Here’s a fascinating little book that reads quickly and challenges our traditions. Each of us who sits in church week by week gets used to a certain format. We welcome (usually with big smiles!), we pray, we sing songs, we pray, we take offering, we sermonate, we sing, then we bless and say good bye. During that format we sit, stand, sing, listen, sleep, talk, write notes, daydream, and stare at people in front of us. Sometimes we are very sincere and get a lot out of a service and are touched at the core of our soul. Sometimes we are not sincere and we get very little out of the routine.
Well, Jim Henderson, a veteran Christian, and Matt Casper, a devout Athiest (is devout the right word?), spent the summer of 2006 visiting churches all over North America – including maybe your own (I know that some people who read this blog go to some of the churches Jim and Matt critique!). This is a delightfully convicting book… Just be sure to look past the Star-Wars level dialogue. For my quick review, go to my readings page.