Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus   -     By: Robin R. Meyers
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Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus

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From One of America's Leading Pastors, a Bold Call to Restore Christianity's True Mission: Following Jesus

The marriage of bad theology and hypocritical behavior by the church has eroded our spiritual lives. Taking the best of biblical scholarship, Meyers recasts core Christian concepts in an effort to save Christianity from its obsession with personal salvation. Not a plea to try something brand new, but rather the recovery of something very old, Saving Jesus from the Church shows us what it means to follow Jesus's teachings today.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 X 0.58 (inches)
ISBN: 0061568228
ISBN-13: 9780061568220
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From One of America's Leading Pastors, a Bold Call to Restore Christianity's True Mission: Following Jesus

The marriage of bad theology and hypocritical behavior by the church has eroded our spiritual lives. Taking the best of biblical scholarship, Meyers recasts core Christian concepts in an effort to save Christianity from its obsession with personal salvation. Not a plea to try something brand new, but rather the recovery of something very old, Saving Jesus from the Church shows us what it means to follow Jesus's teachings today.

Author Bio

For over twenty years, Robin Meyers has been pastor of Mayflower Congregational, an "unapologetically Christian, unapologetically liberal" church. He is a professor in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University, a syndicated columnist, and an award-winning commentator for National Public Radio. Meyers has appeared on Dateline NBC, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and ABC World News, and writes regularly for The Christian Century.

Editorial Reviews

“Robin Meyers emerges in Saving Jesus from the Church as a national voice for a new Christianity. He is a well read scholar and a superb communicator. He writes with a refreshing honesty and a disarming authority. This book is a treat.”
“With crisply prophetic joy, Meyers calls seekers and believers alike to leave belief about God behind in favor of becoming imitators of Jesus. We can save Jesus from the church, and in doing so, recreate faith communities freed from hypocrisy and filled with hope.”
“Every once in a while, a book comes along that changes everything. This is the book. It is scholarly, pastoral, prophetic, and eloquent--all in equal measure. Robin Meyers has spoken truth to power, and the church he loves will never be the same.”
“The time is right for this book and this book is right for the time.”
“In a progressive rather than negatively critical mode, in strong contrast to much of Far Right Protestantism, pastor/NPR commentator Meyers (philosophy, Oklahoma City Univ.) suggests with typical elegance that a recovery of true Christianity emphasizes compassion over condemnation, blessing over sin, and equity over individual prosperity. Highly recommended.”
“Meyers’ insightful and provocative critique of contemporary Christianity will stimulate energetic theologizing: deconstruction, reconstruction, or impassioned defense of the inherited tradition. Thank you, Robin, for convening this urgently needed conversation.”
“A perceptive book . . . Not many authors can present such progressive ideas and still come across as reasonable and loving. Meyers masters such a task.”

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  1. Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    January 7, 2013
    LifeVerse
    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
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    Meets Expectations: 2
    Does it seem possible that all the Christians who lived before the 21st century somehow missed what God intended to say? This book definitely takes the position that we have all had it wrong, so the author is going to enlighten us about the "real" Jesus.

    Having worked for one of the mainline (liberal) denominations, I am familiar with their approach to the Bible and Christianity: the church exists to promote whatever is on the liberal social agenda at the moment, and presently that is same-sex marriage, feminism, the environment, open borders, etc. The supreme virtue is tolerance, they say, but they don't practice it themselves, as seen in their contempt for all who disagree with them. "Following Jesus" means recycling, eliminating "sexist" language from worship services, marching in gay pride parades, voting Democratic, and frequently using words like "compassion" and "inclusive." You would not guess from reading books like these that Jesus had a very strict sexual ethic, nor that the famous story of the woman about to be stoned for adultery ends with Jesus telling her "Go and sin no more."

    The author is open about taking on the Religious Right, but she doesn't get her facts right. She claims young Christians are taught to "love Jesus by hating Darwin and homosexuals." I've been in many conservative churches, and not one teaches people to hate Darwin and homosexuals. That happens inside a liberal's head, not in real life. (Liberals have a difficult time grasping the simple "love the sinner, hate the sin" principle.) Elsewhere in the book she claims that Christians regard homosexuals as "freaks of nature"—again, a figment of the liberal mind. In my experience, conservative Christians seldom discuss homosexuality, though books like this would have you believe it is an obsession.

