I Knew Jesus before He Was a Christian… And I Liked Him Better Then

I Knew Jesus before He Was a Christian… And I Liked Him Better Then, by Rubel Shelly ($10.19)

Amazon:  Asking why Christianity is unattractive to so many people, this book contrasts a revolutionary Jesus who changed the world with a marginalized church that is being ignored by our culture. And it explores how churches can do a better job of representing Jesus to the world.

Has ”the church” become a barrier to faith? Is what our culture knows as ”the church” a near approximation of Christ’s presence in the world? Or does ”the church” give a distorted view of Jesus as businessman, showman, huckster, or fraud?

Without abandoning love for the church or forgetting the biblical mandate for its presence in the world, Rubel Shelly explores a model for thinking of church in terms that are more personal than institutional.

Jesus Creed discussed this book also, quoting the author:  “Organized religiosity has failed. Institutional church is dead as an effective means for representing God to the emerging scene”

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