If the Church Were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of Jesus  -     By: Philip Gulley
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Entertainment masquerading as worship.Elaborate programming supplanting genuine human caring.political crusades eclipsing the gospel.Is this what Jesus really wants from us? Many are asking these questions of the church today, and many are not receiving answers..in fact many are becoming disillusioned begging the question what is the fastest growing Christian phenomenon, specific denominations or the exodus from the church? Philip Gulley in his book If the Church were Christian believes that the church has fundamentally lost its way and sets about the task of illuminating just how much we have lost, how far we have strayed from Christ called us to be. Through examining what Jesus says about the church in the gospels (which isn't much) Gulley provides a profound picture of what the church would look like if it lived out Jesus' priorities instead of its own ideals.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.89 (inches)
ISBN: 0061698768
ISBN-13: 9780061698767
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While many denominations claim to be growing, the largest group in American religious life is the disillusioned—people who have been involved in the church yet see few similarities between the church's life and the person of Jesus. In the midst of elaborate programming, professional worship teams, and political crusades, they ask, "Is this really what Jesus called us to do?"

While the church has dismissed these people as uncommitted and lacking in faith, perhaps the opposite is true. Their commitment to authentic spirituality over institutional idolatry might be the very corrective the church needs. These people respect Jesus, but question what Christianity has become.

In If the Church Were Christian, Quaker pastor and author Philip Gulley explores how the church has lost its way. This eye-opening examination of the values of Jesus reveals the extent to which the church has drifted from the teachings of the man who inspired its creation. Many Christians might be surprised to discover how little Jesus had to say about the church, and that he might never have intended to start a new religion.

But the church is here to stay, and Gulley is determined to help the church find its soul. If the church were Christian, Gulley argues, affirming our potential would be more important than condemning our brokenness. If the church were Christian, inviting questions would be valued more than supplying answers. If the church were Christian, meeting needs would be more important than maintaining institutions.

These simple statements return us to the heart of what Jesus cared about during his ministry. Gulley provides a profound picture of what the church would look like if it refocused on the real priorities of Jesus.

Author Bio

Philip Gulley is a Quaker minister, writer, husband, and father. He is the bestselling author of Front Porch Tales, the acclaimed Harmony series, and is coauthor of If Grace Is True and If God Is Love. Gulley lives with his wife and two sons in Indiana, and is a frequent speaker at churches, colleges, and retreat centers across the country.

Editorial Reviews

“Filled with memorable, insightful and revealing stories. I recommend it.”
“Philip Gulley separates wheat from chaff, experience from explanation and purpose from function in this book. He calls the Jesus message into a new vision - one that has both power and integrity.”
“Gulley puts the Christ back in Christian. This manifesto is a call not just to worship Jesus, but to follow him. It asks the daring question, “What if Christians actually began to take their Christ seriously?” The answer to that question could change the world.”
“Gulley has done a fine job pinpointing the flaws of the Christian churches and suggesting transformative paths to follow.”
“[Gulley’s] effortless and uncomplicated style allows for easy reading over some heavy material.”
“Gulley’s newest book is thoughtful, insightful and a joy to read.”

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    While this book was well written, and caused me to think, I was deeply concerned about the theology. Gulley doubts the virgin birth, the deity of Christ and even questions the sacrament of marriage.

    While I completely agree that the Church has erred on the side of judgment, and been lacking in love, it is also true that after Jesus forgave the woman engaged in adultery, that He also told her to "go and sin no more".

    I too, as the book emphasizes, have been disappointed in the Church's response to many social issues, and fully agree that our response needs to change. But Gulley takes it a step further, which to me mocks Christ, and the reason for why He came.

    Well written, but un-biblical. It saddened me.
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