The Christian Atheist

The Christian Atheist, by recovering Christian Atheist Craig Groeschel, is an honest, hard-hitting and eye-opening look into the ways people believe in God but live as if he doesn’t exist.


Craig Groeschel

Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life Church, a pace-setting multi-campus church, with over eighty weekly worship experiences in fourteen locations, including an online campus.

Posted by on 19 Feb 2010

Many of us were taught that to reach people today, we have to make our sermons simple, practical and relevant. While I agree that all three qualities are important, we must never forget they all must be spiritual to change lives!

In our efforts to reach people far from God, some pastors with good intentions are perhaps making messages too shallow.

When people come to church today, I believe they truly want to know what the Bible says. There seems to be a genuine hunger for God’s Word. Even if a curious non-Christian attends church, most want to hear a biblical message rather than a self-help and feel-good sermonette.

Our American churches today are sadly filled with many biblically illiterate people. Many truly want to learn more. Most prefer to be challenged rather than babied.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what people want. If sin separates people from God, we can’t be afraid to preach about sin, the cross, and the resurrection.

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  • doc murphy - Apr 19th, 2010

    Pastor Craig I totally agree…keep putting it out brother! Also thanks so much for all the resources you make available, they have been a blessing to me and our church. Love you guys

  • Pastor Andy Logan - May 19th, 2010

    I completely agree with this post. To take it a step further, our worship has become more like “christian entertainment” encouraging more people to be spectators than active participants.

    God bless you for also saying what needs to be said!

  • Jeff Dolan - May 26th, 2010

    I like your concept with your new book. There’s a lot to be said about the need for reaching this Luke-warm Christian mission field. The way I see it, if you are sitting in church, you signed up for the heavy stuff. Otherwise, you are out in the world where simple, practical, and relevant may be more effective.

  • Rob Bollinger - Jun 10th, 2010

    I appreciate your offerings and insight into the description of the church today. After reading several of your posts regarding the “loneliness” of many pastors and where people are today “in the church”. Much of these problems would be remedied if the pastors sought out the true helpers of the church such as the apostles and prophets that do exist today and explained in Ephesians chapter 4. The church will never function aon earth as it was intended until we have all the parts of the church. Thank you in your efforts to talk about the ailing christian.
    Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

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