2011.
I wasn’t raised in a Christian home. I was agnostic about God. I left home at 17 on my way to West Point. After graduating, I become Airborne and Ranger qualified and travelled the world racking up experience and accolades as an officer in the Army. I was destined for success. Despite my appearance, I was desperately trying to figure out life, who I was and where I was going. Christ got me at the age of 29. As someone who wasn’t convinced of Christ until later in life I have come about my convictions differently than those raised in Christian homes. I came to Christ after experiencing the personal failures and emptiness resulting from a life ruled by the standards of this world.
My oldest son is now 17. His brother is 14 and his sister is 12. My kids have been raised in a Christian home. They have challenges that are completely different than mine because of their understanding of God up until now and the challenges that they will face as they exit high school and enter the world. Several years ago I was at lunch with a friend. He brought up the subject of preparing our kids for the testing of the world. As the conversation went on I was convicted about my inability to give coherent answers to the legitimate challenges that a skeptic might throw my way.
- “Who created God?”
- “Why would an all-loving, all-powerful God allow evil and suffering in the world?
- “The Bible is full of contradictions!”
I knew that if I couldn’t answer questions like these , my kids definitely couldn’t, and if they couldn’t, then they were at serious risk of leaving Christianity due to legitimate intellectual doubts.
To be sure, the answers to those questions are critical, but my purpose is not to teach the evidence that supports Christianity. My purpose is to help the Church enact educational policies that teach the evidence.
After I determined the seriousness of the matter for my own kids, I set about to learn everything I could about Apologetics. In the process, I learned that 75% of kids raised in Christian homes leave the Church after high school. I learned that this statistic isn’t a hard-to-find fun fact, rather it is common knowledge among Church leaders. If you knew of the problem or not, my purpose is to help you turn that loss around and create a new generation of educated and emboldened warriors for Christ so that they can “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” …so that they can fulfill the Great Commission!