Adventures in Churchland: Discovering the Beautiful Mess Jesus Loves

Adventures in Churchland: Discovering the Beautiful Mess Jesus Loves

Dan Kimball / Oct 18, 2019

Adventures in Churchland Discovering the Beautiful Mess Jesus Loves Would Jesus Attend Church Today Among the top ten trends that are changing American life Time magazine recently listed a rising dissatisfaction with organized religion Though many people today like J

  • Title: Adventures in Churchland: Discovering the Beautiful Mess Jesus Loves
  • Author: Dan Kimball
  • ISBN: 9780310275565
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Would Jesus Attend Church Today Among the top ten trends that are changing American life, Time magazine recently listed a rising dissatisfaction with organized religion Though many people today like Jesus, they are growing tired of traditional religious institutions Even those who follow Jesus aren t so sure they always like what Christianity and the church represent.ForWould Jesus Attend Church Today Among the top ten trends that are changing American life, Time magazine recently listed a rising dissatisfaction with organized religion Though many people today like Jesus, they are growing tired of traditional religious institutions Even those who follow Jesus aren t so sure they always like what Christianity and the church represent.For many years, Dan Kimball would have agreed, until an encounter with a small group of Jesus followers started him on a journey that challenged him to rethink everything he had ever assumed about the churchdamp nbsp In Adventures in Churchland, Dan invites you to join him as he uncovers what the Bible really says about the church and reminds us that it s than just buildings and institutions, it s a beautiful mess of broken people learning to follow Jesus together As you journey with Dan, you ll begin to see the church as Jesus intended it to be a community of forgiven misfits coming together to serve the world around them with passion, creativity, innovation, and grace If you don t like the church, or if you re thinking about leaving, please read this book first Dan s stories will make you laugh, make you think, and make you appreciate the church like never before Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker As a non Christian, I was inspired and moved, and have been enthusiastically recommending it to my friends This is a book for everybody Mark Frauenfelder, editor in chief of MAKE, founder of boingboing Dan encourages us to break through the tension and messiness that church communities inevitably encounter to experience the beauty of being in community and sharing God s infinite love with others Zach Lind, drummer, Jimmy Eat World I am so glad that my friend Dan has written this book, because there is a lot of confusion out there about Jesus and the church Wanda Jackson, Queen of Rockabilly and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Adventures in Churchland Discovering the Beautiful Mess Sep , Adventures in Churchland Discovering the Beautiful Mess Jesus Loves Mark Frauenfelder, editor in chief of MAKE, founder of boingboing Dan encourages us to break through the tension and messiness that church communities inevitably encounter to experience the beauty of being in community and sharing God s infinite love with others Zach Adventures in Churchland harpercollinschristian Adventures in Churchland Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion by Dan Kimball, Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foreword by Wanda Jackson On Sale Price . Adventures in Churchland Finding Jesus in the Mess of In Adventures in Churchland Finding Jesus In The Mess Of Organized Religion, you will learn what the Bible really says about what church is and why it is impossible to go to church theologically You will be reminded that it s than just buildings and institutions, it s a beautiful mess of broken people learning to follow Jesus together. Adventures In Churchland booklibrarian Adventures in Churchland Book Summary Would Jesus Attend Church Today Among the top ten trends that are changing American life, Time magazine recently listed a rising dissatisfaction with organized religion. Dan Kimball Adventures in Churchland Review The Adventures in Churchland takes these issues further but is written to church members, seekers, and those turned off by the church and the common images of Christianity presented in our culture The buffet like offerings of the book are the result of two things Kimball s ability to reference pop culture and biblical history and archaeology as if they are natural bedfellows, and the genre mash up of the book Adventures in Churchland Discovering the Beautiful Mess Adventures in Churchland Discovering the Beautiful Mess Jesus Loves Would Jesus Attend Church Today Among the top ten trends that are changing American life Time Adventures in Churchland Finding Jesus in the Mess of Mar , Don t miss the opportunity to listen to the full audiobook Adventures in Churchland Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion, free at our library Dan Kimball shares his Adventures in Churchland by Dan Kimball OverDrive Adventures in Churchland Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion by Dan Kimball Author Foreword by Wanda Jackson, Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Author of introduction, etc.

