Author circles back to simplicity

Special to The Sun
Published: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 03:11 PM.

Last year when Ronnie McBrayer moved back to Florida and his church, A Simple Faith, he began to think about why it was started.

I began thinking a lot about how to rekindle and refocus myself and the congregation on the original mission of the church,” McBrayer told The Sun. “So I was thinking about how to take us back to our beginning purposes, and say it again, without just saying it again.”

As McBrayer searched for an idea to stir imaginations so they could “get it,” he decided what they didn’t need was more of the church as they had known it.

“My conclusion was that we need church to look more like a local diner — more like a neighborhood bar — more like a Waffle House restaurant — then, people might feel welcomed at ‘church’ once again.”

After a series of talks at A Simple Faith, McBrayer’s newest book, “The Gospel According to Waffle House,” was written.

The back cover of the book reads “This is essential reading for those who wish to do ‘simple church’ in a time when Christianity is increasingly fragmented and complicated.”

“I think this is a good summary,” McBrayer said. “I always circle back to simplicity, and this book, more than any other I have written, sticks with this theme.”

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