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Author of ‘The Post-Evangelical’, Dave Tomlinson wants God but without all the nonsense and gobbledygook. This is your handy guide to ditching religion, whilst keeping your faith.
“I'm glad to be known as a bad Christian, thanks to Dave Tomlinson and this beautiful book.” - Brian McLaren, author of ‘A New Kind Of Christian’.
“A vicar in the pub is worth two in a pulpit. Dave Tomlinson's How to be a Bad Christian is as welcome as a glistening pint to a thirsty patron.” – Mike Riddell, author of ‘Sacred Journey’.
As a vicar Dave Tomlinson has the privilege of nurturing the faithful and being a shining example to everyone else. But Dave says being a Christian isn't about following a strange list of rules, trapped in a constant guilt trip. Actually, following Jesus is pretty simple, and more fun, than most people think...
In this helpful handbook to Christianity Dave sketches out some key practices for how to be a 'bad' Christian, including:
• how to talk to God without worrying about prayer
• how to read the Bible without turning off your brain
• how to think with your soul rather than trying to follow rules
With beautiful illustrations from artist Rob Pepper, this is an accessible, lighthearted book is just what the doctor ordered for those who describe themselves as spiritual but not necessarily religious. In fact, the word ‘religious’ was a never meant for boring sermons and being in bed by 10pm, in the original Greek ‘religious’ meant ‘passionate’. That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it!
Dave Tomlinson was a house church leader for many years and is now an Anglican priest. Unable to accept the narrow restrictions of his tradition, he founded the legendary Holy Joe's, a church in a pub in Clapham for disaffected church drop-outs. He is now Vicar of St Luke's, Holloway, a thriving parish church in north London. He is the author of the seminal 'The Post-Evangelical', 'I Shall Not Want' and 'Re-enchanting Christianity'.
How to be a Bad Christian by Dave Tomlinson was published by Hodder & Stoughton in August 2012 and is our 17493rd best seller. The ISBN for How to be a Bad Christian is 9781444703825.
Dave Tomlinson’s eye catching title invites you to read this book! He tells of unconventional happenings in his parish, highly appropriate for his non church going parishioners. He tells us more about some of these people and their Christian attitudes although they would not call themselves Christians. He writes ‘Christianity...as a spiritual practice rather than a belief system? That’s really what the rest of this book is about’ Page 10.
He says elsewhere ‘I am a bad Christian. I often struggle with church subculture and sometimes find myself more at home amongst honest ‘pagans’ and on page 104 he writes that it is ‘Out of my allegiance to Christ that I reverence the faith of others’. These sentiments he enlarges upon and I found his words inspiring and thought provoking, demanding a response from each one of us. So many wise words herein, this is a book to be read again and again and I promise you, new thoughts and responses will surface each time.
There is an Appendix explaining spiritual practices, another about the Enneagram and the third listing useful websites has a brief explanation of what each of them is about. There are other websites mentioned within the text e.g. www.jesuschrist.uk.com
How To Be A Bad Christian
Posted: Friday, October 12th
|Author / Artist||Dave Tomlinson|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (August 2012)|
|Number of Pages||240|
|Page last updated||19th October 2012|