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Ir-rev-rend (ir REV rund) noun 1. a pastor who is somewhat critical of what is generally accepted or respected 2. a pastor who is trying to make sense of life, love, the church and other confusing things from a slightly satirical point of view; an irreverent sense of humor. 3. a “normal” guy pursuing God Whatever you may think about the “typical” pastor, throw it out. Do they make bad decisions? Yes. Commit sin and experience severed relationships? Yes and yes. Pastor Greg Surratt is not perfect, and he unashamedly tells the stories that have strengthened his faith. He writes that the choice to follow Christ is never clean, is often scary, is usually clothed in mystery, and is always an adventure. For some people, God appears in dark, dirty, lonely, or just plain odd places. Greg found God while huddled under a grand piano, hiding from overzealous friends and family trying to accost him during an altar call at a Pentecostal revival. So began a life of sharing stories of God’s endlessly creative and often surprising work and seeing God’s transforming power in unexpected ways. Despite years of vocational ministry, Greg never underestimates the power of divine/human encounters in some of teh least “churchy’ places on earth. Humorous, insightful, and challenging, IR-REV-REND is a revealing and joyous look at real-life Christian living. As Greg himself affirms, if God can use his missteps and blunders, God can use anybody’s. Whatever you may think about the “typical” pastor, throw it out. Do they make mistakes? Yes. Bad decisions? Yes. Commit sin and experience severed relationships? Yes and yes. Pastor Greg Surratt isn’t perfect, and he unashamedly tells the stories in this memoir that have strengthened his faith. He writes that the choice to follow Christ is never clean, is often scary, is usually clothed in mystery, and is always an adventure. To some people, God appears in dark, dirty, lonely, or just plain odd places. Greg found God while huddled under a grand piano, hiding from overzealous friends and family trying to accost him during an altar call at a Pentecostal revival. So began a life of sharing stories of God’s endlessly creative and often surprising work and seeing God’s transforming power in unexpected ways. Despite years of vocational ministry, Greg never underestimates the power of divine/human encounters in some of the least “churchy” places on earth. Humorous, insightful, and challenging, IR-REV-REND is a revealing and joyous look at real-life Christian living. As Greg himself affirms, if God can use his missteps and blunders, God can use anybody’s.   Read a sample chapter here!   Author Video:  Ir-Rev-Rend Author Video:  Ir-Rev-Rend:   About the Author:  Greg Surratt is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church (www.seacoast.org), a trendsetting, multisite church. An Oklahoma native who grew up in Colorado, he now lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, with his wife, Debbie. They have four children and nine grandchildren. You can find out more about Greg on his blog at www.gregsurratt.com or on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/pastorgregsurratt.   Newspaper Interview with Greg Surratt about the book:  The Post and Courier  

Buzz about Ir-Rev-Rend:

Robbie Foreman says:
Pastor Greg Surratt is one of the most humble men that you will ever meet.  I am a little biased because Pastor Greg serves as an overseer for our church. With that aside, he is very humble and transparent.  Its his humility and transparency that made his book IR-REV-REND an incredible read. Pastor Greg gives great insight to topics such as worship, family, doubt, money, and many others. His book is a must read for everyone! I promise you will laugh and will be hooked on his every word! [more]
Brandon A Cox says:
Brutal honesty, plus hilarious anecdotes and some inspiring stories of redemption at work changing lives is what I encountered when I read Ir-rev-rend: Christianity Without the Pretense. Faith Without the Facade. by Greg Surratt. As a church planter who is trying to figure things out on a week-by-week basis, I loved Greg’s opening chapters in which he relayed plenty of advice about how NOT to plant a church, all learned in the laboratory of his own experiences plantingSeacoast Church in the Carolinas. Greg would almost have us believe that the church came into being in spite of his ministry there. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but Greg is that brutally honest about how he learned things the hard way… [more]
Book Reporter says:
Unlike his elder family members who preached firebrand style and got people filling the altars, Surratt didn’t feel that people felt much of anything when he spoke. But at the wise counsel of a college professor, he realized there must be a group of people out there somewhere who needs his brand of preaching/teaching. No worries. Finally, Surratt recounts how he was fired from his first three jobs in ministry: first by his father, then by his grandfather, and finally by a stranger. Good for Surratt that he never gave up, and neither did God. After all, he now pastors one of the largest churches around, and his influence (like his sense of humor) knows no bounds… [more]
The Cyberlibrarian says:
It was not until I got to the chapter on worship (by far the strongest chapter) that I began to appreciate his religious understanding and his sensitivity. Over a short span of time, Surratt experienced religious awakening in several diverse ways, including a service at an Episcopal church (heaven forbid), and a visit to the Iona Community in Scotland. I know several people who have been to the Iona Community, so I was not the least bit surprised that he was extremely moved by the experience there. He also had an experience of an anointing as well as an intercessory prayer candle lighting. The very best part of these experiences was that Surratt realized that his congregation was missing some of these intense spiritual moments. He was humble enough to realize that the services at Seacoast Church may have been lacking in quiet, prayerful, and peaceful surrender. And, wonder of wonders, he incorporated some of those spiritual aspects into his Sunday morning worship experiences.  I wanted to put my arms around him and say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”  [more]
 

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