Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion  -     By: Dan Kimball
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Among the top ten trends that are changing in American life, Time Magazine recently listed a rising dissatidfaction 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 waht Christianity and teh 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 the4 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 its 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 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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.13 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310275563
ISBN-13: 9780310275565
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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

 

Author Bio

Dan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, church, and culture. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, and is a professor at George Fox University. He enjoys comic art, Ford Mustangs, and punk and rockabilly music. His passion is to see the church and Christians follow and represent Jesus in the world with love, intelligence, and creativity. His website and blog are at www.dankimball.com.

Publishers Weekly

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) 2012 Reed Business Information

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    June 27, 2012
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    Adventures in Churchland is Dan Kimball's personal memoir of faith and his journey from a college student in a punk band to church leader. He tells his story with humility, humor and passion, encouraging readers to look through the eyes of one who has never been a part of a church to see how many of the traditions of organized Christianity may appear absolutely foreign and weird. Some of his early experiences in church read like scenes in an unaired Curb Your Enthusiam episode, where Kimball is Larry David stuck in an uncomfortable situation trying to figure out how to fit in. He tells of his time kibitzing in Israel, and of when a well intentioned church leader made him lop off his trademark coiffure to his humiliation.

    That would be reason enough to check out the book, but Kimball is a thinker and his conviction that there must be answers about God drives him to search, through conversations with people and study of the bible, thinking through hard questions and coming to the conclusion that God has a place for everyone. And the group of people who follow Jesus -- the church -- is that place.
  2. NiniL
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a MUST read!
    June 19, 2012
    NiniL
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    Finally, making sense of the mess of organized religion doesn't seem so overwhelming and pointless!

    This book is SO good. I laughed (OUT LOUD - quite a few times), I cried, I was CHALLENGED and INSPIRED. Dan Kimball did a fantastic job sharing his own journey through the quirky-ness of 'Churchland' and what it is like to wade through the waters of cultural church tradition that can sometimes be very confusing, and let's be honest, sometimes downright repelling. I am able to relate to SO many of the things that are touched on in this book as I did not grow up in the church, came to know Jesus in a personal way twenty five years ago, and have served on staff at a few churches. The reader (hopefully YOU) is challenged to ask questions, dig deeper into Scripture, stop assuming you know what to expect from church, and most importantly, look to Jesus and what He believes church is and should be.

    Don't be fooled into thinking that this book is for Christians alone - it is a must read for everyone, especially if you have ever felt judged, out of place, and/or have sworn off ever setting foot in a church building. I plan on sending a copy to each of my five siblings and my parents who are among the many that have preconceived notions of what 'Churchland' is and should be.

    Read. This. Now.
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