Monday, April 2, 2012

Conversing "WITH" Skye Jethani

A while back I stumbled across a powerful speaker/pastor/author named Skye Jethani.  Skye is the teaching pastor at Blanchard Alliance Church in Wheaton, IL and serves as the managing editor of Leadership Journal's Out of Ur.  He is also a regular contribute to Relevant Magazine and the Huffington Post. Skye is the author of two books The Divine Commodity a conversation around the consumeristic tendencies of the Western Church and With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God.  

For the next few weeks I am going to interact with With because I think it gets to the foundation of why so many young Christians are walking away from the Church.  In my very first blog post I mentioned the reasons why I have chosen to stay in the church even though it is common knowledge the Western Church is shrinking. This series of posts seeks to identify some of the reasons people are leaving and what can be done to turn the tide.  No book or blog can possibly accurately identify every single reason any one person or group of persons chooses to leave a church, walk away from a life of faith, or convert to another faith.  However, it is good to talk about just them same with those who seem to have a pulse on the situation.

Through With Skye Jethani shares his belief that there are four main reasons people are leaving the church.  He believes that those who are actually leaving, not those who have never been a part, have become inoculated by a completely powerless faith.  The four postures he proposes are warped versions of the Christian life, that left unnoticed or unidentified will continue to cast poor visions of Christianity that once tasted will leave one feeling unfulfilled if not cheated by the Christian life.  The four postures are a life under God, a life over God, a life from God, and a life for God.  Each one has a merit of truth to it, but each one is really a weak, one dimensional, useless version of what real Christian is about, a life with God.  Hence the title of the book.

So if you want to learn more about all the four postures and my take on them, follow along the next few weeks as we discuss With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God.  Each post will focus on one of the four postures, then we will conclude the series by examining his four solutions life with God, life with faith, life with hope, and life with love.  Below is a video that summarizes his four postures.

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