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      • Dan Kimball

        Dan was born and raised in north eastern New Jersey, and got his BS in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University Dan was a drummer in a rockabilly punk band for many years and lived in London, England for a year playing in the band After the band ended, Dan went to Israel and lived there for several months studying the Bible on his own to see whether Christianity was a valid faith, or simply the religion of American suburbia Mainly all of his closest friends were not Christians, so he desired to be able to intelligently explain and know why Christianity was a faith which made sense After Israel, he moved to Santa Cruz where he began attending Santa Cruz Bible Church and got very involved in various ministries at the church Because he felt he wanted to dedicate all his time to serving in the church, he went to Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon and graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Bible Upon returning to Santa Cruz after graduating from Multnomah Seminary, he became high school pastor at Santa Cruz Bible Church working with teenagers in what became a large youth ministry along with Josh Fox After serving in high school ministry for 8 years as high school pastor, Dan and Josh felt the need for a worship gathering and ministry that reflected of the values of the emerging culture and heart of emerging generations So, they started the Sunday night Graceland worship services and ministry at Santa Cruz Bible Church Graceland initially started as a college ministry, but because it connected with a broader age range became a young adult ministry and then eventually became alternative worship gatherings for all ages After several years, Graceland eventually folded into Santa Cruz Bible Church, as the dream for launching a new church in Santa Cruz was formed Dan was part of the leadership team that launched the first church plant of Santa Cruz Bible Church when Vintage Faith Church was birthed in February 2004 Dan s current role with Vintage Faith Church is primary teaching pastor and oversight of the missional aspects of the church Dan has been married to Becky since 1990 and have two daughters, Katie and Claire and one day hope to have a poodle Dan loves rockabilly and punk music, comic art and drives a 1966 Mustang that is slowly rusting Dan is currently pursuing a doctorate degree Doctor of Ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary where he also serves as adjunct faculty mentor.


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    1. I had two extremely formative experiences as a college student. My involvement with campus ministry through the InterVarsity chapter at Pacific forever altered the trajectory of my life. That is where Jesus found me and got a hold of my life.The other experience(s) occurred in the form a monthly (sometimes more frequent) pilgrimage over the hill to Santa Cruz to a place called Graceland. Graceland started off as Santa Cruz Bible Church's college and young adult ministry, then became a "church wi [...]


    2. This book could really be a 2 or a 5 depending on what you are expecting from it. It is a wonderful introduction to Christianity for a post-Christian world filled with personal stories and simple but honest explanations of the faith. Dan's story is moving and articulate and shows the movement of an average person towards Jesus and the struggles that are encountered along the way. It would be a great book to give someone curious about Christianity or for someone who has newly decided to follow Je [...]


    3. I was disappointed by this book after Dan's other book "They Like Jesus but not the Church." I wish he would have kept more with his experiences and less with the "basics of faith". At times Dan seemed to force basic teachings as if almost an evangelistic ploy. It took away from some of the great personal illustrations that only Dan could share. I kept feeling throughout that some editor was asking him to be "more evangelical" or more mainstream for the sake of appeasing their readers. I persona [...]


    4. Kimball gives an excellent critique of the church from the perspective of an outsider looking in. While not an atheist, Kimball was never in a church as a child, and was into the punk and rockabilly scene. In his 20's he decided maybe this religion stuff is important, and started looking at churches. The first part of this book gives his account of what it was like looking at Christian churches de novo.In the second part of the book Kimball, now a youth pastor, discusses what churches need to do [...]



    5. Dan Kimball broke down and wept in his car.He had begun following Jesus a short time previously while living in London and playing in a rock band. Having stumbled into small bible study populated by elderly people, Dan became friends with the old man leading the study and though their conversations began to grapple with Jesus for the first time.Now back home in the US, Dan (left) had decided to become consistently involved in a church for the first time in his life. He settled in nicely and was [...]


    6. An exploration of Evangelical Christian subculture through the author's life story and experiences.The author presents his themes according to his experiences from an "unchurched" lifestyle among many who were hostile to Evangelical Christianity toward becoming a Christian and a minister himself. Through his own story he explains the challenges often posed by Evangelical subculture which he subsumes under the rubric of "churchland." He also highlights the positives and great experiences he share [...]


