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10 Things Your Minister Wants to Tell You: (But Can't, Because He Needs the Job)

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A prominent minister speaks from the heart to all those looking for a way to worship God in today's world. ...more
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Published (first published March 1st 2007)
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Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book exemplifies everything I think about my religion of Christianity. Far too many people have hijacked (interpreting it incorrectly along the way) it for their own personal gains. As with any other great story, the Bible is meant to be a tool for teaching and understanding, as is the Koran or the Torah. In the end, it comes down to this: no one has any of the answers. Faith is what a person makes of it (or doesn't make of it). The best summation of the Bible I have ever heard goes like th ...more
Jun 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just don't understand why one would be a Christian minister if one does not believe in the Bible. He must need the job. ...more
Rod Horncastle
Another book for my religious CRAP section. It's filling up fast. I need to stop reading this stuff - I'm feeling like the Einstein of liberal theology. Are these folks really this dumb? YES! I'll have to put it into some kind of math equation.

I can understand if somebody wants to be totally liberal: Yaaayyy Humanism and materialistic naturalism ("Boo divine Jesus and eternal King"). But religiously and spiritually branching into...Science will someday answer ALL of your questions and desires a
Outstanding book! This is the type of Christianity I grew up with (liberal-yet-Christian upstate New York) - one that can believe in both God and science; one that can follow Christ yet not hate Muslims and homosexuals; one that sees women as equally worth serving in senior positions within the church; etc. This should be required reading for all evangelicals, if only to help them see that there are Christian alternatives to strict literalism. Cannot recommend this highly enough; have already go ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
This book, written by an apparently professing Christian, reads more like an attack on Christianity than an embracing of it. Therefore, I can think of one group who this book would be useful for. This book is not written towards knowledgeable and intelligent followers of the Bible who are well versed in what it says and in defending it. You get the feeling reading it that Thomas must not believe that such people exist. Rather, it is aimed at the youth group member, the teenager who is a Christia ...more
John Sands
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author's note page indicates his main perspective, something few author's do well right at the start. Oliver Thomas writes "But God is also personal. At least the biblical writers thought so." In this way, he foreshadows the main theme of the rest of the book which comes out at the end of chapter 3. The Bible, in Oliver's religion, is only a book.

Oliver puts 10 stakes in the ground and tries to convince us that the Bible has it wrong and he has it right.

1. Thomas contends that creation in
Chuck Engelhardt
Feb 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked up 10 Things Your Minister Wants to Tell You: But Can't Because He Needs the Job, by Oliver Thomas I thought I was picking up a Christian, Biblical look at hard answers that no one wants to hear. I couldn’t have been farther from the truth. “10 Things” is decidedly not Biblical (the author apparently doesn’t trust the Bible) and other than for people who believe the Bible, it is exactly what people want to hear. Can someone say 2 Tim 4:3?
First off, the Title; 10 Things Your Mini
May 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I am a person who has struggled my whole life with matters of spirituality, religion, and God. I admit I am liberal minded and progressive in my thinking (or at least I believe myself to be). That is my biggest problem with matters of religion- fundalmentalist, closed minded, black/white, all or nothing thinking.

This book is written by Baptist minister. It is a refreshing book, because he is not afraid to admit- parts of the Bible are not to be taken literally. That sometimes t
Feb 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author glorifies himself (or tries to) by going against the grain and taking religion to task for failing to tackle the tough questions in the Bible as masterfully as he does. But his reading of the Bible is shockingly elementary. As an example he plainly concludes that the Bible condones the brutal institution of slavery based on a single sentence in one of Paul's letters while apparently forgetting an entire book of the Bible describing God's saving a nation from the brutalities of slavery ...more
thought provoking. It helps identify the big picture message VS getting stuck on the specific details that people want to argue over
Valerie Ohle
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church-theology
This book straightened out so many questions for me (10, to be precise). Several reviews for it dismissed it. I think those reviewers read it with an attitude of self-righteousness, of "knowing better", which the author pointed out on more than one occasion is not a desirable attitude. I'm sorry for those readers.

I love this book. As a future pastor, I'm sure I'll refer to it and/or quote from it often.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad for people who believe this way. God is a loving Father who wants us to learn and grow. He cares about us. He watched over us. He helps us through the hard times. Keep Commandments. Treat others with love. Respect others, especially our ancestors. Then we will end up becoming like God is.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A liberal viewpoint of what questions we have about the Bible, as Christians. While it is humorous and from a liberal point of view he mentions Southern Christians also known as the Bible belt. It's a short audio book and perhaps I will listen again. ...more
Trevor Smith
Ugh. Bad writing all over.
An attempt to quickly explain years of liberal theology. Thomas uses double standards in his logic all over the place. He essentially wants to jettison Christianity for utopia.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: faith
a liberal baptist minister. my head hurts.
This is one of the few books i've stayed w/to the end and rated one star. "liberal baptist minister" should have been a clue.
The bible Rev. Thomas feels most comfortable w/is Jefferson's. take out all those nasty miracles. One example from page 40, "Yet it's hard for any modernday American to believe Jesus literally walked on water..." Really? It's hard to believe that the Son of God, born of a virgin , sight-giver to the blind and man who raises dead
Apr 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
This little book by Rev. Oliver Thomas pretty well reflects a lot of what I've believed for most of my adult life.

