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Friday, May 11, 2007

Called

My buddy, Kary, did a tv interview related to his new book, Called.

7 comments:

ktismatics said...

Excerpted from my prior email to you...

Kary seems personable, sincere, well-spoken. This is another case where I'm looking for the dramatic culture shift from the prior generation. His message sounds just like what I would have heard 30 years ago.

Jonathan Erdman said...

Yes, Kary looked very good on tv. I was impressed.

Kary's website/blog says something to the effect of bridging the gap between modern and postmodern. But, as you imply, Ktismatics, I think Kary is more in the modern camp rather than the postmodern. For example, notice that Kary laments the lack of a Christian "Worldview" when he references Barna. I think Kary is definitely old school. However, one thing that comes through in the interview here is that Kary seems to be moving towards Christianity that is a process of discipleship rather than a "Salvation decision," which might represent something of a break with the old school - less of an emphasis upon the neat distinctions of the past (salvation/sanctification) and more of and emphasis on being......but this might be oversimplification....

ktismatics said...

As I said, it sounds the same. Discipleship was a popular idea 30 years ago, probably for the same reason it is today -- most believers weren't really all that committed then either. Kary's hand gestures, though, do have that kind of hip-hop thing that's new.

Jonathan Erdman said...

Yes! The subliminal hip-hop motif communicated with hand gestures - it's the direction that all young ministers are going.

It is king of interesting that in that interview all parties involved seem to be acting like discipleship is a new idea....maybe for some corners of Christianity it is.....

Melody said...

I hadn't heard about it until...probably the past six years...but then again...I wasn't alive thirty years ago.

But hey, everything else in culture is an updated copy of the 70s or 80s, why not our religious culture as well ;)

ktismatics said...

Six years, thirty years... they all start blurring together after awhile.

chris van allsburg said...

I had a class with Kary where we had to do a paper on discipleship in the gospel of matthew. We were greatly impacted by Jesus' teaching on following him. As far as bridging the gap between modern & postmodern, I don't know. But I think Kary is escaping what appears to be the fundamentalist roots of revivalist, individualist thinking. Kary is thinking more holistically, which is what the bible teaches us to do. Good job Kary!
Chris Van Allsburg