Adventures in Churchland
Dan Kimball used to think that the church was a very strange group - certainly not something he ever would want to be part of! Then one day, while playing in a punk and rockabilly band in London, Dan discovered...
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Dan Kimball used to think that the church was a very strange group - certainly not something he ever would want to be part of! Then one day, while playing in a punk and rockabilly band in London, Dan discovered a tiny elderly church of loving people who began to change his mind. With them, he was able to begin exploring the uncomfortable questions and negative perceptions about Christianity that he had - and he found that not everything he thought was actually true.
^ ^In this book, Dan tells the story of some of the odd and strange encounters he had with Christians that caused him to want nothing to do with the church. Yet, despite these negative experiences, he found himself continually drawn to the truth about God and the person of Jesus Christ.
^ ^^ ^Kimball explains that the church is more than an organized religion; it's a beautiful mess of broken people learning to follow Jesus together. He challenges Christians to move beyond the judgmental, critical responses to the world that often lead to stereotypes and parodies and fail to communicate the good news of Jesus.
^ ^There is another side to the church - a Christianity beyond the stereotypes. Kimball shows us that the church is a community filled with beauty and wonder and explains why an essential part of following Jesus is involvement in a local church where God is at work changing lives. He encourages us to break out of the Christian bubble we so easily create around our lives and to engage in mission with those outside the church, yet to do it in a way that isn't awkward, confusing, or weird
Would Jesus Attend Church Today?Among the top ten trends that are changing American life, Time magazine recently listed a rising dissatisfaction with organized religion. Though many people today like Jesus, they are growing tired of traditional religious institutions. Even those who follow Jesus aren't so sure they always like what Christianity and the church represent.For many years, Dan Kimball would have agreed, until an encounter with a small group of Jesus followers started him on a journey that challenged him to rethink everything he had ever assumed about the church.andamp;nbsp; In Adventures in Churchland, Dan invites you to join him as he uncovers what the Bible really says about the church and reminds us that it's more than just buildings and institutions, it's a beautiful mess of broken people learning to follow Jesus together. As you journey with Dan, you'll begin to see the church as Jesus intended it to be: a community of forgiven misfits coming together to serve the world around them with passion, creativity, innovation, and grace. 'If you don't like the church, or if you're thinking about leaving, please read this book first. Dan's stories will make you laugh, make you think, and make you appreciate the church like never before.' -- Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker 'As a non-Christian, I was inspired and moved, and have been enthusiastically recommending it to my friends. This is a book for everybody.' -- Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of MAKE, founder of boingboing.net 'Dan encourages us to break through the tension and messiness that church communities inevitably encounter to experience the beauty of being in community and sharing God's infinite love with others.' -- Zach Lind, drummer, Jimmy Eat World'I am so glad that my friend Dan has written this book, because there is a lot of confusion out there about Jesus and the church.' -- Wanda Jackson, Queen of Rockabilly and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Dan Kimball is the author of several books including The Emerging Church and popular They Like Jesus But Not The Church (Zondervan). He is one of the pastors of Vintage Faith Church, a missional church planted for engaging the post-Christian culture in Santa Cruz, CA.
He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary where he also serves as Adjunct Faculty. Dan speaks extensively around the country on emerging church and culture issues as well as using the arts in worship. He serves on the editorial advisory boards for Youthworker Journal; Outreach Magazine and REV! Magazine.
In the pipeline are books Adventures in Churchland: Discovering the Beautiful Mess Jesus Loves and I Like Jesus But Not The Church
Koorong - Editorial Review.
- Part One: Churchland: The Musical
- 1. Welcome To Churchland
- 2. I Probably Wouldn't Like Christians If I Wasn't One
- 3. I See Mean People
- 4. Ovaltine, The Bible And Elderly Ladies Fighting In A Basement
- 5. Cannibals And Creepy Pastors
- Part Two: From Churchland To Graceland
- 6. Escaping Churchland And Bad Music
- 7. Would Jesus Attend A Church Today?
- 8. Why The Church Needs You And You Need The Church
- ** There May Be Another Chapter Or Two We Add To Part Two.