Dan Kimball on “I Like Jesus … Not the Church”
I’ve just started to read Dan Kimball’s new book, “They Like Jesus, but Not the Church” (Zondervan, 2007) and I can already tell that I’m going to have a hard time putting it down. Dan is also going to be in Portland on March 14th as part of the George Fox University “Ministry in Contemporary Culture Seminar” series. If Dan is as good in person as he is in print, this should be a great presentation.
So I was taking a few minutes away from Kimball’s book to answer some email, reply to blog comments and check my RSS feed, and what do I see but a mention that Dan has written an article titled “I Like Jesus … Not the Church” for Outreach magazine (March/April 2007). You can read the article here. They also provide a link to a lengthy excerpt from “They Like Jesus but Not the Church.”
Here is the opening summary to Dan article:
Today’s non-Christian 20- and 30-somethings are big fans of Jesus but are less thrilled with His followers and the churches where they worship. Pastor/author Dan Kimball reveals their six most common perceptions of Christians and the Church, what they wish church was like–and why you should be listening to these emerging voices.
Here are the six most common perceptions of the Church among post-Christian 20- and 30-somethings which Dan deals with in the article and book.
1) The Church is an organized religion with a political agenda.
2) The Church is judgmental and negative.
3) The Church is dominated by males and oppresses females.
4) The Church is homophobic.
5) The Church arrogantly claims all other religions are wrong.
6) The Church is full of fundamentalists who take the whole Bible literally.
I’m sure the book is going to give me some good blogging material, but don’t wait to read it hear, go out and buy a copy.