Adventures in Churchland : Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion
Overview - Would Jesus Attend Church Today?Among the top ten trends that are changing American life, Time magazine recently listed a rising dissatisfaction with organized religion. Though many people today like Jesus, they are growing tired of traditional religious institutions. Read more...
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Would Jesus Attend Church Today?Among the top ten trends that are changing American life, Time magazine recently listed a rising dissatisfaction with organized religion. Though many people today like Jesus, they are growing tired of traditional religious institutions. Even those who follow Jesus aren't so sure they always like what Christianity and the church represent.For many years, Dan Kimball would have agreed, until an encounter with a small group of Jesus followers started him on a journey that challenged him to rethink everything he had ever assumed about the church. In Adventures in Churchland, Dan invites you to join him as he uncovers what the Bible really says about the church and reminds us that it's more than just buildings and institutions, it's a beautiful mess of broken people learning to follow Jesus together. As you journey with Dan, you'll begin to see the church as Jesus intended it to be: a community of forgiven misfits coming together to serve the world around them with passion, creativity, innovation, and grace. 'If you don't like the church, or if you're thinking about leaving, please read this book first. Dan's stories will make you laugh, make you think, and make you appreciate the church like never before.' -- Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker 'As a non-Christian, I was inspired and moved, and have been enthusiastically recommending it to my friends. This is a book for everybody.' -- Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of MAKE, founder of boingboing.net 'Dan encourages us to break through the tension and messiness that church communities inevitably encounter to experience the beauty of being in community and sharing God's infinite love with others.' -- Zach Lind, drummer, Jimmy Eat World'I am so glad that my friend Dan has written this book, because there is a lot of confusion out there about Jesus and the church.' -- Wanda Jackson, Queen of Rockabilly and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Do we really need another memoir that points out the ways in which organized religion and the church obscure Jesus' true teachings and their deep and meaningful value for our lives? Former rockabilly drummer Kimball shares his journey from fear and misunderstanding regarding Christianity to growing tolerance, understanding, and acceptance of the messiness of the church and the grace of Jesus that allows broken people to serve him and represent him. Following the characteristic pattern of conversion stories, the pompadoured Kimball faces judgment from the churches into which he rolls on Sunday morning after a night of playing gigs in bars. On a trip to England, he meets an elderly man and a community of elderly women who welcome him to a Bible study, and he finds the real meaning of Christian community as he believes Jesus taught about it. As a result, of course, Kimball finds Jesus, learns the true meaning of Christianity, and comes to believe that the church is not an organized force that desires to control people but an organized community on a mission to serve people. None of this is fresh. (June)