If the Church Were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of Jesus (Paperback)
The largest group in American religious life may be the disillusioned—people who have been involved in the church, respect Jesus, but question what Christianity has become. In If the Church Were Christian Philip Gulley provides a profound picture of what the church could look like if it refocused on the priorities of Jesus.
Philip Gulley is a Quaker minister, writer, husband, and father. He is the bestselling author of Front Porch Tales, the acclaimed Harmony series, and is coauthor of If Grace Is True and If God Is Love. Gulley lives with his wife and two sons in Indiana, and is a frequent speaker at churches, colleges, and retreat centers across the country.
“Filled with memorable, insightful and revealing stories. I recommend it.” — Marcus Borg
“Philip Gulley separates wheat from chaff, experience from explanation and purpose from function in this book. He calls the Jesus message into a new vision - one that has both power and integrity.” — John Shelby Spong, author of Eternal Life: A New Vision
“Gulley puts the Christ back in Christian. This manifesto is a call not just to worship Jesus, but to follow him. It asks the daring question, “What if Christians actually began to take their Christ seriously?” The answer to that question could change the world.” — Shane Claiborne, bestselling author of The Irresistible Revolution.
“Gulley has done a fine job pinpointing the flaws of the Christian churches and suggesting transformative paths to follow.” — Spirituality and Practice
“[Gulley’s] effortless and uncomplicated style allows for easy reading over some heavy material.” — Library Journal
“Gulley’s newest book is thoughtful, insightful and a joy to read.” — Indianapolis Star