Churches are morphing into new forms–emergent churches, shopping mall churches, megachurches–yet surveys show that an increasing number of believers. Philip Yancey journals his personal pilgrimage from skepticism and disillusionment about the church back to enthusiastic participation. Is it because something is wrong with the church? Perhaps that’s part of the picture. But Philip Yancey insists there is another part. In this candid.
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Insights from Philip Yancey’s personal pilgrimage away from and back to the church. Why are there so many more professing Christians than churchgoing Christians? Is it because something is wrong with the church?
Church: Why Bother? – Philip YanceyPhilip Yancey
In his candid, thought-provoking manner, award-winning author Philip Yancey reveals the reasons behind his own journey back from skepticism to wholehearted participation in the church, and weighs the church’s human failings against its compelling worth as the body of Christ. Yancey does not whitewash the church’s faults, rather he sets them against the overwhelming balance of its strengths: Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as ‘a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time in order to squash them.
If a neighbour’s house burned down, the congregation would rally around and show charity if, that is, the house belonged to a white person. I grew up confused by the contradictions. We heard about love and grace, but I didn’t experience much.
And we were taught that God answers prayers, miraculously, but my father died of polio just after my first birthday, despite many prayers for his healing.
So, he devoured books that opened his mind, challenged his upbringing, and went against what he had been taught. A sense of betrayal engulfed him. I went through a period of reacting against everything I was taught and even discarding my faith. I began my journey back mainly by encountering a world very different than I had been taught, an expansive world of beauty and goodness.
Along the way I realized that God had been misrepresented to me. Cautiously, warily, I returned, circling around the faith to see if it might be true. He co-authored three books with the renowned surgeon Dr. I gave words to his faith, and in the process he gave faith to my words. Does It Make Any Difference?
His books have garnered 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in 35 languages worldwide.
Yancey worked as a journalist in Chicago for some twenty years, editing the youth magazine Campus Life while also writing for a wide variety of magazines including Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife, and Christianity Today.
Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage
In the process he interviewed diverse people enriched by their personal faith, such as President Jimmy Carter, Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller, and Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. In he and churcn wife Janet, a social worker and hospice chaplain, moved to the foothills of Colorado. His writing took a more personal, introspective turn even as his activities turned outward.
My interests include skiing, climbing mountains, mountain-biking, golf, international travel, jogging, nature, theology in small dosespolitics, literature, and classical music. I feel overwhelming gratitude that I can make a living writing about the questions that most interest me.
Church: Why Bother?
My books are a process of exploration and investigation of things I wonder about and worry about. So, just how does a man who’s been through all Yancey has, draw close to the God he once feared?
He spends dhy an hour each morning reading spiritually nourishing books, meditating, and praying.
This morning time, he says, helps him ‘align’ himself with God for the day. To those who struggle with my books, I reply, ‘Then maybe you shouldn’t be reading them.
Yet some people do need the kinds of books I write. They’ve been burned by the church or they’re upset about certain aspects of Christianity.
I understand that feeling of disappointment, even betrayal. I feel called to speak to those living in the borderlands of faith. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. The Bible in Contemporary Language a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible.
Log In to sync your basket across devices. About Meet the Author Reviews. Philip Yancey Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as ‘a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time in order to squash them.
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