If non-Christians make fun of the church, you get a significant reaction. But Jon Acuff has gotten away with it because he has “church cred.”

Street cred is gained through experience.

When Michael Richards used the n-word in a rant, he was run out of showbusiness. When a black rapper uses it in every verse in every song, his album goes platinum.

The difference is, the rapper has shared the experience of having racists use the n-word against him so he is taking ownership of the otherwise intensely inflammatory word.

If non-Christians make fun of the church, you get a significant reaction. But Jon Acuff has gotten away with it because he has “church cred.”

He is the son of a pastor and grew up in the church. When he makes fun of church issues, it is because he has been there.

“As a preacher’s kid, I grew up around it,” said Acuff, whose father was a Southern Baptist minister who planted a church in New England. “I have that vocabulary. I am not on the outside pointing in.”

He uses that insight to address issues in the church in a humorous way.

That humor is what drew people in to his blog, “Stuff Christians Like” – an idea he admittedly stole from Christian Lander, who created “Stuff White People Like.”

As the blog gained popularity, Acuff was able to leave the mundane jobs he had always held onto in order to pay the bills and pursue his dream of being a full-time author and working in a religious environment.

His posts at jonacuff.com/stuffchristianslike range from “Church names that sound like clothing stores” to “Cross stitch Bible verses” to “Disguising gossip as a prayer request.”

One of the most popular posts on the site asks readers how “metrosexual” their worship leader is. Acuff even developed and posted a guide to help you determine your worship leader’s metrosexuality.

What started as a fun way to discuss the church with friends and friends of friends became a popular blog that eventually became a book.

For Acuff, humor is part of life.

“Humor was currency in our house,” Acuff said. “Our dinner table was like Def Comedy Jam, you had to have material.”

Acuff said getting a few posts to getting a lot of traffic wasn’t difficult. The bigger issue is keeping that audience once they discover the site.

“It is easy to go viral, but it is more difficult to be vital,” Acuff said.

Acuff worked hard to achieve vitality for his blog. During that time, he had other jobs that paid the bills. In fact, he had eight jobs in eight years.

But his “day jobs” were never his “dream jobs” until recently.

His latest book, “Quitter,” talks about the path he took to find his dream job as an author and member of the Dave Ramsey team.

In "Quitter," Acuff talks about doing a “reverse Superman” when he would return from a speaking engagement just in time to change his clothes in a restroom and go from superhero speaker to mild-mannered day job as an advertising writer. That transformation inspired the first paragraph in "Quitter": “The trick to removing your clothes in a bathroom stall is to start with your shirt. A lot of people will tell you to remove the pants first, but they’re wrong. If you go with the shirt, the person in the stall next to you has time to leave the bathroom on his own terms. If you go with the pants first, the pile falling to the ground assaults him. Falling pants one foot from your feet is traumatic at eight in the morning.”

Acuff’s overarching theme in "Quitter" is that the dream jobs rarely come your way without dedication.

“If you won’t get up 30 minutes early to pursue it, it probably isn’t really your dream,” Acuff said.

Acuff also had to work hard on himself in order to be able to create content that was relevant to readers of his blog and his books. Wednesdays at Stuff Christians Like are far more serious posts with more theology than comedy. In "Quitter," Acuff speaks about his own situation with a transparency that gives him immediate credibility with the reader. This is one author who will never feed a Sunday-school-approved platitude to someone who needs an honest answer.

“That is something I work on daily,” Acuff said. “I’m not playing a role. I am honest. Leaders are called to go first. Authenticity is not a weapon I use to manipulate people, I just refuse to pretend I am perfect.”

Now that Acuff is in his dream job, he doesn’t feel like that carrot he has been pursuing for all these years has been removed.

“I want to live out the unique gifts God has given me,” Acuff said. “My strategy is to get awesome in the next 30 years. I’m being patient with it and taking advantage of the front row seat I have to watch Dave Ramsey and the apprenticeship that seat offers me.”

Books from Acuff are entertaining and inspiring. There is additional value in the audio books he records because he often goes “off script” to provide even more humor and insight.

He is serious about showing the lighter side of religion.