In his new book Jesus, Pope Francis, and a Protestant Walk into a Bar: Lessons for the Christian Church, which springs from a sermon series Rock and two of his fellow pastors preached at Second Presbyterian, Rock sings the praises of Francis. I'm not sure Rock has a negative word for the new pope. . . . The heart of Rock's message is Christian unity, and Francis has certainly reached out to many groups as well. However, Francis gives no indication that he is ready to acknowledge that Protestant churches are part of the The Church.
I find it interesting that so many Protestants and unbelievers have embraced Pope Francis. I also find it interesting that Rock and other mainline Christians sound so much more willing to reach out in fellowship to Pope Francis than they are to reach out to their "dumbed down" or "shallow" brethren in more conservative, less stately congregations.
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