Off The Map: Become a Fan!

OFF THE MAP: Spring Fan Drive
Few voices have had more impact on me – and the formation of my ideas about Christianity’s activities in the real world – than Jim Henderson’s, of www.OffTheMap.com.

I first came across Off The Map when I began writing my first attempt at a book: WorldSpeak: Re-Dreaming Christianity Outside the Church. Jim’s voice and worldview/godview seemed in perfect synchronicity with my own, mid-deconstruction. As I’ve gotten to know Jim over the last four years, I’ve found his heart and his character to be consistent with the ethos of his ministry. One of Off The Map’s slogans has been, “Helping Christians Be Normal,” but I find another comment of Jim’s to be a deeper reflection of what’s going at Off The Map:

WHEN PEOPLE LIKE EACH OTHER, THE RULES CHANGE.


When we are in relationship, love leads us to grayer areas that become greener pastures.

Successful relationships don’t begin by first picking apart someone’s worldview and telling her/him why she’s wrong. Strong friendships usually develop through mutual respect, finding common ground, learning to appreciate similarities. Later, we might pick at one another’s opinions, or debate an issue, but the friendship is there. The foundation is love. The rules change.
Another adage I learned from the OTM crew: "Being KIND is better than being RIGHT!"

I’ve done a lot of apologizing (confession, repentance) for the sort of Christian I used to be. Off The Map modeled that for me. I’ve learned that I can call my friendships with atheists and agnostics “fellowship.” Off The Map helped me feel okay with doing that. I’ve even come to believe that “evangelism” can be nothing more (and nothing less!) than kindness to others. That’s OTM 101.

Jim and the crew at www.OffTheMap.com are running a “fan drive” of sorts, working to build their network of followers, friends and fans. I hope you’ll take a moment to check out their website, try following them on Twitter and Facebook, watch some of their Youtube videos. Buy one of Jim’s books. I think you’ll like what they have to offer.

4 comments:

Jim Henderson said...

Thank you

I like you

Existential Punk said...

Peter,

i am so glad to hear a little more of your story and how you have journeyed and changed!

i am following off the map on Twitter now!

Adele

Peter said...

Rock it Adele!

Jim, you da man.

OH, HEY! I FORGOT! SOMETHING ELSE I LEARNED FROM OFF THE MAP:

"Being KIND is better than being RIGHT!"

I gotta add that into the post!!

AJ said...

Peter...

Me too. Me too. I love Henderson and the crew. What a great crew.

AJ

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