Discover the Mystery of Faith
What if the way we worship isn't just an expression of our faith, but is what shapes our faith?
The Church has believed this about the way we worship and pray together for centuries. The way we worship becomes the way we believe. But if that’s true, it’s time to take a closer look at what we say and sing and do each week.
Drawing from his own discovery of ancient worship practices, Packiam helps us understand why the Church made creedal proclamations and Psalm-praying a regular part of their worship and why the Eucharist was the climactic point of their corporate “re-telling of the salvation story.”
When our worship becomes a rich feast, our faith is nourished and no longer anemic. The more our worship speaks of Christ, the more we enter the mystery of faith.
1. A Pauper’s Meal
2. Learning a New Language
3. Tethered to the Narrative
4. Retelling the Story
5. Entering the Mystery
6. Listening to the Spirit
Glenn Packiam redefines the word lucky in the context of Jesus’ beatitudes in Luke’s Gospel.
Lucky uncovers how the poor, hungry, mourning and persecuted are blessed because the Kingdom of heaven—its fullness, comfort, and reward—is theirs in spite of their condition. This is Christ’s announcement: the Kingdom of God has come to unlikely people.
Like the people Jesus addressed, we are called lucky not because of our pain or brokenness but because in spite of it, we have been invited into the Kingdom. The trajectory of our lives have been altered. What’s more, we now have a part in the future that God is bringing. Like Abraham, we have been blessed to carry blessing, to live as luck-bearers to the unlikely and unlucky.
Foreword by Eugene Peterson
Chapter 1: "Feeling Lucky?"
Chapter 2: "Luck's Beginner"
Chapter 3: "The God-Dependent"
Chapter 4: "Those Who Are Empty On The World"
Chapter 5: "Those Whose Best Life Isn't Now"
Chapter 6: Those Whom the World Rejects"
Chapter 7: "Luck-Bearers"
Epilogue: "Good. Luck."
From the Foreword: "I have just finished reading the book you are holding in your hands. And I’m feeling lucky. I’m feeling lucky to have spent a few hours in the company of a pastor who cares enough about the gospel of Jesus and the kingdom of God to take them seriously on their own terms, to respect their integrity.”
Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College
God wants you to know Him, deeply and personally. But there are no shortcuts to God.
So often we too easily settle for someone else’s descriptions, the CliffsNotes from another’s spiritual journey. We are content to let “God experts” do the heavy lifting and then give us the bottom line. And after enough times through the grapevine, the truth about God deteriorates until crumbs and rumors are all that remain.
But when life derails, when things don’t go as we planned, our thinview of God is challenged. In those critical moments, we can choose to walkaway from God … or let our questions lead us home. When you decide to wrestle with God, to engage Him for yourself, you—like Jacob and Job and David and Glenn—will see rumors die and revelation come alive.
It’s time to hear the magnificent divine invitation. It’s time to take God up on His offer and embrace the mystery and majesty of knowing Him for yourself.
Chapter 6 Subversive
Chapter 7 Audacity
Chapter 8 Holy
Chapter 9 Carts
Chapter 10 Contact
Chapter 11 Invitation
Chapter 12 Joy
Secondhand Jesus explodes with passion and desperation, because we are all in need of the real Jesus-- the One Who saves, and in Whom we can place our hope.
Worship Leader Magazine
Digging through the ruins of a ‘house built on sand,’ Glenn Packiam lays bare the shameless lies of a way of religion, very popular these days in America, without foundations in Jesus or Scripture. But it is far more than exposé. This is an honest, personal, detailed story of a Christian leader refusing cynicism and embracing forgiveness and hope.
Eugene H. Peterson, Translator of "The Message" and Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
This is a rich work of biblical excavation…Glenn mines the many stories of the Ark of the Covenant…[to] become indictments and correctives to our own self-serving theologies…But this book is not a tirade. It’s no self-righteous harangue against modern innovations followed by a stern call to return to that “old-time” religion. It’s more a confession and a plea. It’s a bone-deep admission of personal failure, a heartfelt repentance for that failure, and soul-stirring call to put aside childish things and to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.
Mark Buchanan, pastor and author of Your God is Too Safe and The Rest of God
(from the Foreword)
Glenn Packiam is not only a gifted songwriter and worship leader penning songs that capture the heart of our generation, but he is also a gifted writer whose textured voice needs to be heard. Secondhand Jesus is a much-needed challenge for every believer to embrace knowing God like they never have before.
Margaret Feinberg, popular speaker and author of Scouting the Divine
2-Disc Teaching DVD Set for Secondhand Jesus
Based on the book, Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith, this brand new 2-DVD set features four talks that challenge the rumors we believe about God and inspire a journey toward firsthand faith.
Too often we look for shortcuts in our relationship with God. But when life derails, we find that our view of God is nothing more than a patchwork of rumors and secondhand information, too thin to sustain us in our moment of crisis.
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Talk #1- Genie: God Will Give Me What I Want
Talk #2- Many: God Can Be Added to a List of Loyalties
Talk #3- Audacity: God is Pleased With My Goodness
Talk #4- Carts: God Prefers Specialists