Ir-rev-rend: Christianity Without the Pretense. Faith Without the Façade [NOOK Book]

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Ir-rev-rend (ir REV rund) noun

1. a pastor who is somewhat critical of what is generally accepted or respected

2. a pastor who is trying to make sense of life, love, the church and other confusing things from a slightly satirical point ...
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Ir-rev-rend: Christianity Without the Pretense. Faith Without the Façade

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Overview

Ir-rev-rend (ir REV rund) noun

1. a pastor who is somewhat critical of what is generally accepted or respected

2. a pastor who is trying to make sense of life, love, the church and other confusing things from a slightly satirical point of view; an irreverent sense of humor.

3. a "normal" guy pursuing God

Whatever you may think about the "typical" pastor, throw it out. Do they make bad decisions? Yes. Commit sin and experience severed relationships? Yes and yes. Pastor Greg Surratt is not perfect, and he unashamedly tells the stories that have strengthened his faith. He writes that the choice to follow Christ is never clean, is often scary, is usually clothed in mystery, and is always an adventure.

For some people, God appears in dark, dirty, lonely, or just plain odd places. Greg found God while huddled under a grand piano, hiding from overzealous friends and family trying to accost him during an altar call at a Pentecostal revival. So began a life of sharing stories of God's endlessly creative and often surprising work and seeing God's transforming power in unexpected ways. Despite years of vocational ministry, Greg never underestimates the power of divine/human encounters in some of teh least "churchy' places on earth.

Humorous, insightful, and challenging, IR-REV-REND is a revealing and joyous look at real-life Christian living. As Greg himself affirms, if God can use his missteps and blunders, God can use anybody's.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455504893
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 735,018
  • File size: 849 KB

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    A must read!

    His stories made me truly laugh out loud, cry, relate, think, be thankful and pray--a lot! I read it so quick that I was disappointed it was over. I attend Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant, so I am blessed to be able to listen to Pastor Greg and many other truly amazing people share their love for our Lord with our community and around the world, as well as enjoy the freedom to experience worship in such a unique way. I have been going through one of the most difficult journeys in my life for a little over a year and discovered this church when looking for a place to live in the Charleston area. I felt such a strong pull toward it, before knowing anything about it or ever even walking into the place, that I simply could not ignore. I can honestly say that this unexplained 'pull' had an impact on where I chose to live. (Which happens to be within walking distance.--Thank goodness because I could easily spend the 15 minutes to walk, driving around trying to find an empty parking space and the parking lot is not lacking!) I attended church off and on growing up and regularly for a little more than 16 years. Without a doubt, I have experienced God at Seacoast like never before. When friends learned of where I was attending, I was often faced with criticism because of so many misconceptions (having come from mostly strict southern Baptist churches). I love that this book explains how Greg Surratt, from his many combined experiences with God, was called to offer this style of worship in his (or rather God's) church. I'm going to buy copies for friends and family out of love and the desire to share, but also for those who question the concept. I'll keep a copy on hand for unexpected and curious encounters.

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