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God Hearts Metallica?

August 20, 2010

Interesting story over at CNN about a Canadian pastor who is coming out with a new book, “The Day Metallica Came to Church.”  (Spoiler Alert- Metallica didn’t actually come to his church.)

If you make it down to the end of the article, the guy seems a little obsessive with object lessons- however, there’s something I love about his message.  In my ministry this summer, I have been trying to get my teenagers to look for God in unexpected places- to see Him in unexpected situations and even unexpected people.  This seems to be what Pastor Van Slotan is all about.

I thought that the following quotes from the article were particularly thought provoking, and I’d love to get some feedback:

“There was a surprising inability to see what we’re doing,” among Christians, Van Sloten said of his book and of his church’s methods. ” To many, God only speaks through the Bible, and they continue to use cultural context only as an illustration.”

“We want to move from illustration to revelation,” he said. “The biggest block for people is, ‘If God is speaking in the world, how authoritative can it be? Certainly not the same as the Bible.’ We say, ‘If God is speaking, that’s authority, period.’

Your thoughts?

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  1. Josh permalink
    August 20, 2010 1:08 pm

    I totally agree, and this goes back to what I said in my comment about creativity a couple posts back. If something is from God, it’s from God and it’s good. It’s absurd to think that our churches are the only places God hangs out, and if God is actually the source and life of everything, why doesn’t it make sense that he speaks through everything or can at least be found in everything if you look for him?

    His analogy of the World Cup to heaven kind of sucks though, it’s a classic case of trying to relate heaven to everything. Instead of saying something like “Oh, the World Cup is like heaven because it’s a lot of people all focused on one thing,” why not just say that the World Cup (if you’re going to use soccer as a religious thing at all, and people have before) has passion and athleticism and skill and emotion and joy and heartbreak, all good parts of the human condition and all parts of God?

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