Monday, March 13, 2006

American Evangelicalism has issues (Entertainment Evangelism)

The name of the book says it all: Entertainment Evangelism. But let us allow the publisher to expand on why you should purchase this volume filled with deep spiritual substance; consider this bit taken from the front flap:

"We have the most important, the most exciting, and the most revolutionary news in all of human history. So we must find the most creative, the most innovative, and the most irresistible ways to attract the attention of pre-Christian persons. When we become committed to this apostolic task, then persons will line up to see, hear, and experience the good news that we are compelled to proclaim.

"Walt Kallestad came to this conclusion as he passed by the long lines of persons outside movie theaters and concert halls. Then he began to design and develop a ministry within a congregation that would surpass the excitement, the passion, the energy, and the joy offered by a world that is saturated with media and entertainment products such as films, books, television, CDs, sports, and theme parks."


Good thing we fundamentalists don't do anything like this.

You may purchase this classic of western spirituality here.

5 Comments:

Blogger fitzage said...

Good thing most of us Evangelicals don't do anything like this either.

3/15/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

Perhaps I'm reading too much Christianity Today.

Seriously, I once visited a PCA church (while traveling) and found their worship quite refreshingly unentertaining.

3/15/2006 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous nathan said...

Of course, I'm with fitzage here. Tell me again what's wrong with the Sprouls, MacArthurs, Devers, Mohlers, Mahaneys, and those of us who stand with them? Don't set up the head-in-the-sand fundamentalist viewpoint as a blanket write-off of all Evangelicalism. We real Evangelicals "don't do anything like this either." I thought that the oft discussed follow up of Phil Johnson's seminar was a fair and acccurate definition piece of fundies, evangelicals, and neo-evangelicals. If only we could strengthen the church by bringing the fundies and evangelicals closer together. But alas. It's really all about the CCM and P&W, isn't it? If only Greenville would stop producing it themselves, it'd be a whole lot easier on you all.

Ryan, I'm glad you enjoyed (pardon my naivete if that was sarcasm) your PCA experience. Unfortunately, there are churches within our denomination that seek too closely the approval of the world, so you were lucky. I think the split is very near 50/50.

3/15/2006 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

No sarcasm about the PCA.

Please understand that when I say "American Evangelicalism has issues," I am including fundamentalism in that swipe.

Believe me, fundamentalism has issues.

Sorry about the confusion.

3/16/2006 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

And let me add that I particularly dislike fundamentalist "CCM," as you so correctly name it.

3/16/2006 12:35:00 AM  

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Monday, March 13, 2006

American Evangelicalism has issues (Entertainment Evangelism)

The name of the book says it all: Entertainment Evangelism. But let us allow the publisher to expand on why you should purchase this volume filled with deep spiritual substance; consider this bit taken from the front flap:

"We have the most important, the most exciting, and the most revolutionary news in all of human history. So we must find the most creative, the most innovative, and the most irresistible ways to attract the attention of pre-Christian persons. When we become committed to this apostolic task, then persons will line up to see, hear, and experience the good news that we are compelled to proclaim.

"Walt Kallestad came to this conclusion as he passed by the long lines of persons outside movie theaters and concert halls. Then he began to design and develop a ministry within a congregation that would surpass the excitement, the passion, the energy, and the joy offered by a world that is saturated with media and entertainment products such as films, books, television, CDs, sports, and theme parks."


Good thing we fundamentalists don't do anything like this.

You may purchase this classic of western spirituality here.

5 Comments:

Blogger fitzage said...

Good thing most of us Evangelicals don't do anything like this either.

3/15/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

Perhaps I'm reading too much Christianity Today.

Seriously, I once visited a PCA church (while traveling) and found their worship quite refreshingly unentertaining.

3/15/2006 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous nathan said...

Of course, I'm with fitzage here. Tell me again what's wrong with the Sprouls, MacArthurs, Devers, Mohlers, Mahaneys, and those of us who stand with them? Don't set up the head-in-the-sand fundamentalist viewpoint as a blanket write-off of all Evangelicalism. We real Evangelicals "don't do anything like this either." I thought that the oft discussed follow up of Phil Johnson's seminar was a fair and acccurate definition piece of fundies, evangelicals, and neo-evangelicals. If only we could strengthen the church by bringing the fundies and evangelicals closer together. But alas. It's really all about the CCM and P&W, isn't it? If only Greenville would stop producing it themselves, it'd be a whole lot easier on you all.

Ryan, I'm glad you enjoyed (pardon my naivete if that was sarcasm) your PCA experience. Unfortunately, there are churches within our denomination that seek too closely the approval of the world, so you were lucky. I think the split is very near 50/50.

3/15/2006 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

No sarcasm about the PCA.

Please understand that when I say "American Evangelicalism has issues," I am including fundamentalism in that swipe.

Believe me, fundamentalism has issues.

Sorry about the confusion.

3/16/2006 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

And let me add that I particularly dislike fundamentalist "CCM," as you so correctly name it.

3/16/2006 12:35:00 AM  

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