So You Dont Want to Go to Church Anymore: An Unexpected Journey
As John tells Jake, "There is nothing the Father desires for you more than that you fall squarely in the lap of his love and never move from that place for the rest of your life.
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Formerly a contributing editor to Leadership Journal, Wayne has written numerous books on Christianity. You can find his other books, blog, and articles at lifestream.
Wayne lives in Moorpark, California, with his wife, Sara. Both are works of fiction but fiction designed to teach theology; both involve an ignorant Christian who meets a wiser person who explains to him the truth about Christianity in The Shack this person is God while in this book it is a man named John ; both books focus primarily on dialog and are in no way Ted Dekker-like thrillers where the theology is veiled in the story; both are successes for their publisher and, in their own way, most unlikely successes.
Jake is an associate pastor at a fast-growing mega-church. While he does not have much of an opportunity to interact with John at first, he hears words which set his heart and mind reeling. He realizes quickly that his Christian faith is almost hopelessly rote and anemic. The book is framed around continued encounters with this character John.
In fact, almost every chapter begins with Jake thinking or worrying about a particular issue, only to have John quickly and mysteriously materialize.
So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore
John helps Jake overcome his fears and his questions and then disappears to leave him to think about and to implement the things he now knows. The predominant theme of the book is issues surrounding the local church and because I would like to keep this review reasonably short, I will deal only with this issue in the review.
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The overall teaching is that the church as most Christians understand it is a human institution and one designed primarily to gain and to protect power. The Bible, according to the authors, does not teach that Christians should be part of any kind of institutional church. This is not to say that we should leave mega-churches to join smaller house churches; rather, we should abandon this kind of church model altogether. Who is he asking you to walk alongside right now and how can you encourage them?
So, yes, experiment with community together. Just avoid the desire to make it contrived, exclusive, or permanent.
This is presented as being a form of authentic spirituality that is closer to the biblical model than that which is practiced by the vast majority of Christians today. It is the better alternative to church as most Christians know and experience it.
Of course I would be drawn to this model, too, if my church was anything like the one Jake comes from. Wayne lives in Moorpark, California, with his wife, Sara.
Dave Coleman is a retired hospice chaplain who continues to teach and counsel people on how to live closely with Jesus. Dave lives in Visalia, Caifornia.
This is an exceptional story that will make you laugh, cry and be in awe of the love that Father has for all his children! It will challenge you to rethink what church is all about! And that is to be done everywhere I go and in everything I do. I am now fellowshipping in a small house group and feel at home.
This book will definitely inspire you to be the church and not just go to church. Ronda, Mother and care-giver, Canby, Oregon --Lifestream. Convert currency.
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