Michael Spencer does in Mere Churchiantiy what many others have done and are doing as they try to break the code for why people are leaving “the Church’ in droves. With an enjoyable writing style, with a tongue in cheek attitude, and just the right amount of satire and irony, Spencer reminds his readers that through the centuries the Gospel message has been ‘dummied down’ to the point that if Jesus were to attend most churches today, he wouldn’t recognize most of what they were talking about.
No wonder so many people who are looking for Jesus stop going to church and start looking in other places. Places where they can connect with the Jesus of the gospels; places where they can read and engage with scripture to discover what it’s speaking into their lives. Places where they can expect to experience transformation of the kind the apostles wrote about in their letters to the Christians of the 1st century. Places that encourage servant Christianity.
Thought provoking questions and comments ask us to stop being a ‘fan’ of Christianity and start being a ‘player’. To learn the difference between being a fan of Jesus and being one of His disciples.
At first glance it might seem like leaving the church in search of authentic Jesus type Spirituality is the right thing to do, but I think the internetmonk would be more in favor of churches inviting Jesus back into their midst, allowing him to be the Head of the church, instead of ignoring His presence as we do church.
Instead of doing church, try being the Church. You might be surprised to meet Jesus along the way.
“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.