    7. As a person who has a love/hate relationship with The Church and its Christians, I was attracted to the idea that the author Dan Kimball was going to address some of the issues and experiences that turn many of us away. But I didn't expect that it was going to be such a FUNNY and ENJOYABLE read as well! The stories that Dan tells about his spiritual journey were hilarious and touching at the same time. I laughed as I recognized myself in what he was saying. But it wasn't a mean-spirited laughter [...]


    8. Finally, making sense of the mess of organized religion doesn't seem so overwhelming and pointless!This book is SO good. I laughed (OUT LOUD - quite a few times), I cried, I was CHALLENGED and INSPIRED. Dan Kimball did a fantastic job sharing his own journey through the quirky-ness of 'Churchland' and what it is like to wade through the waters of cultural church tradition that can sometimes be very confusing, and let's be honest, sometimes downright repelling. I am able to relate to SO many of t [...]


    9. Dan Kimball shares his personal journey to faith in Jesus Christ in a humble and humorous way. Starting as a completely "unchurched" teen and his first encounter with a stranger who scared him into a "sinners prayer" at a NJ Mall to his days as an uncomfortable misfit in a Christian subculture. Many times he shares how God pursued him through people or circumstances that kept him from fleeing organized religion altogether. Kimball approaches the reader without assuming that you understand or can [...]


    10. Adventures in Churchland' is a thoughtful look at what we call 'church', including the author's own experiences with some most unhelpful Christians and church styles. He contrasts what he calls 'Churchland' (the typical culture and traditions that often go with church congregations) with 'Graceland', the ideal church as Body of Christ. He writes with clarity and honesty about the horrors of judgemental and rigid church leaders, of the rejection of those who are perceived as 'different', of the w [...]


    11. Adventures in Churchland is Dan Kimball's personal memoir of faith and his journey from a college student in a punk band to church leader. He tells his story with humility, humor and passion, encouraging readers to look through the eyes of one who has never been a part of a church to see how many of the traditions of organized Christianity may appear absolutely foreign and weird. Some of his early experiences in church read like scenes in an unaired Curb Your Enthusiam episode, where Kimball is [...]


    12. Intriguing title and $5 on Kindle so I bought it and read it. Not much new in it for me - not because I am so well read but because I have spent 35 years in Churchland. It is a solid and easy read which I would recommend to those who are in the early stages of struggle with the messiness of church. Something new I did learn from this book: When Jesus spoke of the church prevailing against the gates of hell, he apparently took the disciples to a location where there was a cave entrance considered [...]


    13. A very good book. Story of a rockabilly musician in his early twenties meeting Christianity in extreme forms. Very refreshing to see how can people from outside, being not raised in that specific culture, can be baffled at the message church can give unknowingly.The book is written in a very simple manner but still well able to deliver the message without being shallow or too directional. Refreshing, inspiring, sometimes awaking. A must for pastors dealing with youth and very recommended to be r [...]


    14. you think church is full of a bunch sincere, weird out of date hypocrits? this is your book, might even get you back among us. however if you are one of those out of date, sincere people, like strange music and strange food and are a hypocrite and believe in the church catholic then you'll probably find this book a bit distasteful and ugly.on the plus side i bought it because Wanda Jackson wrote the intro!


    15. I have know Dan for about 17 years and I'm stoked to be a part of the community he had vision to create at Vintage Faith. I also love his new book "Adventures In Churchland". In this new book Dan is vulnerable, hilarious and passionate.


    16. Well worth recommending. Instead of just another rant against the Church, this book gives a real response. I particularly liked the chapters on judgment. The Church thais often accused of being judgemental, this is a great exegesis of what that really is.


    17. A somewhat simplistic recounting of the author's faith journey and subsequent misadventures in the church. The narration got a little boring at times, but the foundational ideas and reinterpretation of the church is solid.


    18. This book perfectly balances Dan's previous writings directed more towards Church Leadership. With humor, engaging story-telling, and beautiful insights, Dan reaches the rest of his audience. I would recommend this book with confidence to anyone.


    19. I've heard Dan tell these stories and teach much of this material over the years but I appreciate it being put together in one place. He has such a gracious heart & a passion to help people experience the grace of Jesus Christ and that comes through strongly here.


    20. This book is a gentle reminder and an enthusiastic push. Clear, well organized, and filled with sense and love.


    21. Pre-theology is how this is best classified. I didn't really connect with Adventures, but it is not difficult to imagine a person who would find this deeply helpful.




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