Jim and Casper Go to Church: Frank Conversation about Faith, Churches, and Well-Meaning Christians

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What does an atheist think about church? Jim Henderson decided that the best way to find out was to ask! So he recruited an atheist―Matt Casper―to visit twelve leading churches with him and give the “first impression” perspective of a non-believer. Week after week, this spiritual odd couple attended services at churches all over the country and documented their experiences at and reactions to each one. Along the way, they found the real value of their journey in the open and authentic friendship that developed as they talked, questioned, joked, and―most important―listened. Follow along with Jim and Casper on their visits, and eavesdrop as they discuss what they found. Their articulate, sometimes humorous, and always insightful dialogue offers Christians a new view of an environment where we’ve become overly comfortable: the church.

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“ Is this what Jesus told you guys to do?”

Light shows, fog machines, worship bands, offering plates―is this what Jesus intended? Atheist Matt Casper wants to know.

Longtime Christian Jim Henderson realized he’d been immersed in church culture for so long that he had no idea how a nonbeliever might interpret a usual Sunday service . . . or what might inspire him or her to come back.

So he decided to ask! Jim invited an atheist―Matt Casper―to visit twelve leading churches with him and give the “first impression” perspective of a skeptic. Week after week, this spiritual odd couple attended services at churches all over the country and documented their experiences and reactions. Along the way, they found the real value of their journey in the open and authentic friendship that developed as they talked, questioned, joked, and―most important―listened.

Follow along with Jim and Casper on their visits, and eavesdrop as they discuss what they found. Their articulate, sometimes humorous, and always insightful dialogue offers Christians a new view of an environment where we’ve become overly comfortable: the church.

About the Author:

Jim Henderson is cofounder and executive director of Off The Map, a nonprofit organization focused on reinventing evangelism by encouraging Christians to connect with people in small, ordinary, and doable ways. He and his wife, Barb, have been involved in church planting, pastoring, and leadership development for over twenty-five years. They have three children and live in Seattle.

Matt Casper is a marketing copywriter, a freelance writer, a guitar slinger / rock singer, an avid reader, and a halfway decent cook. His dream job is "gadabout . . . maybe raconteur." He is happily married to Yvonne and is a proud, hands-on father of Evelyn and Cole. He and his family live in San Diego.

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