We recorded our first two podcasts, yesterday. We being Dan MacDonald, Darryl Dash and me. The podcast hasn’t got an official name yet but I hope to have the first show up next week. (I have a theme song playing in my head – it’s Andrews Sisters-like vocals singing “There might be flies on some of you guys, but not Dan, Darryl and Bill.” It could probably use a little work.)
In the recording for the second show, we talked about doing future phone interviews with people like the iMonk, Ed Brenegar and a number of my Missional Tribe friends. One of the people I specifically mentioned was Jared Wilson. Jared continues to be near the very top of the list of my favorite bloggers. He’s a passionate, Gospel-driven guy – and a bit of an agent provocateur – like certain other people I know.
Jared takes on the profoundly consumeristic preaching tendencies of one of the more “successful” young preachers in the U.S. He’s uses this as an example of virtually Jesus-less, gospel-less messages that are coming from too many pulpits in an effort to people-please the audience. I know the preacher Jared uses as an example to be a good guy – but I also believe he’s one who has bought into putting on the best show to bring the folk in. Much of his preaching appears to reinforce the consumeristic nature of the attractional church – his messages well informed by the self-help ministries of people like Ed Young Jr.
I’m not worried about offending this pastor. I know he doesn’t read my blog anymore. It brings him down. And he’ll put his audience numbers up against mine any day of the week to prove who’s winning – as if that’s what this is all about.
It’s oddly reminiscent of Stalin’s purported response to a worried adviser, concerned about the Catholic Church, “How many divisions does the Pope have?” Stalin sarcastically replied.
“How many does he need” should have been the advisors response – well said by Robert Higgs in the linked article.
But that would have made the advisor a prophetic voice – and Stalin’s response to the prophetic would have been no different than much of the western church to the prophetic voices in their midst. Voices like Jared’s.