Trolls & Truth: 14 Realities about Today's Church that We Don't Want to See  -     By: Jimmy Dorrell
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New Hope Publishers / 2006 / Paperback

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The power of the gospel is revealed through a local church of homeless people, college students, and middle-class Christians who meet beneath the noise of 18-wheelers and rushing traffic under an interstate bridge in Waco, Texas, and brings a wake-up call for today's American church.

Jimmy Dorrell is co-founder and Executive Director of Mission Waco. He grew up in Conroe, Texas and came to Waco in 1968 to attend Baylor University where he majored in religion and received a BA in 1972. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an M.Div. in 1978 and received his M.A. in Environmental Studies from Baylor in 1993. In 2001 he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Dorrell is pastor of Church Under the Bridge and also teaches classes at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco.

After receiving his degree from seminary in 1978, he and his wife Janet moved into the North Waco neighborhood where they began their call to incarnational ministry, to live among the poor and help bring "good news" through relationships and empowerment opportunities. His passion for the poor and mobilizing the middle-class to become involved in the lives of the poor became the strategy for Mission Waco that continues today.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1596690100
ISBN-13: 9781596690103
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Trolls & Truth is the story of a local church of homeless people; college students; middle-class Christians; some poor and some rich; black, white, and brown; drunks; materialists; mentally ill; and former inmates who meet beneath the noise of 18-wheelers and rushing traffic under an interstate bridge in Waco, Texas. As they live out biblical mandates across cultural barriers and institutional baggage, they remind us that the gospel cannot be shaped by socially accepted values and remain good news.

Publisher's Weekly

Dorrell, a Waco, Tex., pastor, calls the "corporate" Christian church to repentance for insulating itself against some of Christ's most profound and challenging teachings. Dorrell speaks from a position of considerable moral authority, as he's intimately involved in the lives of the urban poor and founded a flourishing church that meets under a Texas freeway overpass (the Church Under the Bridge) whose constituents range from mentally ill homeless substance abusers and tattooed bikers to college students and middle-class housewives. Dorrell's challenge to live more radically (i.e., biblically) is divided into 14 chapters on subjects like appearance, creativity, friendship and families, each illustrated with life examples from the "troll-like" people in his congregation. The Western church, he writes, "has lost its prophetic voice in the culture": church budgets don't always reflect Christ-like priorities, and members would rather merely give money to the poor than sit down and eat with them. Dorrell urges both individuals and Christian communities to break down the protective walls that shield them from dysfunction and to make the difficult choice to welcome all. Though the writing can be sermonic, Dorrell's temple-cleaning message is powerful and his stories compelling. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    March 24, 2010
    Jonathan C
    Jimmy Dorrell has been a church pastor with a difference. He and his wife moved to Texas in the late seventies and began a church under a bridge, correct, under a bridge. He and his wife have ministered to numerous homeless and less-fortunate people over many years and so this book is mostly about his story and ministry with challenging thoughts regarding church.Each chapter of the book begins with a real life illustration of a person or persons who has been involved in his Dorrell's church. He then uses this story as a launching pad into talking about the way the church "does church", particularly to those who are homeless or disabled, struggling with mental illness or certain addictions.Dorrell gives an interesting insight into his church and ministry. It is interesting to read of the ways in which he and others within his church have reached out to those struggling with these issues. It is good to see that he goes back to the Bible in terms of making his points. However, I do find he seems to take some passages out of context or reads into them things that are not there. It is certainly a book that makes one think about how to reach people who are not normally involved in a church (particularly in the society where I live) but I think a little more balance regarding the Gospel and how that works alongside helping the needy.Overall I thought the book was OK, I wasn't particularly enamored about it because it seemed to lack the theological backing and Gospel focus. But, still thought provoking. Become part of the New Hope Publisher book blogging program.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 26, 2009
    Pastor Deborah Spisz
    Pastor Jimmy Dorrell leads The Church Under The Bridge located in Texas. In this book he is challenging each one of us to go outside the confines of our current cultural beliefs and allow the gospel to be the gospel. That means ministering to and accepting those that by cultural standards are the trolls of society. Dorrell introduces us to several members of his church who are, in societies measurement, unacceptable. Through personal stories, we are introduced to their lives; drug addicts, homeless with physical/mental disorders, prostitutes. We learn how they went from being unaccepted by society to being accepted by Pastor Dorrell, church members, but more importantly, by God. They found Christ by the church being the church and their lives found direction and meaning. Through their stories we learn how the church is failing in regards to real social justice not what we have labeled social justice to make our churches culturally acceptable.I read this book twice. I loved the bluntness of the voices, the theological and scriptural support by Pastor Dorrell. This book will get in your face and shake you up. With chapter titles like Put Up or Shut Up and Fight For The Least Ones you know that once you complete this book you will look at societies trolls through different glasses. We learn that the gospel cannot be held hostage to cultural values and remain good news. Become a New Hope Book Review Blogger. Visit for more information.
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