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atheist digs house church

Jim and Casper Go to Church (Barna Books, 2007) is the book title of the adventures of Jim Henderson and Matt Casper as they traversed America, stopping off at different churches. They hit several well known ones and some unknown ones, too, on their weekend journeys.

Casper, the friendly hired atheist for the project, commented on Moody Radio’s Open Line that he felt his house church experience was the “most authentic.” Much of what else which he experienced was considered to be “contrived.”

Does the church take her cues from atheists? Well, that would depend… As always, dialogue is a good start.

3 Responses to “atheist digs house church”

  1. Matt Casper says:

    Thank you very much for reading and posting about our book! I like your comment… “Does the church take her cues from atheists?”

    I think my opinions ( the “cues”) have less to do with my atheism than what I have read in the bible and my own take on how I like to spend my time. So far as the latter goes, I prefer, for example, to spend less time watching American Idol, more time seeing original bands in small venues.

    So far as the former–what I’ve read in the bible and how it impacts how I view church–to me it’s pretty simple. Jesus was a street preacher who spent most of his time working with individuals and small groups of people. So I don’t say “this is how you should do church,” but more, “Is this how Jesus said you should do church?”

    And to me that mean more dialog, and less of everything else (which is what one typically finds in house churches!).

    Thanks again… visit when you get the chance. Jim and I post/dialog regularly there.

    Matt Casper

  2. Rachel says:

    Hi, Zane! Thanks for posting about “Jim & Casper Go to Church.” I’m a volunteer with Jim’s organization Off the Map and I wanted to let you know about our Live event coming up this November in Seattle. Both Jim and Matt Casper will be speaking at this event. Here is the link if you want to find out more:

  3. Josh Boldman says:

    Hey there. I just found this post, and I thought I’d throw my two cents in.

    If the church does take it’s cues from atheists, is that necessarily a bad thing? I mean obviously we don’t need atheist leadership or atheist clergy (although that would be a tad bit interesting, wouldn’t it?), but if it is that world apart from Christianity that we are called to reach, doesn’t it then seem that we should be paying attention to these people?

    I mean if our churches were so stigmatized (as if they aren’t enough already) that no non-believer would ever attend, then what is the point? Isn’t our main directive to “go and make disciples?” If that’s true, then what happens when these people want nothing to do with the church as it is? Are there in fact some areas where we should in fact cater to these people? Who knows? But you’re definitely right, it should prove an interesting dialogue.


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