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"Jerry Herships reflects his own call to ministry: twisted, hilarious and amazing. . . . Most of us do church in the tidy, comfortable confines of a church building. Not Jerry Herships. He's handing out the goods to drunks in bars and among the homeless in the park. Basically, my friend Jerry Pastors in the exact places I'm pretty sure Jesus would be hanging out today. Let The Church--capital T, capital C--take note."
--Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastor and author of Pastrix and Accidental Saints
"Drilling to the core of the Gospel, Herships envisions a church as a collection of flawed individuals who nonetheless are actively working as disciples of Jesus, bringing food, compassion, and grace to the poor and homeless thus restoring their dignity and sense of worth. The church he describes has nothing to do with beliefs, budgets, or buildings; it is about doing the Gospel. Herships is nothing less than a prophetic voice for our time."
--Jerry D. Campbell, President Emeritus, Claremont Lincoln University
"Jerry Herships is a gift to the many people he serves in his life as a mentor and pastor and teacher, and in Last Call he shares his gift with the rest of us. And for that I am so grateful. Last Call is more than a memoir; it is a manifesto. A manifesto of hope for those of us who have felt left out and left behind. It is not simply the story of Jerry's life from comedian to bartender to minister--it is a picture of what we are all called to--an unashamed, unrestrained, unrestricted expression of the life and love of God."
--Doug Pagitt, Pastor and author of Flipped
"Deeply personal and theologically timely. A moving memoir of personal transformation that illuminates the dignity of often forgotten lives while raising essential questions about what the Church sees as important."
--Thomas V. Wolfe, President and CEO, Iliff School of Theology
About the Author
Jerry Herships is the leader of AfterHours Denver, a thriving faith community that meets in bars and pubs. Originally a comedian and bartender, Herships was drawn into ministry after realizing that the connections and conversations he was having with his customers at the bar were deeper and more real than anything he'd ever experienced in a church.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File Size : 591 KB
- Publication Date : October 30, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 181 pages
- Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press (October 30, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B017DORYYA
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0664260586
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,159 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I felt like the author’s personal story is a lot like mine. This book is about finding a way to connect with God, not with the other “good Christians” who are exactly like you. It’s about being called to follow the actual teachings of Jesus, not “the Church.”
It’s refreshing to hear an ordained minister like Jerry Herships admit that not everyone has to “do” church the same way. That not everyone needs to come from the “best” backgrounds. And that EVERYONE (even clergy) struggles with tough times, dark thoughts, and internal doubts.
It’s so cathartic to hear the author’s inspiring and bracingly honest journey from someone trying to make his career in Hollywood (gasp - cue scary music and evangelical disapproval!) to someone so focused on what JESUS was really all about - helping and loving others who need help and love. (Especially those who would not be warmly welcomed in most of America’s church pews…)
Last Call has laughs, pain, empathy, commiseration, and a fantastic character journey… that has the added benefit of being true.
Many people would read an ad for a church in a bar with that tag line and cringe. And just as Jerry Herships says in his memoir, Last Call: From Serving Drinks to Serving Jesus, the ad, and AfterHours Denver, isn't for them anyway.
Because for 200 million Americans, the traditional church doesn't just work for us. We are tired of sitting in pews in stuffy churches, looking out of stained-glass windows and half-heartedly listening to a boring minister talk about Jesus. Some of us would rather be outside the church, and outside of our comfort zones, DOING the work Jesus told us to do.
You know ... feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and caring for the sick. We are tired of giving offerings for bigger, better buildings and projects that don't really apply to us. We want to do more than hear The Message; we want to live it.
My review might be a bit biased, as I am one of AfterHours' rogue disciples. But if I didn't believe in our ministry and our purpose, I would have spent my $12 buying four shots of Jamo during our next Monday gathering at the Irish Rover instead of this book. And if I didn't love this book so much, I would be on Yelp writing a review on how cool it is that I can get four shots of Jamo for $12 on Monday nights at the Irish Rover.
It only took me a couple of days to finish this memoir, and each time I sat down to read, I felt like I was getting a chance to sit and have a drink with Jerry. (We call our pastor by his first name. I think he might faint if any of us referred to him as Rev. Herships. That might be a fun trick to try on Monday night.) And, usually, when I sit and have a drink with him, I cry. That's exactly what I did throughout this entire book.
Life has a way of taking everything you know to be true and good and right and flipping it all around until you begin to lose all faith in yourself (and sometimes, even your God). This happened to Jerry several times before he found his calling - starting a church that meets in bars, makes sack lunches and then serves them to our city's homeless.
The ultimate takeaway from this memoir is one that has resonated with me deeply over the last few months as I have tried to make sense of a life that has been turned upside down far too many times: that the only way out of brokenness is to help the broken. Because even as Christ hung from the cross in His time of deepest need, He offered mercy to one who did not deserve it.
AfterHours has been the balm in Gillead for this sin-sick soul. With every sip of bourbon swallowed and every peanut butter and jelly sandwich made, AfterHours has done what all the king's horses and all the king's men could never do; they put me back together again.
Last Call isn't a book for those looking for all the answers to life's toughest questions. Jerry doesn't pretend to know why our friends in the park have no homes, and he can't tell you why there is so much suffering in our lives, but he most certainly will challenge the way you look at church and how you do service. And maybe, for you, just as it did for me, you'll find that sometimes answers aren't important when there are people to feed.