Today we are joined on the blog by Lawrence Wilson, author of A Different Kind of Crazy, former editorial director at Wesleyan Publishing House, and senior pastor at Fall Creek Wesleyan Church, a thriving, missional congregation in Fishers, Ind., the fastest-growing suburb of Indianapolis and one of the fastest-growing communities in America.
Lawrence: For a long time I’d felt that our experience of God is too small—that we were settling for a kind of pop-culture Jesus who thinks like we do. I wanted to explore what Christianity would look like if we took Jesus’ life and teachings at face value—particularly in the Sermon on the Mount. This is the Jesus everybody seems to find attractive, even non-believers. But we’ve gotten the idea that this life is not attainable.
WPH: Why do you think so many Christians don’t live that kind of life?