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Pure Scum: The Left-Out, the Right-Brained and the Grace of God

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An exhilarating faith life is a tricky business. But ask anyone who's sought after it--from the founders and members of Scum of the Earth Church in Denver to the apostle Paul, from whose letters the church took its name--and they'll tell you it's worth it. In Pure Scum Mike Sares, pastor of Scum of the Earth, takes us along a faith journey, telling the story of how a prett ...more
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Published March 3rd 2010 by IVP Books
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Dean Anderson
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting this church, Scum of the Earth, while visiting a church in every state in 2016. I bought this book at the church, but before I finished reading it on our trip, I lost the book. I finally got the book again as a gift last year and greatly enjoyed it. (Here is our post about our visit to the church: http://deanandmindygotochurch.blogspo... ) ...more
Meghan Filizola
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this church and this community. Wonderful to hear the stories behind its coming to be and to be reminded of God's amazing faithfulness.
John McFarlane
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are a proponent of the “Keeping it Real” approach to life then Mike Sares’ personal story and that of Scum of the Earth Church is a must-read. Mike takes us along the journey of his testimony and testimonies of others to help anyone understand how to be more Christ-like. Throughout the book Mike’s message is told in entertaining and engaging language – as if you were sitting with an old friend and having a chat over a coffee or a drink. Mike’s book is delivered with great wit and naturaln ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story of Mike Sares and Scum of the Earth Church (SOTEC), a Denver based church that, as is told, was the main home church of Five Iron Frenzy during much of their heyday. For fans of the band, there are several interesting background stories here, but this is much more than a FIF documentary.

The church name, based on 1 Corinthians 4:13, is certainly attention-grabbing and indicative of its outside-the-typical-Christian-box approach to church. This book relates the mindset and very intention
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The title is an attention grabber for sure. But paying attention to the narrative of Scum of the Earth church is well worthwhile. Why would you ever name a church "Scum of the Earth?" Sares had good biblical reasons. 1 Corinthians 4:13b says, "We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment" (NIV).

The book interweaves a narrative of Sares own journey that led him from Toledo, Ohio to the Capital Hill district of Denver and to ministry with the "left out an
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My son Sean told me about one of his favorite bands Five Iron Frenzy. I looked them up on the internet and them and this book they play a large part in: author Mike Sares was their pastor. He writes the real, the gritty, the heart-wrenching & the heart-felt knowing "we are continuously converted. I repeat: we are continuously converted. We are always broken, so therefore we continuously converted." ...more
Mark Archibald
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional read doubles as a memoir and a significant guide for church planters and ministering to those who slip through the cracks. Plus lots in the story about one of my favorite bands, Five Iron Frenzy! Entertaining, heartbreaking, gentle kick in the butt.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
this is a book written by the pastor of a local Denver church, Scum of the Earth Church. About the struggles, joys and God's grace in serving the homeless and people who are thought of as the misfits, on the fringe, the right-brained and the left-out - the people I deal with every week!
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting. Could have used a few more stories though.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Doug Dale
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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An interesting and personal look at the blessings and challenges of having a church that offers the 'left-out' a place to experience the grace of God. Certainly good lessons for all of us here.
John M.
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wake up call for the religious church set.
Dave Intlekofer
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good book about the founding of an alternative church. I really enjoyed the pastor's view of evangelizing and his deep relationships with groups of people who typically are "unchurched."
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