Item description for QUIT "GOING" TO CHURCH... by Steven L. Rogers...
Overview Rogers adds another voice to the growing ranks of those who are rethinking what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ in the 21st Century. Rogers calls for Christ-followers to abandon excluding traditions and attitudes, and to instead concentrate on being the Church in day to day life. (Christian)
Publishers Description QUIT "GOING" TO CHURCH...And other Musings of a Former Institutional Man by Steven L. Rogers Here is another voice in the growing ranks of those who are rethinking what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ in the 21st Century. Author Steve Rogers calls for Christ-followers to abandon excluding traditions and attitudes that have created a destructive us vs. them dichotomy that causes many Christians to huddle in enclaves of institutional Christianity and cultural irrelevance. He invites us, rather, to enter through the "narrow gate" into the kingdom of God that is living one's life to feed the hungry, help the poor, clothe the naked, liberate the oppressed, love neighbors, and be peacemakers. Readers are challenged to stop merely "going" to church and hoping they go to heaven when they die and concentrate, rather, on being the Church in day to day life by simply loving God and others-no more and no less. Steven L. Rogers, was "raised in a church pew," a preacher's kid in a conservative, Pentecostal denomination. After a life changing experience with people involved in the Jesus Movement in 1970, Steve left the drug using counter culture he had embraced while a freshman at a state university and transferred to a denominationally sponsored Bible College earning a B.A. in Pastoral Theology. Steve, along with his wife Sally, served in that denomination as pastors, missionaries, church planters and denominational position holders for 34 years. In 2005, Steve took a sabbatical from his pastorate to re-examine what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. This soul searching led him to resign his denominational affiliation. He is now post-denominationally devoted to reshaping the current theological, ecclesiastical, spiritual and social landscape through writing and speaking. Steve and Sally have a son and daughter and three grandchildren. Steve's web blog is http://sosaysstevo.blogspot.com/.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.51" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.48 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1602661766 ISBN13 9781602661769
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More About Steven L. Rogers
Sgt. Rogers is a 22 year veteran with the Nutley New Jersey Police Dept. He is president of the New Jersey Community Policing Association.
Steven L. Rogers currently resides in Nutley, in the state of New Jersey. Steven L. Rogers was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about QUIT "GOING" TO CHURCH...?
Great Eye-Opening Read! Mar 7, 2008
What a breath of fresh air for anyone who is tired of the institutional, impractical and irrelivant system called organized Christianity. However, the title is a bit misleading; Rogers isn't telling people to "quit going to church" as much as he is saying that people need to start "being the church." Every person I've referred this book to has loved it. Great read!
Two 'Thumbs Up' for Quit "Going" To Church Jun 14, 2007
What a breath of fresh air! Instead of another load of gloom and doom piled onto the shoulders of God-seekers; here, at last, comes a book that is truly "good news." Too be sure, the author, Steven L. Rogers, is a very gifted and "edgy" writer. His two chapters entitled "Good News?" and "The Conclusion Is Inclusion" are especially riveting. They are an appeal to the church to reevaluate its "us verses them" exclusionary message and, instead, emphasize the "good news" to our 21st century world. Many guilt-ridden God-seekers will breath easier after reading this one.
Be free from the pressures of the institution and serve God Apr 25, 2007
Steve Rogers is a gifted communicator with a timely message. That message: you can quit going to church because you are the church! The church is anywhere there are two or more believers. Real church happens and thrives amidst authentic relationships. You don't have to be dragged down, shamed, guilted, and burdened by a thousand legalistic laws that the institutional church puts on you in order to keep their system going. You don't have to "get with the program" to be a Christ follower. You can be free to serve God the way you were meant to. This is a refreshing book that gives hope to those who sense there is something more than just going through the motions Sunday after Sunday, going to some building, singing some songs, taking up an offering, and listening to some guy talk for thirty minutes and then going home. It's a book about expreincing and walking with the authentic Christ everyday, all day, anywhere you may be.