I just finished reading George Barna’s lastest book, Revolution, which is sure to cause a stir in Chistendom. Barna, head of a polling firm on Christian issues, identifies a growing segment of the Christian population who are deeply committed to Christ but live that faith outside of the traditional congregation. He says 30% of committed Christians now live that way and in the next 20 years that will increase to 70%.
It’s an interesting book in terms of the demographic trends he identifies and certainly some will use it to try to fuel an anti-institutional ‘movement,’ and you all know how I feel about movements. This book will give validation to those looking beyond traditional congregations to live out their passion for Jesus, and that may be a positive thing for many. He debunks some sacred myths in Christendom:
Here are some other quotes I liked, even though his term Revolutionaries leaves me more than a bit unsettled, especially when he capitalizes it. It appeals to the wrong motivations in people, that Jesus needs to free us from if we’re ever going to be a reflection of his in the world.
But I am not in agreement with all of his assessments and conclusions. Though he talks some about the importance of intimate relationship with God, he is far more focused on what Christians should be doing. We’ll get into some of that on the podcast later this week. You can see a summary of the book at his website, or you can order the book from Amazon.com. If you have comments, questions or observations you’d like us to interact with on our podcast later this week on this topic, please leave them on the The God Journey Blog.