Thomas addresses ten major issues that have fueled the so-called culture wars of the past thirty years (including the contradictions within the Bible, creationism, equality of all people regardless of gender or sexual orientation). Some of his comments would probably make Pat Robertson froth at the mouth, but really there isn't much to startle those who fall on the liberal end of Ch
Keith Davis
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been raised Southern Baptist I am fairly confident that none of my ministers wanted to tell me any of this, but if they had I probably would not have walked away when I did. I remember wishing there was some secret Sunday School class where they taught that the creation stories of Genesis and the apocalypses of Daniel and John were never intended to be read literally. That the Bible's statements about slavery and homosexuality and the role of women can only be understood within the histor ...more
Alex Richmond
I picked up this book because it stuck out to me on the selves at the library. No idea why, but it did. Oliver Thomas talks about ten aspects of religion that the church doesn't talk about enough but need to. His man claim is that the bible was written thousands of years ago by humans, translated from its original langues, and at times altered or parts ignored to justify peoples actions.

I understand his core meanings, but at this time I cant say I support everything he says or believes. He is ri
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has some really good points,but the majority of this book I disagree with. The author made some very good points such as the role of woman in the church, faith without works and looking at the history of scriptures. However some of the things he was saying, I disagree with heavily. On some parts, he took one scripture to mean something else and forget about the other scriptures. That was the major flaw, I understand that is how he believes, but I believe if he is going to show the hist ...more
Heather Leipart
Oct 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I am very surprised this minister calls himself a Baptist. I can try to go along with a lot of things, believing that though there seem to be some hard and fast tenets within christianity, there also is a little wiggle room- many colors in the rainbow and on the spectrum. However, it seems to me as if he pushes the envelope too far in too many areas. It is too "feel good" for me and not solid enough on scripture. I would have appreciated more bible references to back everything up, ot ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a very short 2 hours, 37 minutes, Oliver "Buzz" Thomas goes through Christian liberal theology, while picking out certain problems with fundamentalist ideas or rationalizing his own beliefs.

Some of us who read the book will be thankful that he shines a light on some of their own feelings, others will be screaming bloody murder that he picks apart some fundamentalist teachings. I'm rating it with 4 stars because in this very short period of time, Oliver has explained a lot of things well in h
Clif Hostetler
If you have friends or family who hold conservative interpretations of biblical texts and you find it difficult to explain your own more moderate views, then this book is for you. It provides short simple takes on today's big religious questions: homosexuality, the place of women, evolution vs. creationism, the plausibility of miracles, religious pluralism, life after death and others. "This book is written for all the people who want to live lives of purpose... without having to put their brain ...more
Leroy Seat
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a quick read, but it is quite good and one I agreed with almost in its entirety.

I guess it is quite good because it deals with a lot of the same matters I dealt with in my book "Fed Up with Fundamentalism."

The subtitle of the book is "(But Can't, Because He Needs the Job)". Maybe that is the reason that even though he went to the seminary and has served as pastor of churches, the author is not currently the pastor of a church.
David Taylor
Jun 06, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thought
I picked up this quick read because my pastor is using the titles of the chapters for his summer series. For me this book was mostly a non-event. I have already wrestled with most of the issues and come to very similar answers to the author. For those who disagree this book will not convince you. If you are on the fence, you might get a nudge one way or the other.
Oct 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the worst books I have read ....and to think this was a minister's summer lectionary. It is poorly reading the Reader's Digest version of his own book. AND I strongly disagree with his theology. He lost me when he referred to Jesus's Great Commission as.."the so called Great Commission. ...more
Lee Ann
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is more directed at conservative denominations than my own Episcopal tradition. However, I would give the book study we did 5 stars because of the discussion it generated. These were issues we never discussed among ourselves - for example, what we actually believe in the Scriptures and why.
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100books08
it was a bit too trite and simplistic for me. he reduces everything to the lowest common denominator and doesn't do the issues he talks about real justice. because of his approach this book is easy to dismiss which is a shame because he does have some good things to say. ...more
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short, easy to read book that I found valuable. In recent years Christianity has come to represent so many things that seem not "Christ-like". I found a great deal of reassurance in Mr. Thomas's writing. ...more
Apr 07, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ministry
Well written, mostly stuff I already knew. But I guess I'm not the audience the author is looking for, a seminary education liberal minister. But my mom liked it, which is why I read it. ...more
Nov 02, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Parts of it were interesting and parts of it were not as interesting.
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