What’s wrong with this picture?
Things the Church doesn’t need.
- Celebrity Christians
- Christian Celebrities
- Arena Worship
- Entertainment Metaphors
“Doesn’t need” in the sense that God’s kingdom work doesn’t require them.
“Doesn’t need” in the sense that they are at least as likely to harm as to help the church.
“Doesn’t need” in the sense that they have no mooring in the biblical description of or instruction about the church.
“Doesn’t need” in the sense that they seem neither to be either growing or sanctifying the church, nor making an impact on our society.
Ken Myers said it best in All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes, an exploration of the thesis: the old holiness movement's caution, “in the world but not of it,” has become evangelicalism’s “of the world but not in it.” We do well to heed his proposal, first published nearly 25 years ago: “We would do much better to make the church a living example of alternatives to the methods and messages of popular culture.” Note methods, and consider messages. In case we haven’t noticed, popular culture needs an alternative, and needs it badly.