You might recognize Jefferson Bethke from YouTube and his first and perhaps most famous video, “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” In it, Jefferson explains the story of the Gospel, and how traditional religion is not what Jesus is about. Jefferson tells his own story, too—about faking it at church until he realized Jesus is way more than just religion.

Now, almost four years after Jefferson Bethke’s overnight YouTube success, Jefferson is still making videos along with his wife, Alyssa. Jefferson Bethke’s YouTube channel features videos addressing issues in today’s culture, including dating and marriage, social mediachurch community, depression and current events.

Jefferson has written two books since his 2012 YouTube debut: “Jesus>Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, And Being Good Enough” and “It’s Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going To Heaven When You Die” are available via Amazon and through

Read the story of our interview with Jefferson about “It’s Not What You Think,” and check out the videos at Jefferson Bethke’s YouTube channel after you watch “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.”