Sunday, September 18, 2011

Elephant Room

Pastor James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel hosted Elephant Room imagelast spring. Featured pastors were Mark Driscoll, Greg Laurie, Perry Noble, Matt Chandler, David Platt, and others. The session I'm sharing with you here is, in general, about culture and the church's relationship to it. But MacDonald had a very specific bone to pick with Perry Noble's interaction to the church vs. culture relationship. Last Easter, Noble opened up the worship service with AC/DC's Highway to Hell.

Listen to the culture in the church rap session below...

Time: 47:12

Wired: MacDonald assembled quite a crew of solid pastors for this event. The conversation had was healthy and the men treated each other with respect and honor. I was proud, as a Calvary Chapel guy, to hear the balanced and mature responses to issues by Greg Laurie. Every time Laurie is at one of these interdenominational gatherings or conferences, he brings balance and wisdom.

Tired: The cast, particularly Driscoll and MacDonald, took pot-shots at camps that weren't represented "for the greater good". It was semi-entertaining and the topics deserved top-shelf attention. While they were respectful to the guys in the room, they weren't necessarily respectful to the guys not in the room.

Expired: MacDonald advertises his events as unplanned and uncanned, but it is clear in his responses to Noble that he has points he intends to make, an agenda he will make public, and makes sure to give his opinion the last and loudest airing. But he is the host.

source: Mars Hill Podcast

1 comment:

Jim Jacobson said...

Good summary Bryon. I was tainted by the expense to watch what could have easily been a free event... It's not like any of these guys are in financial need. Though it was interesting, I don't know that I was really asking the questions they answered.