I have two daughters; he has two sons. I produce my own videos; he has the professionals at NOOMA do his. I prefer the Dead Sea Scrolls; He prefers the Mishnah. I pastor a church of 80; he leads a church of 10,000. And I wasn't quoted in a the current Relevant Magazine calling America's idea of church "an absolute total failure" (pg. 67).
Nevertheless, I can't help but enjoy the man's repainting of the Christian faith. I just finished reading Velvet Elvis two days ago.
It reads quickly.
Like a blog.
In fragments and short paragraphs.
You'll be done in eight minutes.
Each chapter is called a movement. (I use the same word when I preach about the 'gospel' or 'kingdom of God.') Although the sections read like disparate essays, the whole book creates an engaging look at Christianity within our spiritually-sensitive-but-institutionally-adverse society.
- Theology is more like springs of a trampoline than bricks in a wall.
- The Word of God is alive today, calling us to unleash it creatively in our lives.
- The truth of God is everywhere, not preserved in 'sacred' spaces.
- God's healing must reach our hearts.
- Jesus calls us to himself because he can make us into something.
- God's re-creation should be more central than a Christian's depravity.
- The gospel is cosmic, social, spiritual, and good.
While I'm not on my knee right now, I do propose you read it.