Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus

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The marriage of bad theology and hypocritical behavior by the church has eroded our spiritual lives. Taking the best of biblical scholarship, Meyers recasts core Christian concepts in an effort to save Christianity from its obsession with personal salvation. Not a plea to try something brand new, but rather the recovery of something very old, Saving Jesus from the Church shows us what it means to follow Jesus's teachings today.

For over twenty years, Robin Meyers has been pastor...

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Overview

The marriage of bad theology and hypocritical behavior by the church has eroded our spiritual lives. Taking the best of biblical scholarship, Meyers recasts core Christian concepts in an effort to save Christianity from its obsession with personal salvation. Not a plea to try something brand new, but rather the recovery of something very old, Saving Jesus from the Church shows us what it means to follow Jesus's teachings today.

For over twenty years, Robin Meyers has been pastor of Mayflower Congregational, an “unapologetically Christian, unapologetically liberal” church. He is a professor in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University, a syndicated columnist, and an award-winning commentator for National Public Radio. Meyers has appeared on Dateline NBC, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and ABC World News, and writes regularly for The Christian Century. Visit the author online at www.mayflowerucc.org.

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Editorial Reviews

John Shelby Spong
“Robin Meyers emerges in Saving Jesus from the Church as a national voice for a new Christianity. He is a well read scholar and a superb communicator. He writes with a refreshing honesty and a disarming authority. This book is a treat.”
Diana Butler Bass
“With crisply prophetic joy, Meyers calls seekers and believers alike to leave belief about God behind in favor of becoming imitators of Jesus. We can save Jesus from the church, and in doing so, recreate faith communities freed from hypocrisy and filled with hope.”
Desmond Tutu
“Every once in a while, a book comes along that changes everything. This is the book. It is scholarly, pastoral, prophetic, and eloquent--all in equal measure. Robin Meyers has spoken truth to power, and the church he loves will never be the same.”
Fred B. Craddock
“The time is right for this book and this book is right for the time.”
Doctor - James A. Forbes
"Meyers’ insightful and provocative critique of contemporary Christianity will stimulate energetic theologizing: deconstruction, reconstruction, or impassioned defense of the inherited tradition. Thank you, Robin, for convening this urgently needed conversation."
Dr. James A. Forbes
“Meyers’ insightful and provocative critique of contemporary Christianity will stimulate energetic theologizing: deconstruction, reconstruction, or impassioned defense of the inherited tradition. Thank you, Robin, for convening this urgently needed conversation.”
Oklahoma City Oklahoman
“A perceptive book . . . Not many authors can present such progressive ideas and still come across as reasonable and loving. Meyers masters such a task.”
Oklahoma City Oklahoman
“A perceptive book . . . Not many authors can present such progressive ideas and still come across as reasonable and loving. Meyers masters such a task.”
Library Journal

In a progressive rather than negatively critical mode, in strong contrast to much of Far Right Protestantism, pastor/NPR commentator Meyers (philosophy, Oklahoma City Univ.) suggests with typical elegance that a recovery of true Christianity emphasizes compassion over condemnation, blessing over sin, and equity over individual prosperity. Highly recommended.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061568220
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Pages: 243
  • Sales rank: 202,644
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

For over twenty years, Robin Meyers has been pastor of Mayflower Congregational, an "unapologetically Christian, unapologetically liberal" church. He is a professor in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University, a syndicated columnist, and an award-winning commentator for National Public Radio. Meyers has appeared on Dateline NBC, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and ABC World News, and writes regularly for The Christian Century.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: A Preacher's Nightmare: Am I a Christian? 1

