The Christian-Industrial Complex – excerpt:
Pastors: Talk to your people about books worth reading. Get your sermons from the Bible, not some marketer. Critique the fads. Most of all, present the savior and the call to follow him. Tell Lifeway to take their next marketing ploy to the shredder. Resist the remaking of the Christian faith into buying stuff, wearing stuff, going to stuff, doing programs and spending money. Remake your Christian experience this year into something that’s not just another fad. Get angry if you need to, or just quietly say “I’m not part of this anymore.” Get off the train and walk. Wave at the sheep on their way to the next sheep convention to get a sheep shirt and a bag of sheep books.
Get your people reading the Bible, reading good books, talking to each other, doing ministry in your community and grounded in simple Christianity. Reduce your consumeristic discipleship by half, and then look at the half that’s left and see what you really think of it. Jesus said that if we find the treasure in the field, we don’t buy, we sell. We give away. It’s a revolution, not a convention or a market. Jesus went to a religious marketplace once. It didn’t turn out well.
Do something as a disciple that makes sense: repent of and abandon this consumeristic Christian virus before it kills you.
UPDATE: In the comments, Corrie asked for a top ten book list from the iMonk – Michael out did himself by recommending a lot more than ten. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel and anything by NT Wright (or Tom Wright – the easier reading edition of NT) would be where I most strongly agree with Michael. (Boar’s Head Tavern Mutt, Van Til, Fisk’s Michael’s list for TRs, so they don’t need to – très heureux.
BTW: Michael has become a regular and very good podcaster. Make a point of checking him out. Here’s his latest.