By Doug Pagitt
A Christianity worthy Believing bargains an attractive, 'come-with-me-on-a-journey-of-exploring-the-possibilities' method of what it capability to be a follower of Jesus in our day. Written via Doug Pagitt?a prime voice within the Emergent conversation—this fantastically written ebook weaves jointly theological reflections, Christian historical past, and his personal tale of religion transformation. Pagitt invitations readers to keep on with him as he tells the tale of his un-churched adolescence, his life-altering conversion at age sixteen, his severe involvement within the church, and his starting to be experience of unease with the model of Christianity he used to be residing. On web page after web page, Pagitt lays out his trip towards an genuine, passionate expression of a religion that feels alive, sustainable, and significant.
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We settled into the front row of the balcony of an old theater that had been turned into a church. indd 15 3/25/08 4:30:24 PM A Christianity Worth Believing people. The worn velvet seat creaked as I peered over the balcony railing to the stage below. As people filed into the rows of seats on the main floor, I sensed the excitement building in theater. It all felt so foreign to me. I had no idea what it was all about, and yet I couldn’t wait to see what might happen. The lights went down and the play started.
Whether context of another time we know it or not, the dogmas and doctrines of God, that they have become of humanity, of Jesus, of almost meaningless in sin, of salvation that many ours. of us were taught are so firmly embedded in the cultural context of another time that they have become almost meaningless in ours. indd 35 3/25/08 4:35:50 PM A Christianity Worth Believing my experience of God was because it was only one of many versions of the story of Jesus. This realization set me on this pursuit of a new theology, one that reflects what I see as the call of all Christians: to seek, live, and tell the story of God’s work in the world, to embrace a faith that is alive and vibrant, untamed and uncaged, right here, right now.
Indd 18 3/25/08 4:32:08 PM M ark Twain once said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. ” Running into those things that “just ain’t so” is something I have come to call an “uh-oh” moment. It ’s that time when reality opens up in front of you and you can either step into it or run away from it. That night at the Passion Play, I hit the first of my many spiritual uh-ohs, and I jumped into it with everything I had. We all have our uh-oh moments: you find a lump that wasn’t there before, and life changes in an instant; someone says “I love you” or “I don’t love you,” and the future takes on a different trajectory.
A Christianity Worth Believing: Hope-filled, Open-armed, Alive-and-well Faith for the Left Out, Left Behind, and Let Down in Us All by Doug Pagitt