1 Jesus the Teacher, Not the Savior 13

2 Faith as Being, Not Belief 35

3 The Cross as Futility, Not Forgiveness 55

4 Easter as Presence, Not Proof 75

5 Original Blessing, Not Original Sin 97

6 Christianity as Compassion, Not Condemnation 117

7 Discipleship as Obedience, Not Observance 141

8 Justice as Covenant, Not Control 163

9 Prosperity as Dangerous, Not Divine 183

10 Religion as Relationship, Not Righteousness 203

Epilogue: A Preacher's Dream: Faith as Following Jesus 223

Acknowledgments 233

Notes 235

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

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    Excellent Discussion Book

    Rev. Myers presents a view of Christian experience matching my personal experience. He had guts and honesty to realize that experience in a church setting. While not everyone has his take on Christianity, he presents a coherent, believable, and useful overview of what being Christian is. This would be a terrific discussion book for people who want to change tack in their spiritual journeys and form communities of faith that find honest and helpful. Use it to introduce others to writers like Marilynne Robinson, Bill McKibben, and Joan Chittister.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2011

    Best book I have read about Jesus for the 21st Century

    For many people who have given up on the church and Christianity, this is an encouraging book that strips away the mythology surrounding Jesus and gets at the heart of his teachings. Well written, easy to read, and at times, humorous.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Saving Jesus from the Church

    A great read! I found the author had described ideas that I was so in tune with - ex. the idea that there should be no association with blood or violence as a redemptive force in our worship. I agree with the author's views that we have focused too much on the crucifixion of Jesus and not enough on the message of his life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    A "Must-Read" for Thoughtful Christians

    Never have I read a more inspirational book! Although it is sure to be controversial, it will at least provoke religion-dulled brains, and perhaps, be life changing for some. I intend to reread it, and look for other books by Rev. Meyers. My only question would be: why hasn't the Church of Christ thrown him out on his ear? I'm glad they haven't, because I think he is absolutely on-the-money with regard to early Christian history and how "actions" changed into "beliefs" over time. A really great book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Hope for Those Who Have Lost Faith

    Robin, along with many other Christians, realizes the face of Christ that is now shown to the American public, does not resemble the Biblical face of Christ.

    Christianity in America has become fused with the culture and represents a populist religion under the guise of Christianity.

    Robin calls us back to the Biblical and historical roots of Christianity in order to re-capture it essence and re-engage in its faith practices.

    His critique shows us the path of Jesus and invites us to quit worshipping the Christ and to start following Jesus.

    Great book club book.

    Source for discussion

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

    Amazing

    Dr. Meyer once again shows that he is thinking. And that is one of his major points in this book about the "Christian Faith," that we have stopped thinking, stopped asking questions, and simply swallow the dogma. Perhaps everyone who professes to be Christian should read this book and keep an open mind and an open heart. Many of his "radical" ideas actually strike a positive chord instantly...like there is much truth laying beneath the thought. If we could be honest, as a faith, without the divisions of denominations, we would put the focus on following Jesus, as he suggests. READ IT!!! And then get some copies for the people you love.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Profound Book

    I attended Mayflower Church before my marriage and would still be there if my husband hadn't existed. Robin Myers' message was so compelling and still influences my life. Following Jesus is the way to better citizens and a better world. His book is a must read. Carole Sidwell Thrower

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Echoes of Spong, Borg, Crossan and others of the new paradigm fo

    Echoes of Spong, Borg, Crossan and others of the new paradigm for today's Christian "way of being"

    in the world. This book is provocative, compelling, yet sincere and thoughtful and yet honest and balanced in its critique of both hard-line fundamentalismas well as old style liberalism. Whatever one's "faith" perspective, this book is worth reading and pondering.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Controversal

    Gave this as a gift and so this is the recipient's opinion
    "Excellent book but the topics will be disturbing for many Christians."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2010

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    not what the Bible teaches

    if Jesus is not the savior then He is not worth following. If He is not the savior, then did He shed His blood for nothing ? This is an attempt of a person to make his own version of christianity. If you follow this book you will roast in hell. Go buy a good Bible read it and forget this book. Jesus came for one reason, He had to shed His blood for the forgiveness of sin, it is in the Bible, read it.

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