    Some of her criticisms of Christian conservatives are amusing. She refers to Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ as "a frightfully successful movie in which the One who tortures is God." Memo to the author: crucifixion was truly horrible, which the movie conveyed very well, and Christian theology has never regarded God as "torturing his Son." Elsewhere in the book she sneers at churches that are "metal auditoriums," a slap at the modern megachurches which are often filled to capacity. I have some issues with those churches myself, but I think this author is simply guilty of envy—a pastor in a dying denomination peeved that other churches are growing.

    Several times in the book the author recounts some event or practice in conservative churches and follows up with "if these are Christians, I must not be one."
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    1 Stars Out Of 5
    The Classic GIPE (Good Intentions, Poor Execution)
    August 29, 2012
    Plesion
    Gender: male
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I found the title appealing--after all, churchgoers with any sensitivity know their churches are far from perfect. So I had high hopes for this book - but it was a disappointment.

    First off, a warning: beware of any book that promises to reveal to you the "real" Jesus. Does it seem possible that all the Christians who lived before the 21st century somehow missed what God intended to say?

    Having worked for one of the mainline (liberal) denominations, I am familiar with their approach to the Bible and Christianity: the church exists to promote whatever is on the liberal social agenda at the time, and presently that is same-sex "marriage," feminism, the environment, open borders, etc. The supreme liberal virtue is "tolerance," which is not what you would guess, given liberals' open contempt for those who disagree with them, yet all they know of Jesus is that he was the Prince of Tolerance, so "following Jesus" means recycling, eliminating "sexist" language from worship services, marching in gay pride parades, voting Democratic, etc—and also frequently using words like "compassion" and "inclusive." You would not guess from reading books like these that Jesus had a very strict sexual ethic, nor that the famous story of the women about to be stoned for adultery ends with Jesus telling her "Go and sin no more." I'm not really certain what a liberal would define as "sin," although some of them would give you a mean look for suggesting that marriage is for one man and one woman.

    I wish that, since the author claims to be taking on the Religious Right, he would get his facts right. He refers to young Christians being taught to "love Jesus by hating Darwin and homosexuals." That happens inside a liberals' head, not in real life. Having spent much of my life associating with a wide variety of Christians, I have never known Christians being taught to hate homosexuals. (Liberals have a difficult time grasping the simple "love the sinner, hate the sin" principle.) Elsewhere in the book he claims that Christians regard homosexuals as "freaks of nature"—again, a figment of the liberal mind. In my experience, conservative Christians seldom discuss homosexuality, though books like this would have you believe it is an obsession.

    Some of the criticisms of Christian conservatives are amusing. He refers to Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ as "a frightfully successful movie in which the One who tortures is God." Memo to the author: crucifixion was truly horrible, which the movie conveyed very well, and Christian theology has never regarded God as "torturing his Son." Elsewhere in the book he sneers at churches that are "metal auditoriums," a slap at the modern megachurches which are often filled to capacity. I have some issues with those churches myself, but I think this author is simply guilty of envy—a pastor in a dying denomination peeved that other churches are growing.

    The website for this author's church states that "We take the Bible seriously, not literally." I agree with them, they do take the Bible seriously—in fact, they see that if more people read it and tried to follow its moral teachings, churches like theirs would lose members steadily. In fact, that is precisely what's happened to these churches. The author refers proudly in the book to his "brave and messy denomination." He is half-right.

    Several times in the book the author recounts some event or practice in conservative churches and follows up with "if these are Christians, I must not be one." I think he's on to something.
  3. Little Rock, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the best books on Christianity I've read
    May 11, 2012
    Shalome builder
    Little Rock, AR
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    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Robin Meyers, nails it every time with a much needed message for the modern fundamentalist. He shows us how to practice the religion of Jesus not the one we have built about Jesus.
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    March 22, 2011
    chris
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    In his prologue the author states "I have never believed in the virgin birth as a biological fact." Just letting the potential reader what he or she is getting into!
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