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.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 192 Vendor: Zondervan Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.13 X 5 (inches) ISBN: 0310275563 ISBN-13: 9780310275565 Availability: In Stock
Dan Kimball shares his story of growing up as a non-Christian and how he was drawn to Jesus and his teachings, but not to Christianity or the church. A punk rock musician turned evangelical pastor, Kimball addresses the tough questions he had about whether Christianity is a judgmental 'organized religion.' He shows us why the church is a beautiful, wonderful thing and why being part of a local church and helping bring change where needed is an essential part of following Jesus.
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.
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