Donald Miller – Out of Ur

kinnon —  May 15, 2006 — 1 Comment

Blue Like Jazz is a popular book around the Kinnon household. In fact, our eldest loaned it out to some of the cousins – a number of whom were profoundly impacted by it. Miller is interviewed at Leadership Journal’s Out of Ur blog. One of the questions and Miller’s answer:

How do you react to ministries that try to present Christianity as being cool and hip?

Miller: There are many problems with trying to market the gospel of Jesus, not the least of which is that, in itself, it is not a cool or fashionable idea. It isn’t supposed to be. It is supposed to be revolutionary. It’s for people who are tired of trying to be cool, tired of trying to get the world to redeem them.

I attended the Dove Awards and was brokenhearted. I saw all these beautiful Christians, wonderful people, with this wonderful, revolutionary message of Jesus, who, instead of saying, “Look, fashion doesn’t matter, hip doesn’t matter,” were saying “World, please accept us, we can be just as hip as you, just as fashionable, only in a religious way.”

I would say we need to choose our God, choose our redeemer.

After you’ve read the Miller interview, you might want to read the hell out of Brian McLaren’s Out of Ur interview, here, here and here. Tony Campolo joins McLaren in Part One. Money quote for me:

Brian, in your book, The Last Word and the Word After That, you focus heavily on “deconstructing” the evangelical view of hell. Some critics think your deconstruction has moved to the point of your embracing a “universalist” position. Are you a Universalist?

McLaren: No, I am not embracing a traditional universalist position, but I am trying to raise the question, When God created the universe, did he have two purposes in mind—one being to create some people who would forever enjoy blessing and mercy, and another to create a group who would forever suffer torment, torture, and punishment? What is our view of God? A God who plans torture? A God who has an essential, eternal quality of hatred? Is God love, or is God love and hate?

It might sound surprising to state it that way, but you’d be surprised at some of the emails I’ve received. For example, someone quoted Scriptures like Psalm 5:5 or Psalm 11:5 and said, “If you don’t believe in a God of hate, you don’t believe in the God of the Bible.” Here’s my concern: if you believe in a god of hate, violence, revenge, and torture, it makes you very susceptible to becoming a person made in that god’s image.

I look forward to hearing McLaren in greater depth at this Allelon Conference in June. There’s nothing like Boise in June, I hear.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

One response to Donald Miller – Out of Ur

  1. Blue Like Jazz was the best book on the Christian life that I read last year, so I’m pretty excited that Donald Miller will be one of the speakers at this year’s Small Groups Conference.

    That said, I think being “brokenhearted” over a bunch of musicians dressing up in their coolest duds for an awards show is kinda sanctimonious. While I think that he is right, the church is often much too concerned with image, I don’t think it’s fair to point to a bunch of career musicians at an industry shin-dig and say “behold the idolatry!”


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