I just got back from the Church Basement Roadshow in San Jose. If you don’t know what the Church Basement Roadshow is…you should. Go check it out. The above photo alone should make you want to go and see why Doug and Tony are dressed like that. Doug Pagitt, Mark Scandrette and Tony Jones are going on this tour all summer to promote their new books – and it’s definitely worth checking out (besides, where else can you get a NOT-SOLD-IN-STORES “Trucker Frank for President” t-shirt like I did…?).
In addition to simply being a time of book promotions and craziness and zany antics (all of which will keep you laughing), there are moments of beautiful poetry, autobiographical reflections and being challenged theologically. Doug shares about pursuing a Christianity that makes sense with your own lived experience, a Christianity that doesn’t make you check your heart or experience at the door. Tony shares about Christianity’s naive embrace of Platonic philosophy as gospel, and reflects on absolute truth and Jesus as living truth. And Mark shares some powerful stories about the gritty compassion of Jesus and how he’s experienced beauty in unexpected places.
It’s definitely worth checking out – you can see the tour dates here. And you don’t have to take just my word for it – here are other fan reactions to the Rollin’ Gospel Revival.