Dave Tomlinson is effortlessly interesting and seems to effortlessly attract interesting people. He mentors the leaders of the now global atheist church, he took the funerals of two of the countries most notorious criminals, and his church is so cool even Bono turns up from time to time.

But what we find even more interesting is the fact that Dave went from the emerging church back to the institutional church. Why Dave, why?!

Image provided by Dave Tomlinson. Used with permission.


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“Although people have accused me of tossing the Bible aside, I’ve never been able to do that. I’ve always wrestled with the Bible. People have stood up many times in public gatherings – at Greenbelt and elsewhere – and told me that I’ve abandoned the Bible. And my response is, ‘I bet if we sat down and looked at it, that I read the Bible more than you do.’ It’s part of my daily life. It’s part of my daily prayers. And I can’t just say I don’t care about the Bible.”

“Most people don’t come to church. And actually I don’t think God cares whether you come to church. I think God must be more interested in who you are as a person and the decisions you make in your life and the way you treat people than what you do on a Sunday morning.”


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