The big question is this: Should the Church embrace the Culture in its ministry, or should the Church reject the culture. Collide's next issue deals with this subject. (This is their latest cover.)
For a really good look at the discussion check out the comments over at A Little Leaven. There are people on both sides chiming in.
What do you think about using "Secular" music in the "Sacred" service? Does your church play U2 or Coldplay or Madonna or Bon Jovi in it's services? What do you think about using these songs as tools to convey a message or as an illustration? Would this be any different than Paul quoting a secular poet in the scripture?
Here's two good quotes from opposite sides from the "A Little Leaven" Website...
When "evangelism" in the form of "decisions for Christ" become the litmus test of a church's faithfulness/success, the end product will always be an emasculated Gospel and a Life Coach Jesus. We so often neglect actually discipling and training-up one another in righteousness and real knowledge of the Word in favor of speaking some infomercial-like Gospel, and the result is a generation of aenemic "christians". Rather than proclaiming a complete Gospel, we focus on some of the potential aspects of the outworking of salvation in a person's life and make THAT the Gospel instead.
"Here, try Jesus and you won't be 'lonely'! You'll have a purpose for your life! You've been looking for love? Well, God IS Love! Try Him today for free and if you're unsatisfied, just return the unused portion and we'll give you DOUBLE your money back! You can even keep the bookstore certificate and 'I heart Jesus' travel mug as our gift to you!"
And from the other point of view...
I would venture to say that Tim and his team have prayed with more people to accept Christ as a substitutionary atonement for their sins than many of us ever will.
Why don't you checkout his doctrine, not his strategy, and then write comments like these. Sad that "Christians" want to rip other Christians when they should be finding men of like doctrine who can help reach different people through different styles.
What do you think?