How easily are you offended?

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Pastor and Writer

Chase Replogle

Chase Replogle is the pastor of Bent Oak Church in Springfield, Missouri. He holds a degree in Biblical Studies, an M.A. in New Testament from The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. in The Sacred Art of Writing from Western Theological Seminary.

Chase is the author of The 5 Masculine Instincts and A Sharp Compassion. His work draws from history, psychology, literature, and a rich narrative approach to Scripture to help readers think more deeply about faith and life.

His work has been featured on Good Morning American, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Ekstasis, Bible Engagement Project, and Influence Magazine. In addition, he hosts the Pastor Writer Podcast (pastorwriter.com), where he interviews Christian authors on writing and publishing. A native of the Ozark woods, he enjoys being outdoors with his wife and two kids, sailing, playing the guitar (badly), and quail hunting with his bird dog Millie.

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5517 N Farmer Branch Rd #101
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Sample Questions
  1. 1. Why is our culture becoming more sensitive to offense? How is offense impacting our everyday lives?

  2. 2. What are the common ways people respond to offense?

  3. 3. What is the Bible's definition of offense? How have our translations kept us from recognizing the importance of this Biblical theme?

  4. 4. How is our sensitivity to offense affecting the way we read the words of Jesus? How is our image of Jesus being changed by our modern insecurities?

  5. 5. How did Jesus risk offending people? How often does offense come up in the ministry of Jesus? What do you mean that Jesus often risked offense?

  6. 6. How does offense begin with insecurity? Where does insecurity come from? How has our modern culture made insecurity worse?

  7. 7. How does insecurity lead to obsession? How does insecurity produce new desires in our hearts, and how can those desires blind us to insecurity?

  8. 8. How are our desires formed through imitation? How does insecurity lead us to imitation? How does imitation obscure our true selves? Can we live without imitating others?Why are we so desperate for affirmation?

  9. 9. Why are we so desperate for affirmation? Why has so much of our religion been reshaped by our hunger to be affirmed? Why do we often feel like imposters?

  10. 10. How does insecurity lead us to accusation? Why are we constantly looking for others to blame? How does offense blind us to our insecurities?

  11. 11.How is imitating Jesus the answer to insecurity? How can offense actually lead us to greater self-knowledge and knowledge of Christ?

  12. 12. Should we avoid offending others? How should Christians steward the offense of Jesus? When was Jesus willing to risk offense, and when did he avoid it?

Book Information & Excerpts

A Sharp Compassion: 7 Hard Words to Heal Our Insecurities and Free Us from Offense

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According to Google, the phrase “I’m offended” has increased usage by more than 5,600% in the past century. Humans have always taken offense, but never have we been so obsessed with it. Offense stunts our conversations and divides our relationships. It infects our families, politics, entertainment, and churches. Yet few seem to be asking why or what it might cost us.

If you trace the offense deep enough, you’ll find a culture and our individual lives drowning in insecurity. For all of our self-help, self-affirming, and self-esteem rhetoric, we can’t seem to overcome it. Just beneath our awareness, our insecurities distort our desires, poison our relationships, and leave us increasingly sensitive to offense. But there is a worse consequence.

Offense makes it harder to hear the truth. It can even prevent you from hearing Jesus’s good, but sometimes hard, words.

A Sharp Compassion offers readers a closer look at Jesus’ most challenging words. Through a careful study of the conversations in which Jesus offended, you will discover a savior willing to risk offending you to save you from your deepest insecurities. Because his love is great, his truths are often hard, and his compassion sharp. But perhaps it’s Jesus’ hard words we need most right now.

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