Quote of the Month

kinnon —  April 1, 2008 — 1 Comment

UPDATE: Jared takes the ball and runs with it on this very good post.

Which is a lot to say on April 1st! And this quote "ain’t no joke."

Although Tim Challies and I are about as far apart theologically as two Christians can be, I am a faithful reader of Tim’s blog. And, in spite of his occasional rhetorical flourish regarding the emerging/missional wing of the church, I think Tim is fundamentally a good guy. He’s a Canadian, eh!

From Tim’s post today, a quote from a forthcoming book from David Wells,

This co-opting of showbiz, this transformation of Christianity into entertainment, is rapidly becoming the norm today, not the exception. Pastors are straining to outdo each other in becoming as chic and slick as any show in Las Vegas.    

I pity satirists who might be tempted to try to tweak these segments of the evangelical world. Theirs is a mission impossible. It can no longer be done. No matter how indelicately they might exaggerate, no matter how much they might embellish to make a point, no matter how many descriptions they might offer of the tasteless things that are happening, it will most likely be met with only a yawn and a bored question: “So … ?” Nothing seems improbable. None of it, in fact, ever seems exaggerated and none of it seems improper. It has now become impossible to insult some evangelicals. How the Wittenburg Door stays in business, I do not know.

 

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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 Quote of the Month

  1. Yes, and where and when will it all end? How much hype can we endure? Our choir in a traditional service Sunday sang “Give Me Jesus.” I’ll opt for him any day over this drivel that keeps pouring forth.

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