Books by Rev. Dr. Paul Rock

Jesus, Pope Francis, and a Protestant Walk into a Bar

Order the book, Jesus, Pope Francis, and a Protestant Walk into a Bar, by Rev. Paul Rock and Bill Tammeus, on the Amazon page here. In addition to, the book is available from other major retailers.


Pope Francis has taken the world by storm, captivating Catholics, Protestants, and non-Christians alike. Sneaking out of the Vatican at night, washing the feet of inmates, and taking selfies with young fans is certainly unlike any religious leader we’ve seen in a while, and some of the religious establishment is uneasy about it. The revitalization Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church is not without precedent, however. Jesus had a similar effect in his day, drawing crowds with his humility, kindness, and wisdom — even as he drew the disapproval of established religious leaders. The things that have brought Francis such media attention are the same things that made Jesus so peculiar and attractive in his day.

Thoughtful examination of Jesus’ example and legacy, as well as an honest look at the similarities and differences between Catholic and Protestant faith, invites reflection on the heart of Christianity and how we relate to our fellow Christians. Readers will discover the power of heartfelt joy, radical love, and passion for justice to shake people out of religious complacency and into dynamic, contagious faith. Jesus, Pope Francis, and a Protestant Walk into a Bar looks at what is universal among Christians, what is unique to Catholics and Protestants, and how all Christians can practice understanding and cooperation across differences.

The book was inspired by the 2014 sermon series, “Jesus, the Pope, and a Protestant Walk into a Bar.”

A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series


Rev. Rock was asked to work with a diverse group of preachers and scholars to create a resource for church leaders that weaves consecutive weeks of Revised Common Lectionary texts into seasonal and short-term series for each lectionary year. You can order the book online from Westminster John Knox Press.