If you hear the word post-evangelicalism you’ll think of the book Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to a Jesus-Shaped Spirituality by Michael Spencer. I first learned of this book when a pastor read it and said he liked the content and hated the book because it spoke so much truth. The purpose of the book is to get the reader to think more intentionally about Jesus.
About the Book
The theme of this book is finding Jesus and living a Jesus-shaped life rather than a church-shaped life. The author observes that many are leaving modern churches in pursuit of Jesus. Author Michael Spencer provides solutions to living life through Jesus instead of living life through church. It’s an interesting perspective and worth reading. The focus is for de-churched people to find their way back into intimacy with Jesus, living a Jesus-shaped life.
About the Author
Sadly, the author Michael Spencer died just a few months after this book was published. In church circles and in the media he was known as the “the critic of institutional church.” His blog was followed by hundreds of thousands of readers. He writes for those still associated with the church and not buying into the church teachings, those who are about to leave the church or those who have already left. “Mere Churchianity is written for those who have come to the end of the road with the church but cannot entirely walk away from Jesus” says the author on page 5 of his book. Before his death, Michael was a popular blogger at the Internet Monk.
Favorite Quotes by Michael Spencer
- Far from being Jesus-shaped Christians, we are church-shaped Christians.
- Christians live on autopilot where the standard shifts from living like Jesus to “being a good Christian.”
- The Jesus Disconnect is everywhere. Bring Jesus back and put Him in the spotlight, not Christian doctrine or church traditions.
- Christians have invented a spirituality that has Jesus on the cover but not in the book.
- Religion claims to have plenty of spirituality available for anyone who comes and plays by the rules.
- Many who are leavers of religion are still followers of Jesus.
- Every one of us is a spiritual being, whether we are atheists or the pope.
- Jesus isn’t looking for admirers; he’s enlisting followers.
- Jesus-shaped spirituality is cross centered and Christ centered.
- Be the one whose life consistently takes up the servant’s role.
Favorite Scripture from the Book
Repent of your sin, or I will come to you suddenly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Revelation 2:16 NLT
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