And No Religion, Too: Thoughts on the Spectator Church

And No Religion, Too: Thoughts on the Spectator Church

by Edward Goble


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And No Religion, Too: Thoughts on the Spectator Church by Edward Goble

And No Religion, Too is a group of essays about life in the Kingdom of God. Some of the stories are about faith and simplicity, about the sacramental experience with the risen Christ that seems to war against the rational, rigid, unbudging mandates of actual church life in the West.

Some of the writing is about the Western church itself, the fragmented but beautiful, self-guided but sincere, expression of the Body of Christ passed down to us from the Reformers, who, I've always thought, didn't 'reform' nearly enough.

As I was writing ANRT, musing about John Lennon and the haunting lyrics of Imagine, writing stories about dog kennels and The Green Mile, I was thinking hard about my walk with Christ for some thirty-plus years and wondering how, with the best of intentions, we'd gotten so far removed from that amazing, Spirit-filled, expression of kingdom life we read about in the Gospel.

I began to consider that maybe the Reformation, as good as it was, was not the proper starting point for a heart that was crying out for relationship with the risen Lord and community with His Body.

I began to read the old stuff. There for a while if it was written after about 800 AD I wasn't interested. I read the church fathers, the real ones, the guys that were handed the reigns from the very Apostles. Bishops, priests, monks and holy people who wrote about the very things my heart was longing for. What I found was a wealth of literature and faith that I didn't even know existed. Works written long before Rome split from Orthodox Constantinople, ultimately winding up with the papacy, and centuries before the Reformers rocked that paradigm.

And No Religion, Too, is the tip of the iceberg for me. It was baby-step number one. My journey since 2007 when this book was finished has been different than I would have ever imagined. It has taken my wife and I, and our youngest daughter, down a path that led east. To Greece, Russia, Constantinople, to the ancient faith of the Orthodox church. And the more I study the more amazed and humbled I become.

I'm not there yet. Who is? right? But if you choose to read ANRT, maybe it will trigger your journey, I don't know. Maybe it will resonate in your heart another way or just make you mad.

The things that I felt strongly about in 2007, many of them anyway, aren't even on my radar anymore. I would have written it completely different if I'd penned it in 2015, but I guess that's the beauty of walking with Jesus; we change, but He never does. He just keeps drawing us into a deeper walk with Him and, if we're open to His Spirit, He'll keep breaking, and changing, and molding us into His image. I can feel that happening to me, and I see it taking place in my wife and youngest daughter.

God bless you, friend. May your journey lead to the end of yourself and the blessed peace of Christ.

Ed Goble, March, 2015

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438262543
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/24/2008
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Edward Goble lives in Kentucky with his wife MaryAnn. Contact Ed at

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And No Religion, Too: Thoughts on the Spectator Church 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for any pastor or believer in Jesus Christ who is fed up with "religion" and simply "playing church." The Pharisees were "religious," but surely no true believer would want to be like them! No, we seek a RELATIONSHIP with our Lord and Savior. It's time to change our typical views of "worship" and church, and this book will definitely point readers to a creative, yet scriptural-based, approach to true worship. It is a most enjoyable read; in fact, some portions were hilarious, especially when the author recounted some of his early church experiences as a child!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has brought out a very necessary common sense approach that you just don't think of while trying to do it "right" the author reminds us that in order to do Gods work as he intented it to be done we must meet the people where they are on the level that they are at... to seek out Gods followers and bring them to him ,and to not just hold the hands of those who have come but help them to minister at whatever level..... very excellent book for me especially as a youth leader.. there is not room to mention all i have taken from this book and the ideas i can use to make the right changes now,,,like a message to me straight from God! Please read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real look at the real condition of the Church in America. How far we have strayed from God's intended purpose for his followers! Forget the church building, the church program, the church denomination - you must want God first and then He will build these based on His pattern. Unfortunately, for many years man has been building the church, the programs and denominations according to a pattern the God never approved. Be ready to get real and get right when you open this book and you will come away with an understanding of why and how our churches are failing. They may have the buildings and the crowds, but so do the bars and other secular organizations. It's time for the Church to start offering something that the world cannot offer and it's time for the Church to stop measuring success by worldly, carnal standards. An excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
8/10/12 Extremely thought-provoking. A must- read for anyone who truly wants to follow Christ.
1941Reader More than 1 year ago
Interesting book about how too many churches are "inward" focused instead of "outward" as our Lord commands.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This will be a reread as I continue to seek the heart of Jesus.
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Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This minister of the good news obviously has "been there-done that-got the T-shirt"!! Commendable synopsis of a very real and greviously apathetic dead end road I am also guilty of being on. Question is, who has the new & CORRECT map/g.p.s./divine insight??
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Great book! A good balance of grace & truth. It provides a much needed perspective on what it means to be spiritual & what it means to follow christ. Simply written with an important & powerful message! Thank you for a free book that was thought provoking & well worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book for believetd, and entertaining as well.
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You must be honest with yourself first. God will respect you for your integrity. To love God, you must Know God. Don't settle for less!
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