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Overview Employing his tendency towards satire, Tamel invites readers to join him on a quest to understand the church within the context of the current culture. He exposes what lies at the center of many cynical twentysomethings who are trying to deconstruct what the church has become. (Practical Life)
Publishers Description What if, after spending more than 30 years in the church that your grandfather founded and your father led, you one day looked around and thought to yourself: Do I really want to be a part of this anymore? Would you repress such doubts in hopes that they would simply go away, or would you explore their origin on the chance that the source is good? Could God be at the center of an anti-church campaign? How would you know? Where would you go, and who would you talk to? This book chronicles such a journey, and in the process exposes what lies at the center of many cynical twentysomethings who are trying to deconstruct what the church in today's culture has become, especially in light of the One whose life it is supposed to represent. Employing his tendency towards satire, Joe Tamel invites you to join him on a quest to understand the church within the context of the current culture. But be careful If you take the time to read this book and reflect on its premise, you might also join him in attempting to put up a stop sign to religion, which he has defined as."little more than a clever idea born out of man's rebellion; a counter-offer to a God who has demanded death." Joe Tamel has a B.A. in English and Education, as well as a M.S. in Administrative Leadership. Since schooling has become an addiction, he is currently attending seminary while teaching and leading at Parkway Church in Oak Creek, WI.
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A flashpoint for discussion Oct 18, 2007
Although it's not a theological thesis, this book captures a crucial element of tactical evangelism, that is to say -- change. Throughout the tide of history, cultures continue to change much like the currents of a river. The author stresses that it's our responsibility as Christ-followers to examine these changes and adapt our evangelism to the moving ideas, beliefs, values, and social trends of our culture.
This book describes a current Christian church that has become burdened with the baggage of religion, which is really a man-made counteroffer to a God who demands much more than pharasaic ritualism and doctrinal narcissism.
And finally, the author pushes the reader to examine the broken bridge and to reconsider what it really means to be a Christian. Is Christianity a title of membership, or is it a way of life? Is being Christian a mere collection of doctrinal creeds and ritualistic observances, or is it much more?
Regardless whether you're a conservative or a liberal Christian, this book is a must read for those of you who have, at one time or another, scratched your head and wondered why we continue to do some of things we do!!!
A reader from Louisville, KY Oct 6, 2007
Whether you're a new believer, thriving saint, or old traditionalist this book gives new light to why we are here on earth. For everyone that comes to a point where they question the things they where taught or need encouragement for what they know to be true, this book is for anyone that cares to know. After feeling discouraged about what I know to be true and in a current state that causes me to be forced in to a box, this book as given more reason to continue on my journey toward what I have always known to be true. I now realize that the uncomfortable state I am currently in has caused me to get back out of my four walls where freedom resides.