Michael Yaconelli passed himself off as the “Italian correspondent” for The Wittenburg Door, the magazine satirizing evangelical Christians that he edited in the 1970s and ’80s. Mike’s no-holds-barred truth telling made this founder of the San Diego-based Youth Specialties a popular speaker.
Living on the water in his boat, for years he pastored a church on weekends in Yreka, at the opposite end of California! He died in 2003 in a heart-attack-induced collision.
What He Said…No Dull Disciple
The most critical issue facing Christians is dullness. We’ve lost our astonishment. The Good News is now just okay news. Christianity is no longer life changing, it’s life enhancing. Jesus doesn’t change people into wild-eyed radicals anymore, He changes them into “nice people.”
What happened to the un–nice brand of Christianity that turned the world upside-down? … To the gospel that spread through the first century like wildfire and was considered (by those in power) dangerous? … To the kind of Christians whose hearts were on fire, spoke the truth no matter the consequence, and weren’t afraid to follow Jesus wherever He went?
I’m ready for a Christianity that “ruins” my life and makes me uncomfortable. I want to be filled with an astonishment so captivating that I’m considered wild and unpredictable. I want to be “dangerous” to a dull and boring religion. I want a faith that’s considered “dangerous” by our predictable and monotonous culture.
Adapted from Dangerous Wonder (NavPress, 1988, 2003)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, I want to fully follow You, even when it’s controversial or risky. Please give me the grit it takes.