Posts filed under ‘Culture’
Mark Driscoll was, until very recently, the head of a very large church in Seattle, called Mars Hill. Priding itself on reaching out to Men (with a capital M), the church has been in a very public catastrophe for over a year, and is now headed for closure. But when did that disintegration begin? (more…)
It was six months since the new vicar had arrived and an elderly gentleman from the congregation had asked for ‘a word’. He told the new vicar in quite honest terms that, having wished for many years that new people would join the church, he couldn’t cope with the new influx of strange and unfamiliar people. When he died a few years later, he still left the church £20,000. (more…)
I wonder what sort of response you would get if you surveyed the general attendance of British churches on the following two questions: Have you heard of the Christian Industrial Complex? What does the term mean to you? Yet I know that I’m not the only one who’s starting to feel we need new space to deal with its smothering of new ideas in today’s church.
How many of us assume that the news media has no effect on our behaviour – that what we see and hear does nothing to mould our views of the world? Or indeed, that stories we read or see acted out are things we consume, but have no effect on us? But the power of the media to shape opinions is all around us. After all, in every ad break, people pay big money to show us images they hope will change our minds. (C/W: mentions sexual violence).
On June 21st Russell Brand will perform on stage at the culmination of the People’s Assembly’s "No More Austerity" march. Its raised a few eyebrows, and I’ll be honest, his contribution isn’t what excites me about the demonstration and make me want to fill a coach full of people. But maybe that’s not the point, and getting Mr Brand on stage is about a wider, more important goal…
Once upon a time, when I was young, there was a Christian rock song called Jesus Freaks by a band called dcTalk. On the back of it, the band put their name to two books of modern ‘hero’s of the faith’, which included some very hardcore and actually persecuted Christians, some of whom were recent martyrs. All that now seems long-forgotten. (more…)