In 1933, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party came to power in Germany and began to systematically transform Germany into a totalitarian state. They eliminated all opposition, and all power was consolidated within the Führer himself. From there, he proceeded to implement his nationalistic, militaristic, and racist policies. As part of his agenda, Hitler saw the local churches of Germany as an important ideological battleground. In order to increase and galvanize his influence, he sought to unify all of the Protestant churches of Germany into one state-sponsored, pro-Nazi Church. And thousands of churches and pastors caved in under the pressure.
The Jesus journey is not a boring drive on a predictable, straight-away highway. It’s a mountain hike. A winding trail. With dips and rises, twists and turns. Formidable challenges. Unexpected surprises.
And course shifts.
Something like three years ago, Carrie and I began to sense a significant shift was coming up around the bend for our family. Perhaps the most significant shift of our lives.
During the summer of 2019 the picture became more clear. It was time to begin preparing ourselves to leave the only church my wife and kids have ever known. It wasn’t a matter of whether or not it would happen. It was now simply a matter of when? how? and what next?
If you’re reading this, you may be aware that I’ve been working on a new book: Jesus People: Communities Formed by the Beatitudes. Within the next few days, the final stages will be complete (cover art and interior formatting). From there, the rest of the work will be promotional as we prepare for the book’s official release on September 18, 2021.
I’m so honored to have a wonderful slate of people who have graciously given Jesus People their endorsement. I have such a high respect for each of these people and consider them to be among the most important voices right now in the 21st century church in America. You’ll find their endorsements below: