I can imagine Elvis, Willie, Jesus and Me as the result of C.S. Lewis and Lewis Grizzard getting together to write essays about the religious implications of Scrubs, Beale Street, Sweeney Todd, LSU, The X-Files, Harry Potter, Killer Tomatoes, and Jungian Jambalaya. I wish Elvis was around to read it. Has someone sent Willie a copy?


Associate Professor of Preaching

McAfee School of Theology

Mercer University


Growing up outside the church in Washington, D.C., I had the typical stereotype of a Southern evangelical Christian—a stereotype that seems to have made quite a resurgence in the last twenty years. Having made my home in the South, it is people like Bert Montgomery who keep me from feeling like an outsider, and who remind me that evangelical doesn’t have to be a dirty word, but one that I can claim humbly for myself.


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Tedeschi Trucks Band


I knew Bert could not only write but could grab hold of you and take you with him on an exciting journey because he did that in class papers he wrote for me at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. Into this little book he has packed a ton of wit and wisdom about church as he has experienced it. You must buy a copy. Bert will make you laugh from beginning to end, but when you finish, you'll say, "Yeah. That's the way it is."


Professor of Church History and Spirituality

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (retired)

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (retired)


Bert Montgomery’s entertaining book ranges across pop culture: the music, the people, the contradictions, and the God who shows up. His perky, prickly insight will grab you by the throat and the heart.


Professor of Church and Society (retired)

Saint Paul School of Theology


Elvis, Willlie, Jesus, and YOU. Yes.....YOU! Bert's book pulls you in and his stories intersect with our story. The late Hondo Crouch, the former mayor of Luchenbach,Texas once said, "He who laughs, last." This book may extend your life due to excessive laughter and maybe a few tears will appear because it speaks not only to the funny bone but to your heart and mind as well. Bob Dylan once wrote in his song, ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER, "Let us not talk falsely now the hour is getting late." The hour is getting late and you need to read this book. It will have you nodding your head in agreement with the truth and honesty of Bert's words.


Intentional Interim Pastor

Wake Forest Baptist Church

Wake Forest Univ. in Winston-Salem, NC


(Elvis, Willie, Jesus & Me) is one of those “gems” about religious life that comes along all to infrequently—challenging us to get back in step with our calling—and to seek first the Kingdom of God first and foremost. Not everyone will like this book, but those who are seeking the “edge” of the Christian life and what it means to live free in the Christian experience, will deeply appreciate Bert’s writings!


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