Monday, November 02, 2015

Review of the book Midnight Jesus by Jamie Blaine

This book is about a guy who has several jobs. He works at a skating rink, a psychiatric hospital and a counselor at a church. He writes about what he learned after meeting with several people who gave him a different view of religion and life. I was fascinated by all the people he talked to and helped. I like the quote on page 77 which says " He(God) he picked roughneck fisherman and tax cheats. Liars and thieves. Outlaws and while women. Jesus was willing to work with the people no one else wanted on their team. He c hose flawed, messed-up, messy people. Just like brother John. Just like me...I suppose that means Jesus isn't that concerned with resumes. You don't need a seminary degree or dazzling charm or twin rows of perfect, white teeth. You don't have to be some hotshot preacher, motivational speaker, superstar athlete, born-again celebrity, or pumped-up A extrovert. The only thing Jesus ever asked was, will you follow me?" I also like the quotes on page 196,197. " Jesus said whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, you do for me. I don't think he's going to ask me where I went to church or how many Bible verses I memorized. Hes going to say, where were you when I was sick? When I was in jail? How about when I was hungry? Where you were when I lost my mind? Sometimes I think the best ministry is to just be there. With no answers or agendas, willing to admit there are some things in life you can't fix of figure out. Made things simpler if I look at that way. I don't have to be good at systems or sermons or magic phrases and prayers. I don't have to be charming or motivational or articulate. All I have to do is be willing to show up and sit with Jesus."

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