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December 26, 2005



Back when I was half involved in campus ministry I'd get similar e-mails every time I expressed less than favorable opinions about this or that (usually Christian) self-help book, always from people who'd found them helpful. (I even once got an infuriated snail mail letter from someone who was "reached by the Holy Spirit" after reading a fraudulent chain fund-raising solicitation for a nonexistent child with nonexistent cancer. Go figure.) People recovering from various conditions, real or imagined, usually won't make the important careful evaluations of the content of the source(s) they believe led them out of whatever forest they were wandering in, at least not for several years afterward and without learning to draw on other, considerably better resources.

I also recall that I viewed national and international politics as more hopeful and encouraging than receiving such messages en masse, and that's saying a lot, unfortunately.


This was my favorite line, "Please for your own good & the lives you are influencing in a bad way, to judge GOD'S people, take a look at why you feel the need to have this site & what is wrong in your heart!"

I didn't realize how much power and influence you have over me Greg. I have been praying to you for awhile, and I have a small altar but really it's not a big deal.

Is geez published locally?

Kevin Powell

One thing that strikes me about some Christians is their complete inability to be self-critical. While I certainly don't doubt this person's sincerity and faith, the use of evangelical lingo and cheap theology like "God is good all the time" (a phrase - if I ever employed - that would cause me to be laughed out of my present pulpit) and God is just because God gives us free will...The Lutheran in me always wants to respond that our will is in bondage to sin from which it cannot free itself. That's why we need Jesus. If our will was free than all we need do is to choose, and thereby mediate our own salvation. No need for Jesus. But I've had this conversation a thousand times.



". . . because Craig is so real"? I don't know Craig or this church, and I'm sure he's a fine man and it's a fine place. But this statement confirms my suspicion that megachurches are driven by the personality of the pastor and little else. Look at the architecture of such a place: barely a cross in sight, if at all, and a plexiglass podium so nothing stands between the audience (a precisely chosen word) and the speaker. If this works for people, more power to them. But it doesn't work for me at all. I'm of the old, quaint school that the focus of worship should be God and not the feel good motivations of a business seminar "coach."



I'm amazed at the inability of Christians to be self-critical. I expect it from the Rhema types, what with all that "touch not the Lord's anointed" nonsense, but I do expect better from people who locate themselves in the Protestant tradition. They've obviously forgotten the meaning of the word.


It's published in Canada. Don't hold it against them. Alan Roxburgh is from up that way so they have two things going for them now. In addition to our Canadian friends that hang around here, I mean.


I don't know five Lutherans who have read Bondage of the Will. You surely don't expect megachurch denizens to read real theology, do you? Have you seen the recommended reading list at those places?


I'm fascinated by the strange CAPITALIZATIONS. He or she must want to emphasize THOSE WORDS or something.


I tend to view self-critical people as a tiny minority of all people, so I can't be too surprised when I find Protestants who aren't careful about trusting church institutions, or Catholics who think nothing of incorporating astrology and healing crystals into their faith, or Muslims who dabble in Kabalah, or rationalists who are anything but rational. It's a pleasant surprise to come across people who are careful in selecting their principles, instead of following what their culture, family, workplace and peer group have decided for them. I'd probably need to be institutionalized if I expected it from everyone.

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