Author Jefferson Bethke to Speak at Judson Chapel Service Friday, April 4
(Elgin, IL - April 1, 2014) Author Jefferson Bethke will speak at Judson University's 10 a.m. chapel service on Friday, April 4 in Herrick Chapel (1151 N. State St., Elgin.) This event is free and open to the public.
Bethke is best known for his poem titled “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” The four-minute video went viral in 2012, with seven million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year). In his new book, Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough, published in October 2013, Bethke unpacks the contrasts he drew in the poem between religion and Jesus. Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he’s not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, 20-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Bethke says that along his faith journey, he discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.
In addition to being an author, Bethke co-owns a company called Claro Candles that gives profits to different areas of injustice around the world. He lives in Tacoma, Wash., with his wife, Alyssa.