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Ed Goble challenges Spectator Church in latest book

Minister, web-developer, and author, Ed Goble was drawn to this area to write, and to Campbellsville University because of his belief in the mission of Jesus Christ. The book is built on the premise that it is time to stop trying to get the world into the church and time to get the church into the world.

By Linda Waggener
News from Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, KY - Campbellsville University website developer Edward Goble's most recent book, "and no religion, too - thoughts on the spectator church" (2008), 136 pages, has a message for pastors and church leaders across America.

Written from the experience and point of view of the author, an ordained minister, and the father of an ordained minister, Goble shares his views on the spectator church and the religious activities that can keep its shepherds in a closed environment rather than out doing the work of communicating among the unchurched. He suggests that it is time to stop trying to get the world into the church and time to get the church into the world.

Concerned about building ever bigger churches

The main points in this book surround Goble's concerns over the effect that building bigger and bigger churches is having on the actual work of the church.

"All the way back in the book of Acts," he writes, "we read about Christians gathering. Their first meeting place was Solomon's Porch, a huge, open aired portico on the eastern part of the temple in Jerusalem. Jesus used the porch often and the infant church gathered there as well."So, using a facility, or having a specific gathering place for believers, is about as old as the church. The salient difference between our facilities and Solomon's porch is - the porch wasn't the place all the God-stuff happened, it was the launching pad."

In his epilogue, he said, "My prayer is that we rediscover some things about God's heart, things inadvertently filed away as we settled into life. Jesus wants to stir up the radical in us. I really believe that. I think He wants to remind us of those first few weeks and months that we walked together, back when we believed in the impossible."

Goble is owner of Bluegrass Creative

In addition to his work in the area of CU admissions marketing, Goble is owner of Bluegrass Creative, a company specializing in digital and print promotions.

However, he says it was the desire to write that brought him from Seattle, Washington to rural Taylor County. Further, he says that his belief in the mission of Jesus Christ led him to Campbellsville University.

Goble and his wife Mary Ann have three grown daughters and two grandsons. His book, "and no religion, too -- thoughts on the spectator church" (2008), as well as two others, can be found in bookstores and on and

Campbellsville University is Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 45 undergraduate programs, 16 master's degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is

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Author, minister, web designer Ed Goble at work

2010-09-01 - Photo by Linda Waggener. Campbellsville University photo. Campbellsville, KY
Ed Goble at work in his office at Campbellsville University. His latest book takes a hard look at the bigger and bigger church buildings being erected. The work is entitled, "and no religion, too - thoughts on the spectator church."

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