On January 1, 2013 the new book I have written “Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus In The Mess Of Organized Religion” will be launching with a web site, new blog and various resources available for the book.
If you are coming to this blog, on January 1 it will be totally redesigned with videos about the book, downloadable discussion guides, church leader teaching outlines and some other things on it. I will also begin regularly blogging again at that time here.
You can read a sample chapter and see the Table of Contents and foreword that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Queen of Rockabilly – Wanda Jackson wrote for the book there by clicking the title of the book here which takes you to Amazon and you can then look at the “look inside” feature for the book: Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion
Why I wrote this book….
I wrote Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus In The Mess of Organized Religion because there are many Christians who feel that we are often misrepresented by the most vocal and negative examples among us. We see this showing in opinion polls like this one which made national news last week. We desire to see this changed and instead to be known as being the kind of Christians and churches that Jesus desired us to be. I wrote this book to help us all respond to some of the most often raised criticisms, such as:
- Christianity is an “organized religion” and not what Jesus intended.
- The church is often known as such a judgmental presence in the world today – is that what Jesus really taught?
I also wrote this book to give hope to those who may feel like a misfit in the church and Christian sub-culture. This book is a little more vulnerable and personal for me than my other books, as I share some of my story in this book from the time when I wasn’t a Christian and not interested in church while I was playing drums in a punk and rockabilly band. In a somewhat ironic twist, my life’s trajectory began to change when our band was living in London, England and I met an elderly group of Christians in a tiny church there. As a result, I ended up becoming a Christian and eventually became a pastor. But it wasn’t an easy transition. My entry into the evangelical church world was full of strange and even quite unpleasant experiences which I write about, some of which you may also relate to.