Tyler Edwards designs his first book around the theme of zombies and how some of the churches today are zombie like in their living for Christ. He writes “Apathy has stained our lives so pervasively that we don’t even recognize it anymore”. Many churches are dead to call of the Holy Spirit and the Bible has lost its appeal. I personally don’t enjoy Zombie movies or anything related to them. I wasn’t sure who Tyler’s target audience was, but guessing the under age 30 crowd of those Christians making up the Zombie churches and not realizing it?
I disagreed with a statement he wrote on page 43 “The Bible is very important but again it is not God”. Where John 1:1 “In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. Also he says that people can make the Bible an idol, like that is a negative thing. If I were going to make anything an idol wouldn’t I want it to be God? That thought left me disheartened though I know I get what he was trying to say in not making the laws of the Bible, and the ways of the church an idol.
The devil does find it easier to distract people in a zombie church, and I agree that there are dead churches out there that need some life blood pumped back into them. Being from a living church I think that there are ‘dead’ people all around us, even sitting in the pew next to us.
I appreciate Tyler trying to become culturally intune with the theme of Zombies, but as Christians we need to stand out and be different from the world. I didn’t get his whole Zombie thing really.
About Tyler Edwards:
Tyler Edwards is the lead pastor at Cornerstone Christian Church in Joplin , Missouri , where he works to help people learn how to live like Jesus, love like Jesus, and look like Jesus—so they carry out the mission of Jesus to the world. He graduated from Ozark Christian College with bachelor’s degrees in both Biblical Literature and Christian Ministry . He has written articles for Lookout Magazine, spoken at various campus ministry events in Missouri , and served overseas in Mbale , Uganda .
Tyler loves cheesy horror films. He is particularly fond of movies like Dawn of the Dead, The Signal, and 28 Days Later, where zombies run wild and threaten to infect an entire town. Connect with Tyler on Facebook
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