Item description for Religiously Transmitted Diseases: finding a cure when faith doesn't feel right by Ed Gungor...
Overview Pastor Gungor takes a poignant look at many of the accepted practices of modern Christianity and asks in his own disarming style whether they are based on the scriptural role model presented by Jesus, or if perhaps they're just beliefs that can be caught like the common cold.
Publishers Description Do you feel like something is always wrong, that you can't seem to "get it right" in your relationship with God? Then you probably have a diseased faith - thankfully, there is way back to the innocence and freshness of the hour you first believed. There are only two ways to approach faith: a human-centered approach, or a God-centered one. A human-centered approach rests on human effort and persistence-human "coulds" and "shoulds" It seems noble to work hard to secure godly, fruitful living. But a human-centered faith is fundamentally wrong and harmful. It is about human PERFORMANCE, which ultimately leaves people tired, oppressed and feeling distant from God. A God-centered faith, on the other hand, is refreshing, surprising and nourishing to the human soul. True freedom is found whenever we center our faith on the PERSON of God and not the PERFORMANCE of humankind.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date May 10, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1599510014 ISBN13 9781599510019
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More About Ed Gungor
Ed Gungor is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, There Is More to the Secret, as well as several other books. Lead pastor of The People's Church in Tulsa, Gungor also makes regular media appearances and speaks in churches, universities, and seminars nationwide.
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Loved it! Aug 11, 2008
I have had most of the questions presented in the book, myself and yet could find no one who really addressed the possibility of answers. I was in St. Louis during the time Pastor Gungor was a ministering in that area. I was impressed with him in person, and I'm definitely impressed with him in print. Most pastors looking to keep everyone happy won't go anywhere near the issues that Ed Gungor faces with direct, boldness, and creative insight. It's a must read for anyone having issues with "church" and my recommendation would be to read it through entirely whether you agree with everything or not, because at the very least, Ed Gungor will make you think, and that makes his book excellent.
Religiously Transmitted Diseases Jul 31, 2008
Religiously Transmitted Diseases is an entertaining work that uncovers some very real and very serious issues in regards to religious beliefs. The author serves as Senior Pastor at Peoples Church and has spent over twenty years in the ministry. He is a very proud, passionate Christian man who lives with Jesus in the driver's seat and encourages others to do so as well.
However, during his time with the church, the author has seen good religion gone bad. Much of this badness is due to extreme thinking: passion that turns into intolerance, commitment to the precepts of the Bible defined in extreme ways, and the desire to make their beliefs into something huge or overly dramatic.
I really enjoyed reading Religiously Transmitted Diseases. The information was set out in an entertaining way with lots of real life examples. More importantly, this book reminded me that passion for beliefs is great so long as it isn't taken to dangerous extremes.
More pseudo-evangelicalism Aug 5, 2007
The way Gungor goes on, any Christian who wants to live a life of separateness (Israel has always been called to separateness!) and holiness unto God is a pharisee with the spiritual equivalent of full blown AIDS. For Gungor, the real road to freedom is through flowery visions of God sending us on romantic vacations. This book is in the same category as that of Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and other emergent, antinomian male writers who think, act and write like women. And guess who these books appeal to? Thanks but no thanks. I'll stick with the Puritans.
Reviewed by Jim Melcher Feb 20, 2007
Upon observing Ed Gungor's new book Religiously Transmitted Diseases for the first time, the reader might be forgiven for thinking that the provocative title will deliver a stinging rejection of American organized religion from a hostile critic, such as the recent bestseller Letters to a Christian Nation. However, the reader quickly discovers that Religiously Transmitted Diseases is not an argument that religion has become a disease in American society, but rather a sympathetic call from within the Christian church to heal what has gone wrong within it. Gungor, the senior pastor at Peoples Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, argues that every American Christian church and member suffers from time to time from one of a number of spiritual maladies. All of these maladies reflect a state in which something that was good has broken down in some way, as a disease affects the human body. Yet Gungor does not believe the patients are terminally ill-far from it. He believes that by recognizing these maladies, and by opening themselves up again to God's grace, Christians can get back to a healthier and, above all, more joyful state.
The target audience of Gungor's book is his fellow evangelicals, and in particular those who have lost the joy of their belief or who feel this has happened to their congregation. He speaks to the reader's yearning to return to the joy felt, in the words of the hymn "Amazing Grace", "the hour I first believed". He urges the readers to think back to the time when they chose to accept Jesus and what a joyful experience that was. However, even those Christians who haven't had a cataclysmic, born again experience will find much that is useful in this book. Many of the "diseases" Gungor notes are from over-seriousness or loss of joy, and his enthusiasm for his faith is (if you'll pardon the expression) infectious, even as he is very understanding of the problems people face in their faith. (One is not completely surprised to read in this book that Gungor was one of the "Jesus People" in the 1970s; he still reflects the fervor and the joyfulness in faith for which they were known). This is not to say that Gungor does not recognize the pain in so many places in the world, but he urges the reader to see how pain sometimes can be a gift from God. One would expect in this type of book that the author would have a strong command of the Bible, and Gungor does. Perhaps more noteworthy, however, is that his command of popular culture is outstanding as well as entertaining, and he is able to make most of his points in a way that readers will appreciate.
In addition to his agility to speak about popular culture and the state of America throughout his lifetime, another of the of the themes of this book is that Christians should be open to new ways of looking at things. In one chapter, he notes how as a Republican and an evangelical how disappointed he was in the election of President Clinton in 1992, but that a conversation with a woman in St. Louis after the election helped him understand a different perspective on the outcome. Similarly, in another of his briefer chapters, he notes the need to change attitudes toward the environment to one more protective of God's creation. However, his statement that he believes both the abortion and gay rights movements have "gone too far" is just one thing that helps to show that this is certainly not a theological liberal in the mold of controversial Bishops John Spong or Gene Robinson.
As an Episcopalian, I might not be in the target audience of Gungor's book. But even I can certainly grasp and relate to much of what he is saying about the church and its members, and his evangelical target audience will surely find that this book resonates well with them as well. A wide range of Christians will find much of value in this work. While Gungor's humor is a bit more understated than that of a Dr. Patch Adams, he is still, in this book, a joyful and an effective healer. Religiously Transmitted Diseases does much to show its readers both what needs healing in their lives and how to seek it.
The title snared me; the book thrilled me. Aug 15, 2006
I was browsing in B&N when the title of this book caught my eye. I had never heard of it or the author, but I had to buy it, and I had to read it. It was thought-provoking, humorous and candid. I was born and raised a Southern Baptist; still am. But, I've grown weary over the fundamentalism and creedism of the leadership in the SBC. This book should be a "must read" for discussion groups pouring over why church and some Christians are more impediments to faith in Christ than evangelists spreading the good news.