Scott Hodge


The Gospel According to Starbucks

May 30, 2007


I’ve really been enjoying Leonard Sweet’s new book, The Gospel According to Starbucks.  The book has a great rhythm and some really interesting facts about one of my favorite things in the world – Starbucks Coffee

The spiritual challenges in the book are convicting and right on.  Here are a few pieces to chew on:

The problem is not that Christianity can’t be believed, but that it can’t be practiced because of its lack of lived experience.  And it can’t be observed by others because there are too few Christians who are radical enough to manifest what the gospel really looks like.

An evangelist, in a biblical setting, is a bearer of the gospel, a "story catcher" of good news, a storyteller of the glory of God.

The dominant story of the Scriptures, from Genesis to the maps, is the story of how God takes what is worst, least and most contemptible and does what is greatest, best, and strongest.

The basic question of life is this: is God a reality to be experienced or a belief to be remembered? 

The basic question of the Christian life is this: is Christ a living force to be experienced or a historical figure to be reckoned with?

It makes me nauseatingly sick that half a dozen megachurches in USAmerica cast the molds for what goes on in the majority of Christian churches around the world.  It’s not their fault.  It’s ours. 

Check out Len’s book here.

6 Responses to “The Gospel According to Starbucks”

  1. Its a great book. I usually shy away from most titles that are The Gospel According to… But, Len is amazing, he makes so many great connections to the starbucks culture. I had a few ideas from this book as well: <>

  2. Kyle says:

    Whoa, definitely something to think about! Thanks for this, i might need to get my hands on that book…

  3. Scott Jones says:

    Thanks for sharing some of the wisdom from Leonard Sweet’s book. I will definitely need to pick it up; because it appears it may resonate with many of my thoughts and feelings.
    I also really appreciate the question,

  4. Joni Ruhs says:

    Wow, that’s stunning.

  5. michael says:

    Sounds intriguing…I think it is a belief that needs to be experienced.
    I look forward to the sequel, Lattes by Paul.

  6. Bekah says:

    dude im reading the same book right now!

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