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Nauseating Catch Phrases

>Nauseating Catch Phrases

>“Spiritual Entrepreneur”

Context: “This journey is the brainchild of Jim Henderson, a creative spiritual entrepreneur who has had a wealth of experience serving Christ from inside and outside the organized Church.”
George Barna in the Foreward to Jim & Casper Go To Church by Jim Henderson & Matt Casper.

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4 thoughts on “>Nauseating Catch Phrases

  1. >I thought the post was about Jim Henson at first, and I was going to tell you to stop hating on Kermit the Frog.But that has nothing to do with this…

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | October 8, 2008, 1:09 pm
  2. >”I read the rest of this book (Jim and Caspar) and it doesn’t get any better. The basic premise seems to be that we should see the church as the world sees it and adjust accordingly.”Unfortunately, you are right. If I had been paying attention to who the author is I would have had a better idea of that going into it. I remember in 2006 Henderson showed himself to be particularly hateful and vile regarding Mark Driscoll when certain zealots decided to march on Mars Hill and get Driscoll fired from his column with the local newspaper. The Introduction is particularly disappointing and phony as Henderson writes of “those Pharisess” and genuinely hearing what the other person has to say rather than arguing when in fact Henderson resorted to name-calling and other attacks against Driscoll. But I see it frequently claimed by folks like him that much inexcusable is excused when it is directed at the “Pharisees” like Driscoll because Jesus had problems with them too. I guess its just being like Jesus to claim that Driscoll is “grooming them [young people] to be part of (what I perceive to be) his personal sexual addictions…” Or maybe its just being a differernt kind of Pharisee.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | October 8, 2008, 12:14 pm
  3. >This isn’t the first time Barna has nauseated me. His ecclesiology is severely deficient. I was particularly put off by his book on what a great thing it is that a new generation of folks are finding faith without the church and aren’t attending church or participating in the life of the body. He actually wants to celebrate this.I read the rest of this book (Jim and Caspar) and it doesn’t get any better. The basic premise seems to be that we should see the church as the world sees it and adjust accordingly. There are a few observations that are worthwhile, but every single one of them consist of places the church is not acting in accord with Scripture. So holding us up to the proper standard reveals the deficiency. I think holding ourselves to the standards of an avowed unbeliever is a bad practice to submit to.I think he needs to stick to polling people and avoid interpreting the results.

    Posted by Matthew Bradley | October 7, 2008, 12:37 pm
  4. >This isn’t necessarily a comment on the book as a whole. I’ve heard good things about the book. I just gave big *GROAN* when I read that sentence. “Nauseting Catch Phrases” could be a good recurring post here. We certainly wouldn’t run out of material. 😉

    Posted by Jeff Wright | October 7, 2008, 11:58 am

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