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Sunday, August 05, 2007

latest read

Just finished reading Jim and Casper Go to Church by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper.

Jim Henderson hired Casper to visit a dozen or so churches with him and then write about his perceptions and experience. As Casper is an atheist, his lens is different than what you might assume. I agree with a lot of his opinions. Especially taking churches to task for theatrics and mega-million buildings.

If you read this book through a purely evangelical lens, without wondering how gen x/y folks of today perceive the church (especially outside the Bible Belt), you will be offended. If you read it from a less defensive posture, desiring to learn what others that are really inquisitive see, you will benefit from it. Quick read.

The details are still being worked out, but hopefully I'll be part of a group of folks here in Denver that are hosting Jim and Casper for a series of conversations around their experiences in September.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous kathy said...

yes, it is a go. the refuge is hosting for the weekend september 14-16th and it will be a fun mix--friday night at CU boulder, saturday morning at 10 am at temple event center/pathways, sunday evening at the refuge in broomfield. will be a fun conversation for sure! amy, thanks for helping get the word out, too, we'll have some more tangible stuff to get to people soon...

Thursday, August 16, 2007 8:14:00 AM

 
Blogger Diane said...

It looks like this goes on my reading list.

Monday, August 20, 2007 1:57:00 PM

 
Anonymous Rachel said...

Thanks for posting about "Jim & Casper Go to Church." I'm a volunteer with Jim's organization Off the Map and I wanted to let you know about our Live event coming up this November in Seattle. Both Jim and Matt Casper will be speaking at this event. Here is the link if you want to find out more: http://www.offthemap.com/live

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 6:14:00 PM

 
Blogger soul and culture said...

Rachel,

I'm hoping to be able to come to Off the Map, but am iffy due to a new job. A group from the refuge here in Denver is planning a road trip for it.

We're excited to host Jim and Casper here in a few weeks and have three venues set up for them.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 8:32:00 PM

 
Anonymous Rachel said...

I really hope it will work out for you to come to the event in Seattle - it's always fun and interesting and very thought provoking!

I'm so glad that you are hosting Jim and Casper. I know you will enjoy them. Jim is quite a character! :-)

Saturday, August 25, 2007 1:45:00 PM

 

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