My second read of the year was Dan Kimball’s They Like Jesus, But Not the Church. Kimball shares some conversations with people he knows who seem to be open to Jesus, but very closed to the church – and shares their common perceptions and misgivings of the church. One thing I really liked about the book is that he doesn’t just point out a bunch of problems with the church. He doesn’t just criticize. He offers real hope that perceptions can be changed where the church honestly reflects the reality of Jesus’ character. I loved the stories he shared of people opening up when they discovered people in the church who didn’t fit the caricature they’d bought into. It’s amazing how people respond when they see the real Jesus in His people.
One of the most challenging aspects of the book is Kimball’s desire to get Christian leaders “out of the bubble”. I must admit, I spend a lot more time in my office than in the world.