A new way to follow Jesus that draws on old ways of following Him
The Underground Church proposes that the faithful recapture the spirit of the early church with its emphasis on what Christians do rather than what they believe. Prominent progressive writer, speaker, and minister Robin Meyers proposes that the best way to recapture the spirit of the early Christian church is to recognize that Jesus-following was and must be again subversive in the best sense of the word because the gospel taken seriously turns the world upside down.
The marriage of bad theology and hypocritical behavior by the church has eroded our spiritual lives. Taking the best of biblical scholarship, Meyers recasts core Christian concepts in an effort to save Christianity from its obsession with personal salvation. Not a plea to try something brand new, but rather the recovery of something very old, Saving Jesus from the Church shows us what it means to follow Jesus's teachings today.
"I join the ranks of those who are angry, because I have watched as the faith I love has been taken over by fundamentalists who claim to speak for Jesus but whose actions are anything but Christian." —Robin Meyers, from his "Speech Heard Round the World"
This is a book about learning to live in the moment, a simple set of instructions for recognizing the sacredness in everyday things. On reading this book, Bill Moyers, the journalist and bestselling author, recognized these qualities and wrote, "Morning Sun on a White Piano challenges us to think again about how we spend our days, what truly matters."
Appropriating insights from the history of rhetoric and modern communications theory, Meyers proposes that the contemporary sermon ought to become more of a communal experience. He urges the preacher to enter into a dialogue not only with the Scripture and the congregation, but creatively with him- or herself as well.
One of America's most thoughtful ministers adds a startling new twist to the Seven Deadly Sins.
Our world is awash in false dichotomies: "You're either for us or against us, good or evil, 'born again' or 'left behind.'"
Virtue is virtue, and vice is vice, but is it really that simple? Are the rules of proper conduct that black and white?