Item description for They Like Jesus But Not the Church: Six Sessions Responding to Culture's Objections to Christianity by Dan Kimball...
Overview Many in today?s emerging generation don?t like the church. Some are leaving the church; others never were a part of it. Yet they remain fascinated with Jesus. This six-session DVD will explore six of the most common objections and misunderstandings emerging generations have about the church and how the church can respond in positive ways. This DVD also includes a 32-page leader?s guide and is intended to be used in conjunction with the participant?s guide, available separately.
Publishers Description In this six-session small group bible study DVD, They Like Jesus But Not the Church, Dan Kimball explores and addresses the most common objectives and misconceptions about Christianity. Ask someone today if he or she likes Jesus, and the answer is usually yes. But ask if that person likes the church, and chances are you will get a far less favorable response. Led by author Dan Kimball, this study will help you explore and respond truthfully, caringly, and engagingly to the most common objections and misunderstandings culture has about the church and Christianity. Through interviews with those who like Jesus but not the church and teaching by Dan Kimball, this video-based small group Bible study will help address these objections. Includes discussion questions and resource listings. This DVD is designed for use together with the They Like Jesus But Not the Church Participant Guide (sold separately) and features six live sessions from Dan Kimball. When used together they provide you with a practical tool than can strengthen your faith. Sessions include: 1. The Danger of the Christian Bubble 2. Is the Church Negative, Judgmental, and Political? 3. Does the Church Restrict and Oppress Women? 4. Is the Church Homophobic? 5. Do Christians Arrogantly Think All Other Religions Are Wrong? 6. Are Christians Fundamentalists Who Take The Whole Bible Literally?
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Record Label Zondervan
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.49" Width: 5.41" Height: 0.56"
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Mar 9, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310277884 ISBN13 9780310277880 UPC 025986277888
Availability 0 units.
More About Dan Kimball
Dan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, church, and culture. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, and is a professor at George Fox University. He enjoys comic art, Ford Mustangs, and punk and rockabilly music. His passion is to see the church and Christians follow and represent Jesus in the world with love, intelligence, and creativity. His website and blog are at www.dankimball.com.
Dan Kimball currently resides in the state of California.
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church Mar 10, 2008
I could not believe that anyone would publish this book and want to be taken seriously. It pretends to be a hard hitting book telling the church something most of us know. On the other hand there are a lot of people out there that are not totally turned off by the church. His examples were weak and self centered. he kind of acts like he is the only guy making friends and he eye opening things to tell us. in reality I talk wiht pastors every day and many of them are working on coffee shops and meeting people in different places. i again would recommend things written by Jim Henderson and believe you would gain a lot more from them than this one. i keep thinking the books will match the title and they don't. i am beginning to think anyone could get a book published if he worked hard enough at it. I think as followers of Jesus we should ask for more from our writers and artist. We settle for anything as long as the person can spell Jesus right.
A great read! Feb 15, 2008
In light of a society that is ever increasingly gaining a negative attitude toward the Church, Dan approaches topics that many steer clear from. I love where he is heading with this series of books. I am looking forward to reading "Do You Like Jesus, But Not the Church." I highly recommend this book because Dan shows Christians how to not treat people like problems, but as people.
Watch your toes! Feb 13, 2008
I read this book while on a flight to Japan. It is a quick read but very challenging. If you are a life long church goer, watch your toes! This book will step on them. I guarantee that at some point you will see yourself and or your church in the pages... and it may not be pretty. I was challenged in my conventional wisdom to think like someone in the emerging generation, not like what my church has fed me for 30 years. This is a must read for anyone who is in church leadership and desires to reach out to non-Christians where they are, not sit and wait for them to come to you.
A Call to Leave Our Christian Bubbles Feb 1, 2008
When preparing for overseas mission trips, Christians often go through some sort of training to learn about the cultures, languages, and religions of the people to whom they'll be evangelizing. They understand that these differences present barriers for these people to hear and understand the gospel message. Yet in America, Christians often assume that there are no such barriers. In They Like Jesus by Not the Church Dan Kimball examines the church through the eyes of non-Christians in today's emerging generations. He attempts to show that there are barriers and misunderstandings we must address if we are to effectively present the gospel message today.
Through the first few chapters, Kimball sets up the situation by showing that our culture's perceptions of Christianity have changed. For example, instead of being view as trusted spiritual leaders, pastors today are often referred to as "creepy." Kimball argues that for many of us, we haven't realized the changes because we're trapped in Christian bubbles. The trend is that the longer we are Christians, the fewer non-Christian friends we have. What we fail to perceive is that while the church, and Christians in general, is not viewed favorable, most people do have a favorable impression of Jesus. Many of their impressions of Jesus' life and teachings may be inaccurate, but they do provide a place ripe for fruitful conversation.
Much of the book takes a look at specific issues through the experiences of several non-Christian friends Dan interviewed for the book. According to Dan, their sentiments represent general misperceptions about Christians and the church that we must listen and respond to. The six misperceptions are: The church is an organized religion with a political agenda, the church is judgmental and negative, the church is dominated by males and oppresses females, the church is homophobic, the church arrogantly claims all other religions are wrong, and the church is full of fundamentalists who take the whole Bible literally. In each topic Dan explains what his friends have said, what the Bible says about the issue, and how Christians should respond.
In the first of the concluding chapters, Dan explores what his friends which the church were like. He then revises the old "gap" illustration where man is separated from God by a chasm called sin that can only be bridged by the cross. Dan argues that another chasm exits called Christianity and the Christian subculture that must be bridged by trust before we can effectively speak to the problem of sin and their need for a savior.
There are some things in this book that will make some Christians uncomfortable. For the most part, this is a good thing. While I don't agree with every single point made, I still recommend the book without reservation. Christians must begin understand how we are perceived in our culture so we can seek to correct our missteps. Dan Kimball is an outstanding guide toward this task. They Like Jesus but Not the Church effectively shows significant problems Christians must address in evangelism and offers practical solutions along the way.
A Must-Read for Church Leaders Who Recognize the Need for Change Jan 19, 2008
This book delivers on the title. I purchased this book on faith that the book would satisfy the title. I was satisfied with the insight. I am a church elder who is seeking insight for leading my congregation. Dan Kimball covers perceptions such as Christian fanatics, Homosexuality, and women leaderships. Mr. Kimball does not hide his convictions, but he does stress to the church leaders to be sensitive. Rather than saying that the church should confirm to society, the book suggests that people will not come to the church if they are made to feel bad first.
"They Like Jesus but Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations" offers challenging insight as to how the "world out there" views organized religion.