PhxP Book Review: “Misfit Faith” by Jason J. Stellman
Jason Stellman first came on my radar back in the early days of the blog when he was a missionary for Calvary Chapel in Europe.
His support was cut off and he had to return home because he was becoming a (gasp) Calvinist.
That interest in Calvinism led to him going to seminary and becoming a Presbyterian pastor.
While dwelling among the Reformed, he authored what I thought was the book on two kingdom theology and his church was stable and growing.
JJS was going to be a star.
Then, out of seemingly nowhere, he left it all and joined the Roman Catholic communion.
The tongue clucking among the frozen chosen sounded like thunder…
Now, it seems like the new gig has it’s own problems.
It seems like Stellman doesn’t completely fit in anywhere.
He’s a misfit.
My guess is that many of you feel the same way, even if your road hasn’t been as long and winding as Jason’s.
This book may be for you.
Now, if you’re looking for one of those books that affirms traditional orthodoxy in the face of doubt, this probably isn’t the book for you.
That would be too easy and Stellman seems to have an aversion to easy.
If you’re willing to to ask some hard questions and explore some different paradigms (because God and faith are important and worthy of such) I think you will find real value here.
If you’re a misfit, you’re already asking them and looking for change…
Stellman at his best is provocative, glib, and quite humorous…and he’s often at his best here.
What needs to be remembered is that he’s paid a high price over the years to get to this place…and you may have as well.
Sometimes it’s good to know you’re not alone…misfits are often isolated.
His journey isn’t over…neither is yours.
“Misfit Faith” may make the road trip a little more enjoyable for you.