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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310245907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310245902
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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My father taught me that a problem well defined is half solved. It would be foolish to be in ministry to emerging generations without carefully studying this book -- Josh McDowell, author and speaker

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“Church leaders dare not ignore the wisdom and perspective of this book.” -- Nancy Beach

More About the Author

Dan has written several books focusing on culture, church and mission including They Like Jesus But Not The Church, The Emerging Church and Emerging Worship. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, Calfornia which he planted and founded with a team in 2004. He serves as professor of Missional Leadership at George Fox University and a columnist for Leadership Journal and Outreach magazine.

Dan was born and raised in New Jersey and played in a punk/rockabilly band for several years. He went to Colorado State University, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Western Seminary and has a doctorate from George Fox University. He is married to Becky, has two daughters and drives a rusty 1966 Ford Mustang.

He blogs at http://www.dankimball.com
His Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/DanKimball

Customer Reviews

After reading this book I was both humbled and convicted at my own shortcomings.
Traci Staples
Dan has some very important observations about the perceptions of the modern church among emerging generations.
Jeremy Copeland
Once I opened the book, I was somewhat skeptic as to if I was going to feel offended by it.
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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer from Michigan on March 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Everyone who takes the Christian faith seriously should read this book and be prepared to do some sober reflection. Whether a pastor, youth worker, elder, deacon, lay leader, or church member - those who take Dan Kimball's book to heart may very well need to make some significant changes in their approach to outreach and evangelism.

In They Like Jesus But Not The Church, Dan Kimball first points out the convicting and humbling truth that the longer one is a Christian, the less likely one is to have significant friendships with those who are not Christian. Instead, most Christians today find their lives consumed with church-related activities - and those whose primary jobs are ministry-related are often the worst offenders. How can anyone know what the needs of the unchurched are unless they are involved in trusting relationships with them?

The church in America has become nearly irrelevant to most 20- and 30-somethings. Yet those who follow Jesus rarely venture outside our cozy Christian comfort zones to learn why. Unless individual Christians are actively engaged in open and trusting relationships with non-Christians (without a conversion agenda), the life-changing gospel message won't effectively be spread merely by changing our worship service structure, format, or atmosphere. Furthermore, most Christians tend to compound the problem by generally taking one of two approaches to evangelism: either we see every non-Christian as a potential target, and if we spend any time with them at all the goal is to "seal the deal;" or we isolate our faith from our everyday lives and generally avoid faith- or church-related conversations with anyone other than our church friends.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Traci Staples on February 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you love Jesus and love the church, I strongly encourage you to read this book with a humble heart and an open mind. First let me say that the author, Dan Kimball does not pull any punches on sin or soft sell in this book. I believe this is the heart cry of God in our polarized generation to rebuild bridges to those that have lost respect for the church. I urge you to view this book as a mirror as you read it. Like a mirror it will show you yourself as you read it.

Those interviewed in this book are both intelligent and varied in the walks of life that they represent. They range from:
* A coffee house barista
* A lead singer in a rockabilly band
* An advertising director for newspaper
* A molecular biologist
Their honest open thoughts about how they and the world outside the biosphere of Christendom views us is both heart breaking and helpful. I am glad that there are those out there who still like Jesus even though they have difficulty identifying with and relating to the church.

After reading this book I was both humbled and convicted at my own shortcomings. I was also reminded by this book, that we sometimes avoid giving people intelligent answers to their tough questions. We need to admit that we aren't perfect and don't have all of the answers, but are willing to make an honest effort to find them and humbly apologize when we are wrong.

This is just this book's effect on me personally. There is so much more to this book than I am sharing here. It reminds me of a recent movie titled "The Island". It was reminiscent of the first Matrix movie. It was
about this underground commune of clones that didn't know that they were clones. They were told that the outside world was contaminated, so they couldn't go outdoors.
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124 of 160 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on July 3, 2007
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The title of my review probably got some of you to read what I'm going to say here, but hear me out. First of all, yes, I read the whole book, and I appreciate many of the things Kimball had to say. He made me think, and I believe the Evangelical Christian church can learn from the emerging church movement. I especially appreciate the zeal that the astute Kimball has to reach the lost. He has a great ministry in the coffee houses of his area as he builds relationships while sharing the Christian faith. As time passes, things change, and we Christians need to be willing to not remain status quo, to "be all things to all people" and culturally not drive people away from the gospel based on an unbiblical stubbornness. This is exactly what scholar D.A. Carson says in his book on the emerging church, titled "Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church." (I highly recommend it.)

"They Like Jesus" is helpful in showing Christians that we need to be aware of the culture around us and make sure we're not offending just for the sake of arrogance. We must understand that there are many people who will never set foot into a church building; unless we go out to them, how else can they ever understand and know the gospel? Kimball does a good job here and has given the pastor/reader some things to consider. I appreciate his fresh perspective.

Where he does become judgmental, however, is painting straw man figures of those who don't do evangelism the way he apparently deems proper. (Note: We must remember that, in good Postmodern thinking, "perception" is everything, as Kimball's entire book is built on the perception of the emerging generation whom he meets in the coffee houses.
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