I LOVE coffee.  I do seriously…it would nearly kill me if God told me to fast from it.  So it’s no surprise that I’m reading and enjoying ‘The Gospel According to Starbucks’ by Leonard Sweet.the-gospel-according-to-starbucks

I’ll be honest, I used to be a big Starbucks fan, but lately I’m not.  I prefer independent coffee shops, not because Indy is so much better, but because I’m more likely to be able to find 100% organic coffee that is 100% fairly traded.  Starbucks says its the largest purchaser of fairly traded coffee, but only a small percentage of their coffee is Fair Trade, they just buy a high quantity of those beans.  Support Fair Trade coffee growers!

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Beyond what Leonard Sweet is saying about Starbucks…he has a great way with words.  I’ve found some real gems, things I’ve already believed, but he articulates them in a way that resonates with me.

He talks about how the western church in the 20th century, has made it’s primary message that Jesus, Christianity, the gospel can help make you a better person.  So we and our churches create programs to do that.  We preach sermons to help us become better people…and it all feels like on big self-help manual.  And then we have missed the point, we have not seen the deep, simple, profound, live changing transforming heart of the message.  The purpose of Christ and the Good News and the church is not to help us become a better version of me.

Leonard Sweet writes, ‘The passion of Christian faith is the ability to say, “Yes, Christianity can make you a better person.  That better person is Jesus.”‘  Pair this statement with John 3:30 where when John is challenged by his followers to do something because many of them are leaving to follow Jesus and he responds by saying, “I must become less, and he must become more.”  This is the heart of the gospel and it is my daily goal.

Now time to go find a good cup of coffee.