As I write these words on Sunday night, I don’t have the energy or concentration to put together a coherent rant. (It’s been another one of those “hit the wall” weeks.) So, instead, let me bring to your attention some of the crazy stuff I noticed this week that I would rant about if I could.
You, on the other hand, are free to rant away.
1. Francis Chan and “Wretched Urgency” discipleship. Can you say world-denying, dualistic, pietistic, and totally bereft of the Gospel? What altar call revivalism using 40 verses of “Just As I Am” was to “Wretched Urgency” evangelism, Chan and the company of “radical” evangelicals are to discipleship. And he manages to diss an entire generation in the process.
(Oh yeah, and there’s that word “Biblical” again.)
2. “Christian” bookstores: OF the world but not IN it. Rachel Held Evans nails her theses on the door of Lifeway and the Christian bookstore and publishing industry in light of the “Blind Side” controversy. Read her devastating piece: “Christian bookstores and their chokehold on the industry”.
Rachel’s right: “Christians are not called to create a subculture untouched by the beauty and ugliness of this world. No, Christians are called to speak the truth, even when it is uncomfortable….especially when it is uncomfortable.”
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3. Busy-ness is not OF the devil. It IS the devil. I believe it was John Wesley who said that, one of the most energetic and productive people in history. However, he lived in a slower era, when a great deal of “living” everyday was simply about staying alive. In contrast, Tim Kreider has written incisively about the obscenity of busy-ness in modern life in his NY Times piece, “The ‘Busy’ Trap.”
Keeper sentence: “The present hysteria is not a necessary or inevitable condition of life; it’s something we’ve chosen, if only by our acquiescence to it.”
Keeper insight: “Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.”
In other words, we need the Gospel.