As a child growing up in the Catholic church,
Martin Zender believed that the priesthood was the nearest a person could get to
God. Years later, when God severed him from the institutional
assembly, he learned that an even more intimate relationship had been
established for him in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
will never forget that April day in 1979 when he watched the television mini-series Jesus
of Nazareth. As he witnessed his Savior dragging the cross to Calvary he was
moved to reflect on the event in the quietness of his room. There, on his knees
he cried out to the Lord, "I have to know You, I have to know
You." The ensuing twenty-one years have been an unfolding revelation
concerning what happened at that cross.
1993, longing to do something
meaningful with his professional life, Zender quit a lucrative position with the US
to pursue God full time. Combining his love of writing with his love of Scripture
(which he had studied
that day in1979), Zender began publishing This
Here Thing in June of 1994. He wrote to a grand total of seventeen
subscribers, a figure that would soon explode.
newsletter was an independent, mold-bashing collection of scholarly articles and
satirical cartoons, written for thinking people disillusioned with denominational
religion and its contradictory doctrines. With verve, intelligence and not a little irreverence, Zender cut to the heart of subjects as controversial as
death, sin, evil, hell, sex, free will and the devil. His child-like approach to
truth, combined with inescapable logic and a quirky sense of humor, soon won him
hundreds of readers.
heels of his publishing success, Zender became a popular conference speaker. On
the podium, he employs such props as umbrellas and Play Doh to help make truth
digestible. This was and is his unique appeal: Martin Zender will do anything to
bring doctrine to life. Truly, he is the "Mr. Wizard" of the Scripture
summer of 1999, Zender hosted a live, call-in five-day-a-week talk radio program
at the studios of WCCD in Cleveland, Ohio, called Grace Cafe. For two
hours a night, he overturned orthodox theology in the studios of the religiously
orthodox, claiming the Pharisees to be alive, well and running the Christian
religion. One cell phone caller said he nearly drove off the road while
listening to Zender. The man's on-air comment: "You are right on!"
the pen to be mightier than the sword, Mr. Zender simply wishes to jumpstart a
spiritual revolution that already exists among religious malcontents, of whom there are millions.
Like Martin Luther before him, Martin Zender will accomplish this by heralding
truth over tradition, knowledge over superstition and plain speech over
theological jargon. He brings a refreshing spontaneity and a
"go for broke" enthusiasm to the presentation of God's Word.
Zender's favorite saying is: "Believe in God, no matter what the
His writings have appeared, to critical acclaim, in The
Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, and other newspapers.
Martin's books are titled: How to Quit Church Without Quitting God - 7 Good Reasons
to Escape The Box, Martin Zender's Guide to Intelligent Prayer,
Martin Zender Goes to Hell, Part-Time Sinner (CD),
Flawed by Design, The Really Bad Thing About Free Will, How to be Free
From Sin While Smoking a Cigarette and The First Idiot in Heaven.
When it comes to Scriptural accuracy, Martin Zender
suggests using The Concordant Literal New Testament
(Copyright Concordant Publishing
He has found it to be the most consistent in its uniform English
renderings of Greek and Hebrew words.
You can NOW order the CLNT on our website,
along with other Zender material HERE
The Concordant Literal New Testament and
Concordant Version of the Old Testament,
may also be ordered from:
15570 Knockhaven Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Provided by: STARKE &
Martin details the motivation and inspiration
behind How to Quit Church
appearance and interview requests please contact Kelly A. Stokoe