Spirituality for Good-Hearted Heathens
by Jerry Herships
Pub Date 12 Mar 2019
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The world is full of good-hearted heathens, those who love people and those who want to do good in the world. They're not against Godâ€"they just have little use for church. Church is boring and hypocritical. Â Plus, who wants to sit through a sermon every week? But while organized religion doesn't appeal to them, these heathens long for a connection to something bigger than themselves: meaning, community, mission.
Pastor Jerry Herships leads a church-ish community full of good-hearted heathens. They may not love church, but they love sitting around a bar talking about what really matters and doing some good for their city's poorest residents. Herships takes that experience and absolves other former churchgoers of their guilt. No, you don't have to go to church to love and serve God. Yes, God still loves you and wants to help you love the world.
"If the words 'happy hour' seem to have nothing to do with the words 'Sunday Worship,' I think you're exactly the kind of person who will enjoy Rogue Saints. And if you are holding onto faith with a fingernail—or if you lost it already and don't miss a lot of it, but do miss something—you too. And if you think that the best response to the harm done by bad religion is to live well—then you’ll enjoy it too. Don't miss Rogue Saints!"
—Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration
"In Rogue Saints, Jerry reminds us we are simultaneously saint and sinner, called to get out of the pews and into the street because the work of Jesus is not finished; it is to be completed in us and through our acts of service to one another. Often, the ones we think we are ‘saving’ end up doing the saving. Jerry is one of the ones I call 'on the edge of the inside'—neither a 'company man' nor a rebel. I support him and his important work."
—Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Founder of Center for Action and Contemplation