Outsider Interviews, The: A New Generation Speaks Out on Christianity

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Statistics tell us that Christianity has an image problem. But what are the stories behind the stats? This question led Jim Henderson, Todd Hunter, and Craig Spinks to host a national interview tour with young non-Christians and Christians in Kansas City, Phoenix, Denver, and Seattle. They wanted to hear why Christians get such a bad rap and what we can do to improve.

The Outsider Interviews is a DVB, a book you can watch. This DVD/book combination features films of the interviews, humorous and moving outtakes, and engaging chapters on a broad range of relevant topics including postmodernism, the Bible, homosexuality, judgmentalism, abortion, and evangelism.
Inspired by David Kinnaman's bestselling book unChristian, The Outsider Interviews provides close encounters with what a new generation really thinks of Christianity and helps readers learn to live faithfully in a fast-changing world.

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EXCERPT FROM CATALOGThe three of us hit the road in the fall of 2008. We wanted to interview some Outsiders and Insiders in four different cities in America. Truth be told, we were just as interested in hearing from Insiders, particularly about where they find points of agreement with Outsiders. We also wanted to know what enabled them to call themselves Christians while still disagreeing with some of the main cultural ideas their spiritual elders fought so hard to establish over the past thirty-five years.Even though we talked with both groups, we decided to call this The Outsider Interviews as a way of erring on the side of the people Jesus misses most. Dietrich Bonheoffer said, "The church is only the church when it exists for others." When it comes to connecting with Outsiders we think the church has much to learn. We have not sought them out for their opinions or asked them to help us become a better church. Instead we often have marginalized them and, worse, objectified them. We only need to look to our own lexicon for evidence of this trait. Here's a few of the names we've come up with to keep them in their place: Lost, Unbelievers, Unsaved, Unrepentant, Unregenerate, Heathens, and Reprobate. We wanted to change this bad habit. We wanted to let Outsiders know we really did value their opinions and insights. We also wanted to model to the church the ancient practice of honoring the Outsider. The Old Testament is filled with the stories of one famous Outsider after another becoming central to the story of God. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Namaan, the entire city of Nineveh, and Gentiles (like me) just to name a few.As you will experience, this ancient approach continues to make an impression in the twenty-first century. More than one Outsider told us they were shocked Christians were actually listening to them. Klarisa, an Outsider in Kansas City, tore our hearts out when she said, "If Christians would listen and show some interest in me, I would be very open to their story." What if evangelism in our time is more about listening than speaking?

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According to statistics, young adults are more disenchanted with the church than ever.

Beyond the statistics are the stories--real people with real opinions and real experiences. These people are more than just numbers. They are your son or daughter, the barista at your favorite café, a young coworker, the college student you sit next to at church.

What if we took the time to listen to the voices behind these statistics? What if we sat down and talked face to face with some of these people and really heard what they had to say?

That is exactly what Jim Henderson, Todd Hunter, and Craig Spinks do in The Outsider Interviews. Journey with them as they travel the country interviewing young adults, listening to their candid stories and probing questions about Christianity. Come along. Meet these amazing young people. See the hearts behind the charts . . . and start some conversations of your own.

The Outsider Interviews is a DVB: a DVD plus Book. Watch the interviews. Read the book. Which will you do first? It's up to you.

"The Outsider Interviews is a brilliant reminder to Christians and non-Christians alike that God's love is bigger than our mistakes and that Jesus will continue to survive the embarrassing things we do in his name."--Shane Claiborne, author and activist, www.TheSimpleWay.org

"An honest dialogue between those who state that they belong to Jesus and those ranging from 'on the way' to 'no way.' I encourage us all to watch, read, and join the conversation."--Elisa Morgan, publisher of www.FullFill.org and president emerita of MOPS International; author of She Did What She Could

"If you care about the people Jesus cares about, please listen to the voices and messages within."--Dan Kimball, author of They Like Jesus But Not The Church

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