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.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 224 Vendor: New Hope Publishers Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches) ISBN: 1596690100 ISBN-13: 9781596690103 Availability: In Stock
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.
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.