Former resident authors book
What do the church and Walmart have in common, and what can they learn form each other? A new book called Super Center Savior, written by former Monticello resident and pastor Jeff Noble, asks and answers that question and others.
Noble is the pastor of Northstar Church in Blacksburg, Va., a 10 year-old fellowship in the heart of the Virginia Tech community. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University (B.A., 1990) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv, 1995). He has served in Texas as the Young Adult Minister of First Baptist Church of Garland (1992-1995) and in Arkansas as the Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (195-2003) and as church planter and pastor of Journey Church in Monticello (2003-2009).
“Anyone who has ever viewed Walmart as a social mecca - not just a place to shop but a place to catch up on Friday night football or chat with neighbors not seen due to busy lifestyles - will connect with Super Center Savior,” said Noble.
The book is relatively short, ranging in at about 120 pages. Its comparative analogy of the church and Walmart is both thought-provoking and playful, according to a press release announcing its publication.
Those who have antagonistic views of “big box” stores will also find encouragement and challenge in the pages of this book as well. It challenges many of the “big is better” assumptions both in the free market and in the church.
The book is available in online stores, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and at the publisher’s website, CrossBooks, a division of Lifeway Publishing.
Noble and his wife Carolyn have two children: Sam (15) and Adelyn (13).