The men pictured above are all pastors of "churches" (in some cases, I use the term loosely) that appeal to "seekers" or what I call "emergent" types. They have lots of similarities, i.e. casual dress, haphazardly-styled or no hair, some don't appear to be happy, most are tanned (maybe their church is close to a beach), none of them are over forty, and none of them own a tie. (That one preacher/pastor guy is pretty muscley, too.) EDIT: 07.01.07 - I have been informed be a concerned reader that one of the pastors IS over forty. He should know better, then.
Some other things I've noticed about these "trendy pastors":
- They really like to use the word "relevant."
- It's more trendy/relevant to refer to themselves as "Christ followers" rather than "Christian" or "Believer."
- They seem to have an aversion for anything "old" or "traditional."
- They "give talks" rather than "preach sermons."
- Music Ministers don't like to be called Music Ministers...they are "Minister/Pastor of Creative/Christian Arts."
- On one church's website, the pastor wrote: "God began to burden my heart with the need for a dynamic, innovative, multicultural church, where people could learn God’s truths in relevant and creative ways..." (emphasis mine). Honestly, I've always thought that a church that faithfully preached the Word of God, WAS "dynamic" and "relevant."
- One pastor wrote on his blog: "Every movie has a great sermon." Silly me, I thought the Bible had some pretty good sermons in it.
- One pastor commented: "I think it's funny that we meet in a movie theatre that's showing Knocked Up." I think it's sad he thinks that's funny.
- One church's website proclaimed they were "the cool church." Groovy, man...if I'm looking for a place to trip!
- One pastor noted: "Knocked Up is a great movie." I hope he's kidding.
- One church's website, announcing their upcoming sermon series on "sex" proclaims: "God wants you to have great sex." One of the sermon titles for the multi-week series is entitled: "Leather, Whips, and Whipped Cream." Oh, brother.
- Churches are now referred to as "campuses." I guess using the word "church" isn't "relevant."
I guess I'm just old fashioned. I still think that faithful preaching will accomplish exactly what the Word says it will: "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." - Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)