Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Wall Street Journal Tackles Rick Warren

Suzanne Sataline, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article on September 5 that takes on the biggest of targets: Rick Warren and the Purpose Driven Life/Church phenomenon. Her thesis is as follows:
Mr. Warren preaches in sandals and a Hawaiian shirt, and he encourages ministers to banish church traditions such as hymns, choirs and pews. He and his followers use "praise team" singers, backed by rock bands playing contemporary Christian songs. His sermons rarely linger on self-denial and fighting sin, instead focusing on healing modern American angst, such as troubled marriages and stress. . . .

Christians have long divided over efforts to adapt and modernize their faith. Some believers worry that purpose-driven techniques are so widespread among Protestant churches that they are permanently altering the way Christians worship.
You can read more here.

The Baptist Press rebuts the article here.

2 comments:

Bruce Roberts said...

I'm OK with modern praise songs and worship teams but please don't take out the pews.Hee...hee... It may be a litle out of context to make hymns, choirs, & pews the basis for assessing the

Bruce Roberts said...

Sorry for the incomplete comment students came in and I published accidentally. I'm OK with modern praise songs and worship teams but please don't take out the pews.Hee...hee... It may be a litle out of context to make hymns, choirs, & pews the basis for assessing the spiritual health or appropriateness of a church. What you sit on, who sings in the front, & what songs are sung are very different things.