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Guest Speaker This Weekend

Two years ago, my son Jon, 34, started a blog that he called Stuff Christians Like.  It was a take-off of a new popular blog, Stuff White People Like.  He sent it to a bunch of friends who sent it to a bunch of friends and in weeks a few thousand people were reading it.  Since then, over 1.1 million people from 200 countries have viewed over 7.5 million pages on the blog.

The publishing firm, Zondervan, has just released Jon’s book based on the site.  In the last year Jon has spoken to churches, conferences and retreats.  In his day job he writes web articles for AutoTrader, and also does freelance advertising.

Jon’s writing and speaking are connecting with people who want a fresh, honest look at God, faith, and church.  He uses humor and satire to hold up a mirror to some of the silly and dumb ideas we have about God.  Some of his stuff is plenty silly, too, like how to score how metrosexual your worship leader looks.  (You have to first know what metrosexaul means.  By the way, Jeff Crawford flunks.)

I have asked Jon to come speak to the Gathering Church this Sunday, April 18th, because there is something very important about the tone of his life and his message.  He has a way of tapping into the incredible grace of God by being brutally honest about the junk in our lives, about the bad-thinking that often prevents us from experiencing what God wants to be to us.  He is un-politically correct in respect to many of our religious sensibilities and behaviors.

I continue to learn much from him about honesty and grace, and am constantly challenged by his perspective.  So, I want to share him with you.

On Saturday, April 17th, at 11:00 am he will be doing a book reading/signing at Flyleaf Books, 752 MLK, Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, next to Fosters.  Come meet him.

Check out his site, and his book, Stuff Christians Like, on Amazon.  Flyleaf will have a number on hand for purchase as well.

If you have a friend who thinks that Christians take themselves way too seriously, are judgmental and out of touch, bring them to hear Jon.  He’s mostly one of them, someone who wants it all to be real.

Oh, did I mention that I’m very proud of him.

Comments

  1. Steve Kurtz says:

    We are proud of him too. Who knew that little “nananoo” (Peter couldn’t say “Jonathan”) would become what he has.

  2. I was so looking fwd to meeting your son Mark! Your family has become My family, ya know? I was gonna go get a book signed and everything. Alas, I will be out of town. As Steve Kurtz told me “You can’t do everything Bonnie.” I will get to hear his message on podcast, but I am still thrilled about his coming. Nick has read his blog often over the last 2 years, and we have shared many a laugh and deep thought over Jon’s words. I know it will be a Wonderful time. I too feel proud of Jon, even though I have never met him… is that possible? Hahaha, how bout I am just Very happy for you and Libby ~